Monday, September 21, 2015

Would you rather live one life that lasts 1,000 years or live 10 lives that would last 100 years each?

I would rather live 10 lives that last 100 years each because I feel that living for 1000 years would get boring, so being reborn again and living a new life would be fun, a new century, new people and that way i wouldn't get attached to someone. If i lived for 1000 years i might get attached to someone and they'd die and I'd be alone and sad, but if i only lived for 100 years i'd have a better chance of not getting as attached and i could grow old with someone i did get attached to, that way instead of living maybe 900 years after the death of the person i would get attached to i'd only live about 10 or 20 years after. Also the world would get boring i'm sure if you lived 1000 years you'd already see everything but being reborn 10 times would be fun cause things would be new i'd be a new person i could meet new people and maybe live in a different place every new life.

Friday, September 11, 2015

My Skill

My skill is running, I have been running for 2 years. I started running because i wanted to try something new, when i was younger i did 5k's with my mom almost every year. We still do them! So when i started 6th grade i tried out cross country. I loved it, i was in the top three for every meet! When the county championships came i was pumped i got 3rd place overall, but i would've gotten 1st place if two varsity girls didn't compete in the junior varsity county meet. I've been running ever since and I'm so glad i do, i did cross country for laguna last year and wasn't doing to well at my meets so this year i'm hoping to improve. Although there was one meet i got first place in which was great, i felt so good after. I am doing cross country again this year and I cant wait to give the meets all I've got. Also to improve my skills i started doing a running club called the SLO roadrunners, so luckily when i started cross country this year i wasn't warn out after running a lap.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Exposition of My Independent Novel

                  My novel "The Book of Lost Things" by John Connolly it takes place present day in another dimension in a forest. I chose my novel because it looked interesting and i read reviews on it and they were all pretty good reviews. Also this book is in the adventure genre and I like adventure books. The main character is david and he is about my age maybe a bit older. I am glad i chose to read this book it's fun and full of action.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Story of Your Poultry

