by Amit Dave
Thursday, December 8, 2011
by Amit Dave
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
This short video is bringing up the problem of people's attitude towards the view on wars today. People lost the sense of all horror that is hidden behind the news and images, which are in the media almost every day.
Only 5:20 minutes to watch, and so many thing to think about.
After watching this video I couldn't hold my tears.
This story made me think about meaning of life and power of one person.
It is true that one man can change a lot. A man who had to make the hardest choise in the world.
He was responsible for hundreds of lives. He saved those people.
No one even know what a huge and tragic sacrifice was made for them. No one thanked him. No one was there for him after all.
It is really hard to imagine what would I do if I had to choose. Only people who lost their love ones might know the answer.
I don't want anyone ever be in that situation, just think, what would you do if you be that man?
p.s There is a link for the full version of this story.
People always ask me there I from, and when they here that I am from Kazakhstan, I usually get the same tree responses.
1. "Kazakhstan? BORAAAAT!!! I know, I know! Are the things he said about Kazakhstan, in the movie, true??"
2."...tan, what? Where is it? It should be somewhere in Asia, right?" (They are looking at my narrow eyes and thinking that I have to be Asian)
3. "Never heard of that? How do you speak English so well???"
That's why I want to show you this video about my home country, so you would know the truth about my country!
A.U. ENG 112, Fall 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
WARNING---this video contains very offensive language.
This video went viral after an English woman on the tram expresses how she wants all non-British people to go back to their countries. She views that immigration is ruining England.
At some point, this racists English lady tells a black woman to go back to Nicaragua, which is obviously not in Africa. It's a sadly ignorant statement.
Despite her outburst passengers did not physically attack her. Later on, she got arrested. Should she have been arrested for expressing her opinion ? Or is her opinion a violation of the law ? Which means, how far can we take our freedom of speech ? What is your view on this ?
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Does this video bring you joy? or sadness? or both? To me it's both. It makes me happy because it's never too late to try and make a difference. It makes me sad because not everyone will feel the same a few days after they watch this most people will forget and never act on it and go about their lives as usual. Would you begin to act and try and make the world a better place one small problem at a time? Will you just take for granted that someone else will? Or are you discouraged because you feel the problems are bigger than you or a handful of your friends?
Ahhhhh the gold old skins. Some might say that we still have a chance, me on the otherhand being a die hard skins fan still have hope since the eagles lost yesterday and hopefully the Giants and COWGIRLS losing all of their games. We still might have a shot to go to the playoffs. The problem is not the players, I think it is Kyle Shannanhan. I think his father needs to decide if he wants to win games to back up his son because he in my mind is stupid. If you call the right plays at the right time maybe we can score some TD's in a game. I mean goshhh just let Beck throw the freaking ball deep down the field.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
I don't know how many of you all have seen this video, but McDonald's is extremely unhealthy. This video reveals the truth behind McDonald's burgers and fries. It'll make you rethink before ordering another!
Thursday, November 3, 2011
If you just started smoking cigarettes, please stop now!
I've been smoking cigarettes regularly for 7 years and it was one of the worst thing I've chosen to do in my life. After all, what you get are; bad health, cigarette stinking car, full of lighter in the drawer, 10lb of change from buying cigarettes!
Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
This is a picture of an X-Ray of a foot in a high heeled shoe! Just look at the physical stress that is placed on the metatarsophalangeal joints! This also causes problems to the spine, not just the joints in the feet. It is sad to see what people do to themselves in the name of fashion. That shows how the statement “beauty is pain” is so true. Because there is no possible way to believe that heels are comfortable especially when they are over 6 inches high and pointed like a pencil, and makes whoever is walking in them look like they're about to fall on their face! They sure do look nice and “fashionable”, but not at all comfortable. This shows how most girls now a days care a lot more about their beauty than they do about their health.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
This is a video of a man telling us how he feels about Muslim students getting mad over crosses in a Catholic school. It's ok for Muslims and all other religions to go to a Catholic school. If it has a good reputation or good academics, and it's a good fit for you, then go there and learn. If you're going to go there though, don't complain about some things that a CATHOLIC school does. At every private Catholic school, there is going to be a cross in every room, there is going to be a prayer before classes, and chances are there are going to be nuns walking the halls. If you have a problem with that then maybe a Catholic school isn't where you should be. I think it's wrong for the Muslims to complain about something like this, especially since they're the ones that wanted to go there. If you want to walk into a classroom and not see a cross, then go to a public university.
(the video wouldn't show up so I just posted the link)
Here is the link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WGb4eQRg3Y (couldn't upload the video for some reasons.
This is a short video from the police crackdown of Occupy Oakland (part of a trend of spontaneous protest camps that have been popping up in cities across our country) that happened almost a week ago. When watched, one can clearly see a police officer throwing a flash grenade (which have been known to cause major burns) into a group of protesters who were rushing to aid a man who had just been hit in the head with a tear gas canister. The man who was hit in the head had to go to an intensive care unit due to brain damage. Scenes like this happen all the time at protests in America that the government deems to be too contagious, or maybe too spot-on. Barely anything ever happens to police officers who are accused of committing brutal acts against the citizens they have sworn to protect and serve. Police violence rarely occurs due to escalation on the protesters part; it's the cops who always throw the first punch without provocation. Over the years people have been murdered, permanently maimed, and unlawfully arrested by our police in situations exactly like the one you just watched.
I wanted to post this video to ask the question- who are the Oakland police really protecting in this video? Are they doing the right thing? What's your opinion on the occupy movement?
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
I could go off and say that this is one of the main causes of problems in teenagers nowadays. I could say that the world identifies low-self esteem girls as the real issue. But then society goes on to encourage these same low self-esteem girls to wear clothing with the lowest neckline and the highest hemline possible. Even as they decry the treatment of women sexually by men, feminists encourage women to use sex as a tool to manipulate men. Simply said, society wants girls/women/females to believe that they are not just good for sex, but then pushes them to dress and act as if they were only good for sex. Hypocritical much? Others may say we are in an age of "sexual liberation" blah blah blah. Wait that reminds me, didn't the Roman empire experience "sexual liberation" then shortly thereafter crumbled? (The Romans realized this and tried to "fix" this, but it was too late. Not saying it was the only reason for their empire's downfall).
Seems to me, Islam and other conservative religions or conservative Christian denominations got this right. I could say all this, but I won't.~D. Cruz
Sunday, October 23, 2011
This is one of the best short videos I've ever seen. It's just a compilation of beautiful imagery and a speech by Richard Feynman (a famous physicist) about the importance of science and critical thought. In an age where NASA is desperately underfunded while this country spends over 1/3 of its money on meaningless wars, thinking about the future isn't particularly pleasant. Listening to Feynman talk about the sheer randomness of our existence, the fact that we are even here at all, makes me feel lucky to have any problems to begin with. But it also makes me wish for a more logical society, a culture of knowledge and respect instead of hatred. I really don't know if it's possible for the planet as a whole to put its differences aside and work towards creating a better world for everyone on it, but I'm quite convinced that we as a species are soon coming to a fork in the road of our destiny; one direction will lead to other worlds, and one will lead to extinction. I think that accepting the universe for what it really is is a step towards the right path.
"I don't feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose, which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell, possibly. It doesn't frighten me."
So for the last couple of years I've worked at the infamous book store chain Borders.Although chain was doomed financially way before the invention of the ereader or nook; technology was certainly was one of the guiding reasons why the chain went down in flames so tragically. Personally I think that the whole nook/ereader craze is really killing this industry. As a bookseller I am completely against the use of electronic books. Sooner or later ink on paper will be a completely foreign idea. Everything is electronic theses days; I wont be surprised the day I find out you can get pizza off the internet.So with that said PLEASE BURN YOUR EREADERS/KEEP IT TRADITIONAL !
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
"I was always embarrassed by the words sacred, glorious, and sacrifice, and the expression in vain. We had heard them, sometimes standing in the rain almost out of earshot, so that only the shouted words came through, and had read them, on proclamations that were slapped up by billposters over other proclamations, now for a long time, and I had seen nothing sacred, and the things that were glorious had no glory and the sacrifices were like the stockyards at Chicago if nothing was done with the meat except to bury it. There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Certain numbers were the same way and certain dates and these with the names of the places were all you could say and have them mean anything. Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the numbers of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates."
A Farewell to Arms
Ernest Hemingway, 1929
Do you respond differently to this statement (made by a fictional character) than you do to the declaration (found HERE) about the importance of honor, courage, duty, and sacrifice made by William Faulkner when he accepted the Nobel Prize for literature in 1950?
-- Posted by Liz Holmes
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
As some of us may know, Fashion designer Dolce & Gabbana is known for its attractive and ‘naughty’ ads. Nevertheless, this ad grabbed my attention more than any other ad for this fashion designer. This ad was somewhat disturbing. Without the logo ‘Dolce & Gabbana’ there is a male pinning a woman down, while four other men are staring at them and they seem to be waiting for their “turn”. Adding to that, the arrangement of the models or the ‘work of art’ that’s in this picture has nothing to do with the products Dolce & Gabbana has to offer! Does an image that looks like a possible gang rape really fit to be an ad? Are people really attracted to such ads? What do you think of such an ad, is it interesting in some way, is it sexy or is it disturbing and offensive to women?
Monday, April 25, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
@ 1:54 does the girl holding her hands in the air have real justification to why she is protesting? The students were celebrating way to hard and got out of control and are there to suppress the situation. Come on now I know we all want peace but the actions must be mutual!!!
- Khalil Boyd
Friday, April 15, 2011
This is not a blog about Haiti (although it does seem that way, doesn't it?), but I do find it interesting that most media representatives are reporting this news without using much in the way of the classical tools of rhetoric which we have discussed in class. The public has been given information (logos), but the reporting has not provided experts to offer commentary (ethos) or the emotional appeal of individual anecdotes (pathos).
Why do you think this is so? What drew the media's attention to the earthquake that is apparently missing in this situation? What is your intellectual response to this news? How about your emotional response?
What do you think?
-- Liz Holmes
Thursday, March 10, 2011
What do you think about this? Does the argument in this video support the claims of the Animate we watched in class, or refute them?
To refresh your memory, here is the Animate we discussed. NOTE: It takes a couple of minutes to load.
Tell me what you think!