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Lately I think that I am slowly going more insane. I mean, I kept dreaming of school works whenever I got the chance to sleep more than 5 hours. My first dream was about my Korean teacher giving me an essay to write. I wrote it in English, but then she told me that I must redo it and it must be written in complete Korean. I remember checking my phone immediately after waking up from that dream to see if she had sent me any message like that. Then my most recent dream involved this class. I dreamed that Ms Homan sent me an email telling me to redo my portion on the essay for my group because whatever I had written was unbearable. The funny part was that the me in my dream told my friends that I would rather go deal with the giant spider than redo that essay. I think that me thought that I would have had a living chance with the spider, or that me really had lost it. What really was scary was that after I took a shower that day, I saw an email by Ms Homan on my phone. You wouldn’t believe how relieved I had felt when I found out that it wasn’t her telling me to redo my part on the essay because really, there isn’t a giant spider for me to take on since I’m awake. Lol.

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But anyway, in general, what I really don’t like about school is that teachers keep giving students pile after pile of works when finals near. I mean, why are they torturing the students like this? When finals approach, all of the teachers told the students that there is a final project that is worth like 10 to 20% of the overall grade (if there is no final exam for their class). And as a student who relies on academic scholarship, I cannot afford to slack off on any of the given projects.  

The worst part is that sometimes those final projects are due on the same day. I wonder why teachers must do that? Couldn’t they space out the due dates?!  

It’s not really funny when I’m stuck trying to finish each of those projects, but when I’m done with all those projects and had my many hours of sleep, I would be okay and laugh at the me who had lived on coffee and tugging hair to stay awake.

A Sense of History

People always tend to lose track of history. When debatable issues arise, personal feelings or irrational thinking usually clouds people intelligence. For example, Hip Hop tends to have these affect on people. For Lil Wayne to be your favorite artist is understandable but discredit the history and legacy of a Big Daddy Kane is absolutely crazy. In order to understand a full culture of hip hop, you have to do your research; know your history a little bit. An artist inspiration, especially in hip hop/rap, is drawn from multiple sources. A person does not wake one morning and decides they wanna become a hip hop artist. An artist inspiration can come from environment, family life, friends, politics, and multiple other places; small or big. Hip hop artist “look up” to other artist. Rappers inspire each other and have competitive nature to the profession they chose. Hip hop has a large amount of artist but only the “best” artist not only understand the business but also know the history that is associated with the culture they decided participate in. For example Shawn Carter, Jay Z, is one if the most successful influential of our time. Jay-Z knows his history of the industry and the music which has allowed him to become the artist he is today. Knowing who crafted and molded the industry before allows most artist to shape into some decent to great rappers; some even being poetically gifted.  Fourty years later into hip hop, the landscape has changed. Majority of the artist that are coming out now struggle to maintain some type of status and quickly turn to one hit wonders. The quality of lyrics has completely gone down and it seem artist are lost. Not saying that certain elements of hip hop they bring to the table are wrong but once a sense of history is discovered, hip hop can return to its rare artistry it used to be.

 

Kids and Family Guy

Is it okay for a 12 years old to watch Family Guy?

Right now, my little brother is watching Family Guy and seems to be enjoying it way too much.

He is watching the episode where Peter lost his memory.

I don’t know how much he understands, but he adores Stewie. In this episode, in the beginning, when the host, of the game show the Griffin goes to, asks Louis what is your favorite holiday? Stewie answers that it was nine eleven. My brother thinks it is funny how mean Stewie can be.

In this episode, there is hint of sex between Peter and Louis as well as Peter and others.

I don’t think this is good for him to watch, but I’m not our mom so I can’t really say what he can and cannot watch.

Anyway, he already finished all the episodes of Futurama and is on his way to complete American Dad as well.

He is turning out to be really evil, but he is not harming anyone except being so cheeky with his words. I don’t really see the harm of watching these shows for him so far except that these shows are giving him a sense of the adult world a little too soon.

But as long as he knows that it is not okay to stab someone like Bender or hijack a car like Stewie or whatever other crazy stuff those shows promote, then I guess I won’t have to tell my parents to ban him because I had watched these shows when I was a kid too and I still turned out okay. That was, back then, even though I was watching all of these shows, I didn’t really understand most of the stuff that was going on. I wonder just how much of the situation can he understand.

 

When Nature Becomes Garbage

Phi Phi Islands 308

Phi Phi Island is an island in the south of Thailand. It is one of Thailand’s attractions. Blue sky and clear crystal clear water—it is a tropical paradise. Although it does have many typhoons (and sometimes tsunami) in the summer, but that fact won’t discourage tourists who seek a paradise that resembles Hawaii but charges only 1/3 of Hawaii’s price.   

