Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Denmark zoo kills 4 lions to make space

The zoo kills four lions, three of which were young and healthy. The zoo's actions sparked public outrage.
http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/26/world/europe/copenhagen-zoo-lions/index.html

Monday, March 24, 2014

Climate change

How much have you learned about climate change in school? What do you believe about it?
We have learned quite a bit about global warming, like in foundations of science, biology, and environmental science. I believe that if we don't do something the world is going to have issues.

 How compelling do you find this most recent report to be?
I find it relatively compelling, but it's not something that I'm going to go out of my way to try and combat global warming. 

How much does the topic concern you in general? Why?
It concerns me that in the future we may not have any food to eat and our water may be too acidic to drink safely.

What do you know about both the short-term and long-term consequences of climate change?
Well I know in the long term we could end up like Venus, and short term the ice caps could melt away and weather could become more erratic. 


What do you think scientists like these can do to “cut through public confusion” about global warming?
I think that they can give a list of all of the notions that people have about global warming that are wrong.


What steps can individuals take to help reduce the effects of climate change worldwide?
Car pooling more, using more fuel efficient cars, use more solar panels and other forms of alternative energy production.


What do you think schools could be doing?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Frats ands sororities

— Do you want to join a fraternity or sorority? Why or why not? Yes I would join a fraternity because their parties always seem so awesome on tv and from what I've heard.
— What do you think fraternities could do to police themselves? Is what Sigma Alpha Epsilon doing enough?
I don't think that changing the pledging rules is going to do much, since all of their lawsuits seem revolve around alcohol.
— What do you think of the argument the student in this excerpt makes — that rituals like pledging build the most committed members of the organization? 
What are some of the positive things fraternities do? I think that the pledging could make bonds because usually strong bonds are formed during tough times. However I don't think fraternities do anything positive besides having a good time.
— What do you think would be lost if there were no fraternities on college campuses? What might be gained? Would banning fraternities substantially lessen problems like sexual violence and alcohol-fueled injuries and deaths on college campuses or not?
I feel like frats and sororities ARE college. At least they are what I think of when I imagine going to a big university outside of Maine. However it might decrease deaths, alcohol fueled injuries, and sexual violence because they seem like sort of a safe haven for these things
— How should colleges respond to bad behavior by fraternity brothers? Do you think they should ban fraternities entirely? In 2011, the Room for Debate blog asked that question and several experts answered. With whom do you most agree?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Thumbnail editorials

Weather in maine: the weather in maine is extremely unpredictable. One day it can be 50 degrees outside and the next it can be sub zero. I hate this vicous cycle because it gives me a glimmer of hope that spring is starting, then it turns to winter within a few hours crushing my hopes.

Facebook: I think Facebook is a great place to stay connected with people, advertise for businesses, and share pictures. However recently Facebook has just turned into game in it after game invite in my notifications and a slew of vine videos on my timeline sprinkled with some redneck posting song lyrics or starting some irrelevant drama.

Lying: I believe that lying is an important part of people's success these days, whether it be lying to the public, or lying to their coworkers. Is it ethical? Not one bit, but it gets the job done. Like the government; why after all of the times we have caught them lying, we still put faith in them. When I catch someone lying about important things my trust in them starts to fade.

Spending a lot of money on prom: it seems like many peoplego all out on prom and spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on prom. When it comes to prom do you, you can pending what ever you want omit, but it's honestly just a waste of money, all for just one night.

School lunch: Honestly school I find school lunch really disgusting, and 99% is just processed and frozen food. Why can't we have some fresh food for lunch. It would make for a much healthier alternative to what we have now. I know that we have a salad bar but none of that seems truly fresh.

Shoveling the freeport station: shoveling the freeport station is a daunting task and whenever it snows you have to go down there and salt the heck out of it to make sure no one slips. The building was not designed for maine, it would have been much better if it had a roof over the hole complex. In the long run this could've saved a lot of monetary for snow removal.