Boys and Girls Ultimate: State Championships
Teams must qualify.
It wasn’t always like this. I used to live in a nice house with nice people. They fed me and played with me. I had my own little bed and everything I could have ever wanted. Then one day the people were packing boxes I wondered what was going on. I climbed into a box and saw some of my toys. I stared playing with them in the box. The little boy watched and giggled at the sight of me playing in the box. Then the woman picked me up out of the box and placed me in a cage. I wondered what was going on. Two men were gathering the boxes and putting them out into the truck. He seemed to fit a lot of those boxes in that little thing I thought to myself. It had words on it and a picture with words I didn’t know. I try to figure it out. Sa-n-ta Ana. I was confused. Oh well I’ll get it eventually. Suddenly the cage lifted up. I saw the boy’s fingers and I playfully tapped them. I was put into the family car in the back. It was like a mix of a pick-up and a SUV. I was put in the trunk.
After what felt like 5 minutes we started moving. The purr of the engine lulled me to sleep. In the middle of the night I woke up. I had a feeling we were almost there for a majority of the trip I didn’t feel a lot movement of the truck stopping. And there was a lot of stopping now. Suddenly, there were bumps, big ones. My cage bounced around from them. Then one big bump rolled under the truck and sent me flying. The impact opened the cage and I broke out at full speed to catch the truck. It was too fast I couldn’t catch up. I stopped and looked around. Nothing was familiar, or at least not enough. I started walking down the road to a park. I saw all these strange yet vaguely familiar things. Signs that shined in the night and flashed like the orange lights on the front of cars. I got to the park and climbed a tree to the lowest and safest branch, and rested.
Daybreak came and I climbed down the tree. There were people here. I wondered if they knew the people I came with. I wanted to focus on that but I was so hungry. I walked up to a lady feeding birds. She took one look at me and shooed me away. I walked away. I saw a man with an apron that looked like the one the man that I knew wore when he cooked, surely he would have some food. I walked up and saw a little bird and it looked sad. It saw me and watched. I walked up to the man with the apron. He saw me and how hungry I was. He wasn’t like that lady I saw before. Instead of shooing me off, he gave me some food. I don’t know what it was but it tasted really good. He pulled it out of his sandwich. It was brown and thin. I ate but I was still hungry, but the man refused to give me more food. I ran out of the place and crawled under a tree and slept for the rest of the day.
It’s night when I wake up. I walk past the place with the man and the bird but I only saw the man no bird. I looked around for the bird, no luck. I wondered where it went. I wandered the streets until I came to some tracks. I started to cross when I heard something coming towards me with a rumble that shook the track. I looked and saw three lights heading toward me. I knew I had to move. I couldn’t I was frozen in fear by the sight of this monstrous metal thing barreling toward me. Suddenly the little bird from the place chirped loudly and snapped me out of it and I escaped the tracks just in time. I thanked the bird and we walked on together. We got to a place called a motel after what felt like forever, and we rested. I started to get hungry again. I looked around for something to eat, nothing, I then saw the bird. My mouth started to water. I shook my head to get the thought out. I slept under a car in the parking lot. The next day my friend and I walked into a nice neighborhood and lucky for the both of us the first house we went to ended the journey. My family was here and the little bird was given a new home with me. It’s good to be home.
American Government: SCOTUS Case
Rehberg v. Paulk
Issue: Whether or not a Government Official or someone of authority can be sued for giving false testimony to a grand jury.
In 2003, In Albany, Georgia at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital (nonprofit), a group of six general surgery practice doctors, including one named Charles Rehberg, wanted to open an outpatient surgery center. The hospital, however, was completely against this plan. When Rehberg (business manager for the practice) found out about the hospitals opposition towards an outward patient center. Upset about the hospital's opposition, Rehberg decided to investigate the hospital's spendings. With Rehberg's prior experiences as a public and certified forensic accountant, Rehberg was able to discover shocking information about the hospital's spendings.
He found the hospital's public IRS form and found out that in 2002 the CEO was making nearly three fourths of a million dollars (nearly $750,000) yearly. Rehberg also found that a bank accountant of the hospital was located in the Cayman Islands and the officers of the hospital spent around $33,000 in that year visiting the Cayman Islands. Most disturbingly, he found that the hospital was charging uninsured patients more than those who are insured while also taking the poor/uninsured people to court when they were unable to afford the full amount of the charges. With this dirt on the hospital, Rehberg and one of his fellow doctors, Dr. John Bagnato, began to anonymously send out faxes to various businesses and community leaders to inform the public and officials about the hospital titling the faxes, "Phoebe Factoids."
