Backdraft of System

Hello,

This will be a compilation of literary works assigned to me by instructors at my college this semester. They will be educational and enjoyable to read. I hope they will bring a joyous atmosphere of entertainment for readers.

Classes will consist of;

Environmental Politics,
Nutritional Health,
History, and
English. As a little game; read the Plot Keywords as if they made up a sentence.


Enjoy.

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10. Week 4

Environmental Politics

I thought that this week’s class was especially informative. I really enjoyed listening to John Mckee. Also, the video on Carbon Capture really grasped my attention.

I’ve learned so many things this week; including and not limited to, global emissions and renewable energy alternatives, Ocean water levels and flooding issues, and CO2 and its potential to be recycled. Global emissions aren’t a pretty topic, I read there was over 4.2 billion pounds of toxic chemicals released every year and that renewable energy is the on utilization that can combat the effects of environmental desecration. To make matters worse, the people of Tuvalu are being taunted by rising Sea levels that will eventually encompass their nation. I need not mention how catastrophic CO2 emissions can be; thank you Canada for finding a temporary cap for this cauldron.

John was an excellent choice for the presentation. He had a trustworthy political background, and a snazzy tittle to go with it. His presentation on German renewable energy(s) was an eye opener for me. I hadn’t a clue that Germany was going green, all together.

The most grasping concept was the Carbon Capturing. After watching the video about this system on YouTube, I came to the awareness of potential, future, problems. I didn’t realize that the CO2 was trapped beneath a layer of gas impenetrable crust; this now seems like a potentially great idea. None the less, there may still be an issue for future generations with this one, I can only think of the things that could go wrong.

In all, it has been a very indulging week for me. I’m so thankful for the over excited and social classmates of mine and look forward to working with them in our group activities. Thank you for the awesome week.

 

 

WRITE

Environmental Policy over Four Decades; 3 Key Points

Environmental Policy

 

“As implied in the policy cycle model, the history of environmental policy in the United States is not one of steady improvement in human relations with the natural environment. Rather, it has been highly uneven, with significant discontinuities, particularly since the late 1960s. The pace and nature of policy change, as is true for most areas of public policy, reflect the dominant social values at any given time, the saliency of the issues, and the prevailing economic and political conditions.” (Kraft M.E. and Vig N.J, Page 9)

 

“The economic impact of environmental policy emerged as a major concern, and the president gave far more emphasis to economic development than he did to environmental protection or resource conservation.”  (Kraft M.E. and Vig N.J.,, Page 15)

 

Aided by the Clinton Administration, President George W. Bush knew the power within environmental politics and stood by it with his own agenda; but, he was also aware of American oil needs, and other industry (oil was the major need), pressuring him by the Republican Party. As a Republican conservative, Bush took interest in industrial interests as well.

 

The United States withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol and proceeded in mining for fossil fuels. The interesting part about this is that the media wasn’t around to broadcast on most, related, decisions by the U.S. “Many of these decisions received considerably less media coverage than might have been expected” (Kraft M.E. and Vig N.J., Page 15)

 

The policy is committed to broaden social goals and views “that are not easily quantified.” (Kraft M.E and Vig N.J., Page 17). Environmental Policy over Four Decades reads that it is difficult to assess data from the environment because of inconsistent data. Scientists still don’t know if the environmental conditions are getting better or worse, since the policy was established—personally; things seem to be getting better with renewable energy resources becoming available, it’s hard to say though without sufficient information.

 

Environmental progress with controlling conventional pollutants continues, though there are some setbacks.

 

PROS

 

Total spending budget was the same in 2008 as it was in 1980—for natural resources and environmental resources. Out of 23% of all water sources 52% of them are good quality since the Clean Water Act of 1972—the odds are in favor of water, but only by so much.

CONS

4.2 billion Pounds of toxic chemicals being released per years—this is a major setback. Further advances will be difficult because of cost and controversial environmental threats such as toxins, waste, and nuclear wastes. Problems will include climate change and biodiversity protection. Long standing problems consist of population growth, natural resource depletion and quality reduction, and poor environmental quality.[1]

Note: CONS heavily outweigh PROS!

