Here’s Ollie with the Weather


Back in my fifth post I actually went into detail about the article I really liked that I found on the library database, so I’m just going to requote what I said to give an idea. The article is called Melting Ice Spurs Wild Weather.

It talks about the dramatic weather changes recently like the drought in 2012. The cause? The jet-stream; the same cause for the “Polar Vortex” that hit us hard a few weeks ago. Now you might be asking, what does the jet-stream have to do with climate change? Well it turns out the Arctic sea-ice retreat alter large-scale atmospheric circulation patterns.

Now, this only slightly contradicts my claim because these drastic changes only happen in short spurts and don’t effect long term climate change. I just thought it was very intriguing that geology can also be a big part of meteorology too!

The author comes to this conclusion by using SCIENCE! Basically, the researcher compared various meteorological records with satellite observations of snow and ice. Comparing this to the Cracked article; no this does not mean that it cancels winter, in fact it made our winter Hell this year. But I said it “slightly” contradicts because it also effects our summers, causing droughts.

Seriously though, just take in the fact that some ice melting in the north can cause random, short-bursts of chaos for the rest of the world. Now that’s something to think about.

Blog Post 7: Addictive Drinking Can Lead To A Punch In The Face

In blog post 5 I talked about an article that explains some common myths of alcohol abuse. The writers just talk about how drinking can lead to serious problems down the road like becoming an alcohol addict or alcohol abuse. It goes into greater depth of some common myths people believe are true when it comes to alcohol abuse. The writers just give facts about alcohol abuse. There are way too many too list. They just have findings on what products in the alcoholic drink do what. They just give a general breakdown on what everything does. This article is a little different than my cracked article. I started out with common myths about drinking now I have had to expand to alcohol abuse and addictive drinking and more specific things about alcohol.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

The pressures are on. College admission is not what it used to be. Getting good grades used to be all it took and being involved wouldn’t have hurt either. Nowadays being in clubs is a must and having additional academic achievements is strongly encouraged. Personally, I didn’t have a problem getting into college but before the time came for me to actually apply, everyone made it seem like a bigger deal than it actually was.

Getting to college was easy, paying for college is where it got complicated. In high school, it was all about going to college, that was the plan, so that it what I was focused on. Once I got here, I realized my plan for paying tuition, room and board, meal plan, etc. was not so thought out. Three cheers for my enrollment hold due to not having paid bursar bill! Yeah, I applied for scholarships and took out a couple loans but it’s still not enough…

When I enrolled in June, I sat down with an advisor, who helped me choose my major. I told her what I thought I wanted to do as a career and she said StratCom was the way to go. To be completely honest, I can not remember what I told her. With that being said, I have no idea what I’ll be using my degree for, I’m just kind of winging it. But hey, I know I still have plenty of time to figure all of that out so I’m not tripping. Worrying comes later.

Honestly so far, the most interesting article I have found so far is my Cracked article. Everything since then has been dull compared to it. I really liked the video I found that I inserted a few posts back because it covered pretty much all the pros and cons of attending college in about 3 minutes. However a YouTube video is not an article.

Hidden Variables

For Blog Post 5, I only named one article that would work for this. However, I was able to find some information from the articles I found in the library on Friday. The article is titled “Food Policy” and was written by David Coley, Mark Howard, and Michael Winter.

In the introduction, the article explains the concepts of “local food” and “food miles.” Local food is the food that is grown within about a 100 mile radius of the consumers, while food miles is the amount of miles it takes to get the food to the consumer.

The next paragraph talks about “Traffic, shopping and home delivery studies.” It shows a study of the travel of food and non-food and how much it does to the environment. It talks about the shopping miles that go into basic grocery shopping. The average car/van driver traveled per person per year is 400 km for non-food and 290 km for food. This doesn’t really help we with my topic as I am trying to find evidence to back up my article saying that local food is not much better for the environment than imported food.


In the conclusion paragraph, the writers make their final point by talking about how the average person is not going to take into account all these different variables and such. However, the debate has grabbed more attention with the concept of food miles and has caused a lot more research to happen over this topic. But this article does not show much evidence that eating local food is not better than imported food.

Caught my attention

The source that I found the most interesting was one that had to do with the general aspect of what piercings were, “Body Modification & Fashion” by Keshawn Willard. It caught my attention because it uses pictures to illustrate what/where the piercings look like as well as a description of them. One example of a piercing would look like this:

lip piercing example

Not only that, but they also included a picture of a girl with her tongue split in two because apparently that’s what is in these days (it was too gross to put a picture up).

The article gave main examples of what different piercings were and I found this useful for my research paper because I could use it to explain the different types of piercings that could potentially cause harm to ones health.

Lets Think Back to History Class

Delving into a new book I got from the library, called The Foundations of Modern Science in the Middle Ages by Edward Grant, I discovered new information about the early schools and universities. In blog post 4 I talked about cathedral schools and universities, but my main focus had been on the curriculum and translation of ancient Greek and Arabic works. In this book I got more information of why schools were started and who the prominent people were.


Map of Divided Roman Empire, Third Century

Some historical information: The Roman empire was split into two halves in the third century, the eastern Greek speaking half and the western Latin speaking half. When the division happened  the Latin speaking half slowly lost all connections to the Greek language which meant that all the scientific Greek works were lost to them for a long time. Fast forward a few centuries and you will find that most education and learning happen in monasteries around Europe. Then in the late eighth century Charlemagne mandated that all cathedrals and monasteries establish schools to educate the clergy. By the twelfth century the cathedral schools were becoming recognized centers of learning.