After the faxes started showing up everywhere, the hospital grew furious and complained to the District Attorney, Ken Hodges and asked him to find where the faxes were coming from. The DA in turn labeled Rehberg and Bagnato culprits soon after the hospital hired private investigators that soon confronted the "culprits." The hospital then filed a 66 million dollar lawsuit against Rehberg and Bagnato. In the Supreme Court case, it was ruled that prosecutors are completely immune to any suits made against them even if their previous testimony to a jury is false. The hospital dropped it's lawsuit after indictments were made (all were dropped). What the Supreme Court ruled was that officials are in fact immune to a suit, but investigators and their actions are not. The defense' main argument is that there was a post-Civil War statute enacted by Congress is supposed to provide citizens with a solution for abuses from officials that falsely testify. This case will continue to be debated.
The arguments before the court were simply over the immunity of officials that gave false testimony. The Justices repeatedly asked Mr. Pincus (the representative of Rehberg) about what a complaining witness is and why officials shouldn't have immunity. The case goes on for about an hour of repetition of arguments. Personally, I predict that the case will turn in nobody's favor, but if anyone's favor, Rehberg. The reason I believe this is because the Supreme Court ruled that investigators such as the one the hospital had investigate Rehberg, can be sued for false testimony even though actual officials cannot. Based off of this, I think that Rehberg will have the hospital sued. In my opinion, I think the hospital should get what's coming to them with a full replacement of staff involved in the money flow of the "nonprofit" hospital. What Rehberg and others found was a corrupt institution and their finding seems to be backfiring on them with injustice.Sources:
4 cups hot cooked rice
How to make Oyakodon
5 cups Botan Calrose Rice
1. In a large skillet, heat the dashi stock over medium heat.
2. Add in soy sauce, sugar and mirin. Stir.
3. Add in chicken and let heat for about 5 minutes.
4. Add in onion flakes and let sit for another 5 minutes.
5. Add eggs into the skillet.
6. Bring to a boil.
7. Lower heat and cover with a lid for 1-3 minutes.
8. Remove from heat and serve over steamed rice.
From the two part meal, out of 15 ingredients, 10 weren't processed. (Rice, rice vinegar, chicken, sugar, eggs, sesame seeds, seaweed, cucumbers, sesame oil, and onion flakes) So about 67% of our total meal was whole foods.
For the Kimpab the meal consisted of mostly oils, complex sugars, protein.
For the Oyakodon the meal consisted of protein, complex sugars, simple sugars, protein and oils.Complex sugar-Complex sugars are tecnically carbs. Carbs regulate the sugar in your blood so all cells get the appropriate amount of energy, help foster growth of good bacteria in your intestines, help the body to absorb calcium, regulate blood pressure and give your body energy that it burns off slowly rather than right away.
Oyakodon = $37.48
While initially this is more expensive than fast food factor in that it was made for 10+ people which brings the prices down to $3.03 and $3.74 per person. This is the price of a dollar menu meal at mcdonalds and cheaper than a value meal. AND it's much healthier. H-mart and it's farming partners made the money off our meal. H-mart is the largest corporation involved in our food.
There were only two processes followed for all of our foods.
4. Cleaned (at H-mart)
5. Onto H-Mart shelves
2. chemically pimped out
4. Truck (to factory)
5. Additives are added/final products are made
6. truck to H-mart
7. onto shelvesHonestly had we grown these items ourselves the only missing steps would be steps 3 and 5 for whole foods and steps 2,4,6,7 for processed foods, H-mart is pretty awesome like that.
If it weren't for this unit I would have known that I have very little say in the way my food is produced but I wouldn't know why. Because of this unit I learned just how screwed the organic vs. processed food debate is. As a consumer, I should have the right to know what I'm paying for but through Food Inc. I learned how important it is to keep the consumer in the dark so the producer can sell the cheapest things for the biggest profit.
A good starting change would be for me to try and put more of my money into small farms. These are the cleanest producers with minimal use of middle men. Because small farms don’t use the middle man I know my money is going straight into my product. What I buy is actually what I paid for. Also, I help myself by buying from small farms because the food is sure to be more organic than what the FDA lets pass for organic in Wal-Mart.
