NASA research CER

I think that NASA should direct and invest their research on observing possible relocation destinations only as far as Saturn. This is because one of Jupiter’s moons, Europa,  shows evidence of geysers spraying water vapor into the air. Europa is a moon that is covered in an icy surface and scientists believe that there could be oceans twice as large as Earth’s underneath the freezing surface. When the Galileo spacecraft passed Jupiter and its moons in 1995, astronomers believed that changes in the data were plumes of water vapor. This could sustain life if it was controlled because even though Europa has an icy surface, the vapor proves that there is heat underneath the surface. NASA also proposes to send a drone-like spacecraft, the dragonfly, to survey the terrain and composition of Saturn’s moon, Titan. Even though the moon’s surface is covered in liquid methane, there could be a watery ocean under its crust. It’s “an environment that we know has the ingredients for life,” says investigator Elizabeth Turtle. Therefore, there are two possible options for sustaining life outside Earth, and there could be a chance of relocating to one of these places

Source: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/moons/jupiter-moons/europa/in-depth/

Source: https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/28/16053652/saturn-moon-titan-alma-telescope-vinyl-cyanide-cell-membranes

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Europe is not Eurabia

“I will kill you all, Marxists!”(Seierstad, 320) These were the words uttered by right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, the man responsible for the deaths of 77 people in the 2011 Norway attacks. In One of Us By Åsne Seierstad, the author gets the chance to talk with the perpetrator through a series of letters and writes about the background of Breivik, she chooses the title because she knows that Breivik was once like everyone else. Anders Breivik’s violence towards communism and Islam is provoked when the Norwegian government votes in favor of the Muslim immigrants and fears that Europeans would become a minority in their own territory.

His violence towards other races and people supporting them also stems from his childhood. During his childhood, he was the kind of child who always got into trouble, during his time at secondary school, he took up street art and graffiti and was known as Morg, he was caught multiple times and was frequently traveling from Norway to Denmark to buy spray cans. His father was enraged at this “his father was enraged that Anders had committed a criminal act. He threatened to cut off all contact with him.” (Seierstad, 63) Even though Anders promised not to continue ‘tagging’ he continued to buy supplies and tag. “Jens Breivik made it clear to Anders he had nothing more to do with him. His son had broken a promise to give up tagging. The decision was final… He would never see his father again.” (69) The story also shifts perspective to a girl from Kurdistan, who flees from the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein to start a new life in Norway. Breivik also joins the Knight’s Templar, an organization that encourages members to perfect their strengths, he writes a manifesto about his hatred toward Muslims and categorizes them into group A, B, and C. “‘A’ traitors were leaders of political parties, trade unions, cultural institutions, and the media. They would be sentenced to death. ‘B’ traitors were less important cultural Marxists. They would also be sentenced to death, but could in certain circumstances have their punishment reduced. ‘C’ traitors wielded little influence, but aided and abetted traitors in the two higher categories. They would receive fines and prison sentences.”(191-192) During interrogation after the massacre on Utøya Island, Breivik stated that the children and teenagers on the island were ‘C’ category traitors, but he killed them because they were part of the Labour party’s youth league, who supported the acceptance of Muslims into the country. “We don’t want Oslo to end up like Marseille, where Muslims have been in the majority since 2010. We want to fight for Oslo. My operation has succeeded one hundred percent, which is why I’m giving myself up now.”(359-360) This shows how sadistic Breivik was when he commenced the bombing in Oslo and the massacre of 69 children on Utøya, yet he states that this is for the greater good of the nation. After being sentenced to 21 years in jail, he still grumbles and threatens to go on a hunger strike if he does not receive a Play Station 3 or have better prison conditions, even though Norway has some of the best conditions for prisons in the world.

 

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OneDay 2019

Our team had to design a poster to show the topics we were assigned. We made the poster easy to follow and understand, we also used visuals and photographs to show others how things work. We used Canva to create our poster and planned the topics out and wrote tips in bullet points. Our group was very eager to finish the poster and task so we could get more time to climb the wall, but after we finished our draft, we realized that there were problems with the design of the poster and we missed out a lot of important information, after many tries and many checks with the teacher, our group produced a poster with a mix of photos, icons, and text.

