Archives for July 2012

KTV: China’s Nightlife

If you are going to travel to China you need to know about the Chinese entertainment that is available to you. Although the larger cities have bars and dance clubs like most cities in the United States, the smaller cities lack this type of nightlife. However, one type of nightlife is a must in every city and town in China and on almost every corner it is KTV, better known to us as Karaoke TV.… [Read more]

Aftermath

It is less than a week after the shooting in Aurora, Colorado; the first victims are being buried, some wounded are leaving hospitals and gun sales are up over 40% since the murders. It seems, since this was such a high profile shooting, some people feel this will cause the Obama administration and other politicians go after their guns and since time maybe running out on their free access to weapons of mass destruction they are buying as many guns as they can.… [Read more]

Out of Our (Gun) Control

In the aftermath of the Colorado movie theatre shooting, the gun control debate is in full swing, and it’s been a typically predictable battle of wills. Proponents of the Second Amendment are sticking with the “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” party line, and opponents are insisting that fewer guns would lead to fewer lives lost.… [Read more]

Asking the Right Questions

“…All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you better run, better run, out run my gun! All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you better run, better run, faster than my bullet” -“Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People

According to Mark Foster, the writer of ‘Pumped Up Kicks, the song is “about a kid that basically is losing his mind and plotting revenge.… [Read more]

HIV/AIDS Prevention: Back to the Basics for Japan?

Since HIV/AIDS hit the surface of public consciousness in the 1980s, it has been frequently discussed and impressed upon the psyche of more than a generation’s worth of young people worldwide. As a member of this 1980s generation, I knew it was a problem that lurked about us, but I was at a loss for how to define or describe it.[Read more]

Poverty…Israel’s Internal Enemy

Poverty is the worst form of violence. – Mahatma Gandhi

Almost two weeks ago 57-year old Moshe Silman, a social protester from the northern city of Haifa, set himself on fire at a demonstration for social justice in Tel Aviv. Standing before a crowd of people, Silman read a letter explaining how the State of Israel had “robbed” him, poured flammable liquid over his body then set himself alight.… [Read more]

The “Christian Right” is Neither

Frank Bruni of the NY Times wrote a piece entitled, “The Divine Miss M,” a scathing dissection of Michele Bachmann’s life, a life which is the antithesis of the “Christianity” she espouses. Wrote Bruni, “. . . [S]he presents herself as a godly woman, humbly devoted to her Christian faith. I’d like to meet that god, and I’d like to understand that Christianity.”  … [Read more]

Iraq? The Name Does Sound Familiar

Hey remember Iraq? The mainstream media does on occasion.

It’s funny how a country which once dominated the mainstream media airways only a few years ago is barely mentioned nowadays. One story that did get substantial play this week was the fact that Monday was Iraq’s deadliest day of this year, with mainly Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia (AQM) orchestrated attacks reverberating around the country leaving 116 dead.… [Read more]

Why Corporate Fraud Is So Rampant

There’s an interesting article on cnbc.com: Why Corporate Fraud Is So Rampant: Wall Street’s Cop by Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

A quick recap of the article:

… To the apparent surprise of many in the room, I observed publicly that insider trading appeared to be rampant…. has permeated numerous industries, sectors, and geographical regions…… most educated, successful, and moneyed professionals in the country put their companies — not to mention their own liberty — at risk by engaging in flagrant and foolhardy illegal conduct…

The author then proposes solutions that are simply not going to work.… [Read more]

Is it LIBOR…or Lie-Bore?

Most of us don’t think about the London Inter-bank Offered Rate (LIBOR). After all, why should we, even though it impacts many of us on a daily basis? When it comes to money we don’t give thought to LIBOR because we’re more concerned about, well, getting some money in the first place and, in the second place, paying our bills.… [Read more]