Sunday, November 29, 2009
The United Arab Emirates actions, I feel, are very smart. I agree that they should help DUbai so to prevent any damage their owns banks. I think that other groups should help dubai to prevent further crisis. Although, in Asia, things are looking positive I think we should still not get over confident like last year to prevent yet another recession.
I think this is bad news for the Republican party. Personally I feel that it is very important for a party to have a specific leader. That leader then could help guide the party in a positive direction. A party cannot be as efffective if its own members are divided.
Attacks in the region have significantly increased this year, according to the International Maritime Bureau, which monitors shipping crimes. But successful attacks have gone down as a result of a strong presence of international monitors. From January 1 through September 30, pirates worldwide mounted 306 attacks, compared with 293 in all of 2008, it said. More than half of this year's attacks were carried out by suspected Somali pirates off the east coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden, a major shipping route between Yemen and Somalia.
Though there seems to be more international monitors, the attacks have increased. I think the Somalian government should crack down on their piracy problems because over half these crimes were carried out by Somali pirates.
If the Iranian President's statement is found to be true then I think it would be a huge shock. THey would be going directly against regulations by the U.N. and other agencies. Also the fact that they are showing increasing hostilities towards the Western powers increases my uneasiness.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
African albinos endure insults, discrimination and segregation throughout their lives. They also have a high risk of contracting skin cancer in a region where many jobs are outdoors. Because many people used to believe albinism was a mental retardation, parents didn't take them to school, forcing them into these menial jobs.
This is absolutely disgusting to me. I feel like the U.N. needs to take action on this immediately. This is such an atrocity.
I feel that it is good that this college has been opened. I personally feel that medical marijuana should be legalized for some of its health benefits. I am not sure about the effectiveness of the program though because it is so new and I am sure there is going to be trouble with the law later on. I also do not think that the this college will effectively stimulate the Michigan economy by millions of dollars.
There have been so many killings in the news, but this one stands out. The fact that the suspect killed people on Thanksgiving is terrible. I'm not sure how killing your families is justified or killing anyone. I am also surprised that the police have not caught the suspect yet.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Secret Service spokesman Jim Mackin said officers at the checkpoint had a clipboard with names of the invited guests. Even though the Salahis names weren't on it, they were allowed to proceed. It's unclear what they said to get through, but federal law makes it a crime to knowingly and willfully falsify statements on matters within the federal government's jurisdiction. The couple is currently facing a series of civil lawsuits.
This has drawn a lot of attention to the secret service and the president's safety. Though the couple went through magnetometers and other levels of screening, it still puts the president at risk. This has gotten a lot of media coverage so I thought I should do a post on this. What do you guys think of this situation?
On a side note, there's gonna be another Real Housewives series?!?!?!
I dont know how the Shiek of Dubai can say that they have everything under control if they froze their own debt repayments. I think that the United States markets will suffer from this because Dubai is avoiding repaying their debts. The longer they do not repay, the longer it will negatively effect the world economy. As told in the article, the rising economies in Hong Kong and Japan are being negatively effected. Also Dubai's own creditors believe that the Sheik, in fact, does not have everything "under control".
It's enlightening to see that we've made progress in gay rights. However, I don't understand why so many people want to prohibit an official marriage. In Washington state, voters recently endorsed an "everything but marriage" bill that expands domestic partnership rights to lesbians, gays and unmarried elderly couples. See, I don't understand the point of that at all. It seems so strange that 57 percent of Americans oppose granting same-sex marriages legal status, but the same poll found that 67 percent would grant them access to health insurance and other benefits. Would anybody from this ten percent care to explain to me this?
Several large retailers, including Walmart and many Old Navy locations, opened on Thanksgiving, hoping to make the most of the extra hours. Especially after the death of a Wal-Mart employee last year, they also did this to prevent the mad 5 am morning rush.
Black Friday gets its name because it traditionally was the day when huge crowds would push stores into "the black," or profitability. But the weekend doesn't necessarily predict spending for the rest of the season, which accounts for as much as 40 percent of annual sales and profits for many stores. Still, retailers closely study buying patterns to get into shoppers' mindset such as what kinds of items they're buying and what deals are luring them.
