On Saturday, November 11th, a group of like-minded people gathered together at the state capital to talk about gun violence in America, and steps you can do to prevent it.
One motto of science is that it important to never stop questioning. Science itself has been put on trial as a document from the JAMA Internal Medicine shows that a Harvard researcher in the sixties was bribed to downplay the health risk of sugar. This could be one of the major reasons why the modern diet philosophy has been that fat is way worse than sugar even though both have very similar effects on the human health.
With such a revelation, this might shed light on how important it is to have truthful independent scientific communities with little to no bias. This problem can be seen especially in America. Many Americans turn to science for news and facts to base the decisions of their life on. But when lobbyists such as those in the sugar industry mess with this delicate balance by swaying researchers to downplay an effect of a certain product or screw with the scientific method, things can get messy for the consumer.
Recently, the World Health Organization recommended that an average adult consume only twenty-five grams of sugar daily. However, an average American consumed about three pounds of sugar each week. With two-thirds of American being obese or overweight, there are many scientific studies to support that sugar is strongly linked to obesity. How then, is sugar consumption increasing every year?
The discovery of the Harvard researcher taking a bride has made many people question the integrity of science. Articles have been published to show how messing with the connections between science and people by lobbyists groups can affect everyone, even for generations afterward.
“I don’t think they [lobbyist] should mess with the scientists, science needs to be trustable,” says one junior at JFK High School in Sacramento. It can be difficult to find a direction in the modern world with all the media rhetoric coming from all sides. But one thing can be said for certain, honest science is an integral part of a healthful society.
On quiet Sunday nights I trade my lounging seat in front of the TV for the seat of my metallic purple bike. I suit up in neon exercise gear, tortoiseshell sunglasses, and scuffed white earphones.
Those first few peddles, from the backyard onto the street, are often the most satisfying of the entire ride. For a brief moment I forget what riding a bike feels like and experience it like it’s my first time all over again. I am defying gravity and my asthma. My brain surges with endorphins.
Honestly, I should just turn back after 30 feet; it would save me from a whole lot of sweaty socks and sunburns.
But the girth of the ride brings with it similar notions of satisfaction.
As I exit my neighborhood I am embraced by a new one, one that is enticing, but terrifying, one where I don’t belong, but could.
It is a familiar friend named opportunity.
This feeling comes far and few between on our planet, but in America, we battled to have it in spades.
In America you can come from a family of window washers and end up a professor at Harvard or a rocket scientist at NASA.
You can go to that rich snooty school on a scholarship and graduate summa cum laude.
That is what independence means to me, having the ability and courage to live life outside one’s preset societal and economic boundaries.
It is freedom. It is opportunity. It is a sense of detachment from the status quo.
As I coast on my bike, the breeze navigates my limbs and for that moment in time I feel detached and free.
Why would immigrants risk and drop everything they have to come to America? Simple, the answers are; education for their children and employment to provide for their families. Immigrants have made drastic changes in the U.S. workforce.
According to GCIR(Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees), the number of immigrants in the United States is roughly 43 million as of 2010. 13 million being illegal immigrants with about 7 million holding low wage jobs.
Nearly all of undocumented residents have little education, which limits their job capabilities. They often are competing with others in areas of hard, physical labor. Research says their willingness to move from place to place and adaptability in changing occupations, for example; construction to agriculture, raises their chances tremendously in employment. This structural demand theory states that simple willingness to work undesirable jobs, rather than for unusually low wages, is what gives illegal immigrants their employment.
There is a major back and forth dispute in America concerning the phrase, “they take jobs that nobody wants.” In arguments, many Americans would claim they would take these underpaying, back-breaking jobs, but is it true? Maybe to an extent.
In Alabama 2011, agriculture officials were desperate to keep farms operating after the state’s new immigration law chased away illegal labor. The state unemployment rate was nearly 9.3%, yet they were still unable to find legal residents to fill all the employment gaps. Bret Hall from the Alabama Department of Agriculture said, “Agriculture positions pay well above minimum wage, but many Americans find them too “physically taxing” to perform.”
From facts and statistics, it is very well proven that America benefits hugely due to efforts of immigrant labor. My employer once told me that it is sad to know good people who work jobs none would dare having. They are happily pushing forward while many are still unemployed. Now get up, and find yourself a job.