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In our campaign to propose this new amendment, we do see where those against it might rebuttal. These arguments directly challenging the mental capabilities of many 16 year olds. Let’s look at the logistics of it. A great majority, if not all, 16 year olds live with their parents. In fact they’re mostly still dependent on their parents. Sure 16 year olds may be able to think for themselves, but don’t have the abilities to be truly self-sufficient. There’s also the responsibility of 16 years olds. While their parents may trust them smaller tasks like watch a their sibling or taking out the trash, one would never give a space of power to a child. They wouldn’t even know where to begin. Voting is a prime example of that; children don’t know the first thing about voting and all that goes on behind the scenes. Also, 16 year olds have many other rights such as the right to drop out of school or in some other states, the right to marry and have sex. (Debate: Lowering the Voting Age to 16). While these are freedoms they can choose express at any time, people against lowering the voting age would response to this: “Just because they have those rights doesn’t mean they should express them.” Debatepedia’s article – “Debate: Lowering the voting age to 16” states: “If all 16 year olds left home at 16 and started families it would be considered a disaster.” Countries much like America save things like drinking alcohol, serving in a military, and especially voting too much higher ages. The streets would be full of drunk and pregnant teens. In fact in the article: “Lower the Voting Age to 16: Pros and Cons” from International Business Times talking about the effects of lowering in voting in other countries. While countries such as Austria, Nicaragua, Brazil, and Ecuador have been successful in lowering the voting age, The U.S. and the U.K. alike have failed in such a process. Now let’s look into other things that could occur if America were to lowering its voting age. If we are to lowering the voting to 16, many states could also advocate lowering the criminal responsibility and consent ages to fit with the lowering voting age. What this basically boils down to is since you have to power to vote like the adults before you, one should be considered an adult as well. So, when you are convicted of a crime, even a smaller crime (theft) for example, instead of being tried a minor you immediately be tried as an adult. What the article states about age of consent is: “The issue of consent is particularly important because it extends beyond consensual sex; in prostitution and rape allegations, if sexual contact is proven and the victim is a minor, the perpetrator is automatically guilty on statutory rape.” ("Lower the Voting Age to 16: Pros and Cons). What this means is if the age were to be lower, the said perpetrator would have to go through a full rape trial instead. Another reason people are against lowering the voting age is because they believe that it won’t solve the problem of voter turnout. A plus of lowering the age is the possibility of increasing current voter turnout. But that’s all it really is, a possibility. ("Voting Age, Lowering: Debatabase”). As it stands, in America, voting is a choice. If you don’t want to vote, you don’t have to. Now considering 16 year olds tend to be more involved in their own problems rather than what is occurring across the country, they would most likely be the tiny percentage of people who would attend the polls. In regards to voter turnout is the political knowledge that many 16 year olds have. For the most part, that knowledge is little to nonexistent on a deeper level. Idebate.org shows how lowering the voting age can be very dangerous. It states that 16 year olds could use their voting power very naively, only voting for the candidate they think is cool or that supports a single issue that care about, not looking at the full picture. ("Debate: Lowering the Voting Age to 16"). The 16 year olds of the present are more concerned with things like instant gratification and getting/fixing something with the least amount of effort. The problem with that is it can create the younger voters into very big swing voters. Say one candidate offers to greatly increase curfew for those 16-17, but another offers to clean up the streets, teens may most likely vote for the first guy because they feel that issue he’s addressing directly effects them, so they care more. But say the second candidate offers to give free cars to all 16-17 year olds with permits; they instantly change their opinion to the second candidate because they’re getting free stuff. This can prove extremely dangerous in America. If this were to happen, America as a whole could potentially be electing unfit people to run our country. This is because the demographic of 16-18 years old is just so huge, if they all vote it could easily outclass all the adults voting, leaving the opinions nearly nullified. The adults of America already have a hard enough time deciding whom to vote for and don’t need ignorant teenagers possibly skewing the polls to an inadequate candidate. Also many teenagers tend to go against the popular consensus just for the sake of being rebellious. Something like is the very last we need at the polls. For example, there are two candidates: one obviously for the job and one obviously not for the job. Where vast majorities of people agree with the first candidate and they see that he/she is out best interests, there’s always going to those teenagers who are against the “status quo”. They’ll simply vote for the second candidate really just because, completely and utterly ignorant to their politics. And finally there’s the viewpoint of not all ages groups are affected by things the government tries to pass. Things like healthcare and social security are things that children should know about but it’s certainly not something that they should be worrying about. Things like that are handled by the parents or guardians, and for the most past when parents vote, they take their entire family into consideration. ("Voting Age, Lowering: Debatabase”)
"Debate: Lowering the Voting Age to 16." Debatepedia.com. Debatepedia, 04 Dec. 2009. Web. 02 Nov. 2011. <http://debatepedia.idebate.org/en/index.php/Debate:_Lowering_the_voting_age_to_16>.
