The mercury debate

Recently for my biology class I had to look at 3 different websites (http://www.gotmercury.org, http://www.mercuryfacts.org, http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/fishshellfish/outreach/factsheet.cfm) with varying positions on the issue of mercury levels in the fish we eat and write up a paper on my findings. I really enjoyed the assignment and figured I’d post it here. This was not a MLA format type of research assignment so I was able to have fun with my format.

The case against fish consumption Continue reading

Dear tea baggers..

When the founding fathers wrote the constitution there were roughly 4 million in the US. Now there are 308 million. Needless to say, technology and culture has since come a looooooong way. When the environment changes adaptability is the key to survival. Quit being stubborn and ignorant, you’re killing America.

Xenophobia

I really was trying not to post about this because I really don’t want to sound like I’m complaining all the time. I am silencing myself no more. There has been a lot of controversy in the news over a mosque being built *near* ground zero, and also a pastor who thankfully resolved to scrub his 9/11 Qur’an burning event. I certainly understand the concern over the location of the mosque, when I first heard the phrase “mosque at ground zero” I was a bit taken aback. However upon following the story and hearing the different views I have to say it’s not that simple, and before anyone goes throwing stones there is a lot to be considered. Continue reading

Tolerance

I like to watch videos on Ted.com, if you haven’t been on that site and you are a scientifically-minded and creative individual I suggest you give it a look. There is a talk by Richard Dawkins and also a talk by Sam Harris on how we need to abandon religion as the end-all be-all solution to life issues. This isn’t another atheist rant of mine, there are factors beyond religion that fuel the perpetuation of dicrimination and unethical practices. The bottom line of this post is that we need to stop letting things such as religion, “culture” and politics stop curbing our tolerance and fogging our moral goggles.
Past instances of religion-based or “cultural” discrimination or unethical treatment against a group or individual are too numerous to get into in one post. This is a broad and time expansive subject. I’m just going to go over some current events in an attempt to give you food for thought. Continue reading

The war on terror

Ok, I try not to think of myself as a very political person. I despise the two-party system and the angry mobs of people who think they’re right. However I do want to present my reader(s) with my perspective on the war on terror.

Are you ready? I think this war is stupid. Almost 3000 people died in the attacks of 9/11. As of 10/31/2009 there have been 4345 American military casualties in Operation Iraqi Freedom. We are upside down in our human investments in homeland security as of September of 2006 (3 years!). If I was a terrorist I would be patting myself on the back right now. That single act of terrorism has cost us more lives and more money than the terrorists could ever hope for. In trying to make life for Americans safer we have managed not only to match, but to exceed the costs of the original attack.  No need to plan another attack terrorists, we got this under control. This war is embarrassing. We look stupid.

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