The poster that we produced was well planned and organized, I think that our poster described many more key parts of the auto belay and equipment compared to the posters the school already has. Additionally, I also learned different ways to climb a route. I haven’t climbed the chimney route in almost a year, and I struggled to remember my path which led me to the top. But with the help of teachers and colleagues, I managed to learn different routes and techniques to get to the top. One of the main challenges was getting a chance to climb, there were limited routes for us to climb, and many of them required someone to belay, many people also hung around routes without actually attempting to complete them. This made it difficult for some of us to focus on our goals and plans to film and exhibit. I also struggled to get my points right and make them easy to understand. I needed visuals to help my readers understand, but there were always people climbing, but I waited for a chance by going to an empty route and taking photos. I think OneDay is important to us because OneDay gives us a unique opportunity to learn something we are passionate about.

 

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Hubble Deep Field CER

The Hubble Deep Field video had a more significant impact on me. This is because this gives us a picture of how big the universe is. When the Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of a part of space, the image revealed thousands of other stars and galaxies unknown to astronomers. When the Hubble Space Telescope took the most detailed picture of a spiral galaxy, astronomers discovered many new stars which had their own systems. Ever since the start of the Industrial Revolution, humans have depleted the Earth of its natural resources, and Carbon Dioxide levels have skyrocketed. Pollution has plagued the Earth in numerous countries. This new galaxy, the Pinwheel Galaxy, has numerous stars, therefore, it is likely that there is a planet similar to Earth and can sustain life. This could lead to a chance of communicating to a range of intelligent life throughout the universe. However, the Pinwheel Galaxy is 3 million light-years away, this means that if a spaceship travels at the speed of light, it would take 3 million years to reach the Pinwheel Galaxy. Even if we attempt to move to a different planet, the process would take forever. The prices would be extremely expensive, considering the fact that rockets and space shuttles are expensive, and we are transporting billions of people. This would also speed up the depletion of the resources the Earth has. The Hubble Deep Field video gives us an idea of how big the universe is because this shows how much money and time humans need to invest in a relocation project.

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Swim unit: dives and turns

In this unit, students wrote their own goals and designed their own dryland and in-water workouts to work towards their goals. I designed my workouts so I can improve my dive and my turns.

I chose swimming because the water wakes me up. Usually, when I dive in, the water is colder than I expect, and when the water is cold, I sprint to warm myself up. The sprint and the cold also wakes me up and stimulates for my body to move.

Before any of the drills and coaching, I did not tighten my body enough and this created a lot of resistance. After coaching and drills, My body was much tighter and there was less resistance. When I dive in and I don’t raise my legs, I can feel the sting when I enter the water.

I can also see that I am able to do more underwater kicks after my turns. Before, my turns were shallow and I did not kick a lot, this allowed my to become faster, because the dives allowed me to gain momentum. Diving and turning is crucial to shorter events like the 50 and the 100. Therefore, I believe that my improvements will be helpful in competition

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Khalil lived, but Starr thrived

In The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, an important and serious topic is learned. The protagonist, Starr Carter, must face a world of racism, inequality and police brutality. She needs to conceal the fact from her classmates and friends that she lives in one of the poorest places in the city, Garden Heights. Starr is also confronted with two major issues. She has to deal with the fatal shooting of her childhood friend, Khalil, and she also has to deal with racial issues between her African American community and the white community of her city. Starr shows determination, justice, and courage throughout the events in the story and stands up to inequality.

At the beginning of the book, we see Starr as an outgoing, friendly person. But after the death of Khalil, we see her change. Starr had lost her best friend when a police officer pulled them over for nothing, she immediately sees this as inequality. She becomes determined to tell the world and the other people in the city about Khalil’s death and how the police mistreated the situation. As the conflict brews, the police officer who shot Khalil reveals his side of the story. The officer, Brian Cruise, says he shot Khalil as an act of defence, saying that Khalil took out a gun and threatened him. But all Khalil did was ask Starr if she was okay and take out a hairbrush.  This leads to a riot, with the chat “a hairbrush is not a gun.” Starr also shows determination when she speaks up in front of the police, when she is interviewed, she lies and says that “I’d ask him if he wished he shot me too.” (Thomas, 286) She also speaks up during a riot, when she reveals her identity as the witness of Khalil’s death, angering the police.

Starr also represents her ethnicity and her neighbourhood by standing up to people who talk about the rumour that Khalil was a notorious drug dealer. This can be shown when news stations started spreading rumours that Khalil was a drug dealer, and officer Cruise was doing the right thing. Starr talks about this during her interview, but she also points out that Khalil was “just a kid” (282). Her friend Hailey does not know anything that happened, she only knew that Khalil was once a drug dealer, and is angry when Starr defends him and calls her racist for unfollowing her on Tumblr. This was because Hailey did not want to see “all the ‘black stuff’ … it’s not like the first …” (247). Another friend, Maya, who is of Asian descent, tells Starr of the time Hailey insulted her family by asking if they ate a cat, “because we’re Chinese” (248). Hailey briefly snaps back, telling Starr that “It’s not my fault you can’t get over what happened to Khalil” (337) and Khalil “was going to up dead anyways” (337), a huge fight breaks out, ending the friendship.

