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Water Quality and its Impact on our Lives [Mar. 27th, 2004|01:21 pm]

[I feel |accomplishedaccomplished]
[I hear |tool - parabola]

I entered a Soil and Water Conservation contest earlier this month, and what we have to do is write a 7 minute speech (im not sure about the time, i know it has to be over 500 words though) but they gave us the topic of "Water Quality and its Impact on our Lives" pretty vague i thought, but first prize is 50 bucks, second is 25 and there's only one other girl competing (friend of mine) so either way i get moolah so it doesn't really matter to me...

anyhow, here's the whole speech, minus the bibliography which i have yet to do...

enjoy it because i made it entertaining, seein as i either sweep them off their feet and get 50 bucks, or don't and get 25, either way im pleased with what i made (even if it is a little vague from the topic)

Water Quality and its Impact on our Lives
Jess Paoletti
Ponce de Leon High School

So, let’s say that John is hot, and he is sweaty. He’s probably just got done mowing the lawn or painting the house. Of course, he heads for the kitchen, grabs himself a glass, tosses a few ice cubes in, and twists on the tap. And as that water swooshes into his glass he probably can’t think of anything except how nice it’s going to feel going down his throat, right? Chances are he’s probably never thought about what might be in that water. Chances are he’s probably never thought about the disinfectants and their byproducts, the organic and inorganic chemicals, and the microorganisms that might have contaminated your drinking water. And chances are he has probably never thought about how it impacts our lives, or what steps are being taken to keep us safe and healthy.

John doesn’t know that drinking water can be contaminated at the original water source, during treatment, or during distribution to homes. Water pumped from a river or lake can be exposed to acid rain, storm water runoff, pesticide runoff, and industrial waste. Microorganisms living in the water source can cleanse the water somewhat, but others can be harmful. The bacteria that cause Giardia and Legionnaires Disease are commonly found in most water sources that have not been disinfected. Chlorine is commonly used to disinfect urban water systems, but too much Chlorine in the water supply can cause eye and nose irritation and an upset stomach. Chlorine contamination is not prevalent in most cases; however, if the chlorine reacts with organic or inorganic substances in the water, it can cause byproducts -- such as Haloacetic acids that increase the risk of cancer, and Trihalomethanes that cause nervous system and kidney failure -- that are much more deadly.

John probably has no idea that contaminants are rarely in a high enough concentration to cause acute, or immediate, effects. Contaminants are more likely to be present in small amounts that cause chronic effects in people who are exposed to them in small doses over a long amount of time. As time passes, John is probably consuming small doses of contaminants that can cause cancer, kidney failure, and damage to his nervous and immune systems.

If John passed a pregnant woman sipping casually from a water fountain, he probably wouldn’t give a thought to the fact that disinfectant byproducts could be present in the water, causing defects in the woman’s unborn child, or even cause her to miscarriage. John wouldn’t know that organic compounds in the water, such as arsenic or dioxin may cause low birth weights, spontaneous abortions, and other problems for millions of pregnant women across the country.

John may walk by and wave to his neighbor, a proud grandfather and his bright-eyed grandson drinking lemonade and playing cards on the porch. He might think about his own grandfather, and the times they shared, but he wouldn’t be thinking about how biological contaminants, such as bacteria, can causes gastrointestinal problems that dehydrate and can lead to the deaths of both grandfather and -son.

John probably doesn’t remember as far back as 1974 when concern about the quality of our nation’s drinking water prompted the U.S. Congress to pass the Safe Drinking Water Act. The Environmental Protection Agency established the national standards for safe drinking water, and improved water quality, and water supply management. Increasing concerns with toxins in drinking water led Congress to amend the original Act in 1986, and again in 1996, making it more strict and inclusive to contamination.

The Florida Legislature created a similar Act in the Florida Statutes, creating additional rules to fulfill our state’s requirements, and calling on the strict enforcement of the Department of Environmental Protection to uphold the rules for safe drinking water in Florida.

Currently there are Maximum Contaminant Levels, set up by the EPA in the Safe Drinking Water Act, which limit the amount of micro-organisms, disinfectants, organic, and inorganic compounds that can be present in safe drinking water.

