Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Soundtrack of my Life

Best Days of My Life- Kellie Pickler. I chose this song because it kind of sums up my life right now. I love living in Madison- everything about it. My years in college are definitely going to be the funnest of my life (besides all of the homework/studying), but I really don't have much to worry about yet. Once I graduate, and have to work for a living, things will change, and I'm sure they will be a different kind of fun all their own, but nothing will compare to the college life in Madison.

Life is a Highway- Rascal Flatts. I chose this song because I love life. Not in the way that I talked about above, how college is so fun and exciting. I actually just love life in general. Everyday is so new and exciting, and you never know what is going to happen. I'm excited to see where my life is going to go and the anticipation of that is the best part.

Family Man- Craig Campbell. I chose this song because my family is everything to me. I don't know what I would do without them.

Bless the Broken Road- Rascal Flatts. This has been my favorite song since seventh grade. It ultimately reminds me of my sister. My friend and I were sitting in my computer room back home listening to this song and crying because at the time it was my sister's favorite song, and she was heading off to college, so listening to it made me think of her and how much i was going to miss her. I have come to be obsessed with Rascal Flatts (ask any of my friends; I've memorized their entire discography), but I think this song will always remain my favorite because it was the first Rascal Flatts song I knew, and it reminds me of my sister.

Turning Page- Sleeping At Last. I have recently become obsessed with this song. I even decided it is going to be my wedding song someday. I just get the chills when I listen to it.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Research Paper

"Within the context  of this new knowledge about the sperm, most sex preselection research is aimed at developing accurate and reliable sperm separation techniques (Merrick and Blank, 2003, p. 59).

Merrick, J. C., & Blank, R. H. (2003). Reproductive issues in America. California: ABC-CLIO, Inc.

I chose this source because it defines what sex selection is on a more fundamental basis. It talks about how the basis of sex selection started off, which I think is important. I am planning to use it to define sex selection, because I need a foundation of the paper before I start talking about both sides of the argument. The downside to it is it's short. It has good information, but I will need many more or much longer sources in order to better define sex selection.

"While the application of this technique to prevent sex-linked genetic disorders is now widespread, this method can also be used for preimplantation sex selection for social reasons (family balancing), and we report our experience with this technique for this purpose in India" (Malpani and Modi, 2002).

Malpani, A. & Modi, D. (2002). Preimplantation sex selection for family planning in India. Hum. Reprod., 17(1), 11-12. doi: 10.1093/humrep/17.1.11

I chose this source because it is an actual study done on people in India in which they use sex selection for family balancing. It shows that couples would naturally want a boy first, which I think is important to the research I am doing. I am going to use this article to show one side of the argument- that sex selection is bad. This article relates to that side of the controversy because they are afraid that most people are going to choose a boy as their first child, which was supported in this study. The downside to this source is that the part of it that is a primary source is very short. If I want to utilize the second part of the article, I would have to use it to find primary sources, which is a hassle.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Last Ronson Blog

The creation of the DSM III and the many mental disorders that are laid out in it started an epidemic in America, with many people being misdiagnosed with mental disorders and put on drugs they didn't need. It all started with the DSM III. A man named Robert Spitzer had a mom who was a very unhappy lady. The doctors could never figure out what was wrong with her. This upset him in a way that when he was chosen to help write the DSM III, he made many things a mental disorder, so doctors could easily label people in a more scientific way. After the DSM III came out, people started to self-diagnose themselves with mental disorders, and doctors would wrongly diagnose and over medicate their patients. This was good for the pharmaceutical companies, because they could make so many new drugs for their patients, but it really was a bad thing. There was less of a tolerance for people being different. They would automatically be labeled with a mental disorder. People would take pills for disorders they didn't have, sometimes turning them into slow, drooling fools. And that was considered a good thing. In an extreme case, a misdiagnosis of a child as bipolar and an overprescription on her medication led to her death. Her mother later admitted she was probably just a hyper child.

I'm confused as to what Petter meant by "good luck" to Ronson. Was this letter written to Ronson before he started doing all of his psychopath research or after? Also, why was it necessary for Petter to cut off all email contact? For the book itself, I am actually kind of sad it is over. I really liked it a lot; it was never boring, probably because there were so many different stories within the story, so it kept things changing and interesting. I am not surprised that the pharmaceutical companies were so excited about the DSM III and being able to make new drugs for people. The United States health care system is all about making a profit. In other countries, the health care system has a set amount of money, and each type of medical care can only charge a set amount. In the United States, they can charge what they want for health care, and try to make profits on it. So, with the DSM III coming out, it allowed a lot of money to be brought into the pharmaceutical companies.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Blog 6

"Aiming a Bit High" starts off with John Ronson meeting Bob Hare at a hotel. They discussed the PCL-R being misused, which led to Ronson paying a visit to Paul Britton (an example of a PCL-R misuser). Britton was at one time a very famous criminal profiler. He talked about how police and detectives used to call upon him for his profiling skills, to help them find a killer. After years of his profiles being correct, a case went wrong. Britton profiled the wrong person, putting an innocent man in jail for years, while the real criminal walked free. Although Britton's career went south after that, he still believes he did nothing wrong.

In "The Madness of David Shayler", I realized that David was completely nuts. I think that he must have had some kind of illness if he thinks that the planes that hit the twin towers were holograms and if he thought he himself was the messiah. I do not really know how this chapter fit into the story though; was he supposed to be a psychopath? I really liked "Aiming a Bit High". Criminal profiling is basically my dream job, although I realize that it is not as glamorous as on television. I love reading about profiling, so this chapter really interested me.