This picture should look familiar from blog post 1. It is a picture of Chartres Cathedral. Chartres, France was one of the cities that had a prominent Cathedral School.

One famous cathedral school master was Gerbert of Aurillac. Gerbert used his contacts in the Catholic Church to get a Latin translation of an Arabic treatise which gave him knowledge about the astrolabe. I mention the astrolabe once again because the Cracked article 6 Ridiculous Myths About the Middle Ages Everyone Believes also mentions astrolabes and how their discovery helps prove that scientific progress was not dead. The Cracked article also talks about how the first universities were started in the Middle Ages, which I can confirm with this book and Medieval Science and Technology. So far I have only found evidence to support all the claims that the Cracked authors have made.


Oh yeah, another cool fact about Gerbert of Aurillac, he became Pope Silvester II!

Blog 7 After Casting Issues The TV Series Walking Dead Casts Heroin Addicts to Cut Makeup Cost

One of the more interesting articles I have found through my research is the article that relates specifically to effects on the body when using heroin which contains opiate.  The article focuses on 5 main health related issues that occur with Opiate use.  It contains information on the effects on the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Gonadal axis, metabolic deficiency’s, growth hormone, Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis, and bone disease. In hindsight, the article states that “Opiate usage may have multiple effects on the endocrine and metabolic function.”
(Odelia B. Cooper, Opiate Drug Use, Oxford University 2003)




 Before and After heroin use.


Blog Post #7: The Deceptive Title and the Best Abstract Interpretation Ever.

The most interesting sounding of my academic articles, “Debt Crisis and Candy Cigarettes“, has a lot of interesting information. Sadly, only the last sentence involves candy cigarettes. The abstract basically reads “… interest rates… increase… credit rating firms… U.S. debt… ratio… GDP expands… investors… mismanagement … investment… George W. Bush… credit card… Bank of China”. However, after multiple readings and careful analysis, I came to a conclusion. I have no idea how to read economic things. Then came a second conclusion.

The claims that are made in the abstract are that 1) The U.S. get downgraded again 2) our debt/GDP ration increases, or 3) other countries decide we are too much of an irresponsible uncle of a country to lend money to, then interest rates on our debt is going to go up, and this rise in debt is almost guaranteed to happen.

They go on in the article to explain how the rise in the interest of the debt in an ongoing thing, and that by 2020, we are going to be in a lot of debt trouble. They actually don’t provide a lot of evidence, but the end very elegantly integrates the “Candy Cigarettes” into the title, with “All the news, however, isn’t bad. While mirrors and razor blades are being peddled in the street, inspectors from the government got on the ball and threatened Tobi Lyden, the owner of an old-fashioned soda shop in St. Paul, Minnesota, with fines and criminal citations for selling candy cigarettes”. While it has almost nothing to do with the rest of the paper, it does add that little extra something that made me click on the article in the first place.

The article really counters what the Cracked article claims. It says that the more debt that gets bought by foreign countries (in this case, China) the more debt we are going to go into, and in the long run, this is going to be a very bad thing.

A Summation of the Past

When looking back at blog post 5 there were two articles that I talked about. In this blog post I will only be focusing on one which is “Milk Consumption and Bone Health.” When I found this article from the library database, I only skimmed through the article and read the main points. However, this time I was able to read the article and found more helpful information!

This article talks about one aspect of bone health in particular: osteoporosis. The article states that, “Increasing peak bone mass early in life and reducing bone loss later in life are 2 approaches for reducing risk of osteoporosis” (Milk Consumption and Bone Health). The author of the article states a very important piece of information, that milk has been a known strategy for improving optimal peak bone mass. The second paragraph of the article provides evidence to support the claim the author is trying to make. This evidence includes physiological perspectives, including structure-function relationships, homeostatic regulation of serum cations, and bone balance. This paragraph is basically stating that calcium is the most abundant mineral in bones and that milk contains calcium as well other minerals that are beneficial to bones and bone health. The article provides information about studies from Feskanich and colleagues. For example, Feskanich stated that, “…milk intake during teenage years was associated with an increased risk of adult hip fracture inmen (albeit borderline), but not women, in 2 prospective cohort studies” (Milk Consumption and Bone Health). 

All in all this article is very interesting, because it is opposite from the cracked article. The cracked article claims that the fact that milk is good for your bones is a myth. This article is stating that milk actually provides a lot of important minerals that benefit bones and that milk intake links to reducing the risk or osteoporosis. This article is interesting to me because it backs up what I have learned since I was a child, that milk is indeed good for your bones. This is definitely an article that I will use in my research project.

Digging a Little Deeper

After finding the article from The American Cancer Society I had to dig deeper to see what it was really saying. The writers from my article from The American Cancer Society are trying to determine the truth behind the e-mail sent out saying that microwaving and freezing plastics leads to toxins leaching into food.

They determined that the e-mail sent out was a hoax. They also determined through the FDA website that the substances used to make plastic can leach into food, but it is within the margin of safety. The writers gathered all of this information from the FDA’s website. However, since this is an old issue I could not find anything about this on the FDA’s website. The American Cancer Society is exactly what my article says. They both say that some substances will leach into food, but not enough to be harmful.