Monthly Archives: January 2011

AFRICAN PRESIDENT: EXPerience or EXPired

President Robert Mugabe was fourteen years old at the start of World War II. No, folks, this isn’t a history lesson, nor some type of joke.

I don’t think it registered, so let me say it again.

The Zimbabwean President was 14 years old at the start of WWII. His compadre Mubarak was born before any world cup was ever played. The Senegalese head of state predated the invention of FM Radio, Plastics and Rubbers…. and so forth and so forth.

Perhaps 1 of such occurences could lead us to think “experience”.The very slogan our dear senator McCain ran on.  In the case of a couple of them , then we can pull out the proverbial “wisdom” card, but when it becomes a trend, i mean a trend, we must stop and reflect… WHO HAVE WE ENTRUSTED THE KEYS OF OUR AFRICAN NATIONS TO?

AFRICAN LEADERS

Abdulai Wade (Senegal)-    age 83years
Hosni Mubarak ( Egypt )  –   age 82
Robert Mugabe ( Zimbabwe )  –    age 86
Hifikepunye Pohamba ( Namibia )  –  age 74
Rupiah Banda ( Zambia )    –    age 73
Mwai Kibaki ( Kenya )    –    age 71
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ( Liberia ) –    age 75
Paul Biya           (Cameroon)     –    age 77
Omar Al -Bashir      (Sudan )              – age 65
Colonel Gaddafi ( Libya )    –    age 68
Jacob Zuma ( South Africa )   –       age 68
Bingu Wa Mtalika (Malawi)       –      age 76.
John Evans Atta-Mills      (Ghana)    –       age 67

Average Age:             ===  75.6
Approximately 76 years
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You can accuse me of Ageism, or some complex form of prejudice…I’d actually say “go right ahead, broadcast it while you’re there. Maybe that will bring some light to this issue”. And then we can all empower each other to act TALL like pyramids. #EGYPT

It would be very difficult to pinpoint, let alone speculate about the true origin of the clinginess to power that we see over and over again… But one thing is quite certain… Technology is advancing fast, society is rapidly changing yet our dear and emeritus leaders constantly keep waving the flag of “EXPERIENCE”, but when in reality everything about their vision has a tag with “EXPIRED” on it.

Could fresh and contemporary ideas be a solution some of Africa’s woes? I would be careful to go that far. On the other hand I can affirm that we won’t know until we try.

IN CONTRAST …TAKE A LOOK at the recent trends of whom people all over the world are electing… I can safely say that it would certainly  be less of a gamble should africa embark on that road…

Barrack Obama ( USA )  –              age 48
David Cameron ( UK )     –           age 43
Dimitri Medvedev ( Russia ) –         age 45
Stephen Harper ( Canada )    –        age 51
Julia Gillard ( Australia )         – age 49
Nicolas Sarkozy ( France )      –    age 55
Luis Zapatero ( Spain )            –  age 49
Jose Socrates ( Portugal )        –  age 53
Angela Merkel ( Germany )     –     age 56
Herman Van Rompuy ( Belgium ) –     age 62

Average Age ===== 51.1 ~
Approximately 51 years

This isnt just a mere juxtaposition of birth certificates… This is a quantifiable means of assessing WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT.  Wherever it is possible, the -vibrant, full of ideas, enthusiatic, ready to spend themselves – candidate is preferred for those very reasons.

The presidency is a job… not a career.

The presidency is a priviledge, ….not a right

The office is just that,  THE PRESIDENCY – NOT THE PAPACY!

 

Credo ut intelligam – St Anselm

State of the Union: From an Education Standpoint

In a knowledge based economy, INNOVATION is the key. However does  our [USA] education system provide an environment conducive of innovation, passion, enthusiasm, and all those great things that emanate from success at the academic level and transcend to have reverberating effects on the economy ….

I am afraid the answer is a perhaps, but at a very mediocre rate.

Check this out

When it comes to the mathematics and sciences, U.S. students are lagging behind other countries.

It’s true. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s 2007 “Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study” (TIMSS), the U.S. trails behind the following countries in average mathematics scores:

Singapore
Taiwan
Japan
Republic of Korea
Hong Kong
Sweden
Netherlands
Hungary
Slovenia

Few days ago the president of the United State of America gave a speech that hit the nail in the coffin when it comes to this issue. After a bit of thinking i came up with a model.