But I also learned its not just about what you eat. Moderation in what you eat can affect you just as much. A person who eats junk in moderation might not get diabetes while someone who gorges on healthy food does. And even then your genetics might simply be working against you. Healthy diets are affected by more than just food!
Although hard at first, these changes would be in the best interest of all people. If we start creating healthy habits earlier, generations of kids can grow up with healthy appetites. If we worked hard enough, there could one day be a generation of kids for which diabetes is a rare occurence. For me as an individual im not entirely willing to make the change, but for the community as a whole I would love to. After learning all the secrets the food industry has hidden from its customers im less likely to willingly stick to eating its food.
Uyen Nguyen's reflection/Food rule
One of the biggest thing that I learned from this unit was that about all of the food Incorporation and how the food industry really affect the economy. However, that is not one of the main thing I notice about the chapter, I also notice a lot of important facts that the general public should acknowledge. As simple as it sound, its actually more than just any food that you can easily purchase at the market or where else. These foods are going through a system that is almost like a cover up for the truth and as consumers we are not taking our time to investigate in these issues. I would like the general public to realizes all of the issues that are running in the food industry and tries to change it before it is too late. Some of the steps that I personally can do to address this issues is by talking about it at home and starting it out with my parents and friends. It might be a small change that we can do one by one, but the small changes might be able to help us spread the words and get people to listen and start getting involve with consuming in organic foods as as well as growing their own instead of spending a small amount of money to ruin the human health.
I also enjoyed reading the facts about the new way to grow potatoes as well as how they are being describes more of a computer than just a plant.
This chapter has changed my view on the food industry more than ever before. Also it has struck to me that there are so many ways that I can go with my diet without having to conflict with all of the unhealthy eating habits. I might return to being a vegetarian once again.
This unit definitely helped me to have a better understanding of how the food industry works and what goes on behind the scenes of the supermarkets and their providers. In the food system, I’m a consumer and being a part of a secretive food society isn’t fair to not only myself, but to many others as well. The largest problem that we have with the food industry is that so much stuff, aside from the million and one things that are listed in the ingredients, is put into our food without us knowing; so many things are hidden from us. The food industry is using products that are cheaper and more convenient to obtain. They’re processing food to make it appear more edible than waiting for it to grow naturally that way. For example, in the movie Food Inc. we learned how farmers would basically drug their chickens with steroids to fatten and grow larger a lot quicker than they normally would. Compared to a “normal” chicken, the modified chickens are about 2-3 times larger.
A few food changes that I could make are to buy organic food and free-range meats. The only problem with organic food, as we learned, is that it can be extremely pricey and it’s not really affordable, which isn’t fair. People shouldn’t have to spend a fortune on healthy food for their selves and their families. But since they do, the majority of America is overweight due to the cheaper, unhealthier food options that are provided for us. So, until I’m working or until the food industry decides they wanna let us buy healthy food for a cheaper price, I’m not AS willing to make the change as I should be.
As we sat down as a group, our conversation focused on changes we would like to see concerning voting. We all agreed that we would like to see the voting age be lowered to at least age 16, making it possible for teens to vote. We believe that if 16 and 17 year olds vote a wider majority of issues involving young people will be addressed.
Homemade Toaster Pastries
2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into pats
1 large egg
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) milk
Fresh strawberries, chopped
½ a vanilla bean, split and scraped
Vanilla icing/frosting for the top of the pastries.
Pie dough mixed with sugar, flour and salt can be used for the outside of the pastry. The first step is to separate two sheets, one for the top and the other for the bottom of the pastry. Put the dough in the oven for a little while to allow them to harden some, so about 5-10 minutes is good. After it has its form, it is ready for the filling. Smear it evenly, but also make sure it's thick enough to be tasted. Once the filling is put onto the bottom, put the top on it. Push it down so that the filling is on both sides and begin smearing icing on the top of the top piece. Sprinkles are optional, but if they are added, make sure they are pushed into the icing. Place in oven for 15 minutes. Remove, let cool and enjoy. (I'm guessing this is how it'd be made)
My main role in the larger food system is a consumer, since I spend my money on food all of the time. This unit we learned about a lot of food related problems, some of which I already knew and many I didn't even know existed. I think the problems that stood out to me the most were the ones we saw in the Food, Inc. movie. When it comes to me personally, some food choice changes I can make would be eating less fast food. I eat fast food at least twice a week because its cheap, easy to get and made quickly. If I could do this, I'd probably be healthier because this would mean that I'd have to eat more home-cooked meals. Even though it'd have a good impact on me, I think I'd only give up fast food for a week before I'd be back at the counter ordering. It's hard to let it go.
