Friday, December 11, 2009

24 comments:

jmarczewski said...

Oh, how I miss the days of Carl Azuz and his lame puns at the end of the newscast! I found this student news to be quite interesting, as it covered a variety of topics that I have many opinions on. First, I thought President Obama's comments about war--upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize--were exceedingly accurate and excessively indirect toward the argument that a leader cannot receive a peace prize while his country is at war. Why am I not surprised by this irrelevant-ness of yet another President Obama speech? Also, I found the segment about NASA's struggle for supporting its climate change program quite informative. I had heard of the allegations against organizations investigating global warming, with evidence suggesting that it is not proportionate to its real-life implications, but not through the mainstream media. I'm not necessarilly happy that the allegations came out and are now affecting NASA, but I do always prefer the truth to be revealed, because people don't deserve to be lied to. Finally, the segment about education reform was...just peachy. If Mr. Duncan wants to make school days and years longer, then I'm glad I'll be in college for the overhaul anyway! Perhaps there will be a student rebellion in protest...led by Carl Azuz? Oh, the endless possibilities the future holds!

Diana said...

I enjoyed watching this newscast. I thought President's Obama's comments about the war and earning the Peace Prize were rather vague. I liked listening to NASA's climate change program issues because I didn't know much about that before. Overall, the video was informative.

jreichart said...

I'll start off by saying Carl Azuz is probably the best comedian I have ever seen. As far as Obama's speech goes, I think it was mediocre at best. I agree with Jessie, the speech was irrelevant. I believe he said something to the extent of "let the north star guide us", which is completely irrelevant to any of our country's challenges at the moment, but thanks for the advice Obama. Does he really deserve the award? Ehhhh. I mean its not as bad as Al Gore's stupid global warming POWERPOINT winning over an old lady who saved thousands of children in the Holocaust and then reconnected many of them with their family members years and years later. And my boy Arne, trying to make school days longer. It doesn't really affect me that much, I'd rather be at college in Chicago or NY or something than back in Muskego. Just kidding, if you want more school you're crazy. And yes Jessie...speaking of student rebellions, come see Alex and I in LES MISERABLES the last weekend of Feb. :)

klatour said...

carl azuz-i <3 sweatervests.

As for the rest of the episode, I thought the questions raised about Obama's Nobel Prize. How could he have been the best candidate for the prestigious award when he hadn't actually accomplished anything in regards to peace yet.
Also, Arne Duncan, it doesn't really matter to me at this point. High school level students and younger will probably protest or something to that extent. Luckily, college goes by different standards...gotta love it.

p.s. jon, agreed with the al gore business...

jmarczewski said...

Jon, my name is spelled J-E-S-S-E. There is no I. That is how girls spell it. They do so because they are abbreviating Jessica. Guys spell Jesse as Jesse, not Jessie, or any variations of Jessie. Thank you. That is all.

Astoiber said...

(insert carl azuz reference here)

Obama did nothing to deserve the award. not like it matters because the nobel peace prize is just a novelty. people do great things everyday that go unnoticed. however, obama did not earn that award because we are still involved in 2 wars with no signs of peace anywhere. maybe i would consider giving him the award if he started exhibiting signs of improvement. until then he is no better than gw

Tyler Kehoe said...

Carl Azuz was argueably the reason why i joined AP GOPO. Just kidding. First off, the President's Speech was probably one of the best he has ever given. As he was running for President, I disliked with a strong passion every little thing about President Obama except for helping fund more college students of course. A United States President got the Nobel Peace Prize. That statement right there is an anomoly at its best. (these comments are SOLELY on his talk of the Nobel Peace Prize.) Now about Education. As i am winding up this last year pre-college education, I believe that making school longer would fry these kids minds. Lets take a look at Japan and China both who have significantly less days of school yet have higher scores in every single subject and is pretty high on English and its their flippen 2nd language!!! Education reform nationally=BAD, Letting schools see what they others are doing and building off it= Priceless.

Brandon D said...

I found this video pretty informative.I didn't feel Obama's speech was all that impressive. I share the same view point as astoiber on Obama getting the nobel peace prize. He hasn't done anything as far as changing the pace of the war in Iraq. I do feel that improvements are not far off, but nothing recently has shown he really deserves it. As for extending school, forget that. Overall this was an interesting watch.

K-Iglinski said...