WE HAVE GOT TO STOP LINKING EDUCATION WITH FUTURE WEALTH. {in America}. What do i mean by that? Gorge Dewey once said: Education isn’t preparation for life, it is life itself.  You do not go to med-school because doctors make a lot of moneyYou go to medical school because you want to be a doctor. Although that sounds like common sense, it isn’t always the common denominator. The fact that doctors make a good living is an incentive (perhaps) BUT SHOULD NEVER BE YOUR MOTIVATION. There are million other ways of making money without going to school… Thus, this same mindset needs to be applied down to college and highschool levels. Education has the purpose of helping an individual reach his full potential. And if that is not achieve that, who looses….? The individual, society, the country as a whole.

When Money is the reason for Education… Students often turn to instant gratification of  mediocre (just-to-get-by) grades in order to just get a degree, that will get them the job, that will pay them the big bucks.  Well here is the problem:

The scarcity of jobs = tougher competition. Whereas a degree was good enough before, now you must be the BEST YOU CAN BE. i.e. Full potential . And I don’t even mean A grades, because there goes another fallacy i wish not to digress into… BUT THE ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND, MASTER  AND EXPLAIN CONCEPTS THAT ARE SO BASIC TO ONE BEING A CHEMIST OR A PHARMACIST OR A NURSE – NOT TO GET AN “A” BUT TO MAKE A “LIVING”. THAT WOULD BE WHAT CONSTITUTE EDUCATION.

America, we have got to do better. We have got to take life seriously. The competition is getting tougher  both inland and most certainly abroad. Everytime you step into a classroom, your goal is to BECOME A BETTER VERSION OF YOURSELF. If you fall short of that, you may have gotten an A, but you have cheated yourself. It catches up with you later… and I can testify to that.

7 billion people: What to do…?

I watched this video, and I am concerned…

Population Control is rising to the top of global issues… How do we tackle it as a Globe.  Here are some shocking quotes of HOW NOT TO DO IT….

The following are 22 shocking population control quotes from the global elite that will make you want to lose your lunch….

#1) The March 2009 U.N. Population Division policy brief….

“What would it take to accelerate fertility decline in the least developed countries?”

#2) Microsoft’s Bill Gates….

“The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s heading up to about nine billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.”

#3) Barack Obama’s top science advisor, John P. Holdren….

“A program of sterilizing women after their second or third child, despite the relatively greater difficulty of the operation than vasectomy, might be easier to implement than trying to sterilize men. The development of a long-term sterilizing capsule that could be implanted under the skin and removed when pregnancy is desired opens additional possibilities for coercive fertility control. The capsule could be implanted at puberty and might be removable, with official permission, for a limited number of births.”

#4) George W. Bush’s science advisor Paul Ehrlich….

“Each person we add now disproportionately impacts on the environment and life-support systems of the planet.”

#5) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg….

“Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”

#6) A United Nations Population Fund report entitled “Facing a Changing World: Women, Population and Climate”….

“No human is genuinely ‘carbon neutral,’ especially when all greenhouse gases are figured into the equation.”

#7) David Rockefeller….

“The negative impact of population growth on all of our planetary ecosystems is becoming appallingly evident.”

#8 ) Jacques Cousteau….

“In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day.”

#9) CNN Founder Ted Turner….

“A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.”

#10) Dave Foreman, Earth First Co-Founder….

“My three main goals would be to reduce human population to about 100 million worldwide, destroy the industrial infrastructure and see wilderness, with it’s full complement of species, returning throughout the world.”

#11) Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh….

“If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels.”

#12) David Brower, first Executive Director of the Sierra Club….

“Childbearing [should be] a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license … All potential parents [should be] required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing.”

#13) Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger….

“The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

#14) Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger. Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12….

“Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.”

#15) Princeton philosopher Peter Singer….

“So why don’t we make ourselves the last generation on earth? If we would all agree to have ourselves sterilized then no sacrifices would be required — we could party our way into extinction!”

#16) Thomas Ferguson, former official in the U.S. State Department Office of Population Affairs….

“There is a single theme behind all our work–we must reduce population levels. Either governments do it our way, through nice clean methods, or they will get the kinds of mess that we have in El Salvador, or in Iran or in Beirut. Population is a political problem. Once population is out of control, it requires authoritarian government, even fascism, to reduce it….”

#17) Mikhail Gorbachev….

“We must speak more clearly about sexuality, contraception, about abortion, about values that control population, because the ecological crisis, in short, is the population crisis. Cut the population by 90% and there aren’t enough people left to do a great deal of ecological damage.”