Now, tourists bring in business for the locals who live there, which is a good thing. However, many of these tourists have no sense of respect for the place others people live at all. Just look at the picture below!  

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When I went to Phi Phi Island 2 summers ago with a friend, this was the site that first greeted us when the ship docked. We had to walk to our hotel on the hill, but on our way, we had to pass through a hill of smelly trash!

I was too beyond upset so I wasn’t able to take pictures, and my friend didn’t want the pictures of an ugly surrounding either. But after we talked to the hotel staffs, we were directed to another beach, about 30 minutes walk away, on the other side of the island—a private beach owned by the other hotels. That beach was absolutely like the first picture, just without the ships.

We questioned the staffs why there was so much trash; their response was that “tourists” and that “you were charged for the trash picked up, yes?”

We said, “Yes, we paid like about 1 dollar each, but still why so much trash?”  

“It can’t be helped. We need workers to tend to customers.”

I think I understood:  their lives are hard so they focus on how to survive more.

But it’s still upsetting to know that the island will eventually be a pile of trash if this keeps up.

A possible solution if the island is closed for a week or so. They can just get bulldozer trucks to pick up the trash along the beach and clear the hill of trash I saw (located further inside). Afterward, they can resume their businesses.

And then enforces a rule that whoever litters the newly clean beach would be fine 100 USD and banned from the island or get jailed in Thailand prison for a few weeks. I heard that Thailand’s prison is no joke, so with this much of strictness, the island can be saved.     

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Sources for Pictures

http://my.opera.com/austrianemperor/albums/showpic.dml?album=710433&picture=9612684

http://kevlife.com/2012/08/31/how-to-solve-the-koh-phi-phi-trash-problem/

 

What is TOO grown?

Remember my blog about the little girl who wrote the explicit lyrics
on her drawing at my job? Well her name is Derriel and I had the
pleasure of meeting her and her very young mother (21 year old young
woman,Derriel is seven. You do the math.)  When I asked her was she
aware of the type.of lyrics her daughter was listening to. She merly
said “oh she is young she doesn’t know what that means.” I asked her
“are you sure, I think she may have a clear idea of what that means.”
Her mother eyed me up and down and said “well she is my child and can
do as she pleases.” I left the conversation at that because I could
not fathom how stupid she actually was as to how she is leading her
daughter down a terrible path of one day becoming a woman!
Then I asked myself how would you react if you was in that situation yan?  I really couldn’t answer myself especially if I know I was listening to this type of music around my son or daughter. As parent we do have certain guidelines who we must follow not to say our kids will be picture perfect but all in all we still should try our best! I use always wonder why my mom didn’t let me do certain things and that is because she didn’t want me to grow up to fast. I just feel like in todays generation parents don’t set bounderies for the children and that is not good for our future as African-Americans what do we have forward to look too for in the near future.   Hopefully thing can fully change over the nick of time because of it doesn’t we are pretty much done as a race, well not done but we might as well reverse time and become slaves.

Hail Mary

This past tuesday and best friend and I were talking, he express to me how he thought about killing himself. Now if you knew my friend like how I do, you would think you was talking to a totally different person. This was NOT him at all, I asked why would he ever think of something so horrible to do. He explain how he can’t take people judging him any more its to much to bare. My friend is a homosexual male who recently came out to the world (New Orleans) that he was, and the attention he got from it was crazy. People sent him all kind of hate messages, calling him out of his name, making fun of his family, females he has dated sent him threat saying they will kill him. I really don’t understand how people can be so upset about something that doesn’t even conserns them. He didn’t really care about what the people were saying, it was more of the things his family was saying. his mother for instance was saying how he was bound for hell. His sister told him that he would never get a job because no one would want to hire a “faggot nigga” That right there really pissed me off because is families lifes aren’t saint-perfect. I had to remind him that nobody in this wolrd is perfect and that we all sin. Just because his sin is different from others does not makes their chances good of getting into to heaven much greater. All sins a equally the same in gods eyes and I don’t think people realize that or want to believe that they are sinning. I let my friend know that he is a good person and no matter what people may think of you, you are not God and they do not have the final judgement on your life.

