Friday, February 19, 2016
We made Asian noodle soup yesterday we used peppers, green onions, carrots, chicken broth and black pepper. We had to bring our soup to a boil in a stock pot then we added ramen noodles and chicken. It tasted so good and the only thing in the soup that i normally eat was chicken ramen noodles and the carrots.
Friday, February 12, 2016
On Tuesday and Wednesday we made chocolate cream pie. The meringue didn't stick to the chocolate very well at all the meringue taste pretty good so did the chocolate i just did not like the consistence of the chocolate. The egg yolk went in the filling and the egg white helped
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
May 26, 2015
Mr. Coward -3rd period
Animal testing right or wrong?
Do you ever feel bad for all the animals in labs? Have you ever felt that it was your job to do something about it? Do you ever wonder what they are thinking when they are all alone, cold, and in pain? Have you ever felt like you were just like those animals, maybe lonely, cold, and in pain? How does it feel? Imagine, you’re an animal waiting to be tested on and you’re wondering what it would be like to have a family to play with. Then, a scientist comes to get you and you just want it to go fast so you don’t have suffer at all any more. That is because you know most animals don’t survive the experiments and even if they do they are killed after.
My topic is animal testing. I think animal testing is wrong because there are alternatives to animal testing. Animal testing does not really help humans and it’s cruel and unfair to the animals.
I think animal testing is wrong for these three reasons. I think it’s wrong because it is unethical to sentence 100 million innocent animals to life in a laboratory cage and intentionally cause them pain, loneliness, and fear. It’s not always beneficial since the Food and Drug Administration reports that 92 out of every 100 drugs that pass animal tests fail in humans. Finally, there are other ways to do testing.
Most of the animals that are used for testing are not dying from natural causes. They are dying because of how they are being treated in labs while experiments are being performed on them. Worldwide, 22 animals die each second when in a lab. When scientists are testing animals they burn their skin, they cause severe brain damage, they cause blindness, they put animals in long term isolation, and force the animals to inhale toxic fumes and gases. Other types of testing include electric shock and not giving them food and water. Also, how do you think they get these animals? They don’t appear out of thin air. Well, I’ll tell you they repeatedly breed them even though it’s unhealthy for the animals. The scientists don’t care.
When I was younger, I remember reading a book at my grandparents’ house. It was my cousins and it told us how in one study scientists used mice and rats and completely tortured them. In the aforementioned study, scientists shocked the feet of mice and rats and then suspended by their tails. Then, the poor rats and mice were forced to swim to avoid drowning. When the scientist explained how this was relevant to human research, they said it was relevant to humans to help research anxiety and depression. I believe there is a record of this documented on line. When people heard the explanation they pretty much almost accepted it, but I don’t. I know there are alternatives and we just need to find them. I think that these animals have suffered enough. If any test should be done on them, they should be mild and only one test should be performed on that animal.
Another reason why animal testing doesn’t help human relevant research is because only 8 products out of 100 that passed animal testing really work on humans. The other 92 products either don’t work or are dangerous to humans. Why should animals just be wasted like that? In the middle ages, people didn’t have aspirin and they got along just fine.
Since so many experiments fail to be helpful to humans, it wastes time, money and resources that could have been spent on human-relevant research.
There are alternatives to animal testing. I have three words for you; “reduce, refine, and replace.” Reduce, we need to reduce the number of animals that are tested on each year. Refine, we need to refine or improve the method of testing. Replace, we should replace higher developed animal with less developed species like replacing mice with worms and dogs with rats. I think if we are able to do this and follow the “3r’s (reduce, refine, replace) we will almost have an animal test free life, which to me is very important.
One alternative to animal testing is being used by the cosmetics company, Loreal. They no longer test their products on animals and still have amazing products that work just fine. They are also on their way to creating 3D human skin so that scientist can test their products. These studies will be able help researchers with a new way animal-free testing. These studies can also help create animal-free testing in other areas, like drugs.
