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In Global Issues on January 21, 2011 at 7:54 am

Another one of the cons of foreign aid.

Evolution of the English language

In Language on January 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Ever wondered how the English language evolved? Here’s a handy GIF.


In Anthropology on January 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm

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Aerial fumigation causing more harm than good in Latin America

In Environment, Global Issues, Human Rights on January 13, 2011 at 2:26 am

While listening to Philip Borges’ talk on last night, one of the things he said really stuck with me. He talked about one of the tribes he photographed, who had been forced to move three times in 10 years because of aerial fumigation in their area. This forced me to think why we were resorting to such primitive measures in Latin America, of course with ridiculous mental images of Agent Orange and other chemicals back in the Vietnam days. So I decided to find out more about this phenomenon.


Latin America, as it is well-known, is the hub for most of the world’s cocaine, heroin and other illegal drugs. Colombia alone is the source of over 90 percent of the cocaine entering the United States. Countries like Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia are the main allies of the US, implementing its drug policies to stop the influx of these drugs into US soil. The numbers are shocking: over 750 tonnes of cocaine are shipped annually from the Andes worldwide in this multi-million dollar industry, and these amounts of production are consistently increasing. Read the rest of this entry »

Endangered cultures

In Anthropology, Development, Global Issues on January 12, 2011 at 4:03 am

Philip Borges on endangered cultures. Of the 6,000 languages in the world, our next generation does not speak 3,000 of them. Shocking.

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Why Sudan’s referendum matters

In Development, Genocide, Global Issues, Religion on January 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Sudan's potential split is an ethnic, political, social and tribal issue.

There’s a lot of talk going on about Sudan’s upcoming referendum that will determine if the South becomes its independent state. But I didn’t really understand why it is being referred to as “historic”. And since my alma mater, Annandale High School, is having a STAND benefit concert on Friday, I think I owe it to myself to understand this country and its current situation better.

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Mark Twain vs. Today’s Rappers

In Books on January 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Mark Twain vs. Today's Rappers

Just thought today’s Mike Luckovich editorial cartoon was hilarious.

This is in light of a NewSouth Books’ latest release of a version of Huckleberry Finn that substitutes the word “slave” for the n-word. Mark Twain famously used this word 219 times in this book. The new version is being edited by Alan Gribben, an English and Philosophy professor at Auburn University.

In light of all the criticisms this book is facing, I want to ask you all right now: How many of you have actually READ the book? I know for one I haven’t. It just seems hypocritical for media to be reprimanding Gribben for his actions, when his true intent is to expand the book’s leadership. When we haven’t even read the book, why are we so indignant about deleting the n-word from a “classic”, and so stubborn about deleting the n-word from today’s rap lyrics? Read the rest of this entry »

First Electric Car!

In Environment, Global Issues on January 8, 2011 at 1:02 am

Electric, cool. Eco-friendly, not really.

So, Ford just released it’s first ever fully electric car, the Ford Focus Electric in the 2011 Consumer Electronic Show.  And yes, I think this is the coolest thing ever, and I can’t wait to buy this (if newer more efficient models are not on the line in 10 years or so) 🙂

Although this is a great concept, I wonder how efficient it really is. Here’s some stuff I find wrong with the idea of an electric car: Read the rest of this entry »

Why Care?

In Uncategorized on January 7, 2011 at 11:46 pm

This post isn’t as motivated by current events as some of the others, but it’s an important question nonetheless. A lot of people have asked me WHY I do this: why I write about things so far away that have little, if any, impact on our everyday lives; WHY do I care? And I figured it would be interesting to investigate.

My first thought was “Maybe it’s scientific”. Aren’t people hard-wired to care about others? You can’t just be in the same house with someone and be completely unconcerned about their life and state of mind. So I Googled if humans were naturally inclined to be empathic, and this video came up. Take a look.

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What if you’re wrong?

In Uncategorized on January 5, 2011 at 4:26 am