Man, watching Carl Azuz brings me back to the days of Mr. Adamson, good times. Back to the topic, the newscast was ok. Their are many things that are a concern, first obama didn't do anything for that prize. Secondly school could go longer if only they started it later. We have trouble waking up early in the mornings. We also need to inprove the things that our special education students as well as not segregate them in one hall in the building like muskego tends to do. It was a very interesting student news and I hope to be able to blog about them more often. We need to stop trying to say that greenhouse gases are the cause of the world warming. Its not going to matter come 2012 anyway.

nsomers said...

On the topic of extending school days... I don't think it's a bad idea, especially if this allows kids to get extra help and take more classes they're interested in. I think the extended hours would work if it required kids to not necessarily take more classes but possibly take the time to get help in classes they are strugling with. Also it sounded like in the extended day kids would be able to take more specialty classes that they don't have time for during the normal school days such as art.

Ryan Paprocki said...

---In 1984 Archbishop Tutu was awarded the Nobel Piece Prize to attempts to getting rid of apartheid in South Africa. It fell 10 years later.

---In 1935 the Prize was awarded to a journalist named Carl von Oscietske(sp?) because he was a big domestic opposition to Hitler in Germany. I guess the Nobel Prize commitee could've waited until the domestic opposition toppled Hitler until they awarded him but...*points to nose*

---Jimmy Carter was awarded the Prize for his work to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts.

The point is that you don't have to have immidiately done something to get the Nobel Peace Prize. It also recognizes people trying hard in big ways. Obama is trying hard in big ways to get peace in the world. That's why he was awarded it and that's why he deserves it.

PMiner said...

"aiming at a lady's face, that's snowway to treat somebody"
hahaha i laughed for a good minute or two on that pun.

I found the education section to be the most interesting. The Secretary of Education proposed that we go to school for 12-14 hours a day. In my opinion that is way too much. If students go that long then they were will burnt out and exhausted. They also wont have any extra time for all of their homework, jobs, extras things that do outside of school, or even their families.

JakeK said...

HAHAHA that's snow way to treat a lady. God bless you Carl Azuz! Two things: 1) Has anyone yet heard an answer to the question "What has Barrack Obama done to deserve a Noble Prize?" I have yet to hear one. 2) Our current secretary of eduacation's ideas are unreasonable and foolish. It would be near impossible to make such drastic changes to the current school year model. If you want to make American education better, I have a math function for u... f(x)=fix the teachers=better students.

AAgostini said...

First, it was very wise of Obama to at least discuss the United States involvement in war while accepting the prize. Neglecting to do so would have likely earned him even more criticism for winning. Secondly, I think NASA's climate research could be very valuable, and it is extremely unfortunate that such information has been distorted in the past either by understatement or exaggeration. Funding should continue to keep climate change research satellites functioning.Thirdly, while the education system is in need of reform, I don't think an immediate drastic switch to a 12-14 hour school day is the answer. Excessively lengthy school days are more likely to burden students than help them. Increased accessibility to extracurricular activities and academic support after school hours would be beneficial and would serve the same purpose.

morgank said...

Personally, I dont believe President Obama has really done anything to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize Award. As some have already commented, we arent any closer to peace in the Middle East as we were when he took office back in January. I thought that the information on NASA was interesting and informative, i wasnt really aware before how much the organization takes part in studying the theory of global warming before.

MKlinka said...

So, down the list.

Yeah, Obama really didn't do too much, I believe that his intentions got him the prize. I will maintain that opinion until I see proof that Obama impacted this world in a bigger, better way than anyone else. However, with the U.S. such a big player on the world stage, even thinking about a step towards diplomacy with militant states should be applauded.



NASA I really hate the global warming argument. For every source or study brought up proving warming, I can bring up another disproving, for every apocalyptic scenario regarding global warming, I can match it. This issue is so wishy-washy and now NASA is just going with the popular view.

Here are the truths I know about warming.
1. Studies show it's increasing
2. studies may be flawed, also this could be a natural cycle (these flawed studies are actually a huge debacle)
3. Studies show that the earth isn't warming.
4. Scientists believe warming loses biodiversity and could destabilize the planet's orbit.
5. They also believe that the increased cardio health from the warming will save millions of lives yearly.

There's no definitive answer for anything.



