The Great Aim of Education is not Knowledge but Action - Herbert Spencer

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Comment by Asjia Saunders on May 18, 2011 at 8:48am

From this podcast there wasnt much that interested me it did tramatize me a little in the first act about the pigs and how they were raised it was weird how the modifed pigs were more muscular than the non modified in my opinion i would never own a pig farm they are gross.

In the second act a wiener stand in Chicago called Wiener Cycle is using a new language to get there customer attention... They cussed at them, but it didnt help that the customers called them names the  N word and some other ones but I wont get into it. Anyways the customers asked for chocolate milkshake which is when the girls lift up there shirts and shake what they got. I think that is so wrong I didnt think it's right to yell at someone to get there attention but in this was it kinda has to happen but I still dont think its right but the podcast was good I thought. I was a little disterbed ast both of the acts but i guess that is the American Life.

Comment by Kristen Miller on May 18, 2011 at 8:43am
This episode of “This American Life” was definitely eye opening. Watching videos like this reminds me of the demand for things in America, we need things now, now, now. The way they are taking care of pigs now and most livestock is really sad to me.
The hot dog stand they showed was crazy. When I saw it I just thought how could you be an employee there? I wouldn’t be okay with people treating me like that even if it’s a job and I’m getting paid well for it, nobody should be treated like that. It just made me think the people there had no respect for themselves.
Comment by Cassie Wright on May 18, 2011 at 8:40am
Why do the animals have to be genetically altered? What was wrong about how we raised them before? These animals aren't even given a chance to live a life. They are just brought up in pen, while the others get shipped out when they reach there 6 month time period. I don't see why we have to go to all this extra trouble to raise livestock, just because they are the knew and improved pig. With such low immune systems its very easy for these animals to get infected and die. They can't even be outside because they don't have enough muscle to keep them warm, its too cold for them. What right do we have to alter the things that life has given us?
Comment by Emily LaLonde on May 18, 2011 at 8:38am

Today on this American life they had two acts. The first one was about genetically changing pigs to be stronger and to taste better. Pigs don’t even have sex anymore farm hands take and put the sperm into them without the bore. I personally think that pigs should be outside and be able to run and get muddy. Not lay in a 10 ft pin all day. They should be able to have the normal healthy amount of piglets not 24. In my eyes its animal abuse, I can see why they are doing this but it’s still it’s scary to me. What are they going to genetically change next?

Act Two

Act two was about a hot dog stand. This isn't a regular hot dog stand. The customers are cussing at the cooks. The cooks are screaming at the customers and they just think that it’s a great time. It's just a matter of time that a person crosses the line and it’s not fun anymore. These cooks are just trying to keep food on the table and their lives going. They should have a limit to when be enough. People don’t have any respect for anyone these days and it’s sad.
   This is my input on This American Life, Pandora's Box


Comment by William Warren IV on May 18, 2011 at 8:37am

“We don’t just discover things, we use these things. Whether for bad or good.”


Act I:


The discovery of the modern pig, the genetically modified pig. The one that can’t be outside because of all the viruses. The one where you have to sterilize yourself before even seeing it. That one pig, built to the same degree of thousands. They grow to be about 300 pounds, gaining about 50 pounds each month.


They are discovering new methods to not only improve the taste of the pork, but also shut off its primary hunting mechanism to ‘run’.


“There is no master plan. It just seems to lurch forward.”


Personally I believe that going from ‘farm to factory’ is completely out of line. It may be the best way to mass produce, but is it truly teaching us how to better in our lives. Will we look at all of this in time and say that it was murder? Or will we continue on to where we went from 1/5 Americans owned a farm, to 1/100… to 1/1000 and so on?


Act II:


When is racial vulgarity too far when it was built upon through generations for money?


Just ignore it until the next paycheck?


Personally we make sacrifices in order to get to the better cause. Some people are not on the true path towards the goal which is why they need to exert some force. I could understand if it was just play, but when it goes too far – creating ethnic and harsh social environments. It can truly make you see a side of a person and even a society that you would be better just not seeing.


Unintended Consequences.

Comment by Merrick Lee Luellen on May 18, 2011 at 8:37am

This video to me showed some things that I thought would and would not happen, like the genetically modified pigs I knew would happen sometime in the future because most of our food is getting modified to last longer taste better and survive in different conditions. When it hit act two I was not expecting the hotdog stand to be so rowdy and ruthless, when it came to the racist part I thought they would do something about it but they just kept up there work and ignored it. The rats at the opening about how they were being injected with a chemical to stop the memory part of the brain and get good research from it, but when the people actually wanted some memories to disappear and forget something that has been in there head for a long time I guess they wanted to help but they didn't want to use it but they just wanted to learn it. Iguess to me this video taught me a couple of things That no matter what the conditions you must keep up with technology and people to get by in life, the second one is that no matter what the research good or bad people will use it for their own purposes.

Comment by Jeffrey David DeWilde on May 18, 2011 at 8:35am

                I think that the story on this American life was very informative. It talked about the chemical in the brain that is responsible for memory and it talked about a chemical that can make you forget. Also it talked about the genetic alteration in pigs and the reasons why. Last it talked about the differences in the people of Chicago and a small hot dog stand where people let out their anger as well as get a hot dog. Some things I learned from it are, I did not know that there was a chemical that can make you forget. I also did not know that the genetic alteration in pigs have trapped farmers into turning their family farm into a multimillion dollar factory, and with modern day interest rates farmers will never be able to pay back their debt and they will never have full control of their lives.

Comment by Kherev Isreal Reeve on May 18, 2011 at 8:32am
I liked the way this episode showed us how we have digressed in our respect for the animals that we consume. I do not agree with genetically altered animals and products especially when we know so little about genetic engineering as a technology. These genetically alerted animals are something  that I see becoming much more widespread  in the near future, but i hope that we can diverge from that path.
Comment by Matthew Scott Owen on May 18, 2011 at 8:31am

What they do to the pigs today I think is messed up because they are keeping them in an enclosed space. There immune system is so weak that you need to sterilize your body before you see the pigs. If the pigs catch like the flu or some type of sickness they will not be able to survive. These genetically altered pigs only live for 6 months, after those 6 months they weigh a max amount of 300 pounds, that’s 50 pounds a day. What I think that they are doing to these pigs is inhuman.

Comment by Emyn Zaleski on May 18, 2011 at 8:31am

To be completely honest I think the way we treat our animals today is just horrid. Before they had the ability to run around in the open, feel the wind, or even get sick. Now these days we keep them locked up in a building where they can't live the way they're supposed to. In the present we pump the farm animals with so much muscle builders that sometimes they die from just being too frightened. But there are some good that comes from this, because of these genetic farm animals we get better tasting meat. Plus the money that people would pay to get good tasting meat. So I guess it just depends on how you look at it.

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