It is bad news for United states citizens if the power of the US dollar continues to drop. That means that things in other countries will be more expensive for us to buy. I remember going to Japan three years ago and the the US dollar was worth 100 yen.. since then that number has dropped significantly. I also recall that this past summer, in Japan when I went, the US dollar was already losing significant ground. It was worth roughly 90 yen or so.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
In March, the president ordered more than 20,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. This really scares me. Are we just fighting a losing battle? Do you think sending more troops to will help? Or was this message just sent to manipulate and scare the American people? How seriously do you think the government will or should react to this message? It's pretty frightening.
President Barack announced yesterday that he will also be attending this summit. Obama is prepared to set a goal of reducing emissions to 17 percent below 2005 levels over the next decade and reducing U.S. emissions by 83 percent by 2050. However, the United States is the only industrialized country that hasn't yet given the UNFCCC a proposal for cutting carbon emissions. To read more about this, http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/11/25/obama.copenhagen.climate/index.html#cnnSTCText
Next month's climate talks aim to strike a deal on a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 pact that has legally binding targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The United States never ratified it, though more than 200 nations did.
I think this is a great step for the United States and especially China. The pollution is terrible in China, as I and many of you saw during the band trip. I think this trip will help get the Senate to pass the climate change bill. Internationally, I think the more, and bigger countries that make a commitment to improve environmentally, it will help other, more poor countries reach their goals. It might also put more pressure on other countries to be more active in environmental issues. However, Greenpeace is criticizing the president for going only at the begginning of the summit, since he will be in Norway to accept his Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, calling it a "photo-opp." I think it would be really hard for the preident to attend an 11 day conference. I don't think he is wrong to go at the begginning. What do you guys think?
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
However, the war between them is more than about price alone. The future and new technology play a huge role in this battle. Though online retailing is onyl 4% of retail sales, it is rapid spreading, it did not suffer as much from the economy, and access to online shopping is faster and easier to access. There is still the factor of instant gratification that offline shopping provides. However, Amazon now has same day shipping.
Do you think Wal-Mart should be seriously concened? How wise is it that prices are already so low before Black Friday? How will it hurt the economy, or do you think it's a good thing? How has online shopping revolusionized the retailing industry? Do you think the easiness to compare for the best prices is going to help or hurt our economy at all? To read more, the link is embedded in the title.
Again I do not know how to link the link the cool way so just c/p it =]...
It is good to hear that Obama is planning to change the current plans in afghanistan, but i am not sure that it will be effective. I am sure that there have been many past plans that have failed and on top of that, I am not sure that this plan will gain support. Due to the Iraq war I think many people want the soldiers to be sent home right now. Overall, I personally do not think that this plan will be any more effective than past plans.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Here's the link.. i forget how to do the cool way so yea just c/p it.
I feel that the Shiite and Kurdish people's choice of teaming up against the Sunni is a very unwise one. They already know that if further conflicts against each sect could provoke a civil war. Also this is makes all the efforts of the U.S. seem wasteful. Many of the the soldiers have been there for a while now, and it seems that the Iraqis dont wanna fix their problem. The fact that the legislator said that they do not even follow their own constitution is scary.
While people may hold their judgments about Michael Jackson's personal life, the contributions he made to pop culture are undeniable. To award him posthumously, in my opinion, is a very honorable and respectable move for someone who helped shape and change pop culture. Hopefully his legacy as an entertainer will continue.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Heres the article:
At first Sabine did not want to get tested, because he did not want to know his fate. He knew that if they did have the Huntington's gene, he would die in a similar way to his father and soon his brother. However, Sabine did decide to getthe test and when he got the results saying he had the disease, he kept it from family and friends for three years. About a year and a half ago, he and his wife made a risky decision to have a child. Luckily for him, his 17 month old daughter did not inherit the deadly gene. Now, Sabine is working to raise awareness about Huntington's disease. This disease afflicts about 30,000 individuals in the country and their friends and family. He wants to do his part and talk about his personal struggle publically before he no longer can. "He now works tirelessly to get word out about Huntington's disease, giving lectures around the world, drumming up research dollars, and volunteering for genetic studies and other research."