Changing People

Why are people so focus on changing other people? I never understood the reason as to why you think you have to change someone to make your self comfortable with that person?
This past weekend my good friends and I were out celebrating my new accomplishment in life (becoming a Devastating Diva of DST) we were laughing and having a good time until a new friend to the group decided to ask my cousin Maci and long time friend Terrioues when will they become a couple! Now let me feel you in on this story Terrioues, Maci and I having been knowing each other since way back in the day and Maci and Terri are best friends but Terri loves her more than that and yes, you guessed it she doesn’t feel the same. It’s kind of like a Lifetime Tv Show or movie. I hate it becasue I’m stuck in the middle of their lovers battle or whatever. Maci being the outspoken young she is , responded “Never me and terri are just friends.” I glanced at Terri and seen that he was now upset. The first thing that I thought was “Damn can we celebrate me for once?” I intregected “I dont think thids hsould be the topic of conversation right now.” “Why not Yan Maci need a real dude in her life to change her and her ways.” You ever seen someone get hit by a bus? Well if you haven’t just imagine something coming so quick your way you didn’t even see it because that is exactly what happen Maci went off on Terri and his friend. How dare you tell a female she needs to change? when will men understand that us women are very emotional you just say anything that comes to your mind about a woman and expect her not to react. Needless to say Terri not only messed up his chances with Maci, but has messed up their friendship.

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Earlier this week my sorority sisters and I were having conversation about men. It was really interesting because not all of us are into men but still we were all so intrigied in to what each other had to say. For the most part we all agreed on what type of men we like, Tall, Handsome, God-Fearing, Educated, Strong, SEXY (lol), and most of all loving. I being the one who always loves to debate asked “Well does your man have to make more money than you, I myself probably will make more money than my husband (this is just the type of hustle I have) and I don’t mind if I do. You should have seen the faces these girls had when I said that. It was comments like How could he be a man if he can’t provide? My thing is my future husband will provide no ifs,ands, or buts about that. I’m just merly saying that to me it doesn’t matter if I make and extra thousand a month and he doesn’t. As paid attention to what they all had to say I could not help but understand some of us were raised to believe that men are suppose to make more money than their wives. I believe that it is an old way of living. Picture this only men working in america, this world would be so messed up it would’t even be funny. I mean think abouit it us women need to put things in correct orders and sometimes men don’t have the power to do that. Like my mother always says certain things just needs a womens touch for it to be correct or right. Not saying men are incapible well technically I am but we all get the picture of what I am saying.

The more we advanced, the less of humane we become

I pass by some homeless people on my way home and to somewhere every time I go into the city. It just makes me feel bad when I see them. This uncomfortable feeling gets worse in the winter time because I remember that one time I talked to a homeless person; she told me that she needed a dollar and something cents to get into the New Orleans Mission home for homeless people. I can understand why the shelter would charge for money, but to charge the homeless people for money is unreasonable–in my opinion–because they are already homeless! Why would you make them ask other people for money to get into a place that is set out for them to stay on brutal nights?! Don’t you know that some people can barely afford to live from day to day, so why do you even expect them to help others when they can barely help themselves?!

I know that USA is a country where everyone is for himself or herself, but what about our taxes money?! If we can spent billions of dollars of taxes money on a war that is really not ours to even be in, then why not help our homeless people?!  Just because someone is homeless, does that make that person not a human? Don’t people with a job know that not all of these homeless people have a choice for this type of lifestyle?! Like war veterans, after the war, they are not needed anymore from the military, but then they cannot get a regular job! If we treat people who gambled their lives for ours like this, then doesn’t this say quite something about our nation even without using any word?

It’s just sad how the majority people of today can ignore this because they are so caught up with having the next latest technology at the moment. It feel like for every step we take forward to an advanced future, we would take more than 2 steps backward with our compassion for our fellow humans.

A death out of love or is it insanity speaking?

Source:

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/03/21298097-man-who-killed-sick-wife-at-hospital-out-of-love-to-make-insanity-defense?lite

 

According to NBC News, 68 year old John Wise, in order for him to not be imprisoned in Ohio prison, will have to plea for an insanity moment when he shot his suffering wife of 65. He did it out of love, claimed writer Jeff Black of NBC News.

The situation was that his wife was suffering and he wanted to get her out of her suffering so he shot her, but she did not die until the next day—is what I can conclude from the article.

If I were him, I would have not pleaded insanity. What I am getting is that he really knew what he was doing. He wanted her to end her suffering so he chose the gun. What he did, to me, is the same as someone who would pull the plug for a loved one who is in a vegetable state. If pulling the plug is legal and can considered ethical, then why is Mr. Wise charged for trying to ease his wife pain? Is this what would be called a double standard situation?

Granted, I don’t know much about the situation. I don’t know if she could have been cured or not with the illness she had, but I think it must have been the only realistic choice for him to have done that, because if he is a good husband like the article has claimed, then her state of living/level of suffering must have been really bad. I mean, it is not every day that a man would just go kill his wife to put her out of her misery. It was a tough choice because she was the one he loves and not just some stranger or an animal. I mean, if my cat is suffering, I would pull the trigger on him too.  

If it were you and you are in that situation, I wonder what would you choose to do?