Saturday, May 1, 2010

Response to Jessica's Blog

Jessica's blog was about the Raw milk debate. A debate that has been made most famous in Wisconsin (the dairy state) over the past couple years. This debate is partial to the legal selling of raw milk, which is not legal in stores now, so that the average person can buy it in any grocery store.
The first article that Jessica linked to was about a man who drank raw milk to heal his Crohn's disease. This is pretty interesting considering there are not too many conventional ways to heal any illness as serious. However this man was receiving flak for supporting a "dangerous food commodity".
The second article that Jessica linked to was against the selling of raw milk claiming that it cause many deaths centuries ago and it could possibly start again. This article claims that many people died from drinking raw milk but, many people die every year from more sever causes than raw milk.
Jessica's point is valid that the second article's argument isn't very persuasive at all. They have quite a few short comings and do not explain everything in great detail. They also lack scientific fact, which always helps an argument.
Frankly, I'm against raw milk mostly in the fact that we, humans, have pasteurized milk for a good 3 centuries and have had little problems with it, now that people have gotten comfortable to not having to fear milk they want it unpasteurized and raw. This is completely dangerous and the cons do not outweigh the pros in my mind. I believe that as soon as we legalize raw milk it will be used and not labeled in many products that we, the non-raw milk drinkers will consume and be put at risk for diseases such as tuberculosis. Now whether or not this is true I'd rather stay away from the chances of consuming raw milk, since I am threatened by hundreds of ways to die everyday, I do not need another plaguing me.

Is abortion right or wrong?

The controversial topic I decided upon was abortion. The first article is about why abortion is alright to perform in the early stages of conception. The author argues that a zygote (a ball of cells containing 46 chromosomes) is not a person but a potential person because it shares many characteristics with other cells in a person's body.
The second article talks about how it is in no right a woman's choice to take the life of an unborn child at any time during the pregnancy and should be considered murder. The author is a professional pathologist and is also very religious and uses God in his argument claiming that it is not people who make life but God so, we people have no choice to take the life of said child.
The first article was the more convincing one. Using scientific facts and logic convinced me that a zygote was not completely human yet and was merely a potential human not an actual human. The second article relied too much on religion and emotion to be effective towards me, more scientific facts could have been used. Especially since the author was a pathologist.
I have always had a mixed feeling on abortion, I have always felt that under certain circumstances it should be legal but in other cases illegal. I understand that legally it would be almost impossible to control what the cutoff would be. The articles did not really change my stance at all I still believe that abortion should be situational and I wish there was some way of reviewing each separate situation and analyzing them but in all reality this would be costly. So, I remain unchanged in my stance on abortion.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Response to Austin's fake vs. real food.

Austin talked about in his post about eating fake mashed potatoes. Claiming that at one point he would eat potatoes quite frequently being in college is when he switched to fake potatoes. Not because fake potatoes are better but simply because it is much easier being in college and cooking fake potatoes.
I have to agree with Austin entirely in his blog about fake potatoes. I was once like him, while I preferred the real mashed potatoes because they just had a bit better consistency, fake potatoes were pretty close to the real thing and that satisfied me enough. Austin talks about how using fake potatoes is just much more convenient than having to peel, boil and mash actual potatoes and real potatoes don't even give a greater nutritional advantage. This also makes me sad because I always hoped the potato was rich in vitamins and minerals since it is one of the most eaten vegetables.
All of the easiness put aside I would still rather have the real potatoes because you can leave the bits of skin in the potatoes making them even more delicious because they add a little more flavor and substance to the potatoes. All in all fake or real mashed potatoes are delicious

"Real" food vs. "fake" food

Often times in this world of ours it is difficult to find "real" food. I'm not entirely sure that I have but for the sake of this blog I believe I have eaten a real cheeseburger at some point. If my memory suits me it was while I was on vacation in Virginia and my family and I went to a fancy restaurant. This restaurant is where I had the most delicious burger ever. It was juicy and hot and melted in my mouth. All of these things I remember and that was almost 10 years ago.
Nowadays, most of the time my burgers are either from Mcdonald's or Frank's Place. Sure these sub par burgers satisfy my hunger but they cannot compare to that burger I had years ago. These "fake" burgers do not taste the same, they are saturated in salt and condiments and one cannot actually taste the meat. The "fake" burger is actually bad for you since it contains tons of saturated fat which leads to heart disease.
I never really wanted to switch to fake burgers but the reason it happened is because they are much more affordable. I hope to have a real burger again sometime soon.
The person who wrote this article was talking about the differences between grass-fed burger and boca (or veggie) burgers. We made a lot of the same points because we both preferred delicious real meat over processed salt saturated piles of so called "meat". I hope that soon Americans will learn good taste and I will be able to return to good food.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Demo Speech Self Eval