#18 ) John Guillebaud, professor of family planning at University College London….

“The effect on the planet of having one child less is an order of magnitude greater than all these other things we might do, such as switching off lights. An extra child is the equivalent of a lot of flights across the planet.”

#19) Professor of Biology at the University of Texas at Austin Eric R. Pianka….

“This planet might be able to support perhaps as many as half a billion people who could live a sustainable life in relative comfort. Human populations must be greatly diminished, and as quickly as possible to limit further environmental damage.”

#20) U.S. Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton….

“This year, the United States renewed funding of reproductive healthcare through the United Nations Population Fund, and more funding is on the way. The U.S. Congress recently appropriated more than $648 million in foreign assistance to family planning and reproductive health programs worldwide. That’s the largest allocation in more than a decade – since we last had a Democratic president, I might add.”

#21) Clinton adviser Nina Fedoroff….

“We need to continue to decrease the growth rate of the global population; the planet can’t support many more people.”

What’s MY take on all this:

SIMPLY PUT, PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF BECOMING MORE CHRISTIAN

Sharing is the answer, NOT exterminations!!! (I think we haven’t really learnt from history). We are risking trivializing the sanctity of life at the expense of ……what again…..material sustainability???

It makes me wonder: what truly goes  on in the mind of “population control freaks” when earthquake like HAITI happens… YES PEOPLE LIKE JUSTICE GINSBERG (QUOTE #5)

It’s not rocket science, its not nanoscience, it is simply common sense.

What if your friends had your genes?

Have you ever heard someone tell their best friends: “Love you like a brother” or “love you like a sister“. Well, there may some scientific truth to it…

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have undertaken a scientific study showing that groups of friends show patterns of genetic similarity. This was published on 11/17/2011 in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences[1] [2].

Well, without getting into too much scientific detail about the nuances that this study entails… don’t you want to just say: “I KNEW IT , I KNEW THAT ME AND ______ WERE MORE THAN JUST FRIENDS”. Now you may just have gotten science to be on your side. And thus, it would be perfectly ok for you to say: Love you, like a brother or Love you, like a sister.

On another note…this opens cans of worms….because one may ask…: What about spouses?….Stay posted.

[1] – PNAS – original publication

[2] Nature editorial

Every 20 sec, Somone on Facebook dies…

Every 20 seconds, someone on Facebook dies…
Well, well, well, everyone would agree that this would constitute “CONTEMPORARY” statistics, in its most real sense…This is as real as it  gets… In this statistics  the world phenom, social network  “sodzilla”  and the reality of life come together…

The worst enemy of man is TIME. And unlike any technology known to man, FACEBOOK, has single-handedly and unanimously been able to conquer/steal/control/rewrite/ the time of many. (moi un-excluded – lol).  Here is the most pertinent question…Who thinks of death whilst on Facebook? NOONE… It’s as if Facebook has mastered the illusion of time.

Often times, perhaps with a splash of delusion, we can easily concoct in our own little world the immortality of our citizenship in the cyberworld. But the reality lies in the fact that the cyberworld is a world made up of mortal humans. . What happens when technology and “eschatology” come together: you get statistics like these: – every min, three fb users die.

What’s my point? I don’t have any … just this  – Memento Mori –

“Death isn’t exactly the antonym of life, it IS however the antonym of growth. Don’t be scared of death, be excited to grow (even whilst on Facebook). Especially since we now have the knowledge of someone who killed death. [Christ]

The original article can be found here: http://www.minutebuzz.com/2011/01/18/chaque-minute-3-utilisateurs-de-facebook-meurent-dans-le-monde/

Nano-Africa

Nano-Africa.

Tata Nano goes to Africa

US science academy report calls for ‘bipolar’ research :Arctic and Antarctic scientists are urged to share data, ideas and infrastructure.

On this day where we are engulfed in an authoritative blizzard, I am forced to do nothing but read the latest literature. The debate resurfaces : that of showing scientific evidences of climate change and whether they reveal abnormal trends. In an attempt to do this, this article

http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110112/full/469145a.html

urges all scientists with expertise in this area to share results literally across the globe in hopes of really understanding what is going on. On one hand the simple fact that these changes have been randomized does nothing but to trivialize what could be catastrophic. On the other hand, by making false alerts, being overly cautious can hamper technological advances … So this short editorial gets a thumbs up for fostering “bipolar” collaborations.
Let’s react in light of holistic scientific evidences well interpreted and accepted by the majority of the community instead of out of fear.