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The Windscale Fire happened in Sallaﬁeld, UK. It happened in October 1957. This was the worst nuclear disaster in Great Britain’s history. It was ranked level 5 on the INES scale which is the Windscale Fire. There were 2 piles which had been built hurriedly as part of a Atomic Bomb Project of the British. The ﬁrst pile was active from October 1950 to June 1951. The Windscale Fire happened when the core of Unit 1’s reactor caught on ﬁre which released substantial amount of radioactive contamination. About 240 people got cancer because of this Fire. The milk from 500km was diluted and destroyed for about a month because of this Fire.
- How does one forgive the people from the past?
Forgiving is hard to do. Just like in the picture above, the path to forgiveness is far, hard and confusing while the path to bitterness looks like a straight road. Every person makes mistakes and you have to let go of the disappointment, anger or whatever feelings you have towards the person who made the mistake. But some mistakes are so large, how are you expected to forgive and forget about them? In the story, the boy, Elie Wiesel, is taken by the Nazis and he has to let go of his life post-Holocaust. Before Elie is taken, he hid his Gold Watch which he recently had gotten from his family for his Bar Mitzvah. Fast Forward 20 years, and Elie has survived the Holocaust and has returned to his home from before the Holocaust to search for his watch. He remembers that he hid it “in a deep, dark hole, three paces from the fence, under a poplar tree.”(221) He took the watch out, looks at it and decides to “tplace the watch back into it’s box, close the cover” (224) and put the watch back in the ground. But why did he do this? Because he wanted to leave himself behind as a reflection of his presence. He did this because he wanted to forget about his past. He wanted to move on from his dark past. It was hard for him to see the watch because it reminded him of his memories and he didn’t wish to see them because he could never forgive and forget about what the Nazis did to him. It was hard for him to let go by he knew he had to because otherwise I feel like he would be practically saying that he forgave the people who caused him harm. The way to forgive the past and the people from the past is to accept what had happened, try to understand why it happened to you and what caused it, and also let go of what happened. It is hard to forgive but it’s even harder to forget.
In the picture there is a path that says “Firgiveness Peak” which points to a very high mountain with rain, snow and lightning which I believe shows challenges along the way to forgiveness. The other path with a sign that says “Bitterness Road” looks really easy and smooth. This shows that Forgiveness is not easy to do but in the end is worth it, unlike bitterness, which is easy but won’t take you anywhere.
- How come people want to be the same as the rest of society?
In this story everyone one is the same. “Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody wasn’t stronger or quicker than anybody else.”() Many people want to be the same as the rest of society to just fit in with the others. They sometimes do it because of peer pressure, when friends say to get these types of shoes and this type of shirt. These clothes are normally what’s in style at that time and many people usually have these items too. Another reason is that they don’t want to get bullied in a way, by other people. Many people will say “What are you wearing. It looks so bad.” Or many different ways to say that. The third reason is like in the story “we’d be right back to the dark ages again”() and “society would fall apart.”() Many people don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb and be noticed. Some people just want to stay under the radar and in their comfort zone. There are many reasons why people want to be the same as the rest of society. These three above are the most common reasons and if you notice you will realize that these are true.
The picture is somewhere where people look equal, are the same height and are facing the same way. This shows that if the people are the same it would not be intersecting. This picture is making me think of all the stuff I have and that I’ve done, like clothing. If I had to wear the same thing everyday as same as the others I would not be happy.
Open schools later so teens can lie in, say US doctors
This article says that in the US, The American Academy of Pediatrics, wants all the schools in the US to delay their school opening times. They wish to have all schools to open at 8:30 am or later. At this time only about 15% of schools from before started their school after 8:30. The AAP’s goal is to tackle sleep deprivation of children from the ages of 10-18. These kids favour going to bed and getting up 2 hours later than they used to do when they were younger. According to this article, results show that because of this there are more car accidents, more late arrivals, higher risk of depression, moodiness and obesity and also lower grades in school. A poll in this article shows that 59% of middle school students and 87% of of high school students don’t get the healthy and recommended hours of sleep which is about 8.5-9.5 hours on school nights. After, school changed their opening times to later timings and saw that their students have better mood, health and improvements in their academics. Also that they have greater and improved safety parameters.
I picked this article because as soon as I saw the title I knew it would be something quite interesting. Also because that this article would relate to the people not only in this class or school but in the Province or probably even in the whole of Canada. I read through many articles and found the ones I thought interesting on the side, and then I narrowed it down to ones that were not as interesting then I re-read the articles that I picked again then ended up picking this one. I found interesting that so many things like depression, moodiness and low grades in school are based on sleep deprivation. Just these few extra hours of sleep help these people do letter in their mental, emotional and physical life. They didn’t even have to do much, just sleep a few extra hours. I have one question about this, and it is, “Is this part of the reason why our school starts @ 9:00 or was it just like this from the beginning?”
My trip to EA on Thursday was something that I really enjoyed. Even though I was sick and didn’t come to school during the morning, I had forced my mom to drop me to school so I can go to this field trip not only because I was excited but it would be a big opportunity to go and see how at what they do over at EA. I found EA very fascinating from bringing your dogs to work to getting your car fixed while you are working and getting your laundry done. I found the library really cool because you can take the movies and games home or watch/play them during work. There was a lot of things there ranging from Dora the Explorer to NHL 2016. I learnt from EA that even though it looks like Video Games look easy to make, it isn’t. A lot of work needs to be put into. You have to study hard and get the specified degrees/diplomas. It’s probably very competitive to get in to. But in the end it’s worth it not only because you get a nice pay and nice work place but because you get to have fun while doing your job and after seeing your work out there with people enjoying it.