Hypocrisy is all around us

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hypocrisy can be defined as the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform. In other words, a hypocrite says one thing and does another. I’m sure all of you reading this article can think of examples of hypocrisy in our everyday lives. I will offer a few examples that tend to hit a nerve with me.Hypocrisy in society1. The general public complains frequently and loudly about legislation and other policies enacted by local, state, and national government. However, when given the chance to express their opinions about politicians and issues, the general public typically shows up to vote in low numbers.2. The national restaurant chain Chipotle proudly promises that they source their food ingredients from farms rather than factories and try to source responsibly raised meats and produce for the benefit of their customers. Unfortunately, these lofty goals have not extended to food safety as they’ve failed to prevent dozens of customers from experiencing food poisoning and other foodborne illnesses.3. Members of the general public endorse the concept of requiring farmers to follow certain animal welfare practices that insure humanely raised meat products. Then, these same members of the public complain about higher food prices and may purchase the more economically priced products.4. The mainstream sports media for years have said that the Cincinnati Bengals can’t win a playoff game with Andy Dalton as their quarterback. Now that he is out due to injury, the same media outlets fear that the Bengals can’t win in the playoffs without him. Note: This is the opinion of an overly-sensitive Bengals fan that believes the media can’t have it both ways! Hypocrisy in agriculture and beef production1. Agricultural producers get upset when non-farm clientele don’t believe or respect the story of traditional agricultural production. Do we as agricultural producers give the same respect and consideration we expect from others when we are asked to hear the story from groups that are polar opposites in terms of their beliefs about food production?2. Farmers will build barns to store tractors and equipment but store bales of hay uncovered on sod ground.3. Farmers try to get grain crops planted as quickly and efficiently as possible in the spring but will calve beef cows 12 months a year because they don’t have a place to house the herd bull separately from the cow herd.4. Small herds that utilize one bull for both their cows and heifers will focus on buying a bull with calving ease for the limited number of heifers retained for replacements, but fail to select EPDs suitable for the majority of the females in the herd that are mature cows. The producer then complains about the lower weights on their feeder calves on sale day.5. Numerous beef industry surveys indicate that March is the most common month of the year that producers will include in their calving season. This is a tradition that has carried across generations of producers even though March typically possesses the most highly variable weather patterns with some of the most stressful calving conditions throughout the year.6. Club calf producers design matings to produce steer calves with extreme amounts of muscle, bone, and hair that target a “perceived” ideal terminal market animal. These producers often keep the females from these same matings with the hope they will make productive brood cows.7. The OSU Extension Beef Coordinator encourages beef producers to put an emphasis on aggressive reproduction and culling practices. This same person manages to find excuses for his daughters ex-show heifers that may not live up to the same lofty standards that he encourages other producers to adopt. Note: This is a painful confession from a person that knows hypocrisy when he sees it!Some of the beef-related hypocrisies mentioned in this article will be addressed in the second session of the upcoming 2016 Ohio Beef Cattle School that will be held on Tuesday, February 2 starting at 7:00 p.m. Remember, the School begins with the first session on Tuesday, January 19 and concludes on Tuesday, February 16, and is being hosted in many locations across Ohio, plus one each in Indiana and New York. More information on the 2016 Ohio Beef Cattle School can be found at the OSU Extension Beef Team’s web site at http://go.osu.edu/BeefSchool.last_img read more

Outdoors opps at the State Fair

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman, Ohio’s longest running outdoor radio showWith the state fair opening Wednesday, July 24, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) begins welcoming folks to the Natural Resources Park with free interactive exhibits and displays. Located in the southeast corner of the state fairgrounds, the park will be open from 11-7 daily through Sunday, August 4.Two wildlife buildings that made their debut at the 2017 Ohio State Fair include the Wild Ohio Shooting Range, which houses archery and air gun ranges for all ages. The second is the Fish Ohio Building, a redesigned fish house where Division of Wildlife staff offer fish filleting and cooking demonstrations. The building also houses refrigerated storage to temporarily hold fish caught in the youth fishing area until kids are ready to pick them up and take them home.Another popular attraction is the Scenic Rivers touch pool, which contains many of Ohio’s native macro invertebrate species, plus a few crayfish and small stream fish. The touch pool allows visitors to experience the magic of dipping a hand into a stream to find live critters, and it shows how the Scenic Rivers program monitors these creatures to help gauge stream health.Returning exhibits include the popular kayak pond, which is a 7,000-square-foot pond, which gives guests an opportunity to safely learn how to kayak. Additionally, located near the kayak pond, the personal watercraft simulator will be available, allowing visitors to experience “riding” a jet ski.A new animatronic Smokey Bear was installed a few years ago, replacing the original 55-year-old Smokey that annually scared the bejesus out of my now-19 year old son by greeting him by name. The new display has moving arms, head and mouth, which allows him to continue sharing his mission by teaching fairgoers how they can prevent wildfires. Smokey Bear still greets each child who visits from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. A 71-foot-tall fire tower, originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934 in Pike County, is also located directly behind Smokey to reinforce the icon’s fire prevention message.The recently expanded ODNR Amphitheater offers daily performances throughout the fair, from lumberjack competitions, animal demonstrations with animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, a retriever dog show and music and clogging performances. Other educational opportunities are available, including the Butterfly House, Ruthven’s Aviary, and a walk-through tall grass prairie exhibit.And of course, the youth fishing pond; perhaps the most popular destination in the Park — at least for kids 13 years and younger and the adults who enjoy watching them fish for the 2,000 hybrid bluegills stocked in the pond.I rarely miss the state fair and never miss spending a good deal of time exploring the Natural Resources Park there.last_img read more