John has no idea that each year up to 7 million Americans become sick from contaminated tap water, or that great looking, smelling, and tasting water is no guarantee that the water is safe. The majority of harmful contaminants -- lead, mercury, E. coli, disinfection byproducts -- have no taste or smell, and wouldn’t even be visible to the naked eye, even in large amounts.

People are increasingly concerned about the safety of their drinking water. As improvements in our methods allow us to detect impurities at very low concentrations in water, water supplies once considered pure have been found to have contaminants. We cannot expect pure water, but we want safe water.

Thanks to the Safe Drinking Water Act, and increasing knowledge and concern, the levels of contaminants are low, and getting lower. John may not know the contaminants that may be present in his drinking water. He may not know the hazards and dangerous effects contaminated drinking water can pose for all Americans. But thanks to the Safe Drinking Water Act and the limits and regulations set for clean drinking water, when he turns on that tap for a glass of cold, refreshing water, he doesn’t have to!

the whole thing has tabs and the top three intro lines are centered, the speech name, my name, and the school stuff i mean...

you enjoyed did you not?
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Think First [Jan. 12th, 2004|03:39 pm]

[I feel |pleasedpleased]
[I hear |marilyn manson - kaboom kaboom]

So, you’re driving along the interstate at night, when some guy comes up behind you, doesn’t turn off his high beams, and then races to pass you almost colliding with the car in front of you.

What are you thinking?

“What a jerk!” Right?

So, you immediately assume that the person behind the wheel is an asshole with a lead foot. Did you ever stop to consider that it might be a man with a pregnant wife going into labor who needs to get to a hospital? Or some business man who’s extremely late for a conference?

Another example perhaps? You’re a teenager, in high school, and you’ve just spotted a girl not in your clique wearing an outfit you saw on sale the other day. So you’re either thinking, “what a cheap skate!” or, “Hey! I wanted that! She stole that from me!”

People today don’t stop to think about things, they assume something, and make a decision in only a matter of seconds. And maybe sometimes that can be handy. Sometimes it can save your life. If you don’t like the look of the guy walking towards you, and you turn into the nearest shop, who’s to say that it wasn’t a mugger with a knife and a thirst for your blood? But then again, who’s to say it wasn’t an honest respectable citizen? You could have just saved your own skin, or you could have bewildered a man walking home to his wife. Either way, there’s no harm done, and if it was a dangerous person, then you’ve done pretty well for yourself.

But when you let your assumptions guide your actions, that’s when people get mad.

Let’s imagine for a moment, that you just heard a person say this, “Oh! Sometimes, I just can not stand him/her!” Naturally, you’re curious as to who they’re talking about. You might wonder if they’re saying that about you, or one of your friends, or even someone you don’t particularly like. Now, what if they mentioned a name? Let’s say, it’s the name of one of your favorite teachers. What would you do? Well, if you were a bold person, you would go up to them and confront them, and perhaps yell and whatnot. But think about this, what if they were saying that because that teacher picked on them in class, or gave the person a load of homework for accidentally dropping something? You wouldn’t know this, but you would be too upset about what they’ve said to even consider it wouldn’t you?

When someone confronts you for something you’ve done or said that offended them, what do you think is going through their head? Yeah, they’re upset because they think you are just being a jerk to them, or you don’t like them, or something’s just crawled up your ass today. They haven’t taken the time to think it through either. They just know that you’ve said or done something that rubbed them the wrong way, and they want to let you know you’re wrong, or that you’re a jerk.

Nobody stops to consider anything in the world today. They’re either too busy, or too upset. All I’m asking is that you just think for a minute about what you’re assuming. Give people the benefit of the doubt! Sometimes they deserve it! Get your facts straight; don’t end up looking like an idiot because you made a mistake, or because you won’t let them explain what really happened.

Before you get upset about something and fly into a rage at a person, try to think through all the possible angles. You don’t know their reasons, or every fact and incident that led up to what set you off. Don’t assume that you do.

People aren’t mind readers, they can’t think of everything. People can’t explain every aspect of what they do to every person they see. If you’re upset about something, why not try asking them why they said or did something like that before you start yelling, flaming, etc.