Alright, to start off I'll just say it flat out that a paper crane was not the best topic for a how to demonstration speech. It was quite difficult to teach in such a short time and maybe I could avoided such catastrophe if I just showed everyone how to do it instead of having people try to make one along with me. thought my organization was good but, I did forget to mention a few things which threw me off.
Anyway, I thought my introduction was really strong and I thought I had a lot of energy and made very good eye contact, besides the looking down to fold the paper although that was unavoidable. As far as me not dressing formally, I wore the same clothes I wore in high school because I was suppose to say that that's where I learned to make a paper crane in the first place and therefore would be most in my element and most comfortable to wear the same clothes.
As far as my visual aids, I think a giant sheet of paper would have definitely helped in everyone seeing all of the folds but, the little sheets were effective. A giant sheet would have looked way cooler at the end too, because I would have a giant crane.
I would not choose the same topic again because it was too complicated to teach in five minutes. I would have used a much larger piece of paper and I would have liked to have added a small anecdote which happened in High School where my friend and I filled one of my teachers car with 3,000 paper cranes.
All in all I thought I handled everyones frustration well and just decided to finish the speech in a timely fashion and I hope you all enjoyed it, because I know it made me laugh.

Response to Pat's blog "I Made a Meal"

In Pat's blog he interestingly enough makes himself some sweet and sour chicken. A delicious choice I would say and considering that it was in the middle of the week and in his dorm I do not blame him for having it store bought. I like Pat don't really have a kitchen in my dorm (although we do have a small plug in griddle) although one learns to deal with his surroundings.
I completely agree with Pat when he says that he thinks Pollan and the other guy he linked to are wrong for saying that people don't enjoy food. Of course people enjoy food it's delicious, savory and is one of the most modest pleasures one could have. Okay, so maybe not everyone enjoys food as much as Pat and I, but I know that no matter what kind of food it is I try to enjoy it. Actually to bring up a personal situation, I hate salads, hate them so much it seems to me that it is pointless to eat them and why should I force myself to? Because it is good for me well I'm sure I could eat some other sort of vegetable that would give me the same effects.
Okay, so after that small rant while I do understand where Pollan is coming from in saying that people don't enjoy food, I think he means that people don't eat good home cooked food as often anymore and therefore don't appreciate it as much. Again, being in college it is much easier to appreciate home cooked meals than ever before. I'm actually really excited to go home tomorrow for Spring Break so I can eat some home cooking.

Analysis of a celebrity endorsement

While preparing myself to do this blog self I decided to watch some T.V. first when the Snickers commercial came on containing Betty White and I thought to myself perfect. The commercial contains a young man (portrayed by Betty White) who is playing a game of football with his buddies. After getting tackled he is said to be playing like Betty White until he eats a Snickers bar and turns into his normal self. The ad then ends with the saying "You're not you when you're hungry!"
In my opinion I think that Betty White may not have all the expertise to endorse Snickers but it was still very amusing. I think a child would be more of an expert on candy but then again how would one describe someone as being an expert in candy? I think overall it was a successful commercial because it did what a good commercial does, grab your attention and show it's product in an everyday situation. Now since Snickers is a candy bar it comes down entirely to the taste of the candy and whether or not you like chocolate, peanuts and caramel with nougat.
Like I said before this ad was quite successful and I actually found some evidence on how successful. I found a link that states that it was voted in the most like ad of the entire Superbowl, a very prestigious award if I do say so myself. All in all this commercial was amusing and admirable and it's great to see Betty White back on the television.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Response to Tom's blog "He endorses What?"