This is such a sad story, but I really admire Sabine for accepting his fate and wanting to help others by possibly finding a cure. He has said, " People like me are valuable because we can be the guinea pigs for the future." He is not blaming anyone but making the best of his situation. The technology that we have today amazes as well. Although it is a simple blood test that can determine if someone has Huntington's disease, years ago, that wasn't possible. It is such a weird thought that you can determine your fate and know how you are going to die by going to get a blood test. One day Sabine did not know his future, but the next, he basically knew how the rest of his life was going to play out. "She buried [my father] with this disease, and she's now going to bury my brother and then me, most probably," he says of his mother. My heart goes out to Sabine and his family and friends. If there was a chance that you could inherit Huntington's disease, would you want to get tested or would you rather wait and let the disease happen if it happens? This is basically saying, would you want to know the fate of the rest of your life?
you can check out the article here:
Friday, November 20, 2009
I applaud this kind of resilience from these soldiers. It truly shows how dedicated some of the troops are to our country. These are the actions that make me grateful for the soldiers fighting for us. Hopefully, shootings like the one at Fort Hood never happen again as these soldiers are the last people to deserve that sort of hostility.
Well it seems like Swine Flu is still a very serious problem in the world, but it is beginning to make small steps towards going away. Hopefully this decline continues, spreads to the Eastern countries as well, and authorities find some way to contain the drug resistant strain.
Here is the link:
Thursday, November 19, 2009
For all the baseball fans out there, the link to the article is embedded in the title.
I saw the video of her horific actions and I was disgusted. She purposely tried to hurt her BYU opponents during the game. In addition, the referees never saw her do those things, so she got away with it. However, the cameras did capture her unsportsmanlike conduct. I am actually glad that the cameras caught her doing those things because I think she needs to learn a major lesson. I think it is ridiculous that she claims what was caught on video was "not her". What do you mean? Of course it was you and you probably do those things in every game you play. I do agree with her that this story was broadcasted a lot more because she is a woman, however it is still wrong. Her actions are still not justified. I am glad to know that BYU still ended up winning despite her outrageous actions.
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This saga mostly captures the attention of the females of the world, but I'm sure there are many Twilight and New Moon male fans out there. This movie is so huge that many people are going to see the 12:01 am showing later this evening. In fact, tickets for the midnight showing are sold out! this movie is going to be making a HUGE amount of money. Are you a fan? Are the movie theaters going to be taking your money?
Advice: For christmas shopping, if there is more than 1 or 2 warnings on the label, avoid the toy all together.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
To me, this story has gang violence written all over. Gentles, probably caught in some initiation scheme, was most likely pressured into the shooting, seeing as how the rest of the people had previous arrests except for him. His actions wounded two people, one of them, a completely innocent girl who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now Gentles faces criminal charges, and Vasquez is fighting for her life. With gang violence, no one wins, yet it still goes on all over the world. I know authorities are constantly working to put an end to it, but is there really a way to fully extinguish it? Think about this, it would be nice to know what you guys think.
For those of you seniors who are planning on attending a U.C. next year, be prepared to pay more. Today, the UC Regents finance committee voted to recommend a 32 percent student fee increase, raising the annual price of a UC education to $10,302. This increase has been implemented to make up the $535 million dollar funding gap created by reduced state funding and inflation. As soon as next semester, students will see an incremental increase of 15% in their tuition. The decision by the regents was not welcomed warmly by students. Protests broke out in all the UC campuses, and at UCLA, where the meeting was held, UC riot police arrested 14 people. At UC Berkeley, 1,000 students and faculty members protested in Sproul Plaza. For students, many will struggle even more to pay for their tuition and some may have to drop out. While students with a family income less than $70,000 will have their tuition waived, the increase is still significant for everyone else. The regents acknowledged the effect on students from this fee increase and were reluctant to vote on it, but stated it was necessary to close the funding gap.
As a high school senior with one sibling in college and two siblings who are juniors in high school, I am seriously considering attending a U.C. as its tuition is low enough so that my parents can afford to pay for both my education and the education of my brothers. However, now even a U.C. might be out of reach financially. I feel like this increase could have been avoided if the government did a better job managing its education funds. California has one of the largest public university systems in the nation, and cutting funds from them impacts thousands of students. Instead of reducing the funds to the U.C., the state should have looked to other departments to save money as education is important for the future. California has one of the strongest public university systems, but with the budget cuts to the CSUs and now the U.C.s, things seem to be declining. Hopefully this increase isn't permanent and we will see tuition return to normal soon. What are your thoughts and opinions on this?