Think First, Ask Questions Later!
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Pick A Card, Any Card! [Jan. 6th, 2004|11:39 am]

[I feel |mellowmellow]
[I hear |Tool - Stinkfist]

It's been a long long time people!  Or perhaps I should say, you one person who actually reads this drivel, its been a long long time!  Nice to be back, and nice to be ranting again...I kinda had a little break from it, because I've been writing for FictionPress.com  I got myself a little account on there, and put up The Corn Nut Adventures (it's amazing, go check it out) as well as the two rants below, and some more stuff that I've been working on.  If you want to see some of my stuff go to:  www.fictionpress.com/~cyanicblue

So now that I'm back to ranting again, I figure it's time to get started on another rant...though I'm not exactly sure what to rant about as of yet...dam...

How about I let you--My ONE faithful reader--decide what's next on The Boredome?

Here's a list of idears I'm thinking on starting up.  And I don't think it matters which you pick, because I'll do them all sooner or later MWAHAHAAHAHAH!! *ahem!* okay, anyhow, here's what I'm thinking:

The Deathly Struggle of Invader Zim (I have so much knowledge it hurts my tiny brain)
A Rant about the Coherency of Ranting (Is coherency a word?)
Music:  An All Points Investigation (Bad music, Good music, Finding music, and more!)
Your Dreams Are Telling You Things, Listen! (Helpful information and nuggets of advice on how to interpret what your subconscious is telling you through your dreams)
The Fall of American Education (the state of education as it is in my Florida High School, as I am in no position to tell what the education systems in other states are...)

and that's all I've got as of right now, so pick which one you want to hear about first, and then I'll do the rest later on when I feel like it...

Enjoy the ranting that is to come for The Boredome is back in business! wheee!

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Clothing Rant...Among Other Things... [Dec. 26th, 2003|12:10 pm]

[I feel |contemplativecontemplative]
[I hear |I don't know the name of this song but I love it!!!]

Well...No posting riots yet...how about another rant? hmm...

And now! I present my super fantastic rant on CLOTHING! Mwahahaa! Fear the evil pants for they wish to take over the corderouy in your sooooul!!!!

People like to wear clothes. It keeps them warm, shows off their juicy bodies (mmmm) or in my case, covers up their...less than perfect...bodies... ehehe

Whatever the reason, there happens to be a very large market in clothing. And if I had an interest in stock markets, surely I would put my money on clothing stock. But enough about marketing tips, let's get to the point shall we?

When you're a teenager (as I am) you are constantly conscious of how you look, and how other people think you look so clothes are a big matter...Depending on which style you claim to be (Prep, Goth, Punk, Nerd, Other) there happens to be a clothing line made just for you.

Personally, I have a problem with this. Here is my thought: How can you be yourself, be original, and be unique, when the clothes you wear are mass produced in a factory and worn by thousands (perhaps millions) of other people simultaneously around the world???? Now there are even clothing lines for those people who don't like to match, wearing paisely with plaid, red with yellow, orange with green, and so on...Here I am, thinking that these people are truly insane, and just buying things and throwing them haphazardly together on their bodies...Now I can see that they really go to a store to get all their non-matching needs at one place...

Everyone at my school proffesses how they are the unique ones. They wear shirts that have witty sayings emblazoned across them and neatly pressed ironed clothes with tags from famous label clothes companies. Surely I am unique when I wear a shirt that half the other kids in the school have...

All of this is leading up to a point (of course) because the point I'm trying to make is this: How can someone be unique when companies are mass producing uniqueness in a factory...?

Everyone in my school wants to be original, no one wants to be thought of as a conformist, or a prep or anything to do with going along with everyone else, but how can they say this when they buy the same stuff as everyone else??? To me, this is one of the bigger hypocrisies that exist. "I AM AN INDIVIDUAL! I AM CREATIVE AND UNIQUE! Let's go shoppin momma, I wanna get me that new abercrombie and fitch shirt on sale!"