Tom's post talked about how Ozzy Osbourne, the Prince of Darkness, actually did commercials for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. Tom said it was well done and possibly helped I Can't Believe It's Not Butter to sell more to the public just because Ozzy Osbourne was selling it on T.V.
After reading th post I was thinking to myself "No way could Ozzy Osbourne possibly be respected after doing a I Can't Believe It's Not Butter commercial" I've always had contempt for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, most likely because I love real butter, and I've never really liked Ozzy Osbourne's commercials all that much. Then I watched the commercial that Tom provided a link for and I completely changed my mind. This commercial was extremely well done and played into Ozzy's drug persona well and actually made me want to try I Can't Believe It's Not Butter on my next piece of toast.
Tom's other link proved entertaining if to say the least. The man talked more about I Can't Believe It's Not Butter than Ozzy Osbourne but, he did agree with both Tom and me about how this was a very effective commercial probably to all just because of Ozzy Osbourne. Whether or not Ozzy Osbourne has the expertise really wasn't picked at, although spreading margarine isn't fairly difficult at all so Ozzy might as well have had I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.
All in all this was a very well done blog and really caught and kept my attention. It could have gone into more detail (I'm thinking now that Tom may have not finished it yet, oh well) but even so it still hits the nail on the head and kept me interested for far longer than I thought any student blog would.

Second Post: Preparing a meal

Well being a Freshman in college and living in the dorms instead of buying stuff to make a meal I thought it would be better to take advantage of the eating hall Frank's and get some tacos on Tuesday. Taco Tuesday is amazing, all you can eat, pretty much, and it only costs four dollars. I started off with a bed of tortilla chips and grabbed four soft taco shells. Then I layered on the seasoned beef and nacho cheese. Then I went for the condiments: more cheese, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, jalepenos, green onions, and of course more cheese. Next, I grabbed a fork and used it to break up the tortilla chips and scoop this hefty plate of what I call "deliciousness" onto a tortilla and essentially make soft shell crunchy tacos. Afterwards I felt quite full and satisfied and it's always easy to take this route, instead of creating everything myself.
I agree with Pollan that in an effort to create better tasting food we have riddled it with trans-fats and other awful things. My question is as people was it necessary to do this just so we could eat awfully for three square meals a day? My personal philosophy is that one can eat whatever one wants except you need to be careful and make sure you balance every unhealthy meal with two healthy ones. This article contains evidence of exactly what I'm talking about. Ragging on children who snack, even though for adults apparently it's healthy to eat more smaller meals a day, essentially what I call snacking. A simple solution would to feed children small meals (4 healthy meals and one can be unhealthy) more often thus increasing their metabolism and increasing their activity. I think this would decrease the number of obese children and increase the amount of production in future generations.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I Can't Believe it's Not a Better Title: 1st post on Michael Pollan

In the beginning of In Defense of Food it talks a lot about how American society is strictly made of "fake" food. Michael Pollan claims that most Americans are stuck in the "Western Diet" and that Americans are overcome with health problems from these awful diets. I completely agree that it would be nice to eat real food nowadays but, to be realistic one has to realize that humanity could be too overpopulated to support our population on organic diets. I disagree that "fake" foods are entirely an evil in this world.
I agree with Michael Pollan that it would be nice to eat real meat and fruits that did not start out in a petri dish. This got me thinking though, could the world really switch to a completely organic diet? No more giant slaughterhouses that pump their product full of hormones and antibiotics? So in respect to this blog I figured it would not be a bad thing to do some research and found an excellent source that completely backs up Pollan. This article talks about how in a simulated society organic grown food could completely feed the population.
The so called "imitation foods" that Pollan talks about makes them sound like they were created to kill the consumers. I do not believe this is entirely true. Imitation foods have many positives about them. For one Pollan focuses on only the most obvious like margarine where in face many imitation foods would be anything made out of soy which is extremely healthy for an individual. Now, I'm not a vegetarian but, how can one say anything bad about a product that can be filled with tons of nutrients, vitamins and minerals that one could not get from their normal diet. Imitation foods are needed to help keep Americans healthy...Americans just need to be careful about which imitation foods they are eating.

Friday, February 5, 2010

First Post

Sucessfully linked to the class blog. This blog was interesting, I thought I'd try and find one based on my paper so it's all about alternative energy. I don't agree with all of it and to be honest it feels kinda of biased to me, but I thought it would be a nice blog to include in my first post. This next blog was harder to find but I thought I would find something that supported fossil fuels which is harder to do so instead it's more of a blog on the effects of the energy industry and when one side isn't supported the other is.