The five most common/unhealthiest energy drinks in the United States are:
1.Sobe Energy Adrenaline Rush
4. Starbuck Double Shot and Coffee
5. 5-hour Energy
I want to explain about Sobe energy Adrenaline Rush. It is by far the worst energy drink out there. It has 260 calories, 66 g sugars, and 152 mg caffeine. It has natual compounds that are needed for metabolism but it doesnt help with energy. However, that sugar contents is ridiculous and will set you up for a major sugar crash later. This drink has caused problems in human's health like in St Josephs hospital in arizona, three people had seizures after drinking approximately two 24-ounce energy drinks in a short period of time. Also, most people are already consuming too much energy, which is why there’s an obesity problem. A lot of times, it is the fact the people have too much sugar in their systems and that is why they are tired.. not because they don't have enough. Think about it.
My advice would be to limit yourself to one drink! if you need energy, go ahead and get a non sweetened drink like black coffee or even water. There are so many subsitutes for energy drinks that are much healthier than these.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This is what she stated, "The choice of photo for the cover of this week's Newsweek is unfortunate. When it comes to Sarah Palin, this "news" magazine has relished focusing on the irrelevant rather than the relevant. The Runner's World magazine one-page profile for which this photo was taken was all about health and fitness -- a subject to which I am devoted and which is critically important to this nation. The out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist and oh-so-expected by now. If anyone can learn anything from it: it shows why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, gender, or color of skin. The media will do anything to draw attention -- even if out of context."
Some liberals aplaud Newsweek for the cover, while many conservatives were outraged. The conservatives are arguing that Newsweek is portraying liberal women as "heroes for the next generation" and conservative women are being portrayed as "nuts and dopey." I dont' think it is fair for Newsweek to "take the picture out-of-context." It appears that Palin was only trying to promote health eating habits and exercise in a country known for being obese. Newsweek is an obviously bias magazine and it appears taht they are trying to hurt Palin's image.However,looking at the cover some more.. I really don't think the picture is that bad...maybe it is in the political world? Your thoughts?
Henry County, a suburb not too far from Atlanta, is beginning to see its racial tensions disappear. After the recession struck, both blacks and white have faced severe conditions of poverty, forcing them both to find ways to survive. As described in the article, "Blacks and whites have encountered one another in increasing numbers recently in the crowded waiting rooms of the welfare office and at the food pantry, where many of both races have ventured for the first time. Struggling black-owned businesses are attracting the attention of white patrons. Neighbors are commiserating across racial lines." As both blacks and whites must resort to government services they now encounter one another more often. Because of this, the once visible racial tensions in this county are now disappearing. Such as Denese Rodgers, "the county director of social services, who is white, has held several lunch meetings at A J’s Turkey Grill, owned by Diane Walker, a black woman, in hopes of helping business." Ultimately, the recession has helped balance some of the racial differences.
I have mixed emotions to this story. In light of all the negative news we see regarding the recession, it is nice to see that there is something positive resulting from it. Yet this also scares me too. The fact that it took a deep economic recession to erase this racism reveals how prejudiced humans can be at times. The racial barriers had not disappeared until recently, and required a recession that left 49% of whites unemployed and 48% of blacks unemployed. This truly says something about how racist people can be at times. But then again, at least it is changing now in Henry County, and we have made considerable progress since the 1960s on putting behind our racial tensions as we recently elected the first African American President.
"This annual ranking, published by the United Health Foundation, looks at 22 indicators of health, including everything from how many children receive recommended vaccinations, to obesity and smoking rates, to cancer deaths. (Insurer UnitedHealth Group funds the foundation.) Scores for each state are determined by gathering data from a variety of government and nongovernmental databases and then calculating how much each state is better or worse than the national average for each measure."
The top 5 healthiest states are
5. New Hampshire
I noticed that there was no west coast states on the top 10 list either. California is the twenty-third healthiest states in America out of 50.
The 5 most unhealthy states were
46. South Carolina
These all are in the south which made me think about how much of an impact that location has on people's health.