I'm not saying that I don't do this. I buy clothes of course, I even buy big name things (if you consider Hanes a big company...) But I refuse to get the overpriced clothes that have the sayings, or the nicely made ones that advertise the company on the front. I decided a long time ago, that I wasn't going to have a style. Now I just buy base color clothes, I have about...7 shirts (enough for the week) that are either navy blue, red, gray, or...Actually I think that's all the colors I wear...Anyhow, what I'm trying to say, is that I don't buy big clothing brands, and I dont have a style, because I don't think that to be who I am, I need to buy certain clothes... I dont need to buy my style!!!! I refuse to have a style! However! I have recently discovered that they have labled my very own style "anti-style" GRR!! Why is it that humans have this fixation for labeling things?! No matter how hard you try, there will always be a category for you, and a right place, and if you don't fit anywhere then POOF you must be insane and they lock you in a loony bin. But I'm getting a little off topic here...

I despise the so called "Goths" in my school who get their gothic clothes at hot topic, which I know to be a giant store that carries clothing lines that are featured in any other "gothic" store you go to...All these people claim that they aren't conformists, that they live outside the massive mobs of mindless drones...but how can they say that when they buy there clothes from famous brands every other "goth" wears?!!!!

And it's not just them! The jocks and cheerleaders at my school also claim to be un-preppy (I never considered them that anyway, you're either nice, or a bastard/bitch in my eyes) However, all the signs point to the category of prep...They wear tommy hilfiger, abercrombie and fitch, name brands and then they profess to anyone who calls them preppy, "uh-uh! I'm not a prep!"

I can't remember where I was going with all this, but I had a point: Everyone is so against conformity...Yet they do the same things as everyone else! Hypocrisy pisses me off!

Has anyone seen that episode of South Park, where Stan wants to become a goth? They tell him that conformity is disgusting to them, they call the other kids conformist pigs, yet when he asks them what he has to do to be one of them, they respond, "all you have to do is dress exactly like us and listen to the same music we do..." this explains how I feel almost exactly...

I believe I've made my point as clear as possible...
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Curse Word Rantings [Dec. 25th, 2003|06:19 pm]

[I feel |pleasedpleased]
[I hear |Kittie - In Winter (someone kill me! They SUCK!)]

It's been a while people, and nobody has said anything? How totally surprising...feh...

Well, I guess in a lame attempt to provoke posting havoc from you people, I present to you: My Rant On Curse Words!! In all its glory! wheee....

First off, let's take a look at all the conceivably "bad" words there are out there, and their status in the common man's mind.

"Crap" - One of the lower cuss words, its mostly used to describe bad bad things, "this is a piece of crap!" or when refering to using the bathroom, "I gotta take a crap!" This ranks very low on the ladder of obscenities.

"Bastard" - Higher than crap, mostly used to call a man or object an offensive name. Bastard is actually not allowed to be on many family programming networks.

"Shit" - A little bit higher than crap, and bastard, shit is used in much the same way, only most people consider it to be much more offensive.

"Fuck" - Oh, now we're getting up there. Fuck is used in terms of sex, "I wannta fuck her!" sometimes as an exclamation, "What the fuck?" And many can be used in many more ways to refer to someone you just dont like, "Mother Fucker! You fucker! Fuck head!" and so on.

"Damn" - this is one of the worse curse words you can utter, especially if you happen to put "god" in front of it. Yes, that small three letter word can piss off a whole lot of people. Damn itself is just a tad bit less offensive than "God Damn" or "God Damn it!" But it happens to be such a close difference, that most people just gasp at both.

Now that we know where all the words rank in our society, we can properly rant about them. Ready people? oookay!

One of the problems I have with so-called curse words, is the fact that they dont really curse anyone. If anyone is more familiar with this, then it is I. Believe me; I've tried to curse many a person with these words...Doesn't work.
We know that they don't actually curse people, maybe that is how they came to be called "cuss words" in our modern slang-loving society. Perhaps by shortening the word, screwing with the way it is spelled and how it sounds, then it won't be as bad. And I believe this has worked its wonderful magic on the youth. I know when I was a young scallywag; I was much more comfortable with saying cuss, than curse. Perhaps that is just how the juvinile mind works. Perhaps...