There is some benefit to animal testing. In science, I learned one reason scientist like to experiment on mice is because the genes of mice and humans are 95% the same. Having genes that are close to ours are good because mice express pain on their face pretty much just like humans. Scientist are able to determine how much pain they are feeling and they can see if the medication is effective. Animals are helpful in curing Ebola mostly because it was mostly spread by other animals. Animal testing also is used to test cosmetic products. Studies have shown, “Animal research has provided valuable information about many physiological processes that are relevant to humans and has been fundamental in the development of many drugs, including vaccines, anesthetics, and antibiotics.”(Advocacy. Britannica)
Although the reason stated before may have good points, it doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that undercover operations have found the scientist working with animals are clearly ignoring animal welfare policies and don’t properly care for the animals. Also, I know many of the drugs that have been found through animal testing can be dangerous to humans even though they passed animal tests. Did you know according to animal testing results lemon juice is a deadly poison? I found that the animals also became addicted to drugs. (The cruelty of lab animal testing.” Down to earth organic and natural) Scientist should explore the possibilities of using computer models for more types of testing because it’s found to be more effective than animal testing.
In conclusion, animal testing is cruel and the results from the experiments are not always helpful to humans. More research is now being done without using animals. I was happy to find that some major cosmetic companies that relied on animal testing are looking for new and creative ways to test their products. Researchers need to continue to find new and better ways to test new drugs and products without using animals./
Monday, May 4, 2015
It was about 5:00PM on a Sunday afternoon when I interviewed my dad about being in the Vietnam War. I was in my room talking to my dad over the phone and my dad was relaxing at his house.My dad is Douglas Wayne Thomas who is 72 years old and is now retired. Before he retired, he spent more than 40 years working for Hi-Tech companies.
My dad is tall, about 5’11”, has blue eyes, and grey hair. He sometimes wears glasses. My dad likes to ride motorcycles. I chose my dad because I knew he had been in the Vietnam War and I did not know a lot about it. I thought it would be interesting to learn a little bit more about the Vietnam War.
The Vietnam War took place from November 1, 1955 until April 30, 1975. It was the longest war in United States history. In October 1966, my dad enlisted in the military and chose to be aMarine. According to my dad, he wanted to be a Marine because the Marines were supposed to be the best, “better trained and had better uniforms.” When he went to Vietnam, he was 23 years old and married with a young son. He decided join the military instead of being drafted. My dad wanted to serve is his country.
During the war, my dad was in the enlisted category. The highest rank he got to was a Staff Sargent. People referred to him as Sargent Thomas. When my dad was in the Vietnam War, his job was to fix radios so that the planes could function properly and the pilots would know what to do and where to go. After boot camp, he went to electronics school for 7 days a week, 8 hours a day, for 42 weeks. I asked him how the military is different today from when he was there and he said,” It is different now because there is newer technology, and more technology whereas when I was there we had giant computers that were really slow and there weren’t a lot of them.” I wanted to know if he liked his job and he said, “I knew I had a job to do so I did it to the best of my abilities whether I liked it or disliked it.”
I learned from my dad that the Vietnam War started because North Vietnam was a communist’s country. They tried to make South Vietnam a communist country but South Vietnam did not want to be a communist country. So, long after North and South Vietnam had been fighting, America stepped in to help South Vietnam. The war ended because people were criticizing America’s involvement in a fight that was not theirs. American’s had to walk away. He said, “All the innocent Americans that tried to help never got any justice. They just died for no reason.”
It was sad to hear about something that happened when he was coming home from the war. When he was coming home from the war, he was wearing his uniform and people spit on him and called him a “baby killer.” There was nothing that he could do about it. The soldiers were called “baby killers” because the North Vietnamese would shoot from the houses of the villagers and use the children as shields. As a result, whenever the Americans would try to fight back or shoot at them, there was a slight chance that a child would be shot. All people heard was that the soldiers were killing children, they did know the truth.
My dad left for Vietnam in October 1966 and I returned home in March 1968.” He told me,” I was gone at war for 15 cold, long months.” He also said, “My favorite part was when the war ended so I could go back home and see my family. I missed them.”
In conclusion, I learned interesting things that happened in the Vietnam War. I also got to learn more about my dad. I was sad when he told me about how the North Vietnamese used children as shields. What a terrible thing to do. But then, I guess war is terrible. I think it was brave of my dad to choose to join the military. I am sure that it was difficult for him and his family.
Monday, April 20, 2015
I'm still reading The Secret Garden and so far my favorite part is when Mary is led to the garden by the crow. I wonder if she was scared when she went in I know I would defiantly be nervous. If I were the author I would have put more action into her journey to the garden I would of had her go through a village up a hill and down a river.