Kaya Stackhouse
Mr.Coward, English
The Story of Your Poultry
Even though it’d be more expensive, stop factory farming because it causes pollution it uses up a lot of human resources, it’s abusive to animals, and it's bad for human health. The NRDC says that “Ten large companies produce more than 90 percent of the nation's poultry.” that means there's only 10 major factory farms, so when you see those pictures of cows on a open field on the front of an egg carton that's not really true. Over 99% of farm animals in the U.S. are raised in factory farms. What is a factory farm? A factory farm is a large business operation that raises large numbers of animals for food (farmforward.com).
Firstly factory farms cause a lot of pollution for example factory farms have created over 100,000 square miles of polluted groundwater which is equal to 48,400,000 football fields. Waste drainage from factory farms pollute not only water but land and air in neighboring communities. Factory farms produce a large amount of manure, often generating the animal waste equivalent to a small city. The pollution from factory farms threatens humans, fish and the ecosystem.
Focusing more on water pollution, in 2011 a pig farm in Illinois spilled 200,000 gallons of manure into a creek, causing the death of over 110,000 fish. Also in 2012 a factory farm in California left over 50 manure coverd cow carcases rotting polluting nearby creeks and lakes. (NRDC.org). Not only that but runoff chicken and pig waste from a factory farm in Maryland and North Carolina is believed to have contributed to outbreaks of Pfiesteria Piscicida (also known as “Cell from Hell”), killing millions of fish and causing skin irritations and short term memory loss and other diseases among locals.       
Factory farms don’t only pollute but factory farming requires a lot of human resources such as water, and antibiotics. Factory farms use millions of gallons of water each year and California is currently still in a serious drought, the water that the people could be using for everyday needs are given to abused animals. The meat we get from these animals in factory farms isn’t even good meat and I’m not saying taste I mean it’s not even healthy. 30 million pounds of antibiotics are used for factory farms each year (farmforward.com) and we’re eating it. These antibiotics could be used for treating human illnesses but instead these valuable human resources are going to these animals. Bacteria is constantly evolving and sense bacteria can change so quick they can become immune to these antibiotics quick as well, so that makes creating new antibiotics harder. This has a negative effect on humans because humans need these antibiotics so the next time there's a salmonella outbreak thanks to factory farm animal waste it’ll be harder to make an antibody.
Secondly factory farming is abusive to animals in many ways. These animals are packed into small spaces so they can barely move, they have no access to the outdoors, and they spend their life on open warehouse floors. Chickens are usually kept in small cages or pens, due to these conditions they cannot engage in natural behaviors, many of these animals have severe physical and mental disorders. Factory farmed animals have unclear air because of all the waste that piles up in the small warehouses the animals are kept in which creates ammonia. (farmforward.com). These poor animals basically inhale disease all day every day until they are brought to the slaughter house.  
Not only is the air unclean the lighting in these warehouses are unnatural, this lighting creates unnatural day lengths to speed up the growth of the animals, this unnatural growth gives the animals chronic pain, mobility problems and heart problems. Sometimes if a cow can’t walk to the truck used to bring the animals to the slaughter house they will violently abuse the animal to make it move. Many female farm animals spend their whole life pregnant putting them under a great amount of pain. (farmforward.com) Most factory farms even deny veterinary care, and many of these animals have their tails, horns, toes, and beaks without painkillers so they are easier to handle. Factory farmed animals also have a shortened lifespan most animals that are slaughtered are still babies.
Thirdly factory farming is bad for human health, factory farmed animals are fed so many antibiotics, not just for keeping them from being sick but to promote growth. The warehouses the animals are kept in are perfect breeding grounds for salmonella and E. coli. These diseases can passed to humans through humans. Also due to all the antibiotics fed to the animals it can create the potential for dangerous, drug resistant bacteria. (farmsanctuary.com) California officials identify cows as the major source of nitrate in 100,000 square miles of pollute groundwater which can pollute drinking water, high levels of nitrate in drinking water increases the risk of “blue-baby syndrome” which can kill infants. Animal waste can be anywhere from 10 to 100 times more complicated than human feces, more than 40 diseases can be found in animal manure which can be easily transferred to human through meat or even water. (NRDC.org)
Due to factory farm pollution there have been many disease outbreaks which can be fatal to humans. In 1993 manure from dairy cows killed more than 100 people, made 400,000 sick, and $37 million were lost in wages. Antibiotic resistant bacteria infections kill 90,000 americans every year and 76 million americans become ill from foodborne illnesses each year. Scientists believe that that the outbreak of the swine flu was caused by pigs on factory farms and the manure storage in near by lagoons (farmsanctuary.com). It seems that the animal manure is causing most of the illnesses, if factory farming was stopped the amount for foodborne illnesses and deaths would definitely decrease.
Lastly factory farming does have a big part in food production. The poultry from factory farms are cheaper and for many americans this is important because not all americans can pay for free-range, non-hormone, non GMO poultry because it does cost more. Factory farming produces a great amount of the poultry humans eat everyday and meat does give you essential proteins.
Over 99% of poultry is from factory farms and yes it's just easier to go to the grocery store and buy poultry there instead of farmers markets because it more expensive to go to a farmers market. The average cost of ground beef at farmers market was $6 a pound but the average cost for ground beef at safeway was $3 to $4 (farmforward.com). Also companies have found it less expensive to pay fines than to change their methods.
As you can see it would be more expensive but worth it to stop factory farming. If enough people contributed to stop factory farming we could do it. People go to Washington D.C. every week to talk about factory farming. You can sign the petition on farmfoward.com against factory farming, there are many people people in the world trying to make a difference in the way we treat farm animals, for example going vegaterian or being vegan. It's not that hard to give up meat, I recommend watching Food inc. it's a very educational movie on factory farming.  
       
 A picture chickens in a factory farm as you can see they are in small cages which they never leave, and there are no windows. (farmsanctuary.com)
A picture of pigs in a factory farm, they can barely move, they are filthy, and the pens they are in are almost smaller than the pigs. (worldpress.com)
These cows can’t even step to left or right, all they can do is eat, sit in their own waste, and look forward. (atlantictattooremoval.com)
Works Cited:
"Farm Sanctuary." Farm Sanctuary. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 May 2015.
"Ending Factory Farming." Farm Forward. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 May 2015.

"Facts about Pollution from Livestock Farms." NRDC:. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 May 2015.
"Factory Farming: Misery for Animals." PETA. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 May 2015.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DDD, chapter 14

37905513825.gif   Ali found out that sissy had been sneaking into emmas room at night. Then her and ali and dulcie got into a fight about sissy and about wether they should stay or not. Not much happened in this chapter and i didnt think it was intersting.

DDD, chapter 13


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 This was a very suspenseful yet short chapter, Emma seems to act more like sissy in every chapter. Shes really mean to ali and it makes me angry, although Ali has very good patience. Also dulcie seems to get more depressed, this trip sounded fun at first but now it just looks sad. Also dulcies studio was ruined the next moring her paintings were wrecked and the pottery was broken. I suspect sissy did it. After ali found out her and sissy went on a wild goose chase in the rain, not knowing where sissy had gone ali found a small house and the lady who lived there let her in and she knew dulcie! I wonder if she was connected to the boat incident.

Deep & Dark & Dangerous, chapter 12

116319247625.gif I really like this book its very interesting and suspenseful, i wonder if emma will actually realize how mean sissy is. sissy is very mean and disrespectful i don't like her character. later in this chapter sissy tells the story of teresa and who she was, apparently she died to in a boat accident with dulce and alis mom a long time ago. Sense sissy knows this story so well, i wonder if shes "T".