So if the words don't really curse people, then what is the problem most people have with them? When exactly did our society become so (gasp!) offended at four letter words? I wouldn't be the one to tell you, because I've only been here for the past 16 years. Somewhere along the line, good church-going people decided that if their young people were to grow up without the influence of satan, that they couldn't possibly say "those words" I am basing this on absolute imagination, however, the truth is there, somewhere during the time of humans, these words became no-goers. In my ongoing attempts to discover why this is, I have created many simulated processes of how this could have possibly come about.
1: People needed something to say when they were angry and/or pissed off. So they created a few nonsense words to do the trick for them. The holy underpants people of the church became jealous, and banned such words from their congregations, and any and all who were caught spewing forth such bannished words, were soon put to death. And of course, people did not wish to be put to death, so they obeyed, and as the religion grew, more and more people were sucked in and taught that the words were bad because they made you die.
2: Sailors, whom everyone knows are dirty filthy beasts, would often encounter rough seas (no doubt, them being out on the seas so often) and when these times of hardship did occur (as often as they were) the sailors indeed created words of blather in times of great stress. Perhaps a man trying to control the ship, spewed forth a few nonsense words along with his angry grunting and growling, and later on, perhaps taught them to his fellow mateys as a way to relieve the stress from the ship. And of course, all the townspeople knew that sailors were dirty filthy beasts, so they forbid their children to repeat any words they heard around them. And we all know how many children were sucked into that by their parents as the population grew.
3: A meteor crashed on what was once Sri Lanka long long ago. Inscribed on it were all the words that people were not supposed to say. Underneath was a giant frowny face, and when someone found it, they thought it was a magic spell, so they took it to Merlin, who was still alive at the time, even though he was really old. Because he was so old, he had Benjamin Franklin invent him some bifocals with which to read the sacred tablet and the inscription thereon. It took him several years to translate it, but when he was done, he gave the tablet to Orville and Wilbur Wright, who used it to beat nails into their airplane with, and to knock down trees with for lumber with their friend, Paul Bunyan. In the mean time, Merlin was getting very old, and enjoying cussing people out, and spreading the foul words around the world. Eventually, he cussed himself silly, and is now living at Shady Oak Village Retirement Plaza in Manotowoc, Wisconsin. This is the exact location of the tablets. (brought to you by Dave)

Now all of this may seem confusing, and it actually is. But the point I am trying to make is this:

Curse words are just that, WORDS! What is so bad about four letters put in a certain order? The word “duck” in English, could mean something totally rancid and horrifying in German but we still say it and the Germans haven’t tried to kill us for saying it! I mean, come on people, it’s just a fucking word! There is absolutely no power in it (save for expressing extreme emotions) and it doesn’t really matter how they came to be taboo. Think on this folks, if it’s just four letters, why is it such a horrible thing? When did something so small become so bad? Can you possibly try to see how mind bogglingly stupid people are to me?! How stupid do you have to be to be offended at a four letter word…?!

Now don’t get me wrong people, I know that almost everyone is offended, so I try not to spew too many expletives when they’re eavesdropping on me. However, just because I refrain from “cussing” does NOT mean that I don’t think that the people who are so wholly offended aren’t fucking idiots themselves! I still think that everyone who gasps at the words fuck shit and damn (gasp!) are complete fools, and so blinded by what they’ve been “taught” as a child that they can’t comprehend that these words are harmless in and of themselves!!!

I can’t believe that Christians and the other Bible-Nazis out there still think that these words are so horrible. I know that some people are…less than educated…but still…What keeps these people (and even quite possibly you) from realizing the simple facts of the previous paragraphs?!

Words are just words, and there’s absolutely no feasible reason to fear/hate/gasp at them! SO STOP!!!

Love forever and always,
The ranting whore brought to you by miss-use of a condom:
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And thus, it begins... [Dec. 22nd, 2003|01:17 pm]

[I feel |accomplishedaccomplished]
[I hear |Kevin Manthei --206 Rescue]

Hello, and welcome to the community!

Write stories, rantings, articles, anything you want, and post it up here for great review and helpful criticism!

It's not really a specified community, just someplace for you to hang out, get questions answered, stuff like that.

Cursing...ehh...I guess it's allowed, but as soon as someone complains you better start editing it out!

Post any time, you're guaranteed to get a reply in less than 24 hrs because I'm on here almost every day.

Check back often because sometimes I'll put up some weird rant or story that's full of insanity and all around good times.

Join up, write, read, post, but most of all, have a good time, because that's all you really need anyhow...
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