But i have to wonder why the west coast is so low on the list?
Monday, November 16, 2009
This is quite a dilemma for Hutchinson, torn between her family and her job. What do you think is more important in this situation, serving one's country? or caring for one's family? Should charges be filed? Is it justifiable? I feel like family is more important because her child is an infant, and I believe that as a mother, she must do her best to make sure her son is taken care of, regardless of the consequences. However, we must remember that she still has a duty as a soldier to follow orders and protect the country.
(link to the story embedded in the title)
Obviously, Jackson has the right to demand a trade if he's not happy with the current situation, but here's what bothers me. Stephen Jackson was named team captain of the Warriors and was their leading scorer last year. If there was anyone who could help bring them out of their decline in the first place, it would have been him. Instead, he goes off and gets traded. Especially for someone who was once a captain, he should have some allegiance to his team and stick it out with them through the tough times. So here are my questions for you guys. Do you agree with Jackson's decision? If you were him what would you do? When things get tough, do you try work it through, or find an escape? Playing in Charlotte will probably turn out to be a better situation for Jackson in terms of playing time and money. As a fan, I admit I am biased on this whole situation, so it'd be nice to see what you guys think.
For those of you following the Warriors, it has been tough watching them these past two years since their playoff run in 2007. Even with Jackson still on the team, it would take A LOT to bring them out of the hole they're in now, but now that Jackson's gone, that hole has only gotten deeper.
This test is so important that airplanes were not permitted flying above any testing location in fear of distracting the students. Work days for parents also start an hour later so the parents can get their children to the testing ste without getting stuck in traffic which can make them late.
should a test be allowed to determine one's future?
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Recently, a senator brought up an amendment that called for a prohibition in "the use of federal subsidies to pay for insurance that covers abortion, except in the cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is threatened. " The Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi agreed on this amendment. But many people are trying to keep that language out of the overall final healthcare bill. Democrats have been attempting to avoid the subject of abortion in the Senate for a long time. Republicans, on the other hand, are most likely going to bring up this amendment/subject as much as they can so that anti-abortion reforms will be passed.
As of now, there are millions of Catholic swing voters that voted Democratic in 2008. The democrats just might lose these voters in 2010 ff the debate expands and if the democrats are clearly arguing for abortion rights.
I'm sure there are many of you guys out there who play xbox and download pirated games as well. Who doesn't? Just simply uninstall your game and buy the game. If you can't do that, don't play it. Just don't complain to me when you get banned.
What does this mean for us directly? I'm not entirely sure, but maybe in the future when the Earth is used up, we can go fly off in our space ships to live on the moon.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Now that's the background of what a telomere is. A scientist team went out to test the questions of whether people who live longer have longer telomeres, and if they have gene sequences that code for telomerase, the enzyme that creates telomere, which results in their longer telomeres. They found that indeed, people who live longer tend to have longer telomeres and that they do indeed have gene sequences that code for this telomerase. So we know that some people have longer telomeres and it may be because they have gene sequences that code for telomerase. So what do we get from knowing this? Knowing that some people are more advantageous and virtually stay younger for a longer time may lead to research that could lead to that fabled "fountain of youth." Now that might come with mixed feelings, but we should look forward to the products that could result before this "fountain of youth." With research, we may be able to figure out a way to develop a medicine that effectively increases the length of our telomeres and prevent diseases such as cardiovascular disease and other age related diseases. Or even before that, we may be able to find a way to produce an anti-skin aging lotion that actually works. Whatever happens, I think that this research will lead to some great things, as long as someone doesn't try to go immortal.
With this announcement beforehand of what he was going to do, I would have thought this to be something pretty big. I thought that this man was serious about what he believed in and that he was going to stand for his rights. However, I watched the video embedded in the article that was a little over a minute long, and, well, he didn't do much. He was in the building for less than a minute, he did not seem to express any real emotion, he just cooperated and left the building almost as soon as he got in. Personally, I think this was a complete fail of a protest, but who knows, maybe this little one minute of action will trigger some city wide protest on the gun ban.
Who knows what will happen to the economy in the future; however, for those people that are looking to attend UCs as graduates, start saving up money.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Now that there might be a possiblity that there be an SUV hybrid, would more people buy these? I'm not a fan of big cars myself, but it might be an option to consider.