 

 

3 Key Point Interests from John Mckee

Germany, Canada, America/Hawaii
 

Germanys renewable energy agenda has had a nationwide effect : The country’s Chancellor has made it possible for Germany to be a major player in the race for renewable energy. Renewable energy is being vastly reproduced; you may refer to Solar City in Germany to see one of many renewable energy masses. In Canada, the first ever carbon dioxide storage system was implemented that has global attention—3,200 miles of CO2 pipelines exist in the U.S. today. Carbon Capture will play a major role globally. Stores carbon safely underground. CO2 Capture will fill oil cavities. Compresses carbon dioxide can be maintained as a liquid. Safe and ecologically sound. In the U.S., Hawaii is playing its part in renewable energy integration. The use of windmills, geothermal energy, ocean turbines, and solar panels along with many more such as goods modifications; an example would be electric cars. America has implemented many fossil fuel alternatives such as, solar electricity, wind and water energy sources, and goods modifications, but will maintain its current course in the fossil fuels consumption.

 

Questions

Just One Question

Germany seems to be on the right path with renewable energy, have they come to some fearful conclusion about the future of global pollution?
 

Most Relevant Issue:

            I found that water quality, discussed in the Environmental Policy over Four Decades, bit was the most relevant to those in Hawaii. Fresh water from river systems, and rainfall, feed the all of the greenery in Hawaii. It would be devastating if these natural water sources were no longer safe for the environment—maybe, mixed with toxins. Hawaii wouldn’t be so green without its clean water.

 

What steps can we make to ensure a clean water supply? Will it mean the end to emissions totally? How will American’s cope without their beloved fossil fuels?

 

Nutrition

Drugs for Life

This article is about a woman, Jolene Rudell, who has GERD. She treated GERD with a drug called P.P.I., which led to an Iron deficiency. First, she fainted and thought it was stress from studying. But, then it happened again. Her physician said that the drug she was taking for GERD was depleting the number of red blood cells that she had. Specialists say that the cause of her issues wasn’t because of the drug itself, but was also a part of the duration that she was taking it. Doctors would prescribe a maximum of 8-12 weeks; nevertheless, the patients would sometimes use it for the rest of their lives.[2]

A Culinary Art

Everyone, I went on to read Back to Routine by BettyCrocker.com. This finding, summed up, is about being better and quicker with your meals. It provides much information about how food can be reused, packed for lunch, and remade.  What I found interesting was its elaborate pictures. They were all worth looking at. It certainly makes cooking and planning fees easy.

It is interesting to learn what we can do with our food. I’ve been around food saving my entire life; growing up, we were taught not to waste. I always ate everything on my plate, and if there was left overs, there were, my mother would do the same things as suggested by this web page.

 

You may view my finding here: http://www.bettycrocker.com/menus-holidays-parties/mhplibrary/everyday-meals/back-to-routine

 

History

The physical environment did not shape every human culture, sure some were happier than the others, but none were special. Take America, for example. Americans live in cities, near the coastlines, on mountains, and next to beaches. The U.S. is diverse and quite festive. Everywhere you go, you can find happy, energetic, fun filled citizens. Now imagine North Korea, they have the same resources and are a communist government, which means nothing goes in or out without secrecy.  Do you ever hear music, or festivities coming out of that country? Everything we have done and will do will always shape our future, but our environment is what we make of it.

We can certainly draw a lot of conclusions based on where someone is located, geographically. I would say that those who were near water, where there was great soil, would be in a relatively safe place to live. Geographic location played a major role on where we are today.

 One of the themes this week was religion. I am an elect and I have been my whole life; let me say, religion is based off of man’s replacement of God. To the ear, fulfilling commandments in order to get to heaven, in fear of death sure sounds like a swell idea. The missed point of the matter is that religion is dead, and has been dead since Christ died. May I be so bold to say, that the commandments passed down by Abraham are void, not because we cannot fulfill them, but because we will not.

Let’s talk about cities: Today, over ½ of the world’s 7 billion inhabitants live in cities. Is it possible for traditional cultures to thrive in association with developing civilizations? Is civilization necessarily a positive development for humankind? To what extent do the experiences of the First Civilizations reflect the experiences of civilizations today? Provide examples to support your point of view.