Inequality does not just happen to the minorities, inequality can be shown in lie detector tests and fingerprint evidence. Even though the saying goes that no two people have the same fingerprints, Brandon Mayfield proved this wrong. In 2004, Mayfield was wrongly accused of being the perpetrator of the Madrid Train Bombing, even though his fingerprint only one of 20 prints similar to the ones found in Madrid. Lie detector tests were also proven to be phoney, as they measure if you are lying by looking at your heart rate and secretion of sweat. Over a few decades, numerous criminals were proven innocent when they remained calm while taking the tests. In the book, Starr is interviewed in both the police station and a live interview. In the police station interview, the detectives and the officers all know what role Starr played in the shooting, and to cover up the interview from the media, the police refuse to reveal Starr’s name. It was only until the live interview when people saw who she really was. This also startled her boyfriend, Chris, who happened to be watching the interview and had not known that Starr was the witness.

The Hate U Give is a book with deep meanings inside, the author wrote this book when she heard about the death of a 22-year-old African American man for arguing on a train, this shows that some people still haven’t put the past behind them. Just like Hailey when she asked if Maya’s family ate a cat, or when boys in Dragonwings by Laurence Yep sang racist songs. Words that have deep meaning slip out of people’s mouths, thinking it is only a joke. But a true friend would know how their words impact other people’s lives and would consider what they would want to say.

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Just Do (get over) It

In The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas, the author uses the perspective of Starr Carter to show people what life in the U.S is like for the African American people. Starr goes to a posh high school where she has to hide the fact that she lives in a ghetto. When her best friend, Khalil, gets killed by a white police officer, Starr is invited to be interviewed about the shooting. But when news spreads of the shooting, Starr becomes the “anonymous witness”. Her friend Hailey does not know anything that happened, she only knew that Khalil was once a drug dealer, and is angry when Starr defends him and calls her racist for unfollowing her on Tumblr. This was because Hailey did not want to see “all the ‘black stuff’ … it’s not like the first … ” (247). Another friend, Maya, who is of Asian descent, tells Starr of the time Hailey insulted her family by asking if they ate a cat, “because we’re Chinese” (248). Hailey briefly snaps back, telling Starr that “It’s not my fault you can’t get over what happened to Khalil” (337) and Khalil “was going to up dead anyways” (337), a huge fight breaks out, ending the friendship. As word spreads about Khalil’s death, Black Lives Matter riots start breaking out in different parts of the city. With the riots and her social life as a high schooler, Starr needs to find a way to conceal her identity. Garden Heights is an African American neighborhood that supports the imprisonment, while many Williamson High School students strongly believe that officer Brian Cruise was right in the murder of Khalil.

I chose the interrogation room to show the inequality of the world and the main turning point on how people view the situation Starr is in. Before the interview, we can see that many people in Garden Heights mourn Khalil’s death, but we do not see the perspectives of the outside world. In the beginning, we also can also sympathize with Starr, Starr lost two of her best friends in shootings. But Khalil’s death is a spark that ignites the actions that unfold.

After the interview, hatred starts to brew up. Even though the detectives and police officers know that Starr was the sole witness of Khalil’s death, the press, and the police still censor her appearance and her name. This shows the inequality in the divide that still exists between the different cultures in America.

Another reason the interrogation room shows inequality is lie detector tests and fingerprint evidence. Even though the saying goes that no two people have the same fingerprints, Brandon Mayfield proved this wrong. In 2004, Mayfield was wrongly accused of being the perpetrator of the Madrid Train Bombing, even though his fingerprint only one of 20 prints similar to the ones found in Madrid. Lie detector tests were also proven to be phony, as they measure if you are lying by looking at your heart rate and secretion of sweat. Over a few decades, numerous criminals were proven innocent when they remained calm while taking the tests.

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Flight of the Condor- 2018

Measures 17-34

I would like to focus on keeping a steady tempo throughout the piece, I would also like to be careful of the dynamics to make my music more “colorful”

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Goals for P.E

Looking at my film I noticed how my body is not tight enough and how I didn’t lift my legs up.

  • My coach and I discussed some drills to help me dive further and higher
  • I would like to focus on my streamline, this is because the position of my hands and my legs affects how much drag is put on my body. As I enter, if my body is too loose, I would lose too much momentum. If I made my body tighter, the momentum would increase.

 

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Boxers: Heroes or demons?

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