Trump’s border wall…and a sensible IoT alternative

first_imgFollow the Puck Tags:#border wall#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Mexico#top#Trump Related Posts Ryan Matthew Pierson Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces There are few policies that have provoked as much heated rhetoric as the border wall between the United States and Mexico. This proposed wall, which would span the 2,000-mile length of the border, comes with an estimated cost of between $15 and $25 billionThis doesn’t include maintenance, which involves ongoing costs for staff and materials to combat wear and tear, vandalism, and more.See also: What happens to transportation projects under President Trump?The land border between the United States and Mexico spans nearly 2,000 miles. This is a long stretch of land, especially when you compare it to the 156 miles that make up Mexico’s southern border. It could be argued that it would be quite a bit cheaper to offer to build a wall along Mexico’s southern border.After all, most of the undocumented immigrants coming from Mexico are simply passing through from other nations that sit past Mexico’s southern border.At $25 billion, the estimated cost-per-mile for the border wall sits at $12.8 million. There is an existing fence in place spanning about 670 of the 2,000 miles, but we do not have any definite answer as to whether or not that fencing will remain in place. But, all signs point to a new wall being built along the border. Who will pay for it is yet to be determined. For now, the taxpayers of the United States are footing the bill.When asked by a youth member of a campaign rally audience what materials the wall would consist of, then candidate Donald Trump replied, “It’s going to be made of hardened concrete, and it’s going to be made of rebar and steel.”He went on to insinuate that the wall would be as much as 90 feet high. The Washington Post analyzed the border wall plan and the continually-evolving estimate of its height. Its breakdown put the wall somewhere around 55 feet high as of February of 2016.This wall will be a massive undertaking. It would be the single largest construction project in modern history. In an interview with NPR, Superior Concrete Products CEO Todd Sternfield said, “250,000 truckloads of concrete alone are required to build it.”This would be in addition to tons of steel reinforcement and other materials. It’s possible, but it won’t be cheap or easy.Overcoming private land and natural obstaclesAnother major hurdle the wall project would have to beat is that of the real estate required to carry it out. Land owners along the border will be hesitant to give up their valuable acres of land for the project. That means the government will either have to pay the owners a fair value for the land with the owner’s blessing, or evoke eminent domain and take it by force.Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that he would not shy away from evoking eminent domain to secure the land. This would not be a popular choice as it involves taking land from landowners by force.With the existing border wall, we have already seen economic stress caused when the wall is put through or around private land. A Texas golf course was put out of business when the border wall separated it from the U.S. side of the wall near Brownsville, TX.There’s also the question of the natural landscape. Some of the border exists on steep hills, rivers, and other rough terrain. This makes constructing a wall more difficult.A physical wall that spans between 1,300 and 2,000 miles along the border will be a challenge. So, what would the alternative be? Is there a way to build a wall without taking away private land and ruining the natural landscape?Possible alternatives to a physical barrierThe Internet of Things gives us a whole new toolset to secure a border and better track what comes in and out of the country. Many of these technologies are already being used, but could benefit from expansion.Other countries are already taking advantage of these technologies to keep their borders secure.Magna BSPIsrael, after being attacked along its southern border, reached out to a company called Magna BSP which specializes in advanced surveillance systems.With a virtually zero percent chance of false positives, Magna BSP can detect humans walking, crawling, swimming, and driving through border territories. It can then alert border patrol to the exact location and position of a subject. It can also detect carried objects including bags and weapons.When it comes to a physical border such as a wall, inexpensive tech including drones can bypass it. This is where systems like this can come in handy. Magna BSP can detect drones and other unmanned aircraft in the night sky.Sensor TowersAnother technology already being utilized are sensor towers. These towers are loaded with technology. Radar, infrared cameras, heat, and motion detection give border patrol agents an edge. These towers work together in a network, each within line-of-sight of at least one other.When people cross through their web of detection, the border patrol is alerted and real-time video is available.This solution is not without its challenges. Early rollouts of the technology proved expensive and inaccurate. In 2006, a test of SBInet, the early precursor to today’s technologies, exceeded its budget projections many times over.Since that time, new technologies have emerged that are more rugged, accurate, and long range. A border patrol agent working from an office can detect a human figure over 7 miles away and deploy agents to the location in real-time.Would it work?The challenges of a concrete wallA giant concrete wall is expensive and difficult to pull off. Its effectiveness is limited to foot and vehicle border crossings, which make up only a small percentage of the cases of undocumented immigration in the U.S.U.S. Border Protection officials are already reporting large numbers of crossings taking place by air. Tunnels, which would also bypass a wall, are a common tactic used to bring materials into the U.S. from Mexico.So, if you’re going to spend a lot of money, a wall isn’t your best bet. Instead, better surveillance and quick human response made possible by the Internet of Things appears more reasonable.At the very least, you would get a lot less complaints from the landowners along the border. A tower or some hidden cameras are much easier to work around than a giant, concrete wall. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more