Yes, it is possible; but, as we saw in the transition of Paleolithic peoples to Neolithic, many societies were wiped out and or absorbed. In this case, cultures can still be absorbed into our society, but may not be the main theme.  We do practice religion, arts, entertainment, and arena games, just like the previous civilizations.

I would say that, in the viewpoint of growing a race, and if man finds it desirable; then sure, why not? I say do, if you want to. What would make civilization without being civil?

The extent would have to end with our nature. There has always been a greedy man and a giving man, etc. The greedy takes and not always gives, and the giving man gives and loathes taking.

The Mother Grain

Quinoa has been around for more than five thousand years. Dating back to almost 3000 B.C.E., this ancient grain has fed the Andean region for more than 500 generations. This grain now exists in the modern society.

Known as todays “super grain” quinoa has been recently sought out as a suitably healthy and sustainable food alternative. The market for quinoa is booming and sales out of Bolivia are about one million dollars a year. Despite the grains remarkable benefits and profit gains for the Andean region, it has been particularly hard to maintain a status of grain growth for Andean Inhabitants. Quinoa has been exported in order to grow in other countries.

My understanding of culture is, a recurring way of life imbedded into a society. And, a civilization consists of a group of people with leadership—to my knowledge. Hopefully these are pretty close.

I’ve learned that a civilization represents a new and particular type of human society, made possible by the immense productivity of the Agricultural Revolution—they are sizeable cities controlled by a state. And, that music and art are essential for culture. Where would we be without entertainment?

The map on pp. 58-59 suggests that the first six civilizations emerged close to water sources. Egypt, one of the biggest civilizations prospered with the help of the Nile—further south, so did Nubia. The Nile may have also made it possible to transport rocks from southern areas.

The two civilizations that were most likely to interact with each other were the Mesopotamian Civilization and the Nile Valley Civilizations. The Nile Valley Civilizations were located in Northern Africa, consisting of the Egyptians and the Nubians. And, the Mesopotamian Civilization was the first, of the six beginning nations, to emerge.

Egypt: Unified territorial state, Polytheistic.

Mesopotamian: “Cradle,” the beginning of civilization, Polytheistic, later they would conform to monotheism.

A similarity between these civilizations would their worship of a higher being or beings. The first civilization, Mesopotamia, established the earliest forms of writing, which lead to rule making and a religious atmosphere; with Gods, in which rules must be followed. The Egyptians, however, were more interested in their own lives and were brought to believe that the God of the dead, Osiris, would make them as he was so they could live eternally.

The regional geography that may have influenced them could have been their beliefs that with their God(s) came the seasons and plentiful times, goods. The Egyptians thought the Pharaohs controlled the agriculture and seasons. These two civilizations were a couple of the largest cities on the planet. There positioning near adequate water sources, played a major role in their growth.

 

English

Cummings & Hemmingway

I thought I sing of Olaf glad and big, was a great poem and that it had many things in common with A Farewell to Arms. To me, both had a hint of military…It’s a little more obvious than a hint. Likewise, both men seem anxious and willing to start again.

On the last line of the second stanza, “I will not kiss your fucken flag,” this piece by Cummings reminded me about the barber who didn’t like Austrians in A Farewell to Arms. Somehow it relates to the barbers bitterness towards the enemy, though Henry wasn’t really the enemy—the porters fault.

“But though all kinds of officers” on the first line if the fourth stanza reminds me of the three doctors who were with Henry (Cummings). They were all a bit peculiar. Though Doctor Varella’s wasn’t a part of the three, he was my favorite.

Cummings and Hemingway have very distinct character characteristics. Nevertheless, both Henry and the Narrator, in I sing of Olaf glad and big, have someone special they would love to see. Both Henry and the Narrator from the poem also have distaste for some things. While talking to the barber, Henry: “Get the hell out of here” (Hemingway page 91). E.E. Cummings wrote “there is some shit I will not eat.” Attitude? Yes, and without it, there would be no excitement.

Both the poem and the reading had a good picture of war. I would have to stand on a solid foundation, which is currently saying that both narrators may be posting autobiographies through their writings. It would be interesting to find out.

What do you think? Are these two both autobiography’s? What other relationships can we conger-up?