Food Rules Slide
Serving size: 1
Material: Bamboo rolling mat, a butter knife, a sharp knife, and a bowl of warm water.
- 1 cup of warm cooked White rice
- 1 Seaweed
- 2 Crab classic leg style (Can be bought in package at ShopRite)
- 1 Cucumber green
- 1 Avocado green
- 2 tbsps (30 g) of regular cream cheese
Step 1: Preparing:
Start by cutting the filling ingredients. For the cucumber, slide it into long pieces by its length. For the avocado, cut it into two halves then use a spoon to scoop the meat out of its skin. Next, slide the half avocado by its length.
Step 2: Filling:
Put the seaweed on the bamboo rolling mat (make sure the smooth side faces down). Then spread the warm cooked white rice evenly on the seaweed. Next, place the fillings length-wide next to each other. For the cream cheese, use a butter knife to make a slide of cream cheese, and place it next to other fillings.
Step 3: Rolling:
Begin with the side nearest from you and roll it further away. Avoid rolling the mat into the sushi. Use the mat to tighten the roll.
Step 4: Cutting:
Dip the sharp knife into warm water. Using sawing (back-and-forth) motion and very light pressure, slice each sushi roll crosswise into eight or more pieces. For easier cutting, frequently dip knife blade into hot water.
* Approximately, 70% is processed food. All, but cucumber and avocado, are packaged and precooked.
* Approximately, the serving is 300 calories, total fat 10g, 10g of sugar. The body will deal with this food by breaking down the nutritions, then use them. The extra will be stored in muscle tissues and liver. As always, the unnecessary parts will be[come] waste. This type of food is not the healthiest, but also not the worst. One might not get fat from it, since there is little calories, sugar, and fat.
* The crab is packaged in Wisconsin, seaweeds are from Korea, rice is from Thailand, Cream cheese is made in Philadelphia, cucumber grows locally, and avocado is shipped Guatemala. So the farthest traveler would be rice. So my meal traveled around thousand of miles before reaching my mouth. Most sadly, none of them was organically grown. On top of that, the process of growing rice is particularly harmful to the environment, due to the modern model of farming as to increase number of harvests per year quantitatively and qualitatively by using pesticide and GMO seeds. Similarly with avocado and cucumber, where the new market set up by large corporation created a new farming culture of capitalist oriented.
* The meal costs around $10. It is as cheap as fast food. There is n regulation on the import of milled rice. For avocado, it needs to meet a certain requirement by a grading system issue from USDA. Other products have no regulation. The major corporation that hold the ground of fruit and vegetable import is Dole Food, which is also the largest producer of fruit and vegetable.
* These food items can be bought at any super market, and restaurants. The ingredients are well traveled, and that they are grown from GMO seed and went through a highly biochemical process of farming. Since the soil and climate of the US limit the kind of plant and animals to be farmed, there are certain type of agricultural products that need to be imported such as wet rice. Beside these types, there are possibilities of growing avocado, cucumber in the backyard.Personal Reflection:
There is definitively a tremendous growth of my knowledge about food, particularly the food industry. I remember walking into the class with a very vague idea of how the two phenomenons science and society are intersected and related. However, with the discussions around different topics, from Fracking to Food Inc, I have consolidated the understanding as I been through the class.The biggest problem in my view is the ubiquity of GMOs in daily dietary and its negative effect on human health and the environment. It is even scarier when one re-examined their life and realized that they have been raised on bio-chemical food. The unit also pushes me to be more active in my diet, as I always need to be conscious of what I am eating. At the same time, I have been having conversations with different people about the issues with our food system. The movie Food, Inc has changed my view of what I eat, as well as where are my foods coming from. I have been more critical in shopping for groceries lately because of that.
There are certainly changes that I could take. The first one is to know my food, and minimize what is unnecessary. On top of that, adding more vegetable into my diet is another step to take.
◦ Macaroni – Whole box
◦ Vegetable oil – 2 caps
◦ Salt – 1tbs.
◦ Butter – 1 TBSP.
◦ Parsley Pereil – N/A
◦ Turkey Ham – A Whole Slice Of Turkey Ham Cut Up
◦ Bacon Pieces: Bacon Flavored Bites – N/A
◦ Peas - Half Of A Can
◦ Dry White Cooking Wine – 4 Drops
Steps On How It Was Made: