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No Wyclef……you’re not President material, especially not for Haiti.

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By now most have heard that Wyclef Jean is in the running for the upcoming Haitian presidential elections.  What a way to pry on the youth of Haiti, who make up approximately 60% of the country’s population.  I agree with Sean Penn, it is a skectchy situation and what is reallllly in it for clef?  Will he just bring in American capitalistic ventures and initiatives that will do jack shit for the people of Haiti, and only make his pockets even deeper?  Read this story to read more about his reactions to Sean Penn’s comments.

I don’t know Wyclef Jean personally but I do believe that somewhere amidst the PR whoopla around Jean ever since the devastating earthquake in Haiti, he does have some sort of sympathy for the Haitian people.  But does he have empathy?  No.  He left Haiti at such a young age that he probably hasn’t experienced a quarter of what other Haitians have experienced.  So for him to say that he “understands the psychology of the Haitian  people ever since birth” is rather far-fetched and fabricated.  There’s just something about his wanting to become the president of Haiti that seems like he isn’t in it for the right reasons.


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August 9, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Another teen being sentenced to death for maybe being gay.

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Just as a follow-up on my “For Neda” post, the movement that is taking place in Iran also represents stories and injustices such as this one.  Ebrahim Hamidi, an 18 year old Iranian man, was given the death sentence (hanging) because of the potential that he may be gay.  Yes, this isn’t the first time nor will it be the last that such tragic and inhumane acts occur not just in Iran, but in other countries.  Read the story and see why those of us outside of Iran are disturbed and disgusted with their means of “justice” and “law”.  For those that think that the Western world is against Iran because of its nuclear threats (yes, that’s scary) but what the US, Canada, Europe, UK and the rest of the big players should be stressing real concern on are the ridiculous numbers of violations on human rights and freedoms and the crimes against humanity, in my opinion at least.  Nuke talk can take place after.  In my world, that’s what I would like to see happen.

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August 9, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Ecuadorean’s fighting for water.

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The government of Ecuador wants to enact privatization of the country’s water supply to mining and electrical companies.  Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?  Well it should and if you don’t, you better do your research because it’s happening in your backyard, whether you want to believe it or not.  We can all start by not buying bottled water; billions of dollars spent on buying water.  It’s not like Coca-Cola or Nestlé is replenishing the supplies they are gauging.  Major companies and manufacturing industries will go after the little guys first, like Ecuador, and then increase their gauging in Canada and the US.  We gotta get on this before it’s too late.

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May 5, 2010 at 3:23 PM

More tragedies in the Congo…

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Why are there still civil wars, massacres and genocides taking place in the world?  Aside from monetary greed behind the root of so much corruption such as the creation of these rebel armies, that people have lost touch with what it is to be a civil human being.  We have all heard hundreds of thousands of stories and incidences taking place in countries throughout the world but each time I read an article or story or watch a movie/doc revolving around this sentiment, it bothers and saddens me so much.  SO many people are suffering and no matter how much money we donate and pledge to charities, why does it seem that nothing drastically changes?  I hate to be pessimistic about stuff like this but there is just wayyy wayyyyy too much money in this world for billions of people to suffer.

The murders continue in the Congo and there’s probably hundreds if not thousands of other people who won’t be accounted for by UN or other governmental consensus and tabulation.  Ugandan rebels continue to pillage innocent people yet what happened to them along the way to get to that point.  It’s very disheartening that there are millions of examples such as that going on all the time.  Always makes me wonder, what the hell happened for things to get to this point.  When will we ever learn???

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May 2, 2010 at 5:11 PM

If you’ve ever wondered why your paper or assignment takes so long to get back from a Professor….

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….it could be that someone in India, Malaysia or Singapore was marking it.  Yup, that’s right, you read correctly.  It’s not just our clothes or computers that are being outsourced and produced in places such as these; now it includes your 20 page essay you spent hours and hours working on!

A Professor from George Washington University in the US, Dr. Chandru Rajam, has created a company that outsources the work that normally Professors or at least their TA’s would have to mark, called EduMetry.  The most controversial component/service that the company has is Virtual-TA, which hires “offshore university-educated staff to assess, grade and comment on student assignments.”  There are a few universities in the US that use this service and one school in Western Canada (which has yet to be named). 

As a student, I think it’s unfair and ridiculous that Professors are able to outsource their work.  I’m sure that what Dr. Rajam is saying is true about the heavy workload that’s associated with the job of being a university Professor but why be a Professor to begin with?  Who is the student supposed to dispute a mark with or speak to about certain aspects of their work?  Are they going to be referred to some stranger half way across the world?  What’s the point in paying for that class when the majority of the funds should go to the “outsourced” professionals?  This is just wrong and a waste of money.

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May 1, 2010 at 11:02 PM

I eat chicken, does that make me gay?

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I’m not a Jimmy Kimmel fan but this video montage is pretty funny. 

Now, that you’ve had a good chuckle….Bolivia’s president wasn’t attacking homosexuals or anything to that extent during the World People’s Summit on Climate Change.  He was speaking about genetically modified foods and the hormones that are injected in chickens (female hormones) which may change the body.  What Kimmel or no one else failed to talk about was President Morales’ comment on Coca-Cola (which he called”the poor-man’s Draino) or how severe climate change is affecting Bolivia.  But no, that’s not funny enough, I guess.

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May 1, 2010 at 10:39 PM

There is hope for Haiti….

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A couple of nights ago there were two telethons on tv (that I watched at least), Canada for Haiti and Hope for Haiti.  In case music or celebrity-ism gets you motivated to give to those who are in desperate need of help such as the country of Haiti, then these telethons should have done just that!  In my opinion, they achieved quite a bit of financial success; Hope for Haiti – lead by the man, George Clooney himself and a few of his A-lister friends, and Canada for Haiti – which included the big 3 tv networks in Canada (CTV, Global, CBC) and Canadian celebrities.  Both telethons (shown at different times, of course) had some really great and powerful performances from people like Alicia Keys, Jay-Z/Bono/Rihanna, Dave Matthews & Neil Young, Nelly Furtado, K’naan and so many others.  Hope for Haiti so far has raised over $57 million dollars and Canada for Haiti, over $27 million.  Canadians as a whole have currently donated $67 million, and the Federal government will be matching those donations, dollar-for-dollar.

In the end, there will always be that smalllll hint of doubt, whether or not the money will be allocated to the right people to do a lot of good and help hundreds of thousands of people who don’t have the means to survive at this point.  It will take quite some time for recovery to begin in Haiti but I hope that the world continues to reach out and help Haiti.

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January 25, 2010 at 4:23 PM