Ever notice how she comes out with another outrageous claim at least every couple weeks? Like a celebrity who goes onto a talk show to talk about how she was molested after her parents are dead and her fame is dwindling.
She's the gift that keeps on giving for media junkies. It's our pop culture and Sarah truely is the barracuda in regards to media culture. Think of her as an idiot savant with a twinkle in her eye and a great pair of legs but lets be real guys, how good could it really be after all that wear and tear?
I just wanted to post this as an update to the Afghanistanian war plan.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan now has $5 billion dollars to spend on education. States have a "race to the top" to win some, or much of the money. In order to get the money, states must show they're committed to improving curriculum standards and assessments. The states with the best proposals toward improving curriculum earns some money. (The money is distributed based on size and population. Because of this, California can earn between $350 to $700 million.)
The application dates are due in January. Lets just hope that California's educational proposal is accepted to help our education!
Two car bombings occurred early Friday morning (Pakistani time).
One was in front of the national intelligence agency building in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. (Note: The car bombers find a way through one of the most highly guarded areas) This bomb killed at least 7 people and injuring over 30 people. The second car bomb went off 90 minutes later outside a police station in Bannu. This bomb killed 3 and injured 10.
It seems like car bombings in Pakistan aren't ending. Should we really allow this to keep going? Or should we add more troops? hmmm.
As of now, US international interests do not have Pakistan as the number 1 priority, nor should it be the number 1 priority. Where in the priority list does Pakistan lie?
Well it turns out that dark chocolate might ease your emotional stress as well! This may be of particular interest to high school seniors who are currently taking multiple AP classes and are filling out applications for multiple colleges. Research suggests that dark chocolate lowers the amount of stress hormones in stressed individuals who eat dark chocolate.
No wonder I felt so good that one day.
Now before you all go running to stuff yourselves with dark chocolate...
"The study provides strong evidence that a daily consumption of 40 grams [1.4 ounces] during a period of 2 weeks is sufficient to modify the metabolism of healthy human volunteers,"
Control yourselves!!!!! Too much of anything is bad for you!
China believes that US-China relations should be kept strong, and any US meetings with the exiled Dalai Lama leader could hinder this relationship.
To prevent another possible war, I think Obama should just stay out of these Chinese-Tibet relations. Using US as a force of "good" can only go so far...
Now besides the new record though, it has come to my attention that the developers of this game, Infinity Ward, may have crossed the line in the making of one of the stages of the game. Now before I talk, if you plan on playing this game and do not want the plot ruined in any way, you should probably stop reading now.
Players are warned beforehand in some stages that may be offensive to some and are given the option to skip levels in the campaign of the game. One of the most notable levels is staged in a local airport. In one of the stages of the game, you may participate as an undercover agent posing as a terrorist in killing unarmed civilians in an airport and fighting against riot police that come to regain control of the situation. However, even if players decide to not participate in the mowing down of civilians with machine guns, the player is also unable to give aid to the citizens.
First person shooters have always been attacked as being too violent, and I personally have been rather nonchalant about it, but I think that Infinity Ward may have crossed the line this time. It's one thing to go around shooting people that are trying to shoot at you, but (although its not real) shooting a bunch of unarmed people that flee from you saddens me. The game allows you to skip these possibly offensive levels, but what are the chances of people skipping levels in a highly anticipated game that they spent $60 on? Most people are going to be playing and experiencing these brutal levels and may possibly be having fun with it due to the intense gameplay features that Call of Duty has become famous for, which I find disturbing.
Although this new game may be very entertaining to play, I do not believe Infinity Ward should have made a stage as brutal and inhumane as this.
Finally, Obama seems like he is attempting to change his Afghan war strategy. Obama has gone through various war options, but will not announce a final decision until he returns from a 9-day trip to Asia. Speculators believe that Obama is leaning towards adding an additional 30,000 troops to speed up the war process.
I am personally excited to hear this news. We might be able to finally leave Afghanistan as a whole and start putting troops back in their homes. This 8 year war needs to end within the next year or else it might just increase military spending. I will definitely be watching the news 9 days from now.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The leader of the Hezbollah recently criticized Obama because the US president did not display much support for the Arab and Islamic world. Well, I don't see many changes. Recently, there was a ship caught transfering weaponry for Hezbollah. That doesn't sounds like peace efforts between Israel and the Arab world. That sounds like hostility to me.