And schools. America is stupid, relatively. We go to school less than other nations and score worse than them. We can't make up the gap because it's a cultural difference, we've lost the ethic of hard work we once had. As a remedy, I couldn't see a better way than to lengthen the school day, better managed time leads to increased productivity; since we cannot change our culture, we must compensate.

ayork said...

Another clever comment about Carl Azuz.

I believe that Ryan is correct. Why argue against our president winning the Nobel prize. That's completely UN-AMERICAN. I would agree with kehoe that this was one of his better speeches. I feel that some people are out to get our president and prove that he isn't all that he said he was. While that may be true, remember what we are studying in class: Politics is no easy game. I personally believe that we should trust the president, no matter which party he or she belongs to, until that person does something to betray that trust. Instead of approaching the situation with an attitude of distrust. And I'm glad that I'm one of the last people to blog, otherwise I would be torn to shreds...

On NASA: I haven't done any research, but I've heard that there's more to the story of global warming than most of us know.

On education: I'm torn. Part of me agrees, part disagrees. I do agree with the statement that the system was built on an agrarian schedule. So I believe that that aspect of the schedule needs to be changed, but I'm also a believer in intense focused work for a short while then relaxing later instead of long drawn out days. But this too I will need to do more research on.

Oh well, I hope nobody else has to post anymore and that you're all in your beds snow-ring...

Famigliettim said...

I as well miss Carl Azuz, and have finally learned how to actually spell his name. I always thought it was Carl LaZuze but i know better now. I still think it was too early to present president Obama with the nobel peace prize, something he will undoubtedly earn sooner or later, it is just that it seems that to win it, you have to be the president of the United states, which puts you in the arguably most powerful position on the planet.

klatour said...

Klinka brought up good points about the schooling issue. America as a whole, I believe, has completely lost all values in work. We rely heavily on technology and such to ease our lives and has allowed us to fall behind other nations. I'm not real worried about us being the biggest and best country, I feel like doing our own thing is better for us, however, many people seem to disagree. So for the purpose of this blog, I will agree with that argument, in which case, if our nation's schools keep on this decline we will certainly have no chance to compete with other countries.

j.polinski said...

I don't believe president Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize award because he didn't really do anything but the criticism about it is getting really old on how he shouldn't have gotten it. It seems people are almost mad at him for getting it, but people don't realize that he did not nominate himself for the prize, therefore we shouldn't be p.o'd at him. Even though I'm not exactly Obama's number one fan, I still won't criticize him personally on getting it, but i still believe he doesn't deserve it.

Tyler Kehoe said...

Remember everyone, who gives a care about WHY President Obama won the nobel peace prize, AN AMERICAN WON IT! Ryan, argueably the most logical thing said in class this year. I may not like President Obama's policy, but i will never go against what America stands for and what it represents and saying that "President Obama does not deserve this" is absurd. ANY USA PRESIDENT SHOULD DESERVE IT. Wellll most.

Ryan Paprocki said...

Kehoe,

"Remember everyone, who gives a care about WHY President Obama won the nobel peace prize, AN AMERICAN WON IT!"

After I read this part I was really hoping that you were just being sarcastic and were merely bashing the fact that he was awarded the Nobel Prize.

"I may not like President Obama's policy, but i will never go against what America stands for and what it represents and saying that "President Obama does not deserve this" is absurd. ANY USA PRESIDENT SHOULD DESERVE IT."

My dreams were shattered. It's just some more batshit crazy nationalism (just kidding...of course). I'd love to hear someone argue for George W. Bush getting the Nobel Prize though (pro-torture, unjustified wars, hindering science, limiting social freedoms etc. <----Oh wait doesn't all of that apply to every mainstream Republican politician? Ahh, no wonder...).

"Ryan, argueably the most logical thing said in class this year."

Haha well I'd rather you call me out on something in class if you don't understand what I'm saying or if you think there's a logical fallacy somewhere. I'll be glad to clarify for you. Who knows, maybe you'll learn something (you will).

Tereza said...

In regards to the President winning the Nobel Peace Prize, I find myself to be more proud of this than anything else. It is questionable what Obama has done to deserve the honor- however it is just that, an honor. Another aspect of the video was NASA's research on climate change, which is a concerning issue of our time period. It's interestig to see that some research doesn't support some claims.
Also the issue regarding education reform. I agree that extending school days is not the answer. I think there are other options to be successful in education reformation, and this is certainly not one of them.

Astoiber said...

ohsht i forgot to blog yesterday.

p.s. reagan was a terrorist