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Procrastination…. Don’t Do It!

The Current Predicament

I am currently sitting in a McDonald’s lobby bumming their free Wifi to complete an assignment i should have done weeks ago. Instead of enjoying my vacation on the North Shore of Minnesota I have been writing on and off for the last 48 hours trying to squeak in before the deadline. I’ve had a problem with procrastinating throughout my entire educational career so I decided to look at the psychology of a procrastinator like myself.

Procrastinate and you get to do homework on vacation in a McDonalds

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The Different Types

According to Forbes there are five different reasons we procrastinate. The first reason is that the topic is too easy or difficult. If a task is too easy a person might get bored and not continue working. On the other hand if the task is too difficult they might give up all together. The second reason is that the content is too overwhelming. The task is so complicated that the person doesn’t know where to start. The third is that a person is overworked. We all experience this in some way because we work in cycles of productivity. Most of us can’t work more than an hour or two without a break. The fourth reason is that we are afraid of the first step. Some task take a leap of faith to begin. Procrastination occurs when a person gets cold feet at the last minute and decides to put off the task. Lastly, the person just doesn’t have enough interest or motivation to complete the task. This can stop many people in their tracks before they even start.

#illdoittomorrow

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How I Can Work On Myself

After reading this article I reflected on myself and my choices to do homework across the semester and I am going to create some strategies to prevent this from happening. The biggest issue for me is I would rather be doing anything else besides homework, especially with the bevy of summer activities. I feel like I should make a certain time of day that is set aside just for homework or reading. I do well once I have an established habit and by having that hour everyday homework will not pile up.

No more procrastinating #neveragain

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Locally Sourced Conservation

Saving the Earth, Our Home

When it comes to preserving planet earth, it is easy to feel like there is nothing you can do as it is truly a huge, global issue. What we often overlook is that if each of us as individuals make minor changes to daily life that could add up to big benefits for the earth. The usual ideas that come to mind surrounding this topic are things like turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, turning off the lights when you leave a room, biking, walking, or using public transportation instead of taking a car, etc. I think that the impacts of buying and eating local are often overlooked. If more people were to support the local food movement numerous positive outcomes would follow. The aim of the local food movement is to connect producers and consumers in communities in order to create self-reliant food networks. This farm to table strategy allows for much more sustainable living and eating within communities.

My favorite local market

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Local vs. Large

Large corporations such as Target, Walmart, Costco, Cub foods etc. must buy and sell mass amounts of products which results in a lot of waste. Large stores also leave massive carbon footprints. The benefits to buying local are plentiful. Consumers are able to support local farmers who rely on local buyers for their livelihood. It also provides the opportunity to buy food that is much more fresh than if you were to go to a grocery store. There are also environmental benefits that go along with eating local. If food is being produced and bought within the same community cuts down on the green house gas emissions used for transportation and storing of food. Factory farms that supply large grocery stores create very concentrated areas of manure and pollution whereas local farms produce much smaller amounts of pollution in a more spread out area. Supporting these local farms also promotes humane treatment of animals as it encourages free-range and pasture-grazing farming techniques. As you can see there are countless benefits to going local and it is something you should try to get involved in within your own community.

Wasted produce from a big grocery store #shame

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Dairy Good According to Dairy

Dairy Industry is Sustainable… Apparently

The National Dairy Council discusses the rising concern of how to eat sustainably. The meat of the article (excuse the pun) covers suggested criteria by which we can measure and judge the sustainability of food and eating patterns. Generally speaking, I did not have a problem with the factuality of the article. Rather it is the context surrounding the article and the way it dances around the main issue at hand, which is the environmental impacts of the dairy industry. I am not refuting the facts stated but rather I’m bringing light the bias present in this article.

Gregory Miller, PH.D., FACN

Taking a look at the author’s name and photo placed at the left side of the article, it says Gregory Miller, PH.D., FACN, this title demonstrates his academic merit but does not say much more about the author. It is not until you click his name that Gregory Miller is the Chief Science Officer at NDC, Executive Vice President of Research, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs for Dairy Management Inc. and Global Dairy Sector Lead for Nutritional Security for Global Dairy Platform. While his extensive resume is impressive, a more thorough look at the author reveals that there may be some bias present as he has a large stake in the dairy industry.

Filtering the Bull

A key element in critically viewing media as the author’s background, it may be a tell tale sign that there is bias present in the article. In addition, it is not until the concluding paragraph of the article that the author mentions how this relates to the dairy industry. The author states that dairy farmers are the “original environmentalists” because they use land and provide products to consumers in the “most sustainable way possible” and that the dairy industry has made huge improvements to their carbon footprint in the last 7 decades. My view on the issue is that the dairy industry has proven to have serious consequences on the environment: methane production, water usage, and land erosion, among other things the dairy industry is also known for inhumane treatment of cattle. The presence of this article on a website titled “DairyGood” is so obviously an attempt to avert people’s eyes from all the “DairyBad” being shown in other media outlets.

Do you think dairy farming is sustainable? Post your answer under the hashtag #dairyopinion

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Getting Started for Fishing Bass

Why Bass?