 

Side Note to A Farewell to Arms: They did have intercourse, “I’m going to have a baby…” on page 137 (Hemingway). The Author sure did a tricky verbal job of hiding this one. I thought he meant Henry just had intament moments with Catherine when he referred to love. Obviously Hemingway doesn’t know what love is. “Making Love” isn’t “Making Sex!” Or, is it to you? What do you think about this? Am I fare to conclude on this statement? Explain why or why not.

I’M NOT SURE if Henry or Olaf could function as a response to war—I did not find it as such, but if you insist I will pull some crap out of the air to meet standard—they were merely enjoyable to read about. However, both reads give the reader a broader imagination, or scope, of what war is like.

 

Cummings:

I sing of Olaf glad and big

Whose warmest heart recoiled at war:

The implementations met here were that war is undesired by Olaf; furthering my idea that the functional response on war is not mentioned but implied. Do Hemingway and Cummings both disagree with war? Yes, I suppose so. Can this function as a response to modern war? No, these are character opinions.

There were similar enjoyable lines that I call The Crude Quotes. “We go whorehouse before it shuts,” the captain lusts (Hemingway: Page 9). This sentence can be found two pages on; it reads “The room I shared with the lieutenant Rinaldi looked out on the courtyard,” and doesn’t make much sense, me and my girlfriend conversed on it and recognized that the editor chose poor grammar; we both agreed that he should have been fired. This next passage was enjoyable because it made me ask myself…WTF? “He was good-looking, was my age, and he came from Amalfi,” either Hemingway wrote this line for the lady’s, or, Henry was checking out a Fella (pg. 12). An epic line was this, by Rocca “’Bless me, father, for you have sinned.’” Found on page thirty-nine (Hemingway). “I heard the door open and looked and it was a nurse. She looked young and pretty”, Creeper (Hemingway: Page 84). And, likewise in “I sing of Olaf glad and big:”

 

 

I will not kiss your fucking flag

 

Straightway the silver bird liked grave

(departing hurriedly to shave)

 

but—though all kinds of officers

(a yearning nation’s blueeyed pride)

their passive prey did kick and curse

until for wear their clarion

voices and boot were such the worst,

and egged the fistclassprivates on

his rectum wickedly to tease

by means of skillfully applied

bayonets roasted hot with heat—

Olaf(upon what were once knees)

Does almost ceaselessly repeat

“there is some shit I will not eat”

 

 

Side Note: A conclusion came to mind when reading the poem the blueeyed pride is referring to the perfect Nazi race. During WWII, the perfect race was believed by the Germans to be Aryan. This shows the Austrian and German relationship, both Aryan, between Hemingway and Cummings. Cummings easily portrays this relationship on the seventh stanza:

 

more brave then me:more blonde then you.

 

Some of my favorite lines:

“And I know you’ve been with all kinds of girls and it doesn’t matter” (Hemingway: Page 115).

They had intercourse? “I’m going to have a baby, darling.” (Hemingway: Page 137)

“The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one?” (Hemingway: Page 139). That’s because the coward’s eternal and the brave just dies…and he is dead…deceased forever—I couldn’t stop laughing when I read this, it sounds so imperialistic.

This is the last one I’ll list, but it makes me feel…well, yeah! “I never felt like a whore before,” yes, because the nurses outfit and your riding-crop didn’t imply that at all.

How about those vivid graphic details of war, the ones with blood, Passini’s legs, and Henry’s knee that looked like ground up beef? The blood of the dead soldier above Henry dripping on him in the ambulance was especially graphic, I could feel the blood dripping, “I felt something dripping. At first it dropped slowly and regularly, then it pattered into a stream,” (Hemingway: Page 61).

Despite certain similarities, Olaf and Henry are two very different Hero’s. Olaf was a victim of racism, because of his rebellion to state, which was overthrown. Beside his troubled knee, Henry wasn’t a victim. He was just a man, who happened to inspire his own book by Hemingway.

 


[1] Kraft, Vig, Michael E. and Norman J.. "Environmental Policy over Four Decades." http://www.cqpress.com. CQPress, 2010. Web. 13 Sep 2012. <http://www.cqpress.com/docs/college/Ch1-kraft-vig.pdf>.

[2] Rabin R.C., http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/combating-acid-reflux-may-bring-host-of-ills/.

 

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