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Posted 5/12/13 , edited 5/12/13
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Am pressed for time since I just can't seem to figure out how to do tutorial questions, causing me to spend even more time on it and feel frustrated.

What's more, I can't make out my stand, thoughts and end up submitting substandard work that I am ashamed of.

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May 20, 2013

[#politics] Syria - Should US intervene?

[#politics, #social issues] Dhaka Factory Collapse

Issues with management? - [2009; 11 members of family of garment workers sleep in one room. 2010; someone thrown off from the roof, tortured by factory admins. 2012; Dhaka factory razed by fire, 112 workers killed but little global media coverage]
April 24, 2013 factory collapse - >700 dead. Nation's leaders indifferent, Bangladeshi Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said, "I don't think it's really serious. It's an accident." .
Contrast with 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire - ppl pushed for change, had support from people with political power to make it happen (prominent women in the US).
Bangladesh needs support from people who can make change happen. Reformers also need to remain united.
Corruption is an obstacle to progress, and boycotting makes the problem worse.
TIME's stand: Govt, corporations, individuals in DCs have the power to make it happen, spread message that endangering lives is no way to build an economy.

My perspective: The government must first realise that such lapses in standards would hamper the country's development, They should also be more empathetic and protect the lives of their citizens (after all, we are all human), not just persist with the 'heck-care' attitude, economic progress for the loss of lives, for the greater good? They would be seen as cold, distant and unable to relate to the problems of people in their country, lose support from their fellow countrymen, and in severe cases, trust in government to resolve dire issues would be eroded. Sure, Bangladesh is still developing, but if it wants REAL progress, it should first meet the needs of the people before chasing money and status.

[#social issues] Millennials

[#scitechmed] Human Genome - brief intro

Sequencing of genome completed in 2003
able to sequence 19599 genes in individual genes, provide DNA map
Market for biomarkers (something that indicates presence of disease) $13.5b in 2010 according to BCC Research, could surpass $33b in 2015.

If proteomics advances, 40% wasted due to drugs not working out of $70b US spends on oncology drugs could be used to map patients, perhaps saving $25b

My perspective: No matter how far the progress in science, human understanding is still limited as there will always be anomalies that defy any discovery/evade cures. Though it aims to benefit, some people may not be receptive for fear of the unknown (like how people reacted to gene therapy in the past)
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Posted 5/28/13 , edited 5/31/13
June 03, 2013


[Oklahama Tornado]
16 minutes. That's all the time you get to find your family members and gather at a safe place. That's also the distinction between life and death.

Personal Ramble:
On a separate note, I have been thinking that maybe Western disasters get much more coverage than others. There could have been many more natural or man-made disasters comparable or more to the intensity of the disaster, so why are events like the Boston Marathon Bombing and US Tornadoes featured more? Is it just a preconceived notion of mine? OR was it grounded in the past, where it was once true. With the influx of technology, barriers are being broken. hence coverage may actually be more than I think! Do not be comfortable with ignorance. Even if the answer seems unattainable, thinking about it shows that you are honestly seeking an answer and you would have a tangible goal. Then, maybe, your life would become a little more colourful and enriching.

You can't hide from responsibility. Rick Smith's (the person who issued tornado warnings) job is not easy at all. The physical task is simple but moral implications are large. Still, do you just shy away from responsibility because you are afraid? OR is there a larger force in you who wants to do your part for others, never mind some mistakes along the way? Failure is inevitable; but it also does not happen all the time. Do not get too caught up in worry and then not be able to do anything especially during crucial moments. You may feel that your personality is warped, in a sense, but you can be as 'normal' as you want to be. It's all in your head.
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Posted 6/16/13
Edward Snowden and his actions - justified?


Well I am still unsure of who to side with on this issue, but I feel that I can take away a few lessons.

Two news articles said that he was convicted of his cause and that he believed his actions were for the greater good of the US community.
I can see that his faith is so strong and unrelenting, and somehow I am reminded of a parallel between extremists and terrorists in their conviction.

In the same way, I am reminded of how faith in a religion can also lead to people being convicted of what they are doing. I hope to experience this kind of conviction soon, and to glorify the name of the Lord. ~
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Posted 6/28/13
When Buddhists go BAD - TIME July 01 issue


Well, there is bound to be miscreants and hypocrites for any religion practiced. In this case, the example used was about Buddhist monks bearing arms and leading a 'materialistic' lifestyle.