If you are not familiar with Bass fishing you are missing out on the most sought after freshwater fish in the United States. The reason for that is that is they are some of the hardest fighting, highest jumping, and most aggressive game fish there is. The thrill of catching a bass is like no other, which, has inspired hundreds of TV shows, Fishing Tournaments, and Clubs. I am one of the many people that has caught the “Bass Bug.” I am willing to share some of the secrets on getting started.

Nothing like a big bass #Fishing

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First Things First

If you want to fish bass you have to first have to figure out the lakes they live in. The best way to find that out is go to your local bait shop and ask them where they are biting. Next, when you pick a lake you like you have to get a read on what habitat bass are living. Bass are ambush predators they basically hide until they see prey then move to strike.  I look for three things with bass, fallen trees, lilly pads, and weed edges. They offer great hiding spots for bass where they wait for bait fish, frogs, worms, snakes, and pretty much anything that fits in their mouth.

What Bait Should I Use?

The bait you use should depend entirely on where you are fishing. If you are fishing a weed edge it is usually deeper so crankbaits, weedless jigs, and spinners are a good option. When fishing lily pads my alltime favorite is weedless frogs. They imitate a frog swimming on the surface. Bass hit these HARD! It is not uncommon for a fish to jump all the way out of the water as they attack the bait. When fishing trees or other sunken structure I like to use plastic worms. Heck, I like to use plastic worms everywhere. They can be hooked in so many ways and rigged with weights so they are effective in anywhere from 1 to 25 feet. If you follow this you should have no trouble getting into the best type of fishing, Bass.

Different ways to rig a worm #EndlessPossibilities

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What is Scarier Korean or Cuban Communism?

In Recent News…

Two major news stories that have been developing in the past several weeks. One story is Trump strickening the relations with Cuba cutting off what Obama set in place three years ago. As well as the decision by Trump on Cuba, there is tragic new from across the Pacific Ocean. Otto Warmbier, a 22 American student that decided to travel to North Korea, died after being sent to 15 years hard labor a year before. Although his choice to travel there is a whole different topic, he was allowed to go there. My question is why can I travel to one and not the other?

 

Background of These Countries

Almost immediately after Soviet Russia stacked Berlin winning World War 2 in europe, the US and Allies decided that Communism is the next big threat for the west causing decades of flexing between the superpowers USSR and USA. In 1950, this led to a war in Korea between US backed South Korea and USSR backed North Korea. In 1953, an armistice was signed pausing the war. To this day North Korea and South Korea are still technically at war. In 1959, Castro officially took control of Cuba which deteriorated US relations leading to an embargo in 1961. Both countries were heavily influenced by the Soviet Union which fell in 1991 leaving North Korea and Cuba the few remnants of Communism.

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Why Can I Visit One And Not The Other

Short answer, I have no idea. Each year about 1000 thrill seeking Americans decide that North Korea is their next travel destination. They decide to travel there even though 16 Americans have been detained in the past 10 years with 3 still in custody. If an American wants to visit Cuba they have to have family there. The hypocrisy gets even better because because the reason the US set an embargo because Castro threatened the United States. The same thing North Korea does every time they test a long range missile. What I am trying to say is that both countries are Communist extremists and go against American values yet we can visit one and not the other. I would like to see consistency in our policy for once.

Apparently 1,000 Americans every year think it's a good idea to visit here #badidea

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Invasion of the Carp

Bad News Wisconsin, Watch out Minnesota

In March, a commercial fisherman found an invasive Silver Carp in his net in the St. Croix River. This fish was caught just outside of Prescott, Wisconsin marking it the first Silver Carp caught in the St. Croix river. If you don’t know much about the fish they are a YouTube star. They are the fish that jump several feet out of the water when startled often hitting people as they drive their boats. Along with harming boaters the fish devastates the native fish populations taking over entire stretches of river. Minnesota has reported several Carp in the lower Mississippi but none close to the Twin Cities. If they are moving into the St. Croix could this mean the fish are moving north?

How Did They Get Here?

The Silver Carp and several other types of filter feeder carp were brought over from Asia to help catfish farmers keep their ponds healthy. In the 1970’s, a large enough number of carp escaped into the Mississippi River to have a breeding population. They moved throughout most of the major rivers in the south leaving most of them overrun with these fish. They are filter feeder so they eat all of the microorganisms on the the bottom of the food chain causing the food chain itself to collapse. With the other fish struggling then the carp have even less competition.

How Can We Stop Them?

 

The St. Croix and the Mississippi both have natural boundaries that the DNR thinks will keep the fish at bay. The St. Croix has Taylors Falls and the Mississippi has multiple dams blocking travel. However the dams have locks used by boats that could also be used by Carp. To prevent this the DNR are experimenting with acoustic barriers to keep the fish from traveling through the locks. If you spot or catch any Silver Carp near the Twin Cities call 651-587-2781 or email invasivecarp.dnr@state.mn.us. Take a photo and transport the carp to the nearest fisheries office or make arrangements for it to be picked up by a DNR official. Anyone can help the spread of these invasive fish. To learn more about the invasion of the Silver carp you can watch this documentary by VICE.

WANTED! This ugly guy out of our rivers #silvercarp

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