"Lower the Voting Age to 16: Pros and Cons - International Business Times."International Business News, Financial News, Market News, Politics, Forex, Commodities - International Business Times - IBTimes.com. International Business Times, 19 May 2011. Web. 04 Nov. 2011. <http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/148691/20110519/lower-the-voting-age-to-16-pros-and-cons.htm>.
"Voting Age, Lowering: Debatabase - Debate Topics and Debate Motions." IDEA: International Debate Education Association - Debate Resources & Debate Tools. IDEA Inc., 22 Feb. 2007. Web. 04 Nov. 2011. <http://www.idebate.org/debatabase/topic_details.php?topicID=588>.
· How did you group go about making a decision for what to focus on for the project?
- We figured we should attack a subject that would directly affect us, that being letting 16 year-olds vote. While the object topics are just as important, we felt(or least I did) a more personal connection to the project.
· 11th grade Essential ? - What is the role of the individual in creating and sustaining change?
- The role of the individual can be two things in my opinion: either create change or deter it. For nearly ever individual trying to make change for the better, there are most likely just as many individuals trying to stop that change.
· How has your understanding of the electoral process and whether or not the US is a democracy evolved during this unit?
- I know so much more than I did before. I never knew that this is so involved with more than just the presidential candidates on the ballot. I feel like if I’m ever going to vote I’ve got to know my stuff.
· How did you decide to best relay a message to a national audience with your marketing campaign?
- We decided to go to the audience we are trying to help, teenagers like us. Rather just saying all the positives of letting us vote, let’s see how they’d feel about it.
Rethinking Pocahontas-by Markia Johnson and Nia Berry
This is a link to our website about the disney tale of "Pocahontas" which in reality is a modified version of the true story of "Matoaka", an indian princess who saved the life of an Euro-American named John Smith. There are may perceptions of Indians but the most famous and usually perceived as accurate version comes from the movie, "Pocahontas" and our website is created to give people a chance to learn about how media has been used as an tool to teach manipulated history. We hope that you learn from this website and use it as an example to further your thinking of history and how it's perceived in media.
2 cups of leeks, sliced2 cups of carrots, sliced
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 cups of green beans
2 cups of diced potatoes
1 cup of corn
4 peeled and seeded tomatoes
2 quarts of vegetable/chicken/chicken substitute stock, whichever you prefer
2-3 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup of Italian parsley
4 teaspoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Pour olive oil into pot and spread it around, dump theleeks and garlic in. Also add salt. Fry for five minutes, stir occasionally.
2. Add carrots and potatoes. Cook for three minutes, stir occasionally.
3. Add green beans. Cook for five minutes, stir occasionally.
4. Add whichever stock you chose, cook until it boils.
5. Add tomatoes and corn. Simmer for thirty minutes.
6. Add lemon juice and parsley, stir. Add more salt if so desired.The preparation of vegetable soup is mostly a lot of sitting around, really.
The thing about these ingredients is that it's absurdly difficult to actually research these ingredients, and that's where I hit a brick wall. Most of the vegetables used did not come in packaging and were devoid of any labels. The only thing I know is that, save for the tomatoes, they were picked from Wegmans' organic section. Furthermore, it's very difficult to provide the nutritional information of soup, unless you want to analyze how many fractions of a serving of each vegetable on average goes into a serving. That's not really something that's possible.
What I do know is that Wegmans claims its fruits, vegetables, and products in general tend to be grown locally. If it has the Wegmans brand, it's grown (or raised) nearby. It's impossible to verify this, but I have to trust them to some extent. Wegmans brand has two lines of interest: the first of which is "Food You Feel Good About," and the second of which is Organic. Wegmans has a track record of being pretty healthy. That said, the only part of this meal that was processed was the tomatoes. The rest of it was all organic.