SOME STATS
Christianity - 2.2b
Islam - 1.6b
Hinduism - 1b
Buddhism - 488m

One religious leader, Wirathu, spreads hate speech against Muslims, saying unvalidated statements without any ounce of truth. It is all taking place in Myanmar.

What would be done to manage the situation?
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US use of drones to eliminate its enemies covertly


The reasons for the explosion in the use of drones to wage wars around the world are obvious enough. Training drone pilots is faster, less grueling and cheaper compared to traditional pilots. It takes two years to prepare an Air Force recruit for deployment as a pilot, but only nine months to train a drone operator. And, of course, the consequences of drone operator error are no more than the price of the drone itself.

But more important is that the use of drones to carry out missions in far-flung countries has enabled the Obama administration to avoid any formal declaration of war while raining down lethal force from the skies–a clear attempt to skirt both U.S. and international law regarding war. As Nick Turse writes in The Changing Face of Empire: Special Ops, Drones, Spies, Proxy Fighters, Secret Bases and Cyberwarfare.

The U.S. has now deployed drones armed with lethal force in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya. Some 60 bases throughout the world are directly connected to the drone program–from Florida to Nevada in the U.S., from Ethiopia and Djibouti in Africa, to Qatar in the Middle East and the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean.

[From http://www.globalresearch.ca/remote-control-warfare-some-sixty-us-drone-bases-around-the-world/5330325 ]

Before 9/11, drones were a new, untried technology. Now it is estimated that 40 countries are trying to buy or develop unmanned aircraft. The United States operates 7,500 drones or, in the official parlance, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), making up more than 40 per cent of Department of Defense aircraft. They have been the weapon of choice for the US to assassinate 'high value targets’ – as the military call them – from al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

Last year in Libya an American drone identified and attacked the convoy Colonel Gaddafi was travelling in. A few hours later, after fleeing, he was caught by rebels and killed. And since the killing of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda’s top ranks have been eviscerated by drone strikes, culminating in June in the killing of Abu Yahya al-Libi, the al-Qaeda deputy in Pakistan. In military terms, their success is not in doubt. They have disrupted al-Qaeda by forcing its commanders to abandon telephones (drones can listen in on calls) and avoid meetings, communicating only by courier.

But drone strikes have also led to mass protests in Pakistan and spawned numerous campaigns against them. Do they really represent a new, sinister form of battle in which moral judgments are delegated to machines? And does their deadly accuracy ensure that 'collateral damage’ is minimised, protecting civilians in war zones? Or do they encourage trigger-happy pilots, free from risk in their cockpits on the ground?

[From http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/9552547/The-air-force-men-who-fly-drones-in-Afghanistan-by-remote-control.html ]

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Main argument (to answer Has technology dealt more harm than good?)
Tech allows pilots to control drones in a peaceful area, without threat to their lives.
EG: Gaddafi
However, it may encourage trigger-happy people who are detached from reality ... moral judgment etc
One party's benefit is another's demise.
The good tech does is outweighed by the threat the the very ideals that hold society together.
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Posted 9/27/13
Environmental Protection / Issues

[27 Sep 13] UN-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Cliamte Change (IPCC) released a new report, saying there is mounting evidence that the cause of global warming is due to human activity.
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Gender / Other types of Inequality

==IDEOLOGIES/FEMINIST MOVEMENTS IN THE PAST==


==MODERN DAY EFFORTS==
Fighting for the rights of women
- Malala Yousafzai (born 1997)- education and women's rights activist in Pakistan. Her belief and conviction is so strong that she is not hesitant to suffer a little setback in achieving her goal.
- Bhabani Munda (24-yo in 2013) - empower women in India by forming an all-women soccer team. She changes stereotypes of parents and people in her village by simple things - like persuading parents to let girls attend sessions - in shorts.She has shown men bot to mess with her and her team - even pinning a policeman who attempted to molest her. She also believes in education for women and insists that team members study. Although there are many challenges in the road ahead, she presses on and refuses to give up.
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SG - focus on applying knowledge and the arts + sports. (2013)
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