I dug out this article [here] and found it very interesting. It shows the reactions to Obama's speech in Cairo . What interested me the most was that "Sheikh Abdulahi Shekh Abu Yusuf, Moderate Somali Islamist Group Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca," the "Spokesman For Iraqi Government," "Spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas" and "Amr Moussa, Head of the Arab League" all produced optimistic--if not approving--comments about Obama's take on the matter between America and the Muslim world. The thing that was interesting was that all of those people named above seemed to approve Obama's speech and all are part of the Arab World. Other members of the Arab world, including "Ayman Taha, A Hamas Spokesman in the Gaza Strip," "Hassan Fadlallah, Lawmaker for Lebanon's Hezbollah," and surprisinglyyyyyy, "Commentary on (US Broadcaster) FOX News." Okay now, aside from Fox News, the other people mentioned were also a part of Arab world, yet they showed significantly different views than their arab partners. That was June of 2009. What about now? People from the Arab world don't seem very satisfied.
Last year's Black Friday at Wal-Mart was a disaster. A man was trampled by a rushing crowd. This year, however, should be better since security measures are going to be elevated and employees are going to direct people around. Furthermore, the "National Retail Federation created a comprehensive set of guidelines for crowd control" for the "first time." This is good, I hope.
A quote was brought up, saying that "[n]o matter how seamless and airtight [one] think[s] this is...the unexpected can happen". Shouldn't this be the mentality that is in everyone's mind when they do anything?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Reports by South Korea claimed that a North Korean patrol boat crossed the border and the South Korean naval ship fired several warning shots, which the North Korean boat responded to by open firing, starting the conflict.
The North Korean military claims that its ship was attacked by a South Korean ship after their ship was returning from checking "an unidentified object."
""It was an intentional provocation by North Korea to draw attention ahead of Obama's trip," said Shin Yul"
"Some analysts said the clash could have been accidental. "
Personally, I believe that North Korea is at fault here, but that is probably because I am biased against North Korea. North Korea has kidnapped US reporters before and tested nuclear weapons even after being warned to stop testing them, so I would not find it surprising if North Korea is trying to provoke the United States once again.
There is an argument that the conflict was merely an accident due to the disputed border of the rich crab fishing area. However, I believe that North Korea is simply using this to keep other nations from suspecting them of anything.
I don't understand why there are so many skeptics about environmental issues. It's one thing to be skeptical about the moon landing, but it's another to be skeptical about the environment. I mean, should we just sit back and watch the whole world fall apart, or should we actually do something about it?
Once again, here's another watchdog news. Halls Refresh cough candy commercial is found to be sexual more than "wacky." What's disturbing is the age difference between the two roommates, a mid aged lady and a school kid. Also, when you go further into the commercial, the lady's son sees this interaction. Ew, disgusting.
Also, I have gotten all of my articles from the same source - AOL.com.
Recently, we watched a video stating how FOX news isn't really a news channel anymore because of the excessive analysis and rants. Well, it seems like I found another source that we cannot really trust to present the whole picture. Some positive news would be great.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Instead of using government money to create more jobs, New Jersey took a sharp left and supported a local Aquarium in Camden with that money. Noting that Camden is one of the poorest city in the nation, spending money on an aquarium will not make the citizens happy.
There is more information about how the government spent money inside Camden in the article (click the title). Read it, it's actually interesting.
I guess I shall make the first comment about this topic to stir some debate up (hopefully). I think the Camden residents would have been happier if more jobs were created. Therefore, New Jersey should have put environmental issues aside, and think about the people. This may sound selfish of me to say, but our nation was created FOR THE PEOPLE. We need to support the PEOPLE before we can support fat hippos. That's my take on it, what do you guys think?
Jonathan Martin (32) attempted a carjack outside a convenience store in Charleston, West Virginia. In the car were four children, ages 9, 3, 19 months, and 4 months.
The play-by-play is on the article, but for convenience sakes I shall post it here.
"While she was away, Jonathan Martin yanked open the car door, according to police.