Environmentally, I'm counting on the fact that Wegmans is being honest when it says it gets its things locally, but at the same time, I have to wonder if that's not entirely true. There are other Wegmans stores elsewhere, so do all of their products come from local farms, too? I don't doubt that any of this food comes from anywhere besides the United States, though.
The meal was obviously more expensive than fast food: fast food doesn't have eleven ingredients. Each ingredient costed about as much as a fast food meal as it is. Seeing as though these organic foods are Wegmans' own, Wegmans gets the money. The tomatoes are not organic, unfortunately. My family grows its own tomatoes, yes, but that's not very easy to do when it's cold. Never affected me very much since I can't stand the things, but it's always a nice thing to use ingredients you've grown. My family tends to grow its own herbs and spices when possible, too.
Overall, it's pretty healthy seeing as this vegetable soup uses ,well, vegetables. Organic vegetables. Vegetables that are organic. Organic vegetables.
I've always been vaguely aware of the things that go into food behind our backs, I just never knew for sure and I barely cared. Can it be said that I care now? Indeed. For now, at least. Hopefully I keep caring and that caring doesn't stop down the line. At least the place I shop at tends to be pretty gosh darn organic. That's awfully convenient since until now I barely paid attention to the stuff that I eat. I barely have to change anything, which feels pretty good. See, the italics mean what I just said is important.
This unit is unique in that it actually affected me on an emotional level. Admittedly, I'm pretty apathetic about a lot of things. Never before has a course or a unit even affected me like this. I can safely say I am scared to eat things now, for the most part. Wegmans is pretty organic so that's great, but it's just everything else is suddenly terrifying. The treatment of animals is nothing new to me. I've seen worse, like actual videos of this horrendous slaughtering. What I'm mostly affected and disgusted by is how these corporations get away with things. Realizing your government is even more corrupt than most people think is not a particularly fantastic thing. This paragraph is, of course, almost entirely based on our two week watching of Food Inc.
That said, there's actually not much I have to change except maybe lock up any number of candies and sweets I have stashed away for when I get bored. Without those, I eat pretty healthy as it is. I didn't even know that most of the things I eat are organic, and I think I like Wegmans that much more now.
A common misconception is that diet soda is "healthy" and perfectly okay because it's diet. Diet soda still contains a number of harmful chemicals, and though it has less calories, it's still about as bad as ordinary soda.
2lbs.- free range chicken thighs
3 -small organic red potatoes
1/2-organic red onion
1-cup of chicken broth
1-sweet Red bell pepper
1-clove of garlic
organic black pepper corns w/ grinder (Black pepper)
bottle of organic extra virgin olive oil
Reynolds Baking Bags
Prepare the chicken by sprinkling it with grinded black peppercorns
Sauteé 1/4 of the onion chopped, half the red pepper(with seeds), & chopped garlic in olive oil.
(while you are waitng you can slice your potatoes thinly.)
Once that in finshed and browned, prepare the skillet with more olive oil to fry the chicken.
You plan on just browning the skin , not frying completely.
Once the skin is browned, you need to prepare your baking bag,put the baking bag inside of the roasting pan, cover the bottom of the bag with potatoes then the slices of the other half of the onion and peppers. Add a layer of chicken to cover the bottom layer. each thigh should be touching a potato.
sprinkle the sauteéd peppers and onions on top of the chicken.
Put chicken broth on top of all the food in the bag using a turkey baster.
tie the bag and cut slits for air holes.
Put in a 375 degree oven for about 40 minutes. check periodically.
A few words to describe me meal:
The body does not take long to digest chicken. Chicken is not a heavy meat. Peppers onions and garlic and tasty flavors which are rather healthy. If you ate nothing but this meal everyday you might lack calcium in your diet.
All the ingredients were local and organically grown. The chicken was also free range.
During this unit about Food in Science and Society, I have been a lot more open minded when it comes to food. In the Food Inc. movie we saw a lot of animal cruelty when it came to chcikcen and cows. Cows were often swung around by their limbs and no one really "cared" about the animal that was about to be slaughtered. Another thing I found interesteing was the fact that fish were being fed cord in order to "beef them up" so they would be worth more in the market. They did the same to cows, which would cause them to put a hole in the side of the cow in order to essentially extract the waste, and these helps the cow a little because cows with holes in them last longer.
It was interesting in this unit to see everyones opinions with discussions and with their presentation of their portion of the movie.
This unit essentially changed my view on many foods I eat. For example I eat beef a lot less, especially because it takes 7 days for it to digest inside you body. YUCK!
Tuna Macaroni Salad
4 Brown Organic eggs
2 pouches of Ronzoni Pasta Portions: elbow
½ cup Miracle Whip Mayonnaise (vary to preference)
Lawry’s Season Salt (vary to preference)
Old Bay Seasoning (vary to preference)
2 cans of Chicken of the Sea Solid White: Albacore tuna
1. Boil 2 pouches of pasta in 1 quart of water for 5minutes.
2. Boil 4 brown eggs for 10 minutes.
3. Drain and serve pasta into a large bowl
4. Open, drain and serve 2 cans of tuna into large bowl with pasta
5. Apply about ½ a cup of mayonnaise into bowl and mix contents of the bowl thoroughly.
6. Add a moderate amount (2 teaspoons each) of Lawry’s Seasoning Salt and Old Bay seasoning and mix (continue to taste and add more season as seen fit).
7. Un-shell and dice eggs into bowl and mix one last time.
Based on the ingredients used to make my meal, about 60% of my meal is processed being made of processed tuna fish and mayonnaise.
My entire meal totaled in 315mg cholesterol. 3,230mg sodium, 33g fat, 600mg potassium, 128g carbs, 6g dietary fibers, 6g sugars, 46g protein, and 1,630mg calories. The amount of sodium in my meal could cause serious high blood pressure and other health risks and the amount of calories (1,630mg) in my meal is half of the suggested 2,400-calorie intake for women, so eating everyday would not be healthy. Also be reminded that this is all only in one serving.
All ingredients used in my meal were made and packed in the United States; ranging from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey California. The Chicken of the Sea Tuna Fish traveled the furthest being from San Diego, California. Only my eggs were organically grown.
This meal cost about $15. In comparison to fast food, my meal may be equal in health risk somewhat, but it is not a meal to be eaten regularly. Also my meal is a bit more expensive when buy ingredients as a whole. The USDA regulates these ingredients.
Being a person who has never once questioned what is on the back, ingredients and nutrient labeling of her everyday boxed processed food, this unit in science and society has changed my view and importance in food in multiple ways. From the identifying of terms and ingredients, the creation and modification of said ingredients and how these process of modified and organic foods has drastically effected America economically and health wise.
The initial assignment of simply reading what the ingredients were on a meal I had recently eaten was only step one of opening my eyes to the food I consume. After a discussion in class about the definition and creditability of certain terms found on the labeling of boxed/canned foods, I learned that terms like “Low-Fat” and “Natural” are not USDA regulated meaning; any thing claimed to be any percent less fat (even if it’s only 1%) than it’s original form can be considered “low fat” without any higher authority confirmation. It was facts that like and many others that alone made me more conscious of the ingredients in our foods.
Step two in discovering the truth behind our food was actually watching the documentary movie, “Food Inc” which had a range of discussion topics. It talked about the treatments of both animals and workers, the process of making food, the cost of food and how it economically effects America, the health causes of genetically modified foods, the political aspects of the food system and overall how as consumers, we have a large role in the food system and are capable of changing it. My group in particular took the chapter, “Shocks to the System” which discussed how an consumers, we are becoming slightly more conscious of the products/produce we purchase and this is partially due to the price inflammation and comparison of organic verses genetically modified. Stores like Wal-Mart have even gone “Green” in order to comply with costumers and appeal to high-class costumers who have begun to notice the difference between organic and genetically modified.
Step 3 was taking what I’ve
learned and applying it into my life by creating a meal that was ideally
healthy and free of genetically modified ingredients (homemade being the main
objective). My choice in meal was
Macaroni Tuna Salad, made with whole organic brown eggs. Along with other
classmates who made healthy meals, I found that eating healthy, some organic
foods was just as delicious and simple to make as the usual fast food, boxed,
and processed food that so many of us are used to.
For this project Maxime Damis and I worked together to bake Biscotti. HERE is the link to our recipe, recipe analysis, and photos of our creation.Here's my personal reflection of this Unit