The sky has fallen… Or so we thought. With the deadline for the sequester passed, Washington continues to bemoan the coming calamities. While we do not know exactly how these cuts will affect us (the coming weeks will tell), we do know that some of this rhetoric has been a joke. The USDA seems to care very little, as this article suggests. With so much talk, and so little walk, was the White House fibbing about consequences? Decide for yourself.
Hugo Chavez may not have left the greatest legacy for the Venezuelan people, but the obtuse comments by members of the United States Congress fail to recognize that Hugo Chavez represented an ideal to the Venezuelan people that we do not understand here in the United States. Regardless of Chavez’s policy effectiveness, many of the Venezuelan poor saw Chavez as a source of hope, the way many African Americans in the U.S. look to Barack Obama as an example of how one can escape the terrible grip of poverty. Chavez’s death may signal regime change, but his death is also a great blow to many who looked to him as a father figure. Americans that desire a better relationship with one of the world’s greatest oil exporters should think twice before they announce their ill-will for the dead leader.
An infection has been discovered in hospitals in 42 states, an infection that is resistant to even the strongest antibiotics. Most people who contract this disease are already fighting longer term illnesses or are living in long term care facilities. Once the infection hits the bloodstream, it is almost untreatable, and many times has deadly consequences. Experts are saying that there is a short amount of time to halt the spread.
Maybe this particular infection will not spread to the general public and create a mass panic, but with all the movies and media about such events happening in the world, is it a realistic idea that a situation like that could happen, even with today’s modern medicine? There was a time in history where the Black Plague infected and killed masses, but the general idea is that with modern medicine and science, there are ways to prevent those situations. But is it still possible? There are always ways that an infection could be accidentally taken on an airplane overseas and infect other areas of the world. Has anyone besides the millions of “The Walking Dead” thought about these realistic possibilities?
For 14 years, Hugo Chavez has been the charismatic leader of Venezuela’s socialist revolution. His giant personality and ability to connect with the people allowed him to inspire millions and gain their trust and loyalty. Now with Chavez’s death, it is uncertain how this movement will live on without its leader. Will the revolution collapse without the foundation of Chavez’s personality propping it up? Will Venezuela revert back to what it was before Chavez?
North Korea has issued yet another statement saying that they will target the US and South Korea with smaller and lighter nukes. These threats have South Korea fuming. Usually South Korea ignores small talk from their neighbor, but not this time.
South Korea has issued a statement that if they receive further provocation they will target North Korea’s leadership.
Would this be a good idea? Would this stop or start a war? Would North Korea be able to reorganize themselves in time to set up a good defense? And if not, is South Korea ready to handle the economic burden of two nations? It is speculated that many would cross from North to South Korea given the chance.
Though well-intentioned, Voice’s (Vaginal and Oral Interventions to Control the Epidemic) trial, giving 5,000 African women 2 protective pills or a gel, failed. And it was “due not to the methods, but to the fact that women did not use them consistently.” And why is that? It seems that “these women just had the sense that ‘H.I.V. won’t happen to me.'” I feel that before a test should be administered again, perhaps women in Africa should be educated on the debilitating, painful effects of H.I.V. and AIDS. Most young adults feel the “invincible mentality,” however wrong it may be. However, if these women were made aware that they CAN contract H.I.V. or AIDS, and that the odds are not in their favor, perhaps next trial they will actually take the pills and gel.
In his first few months in office, Xi Jinping has focused much of his time trying to appeal to the military leaders. He has visited many military compounds and has increased the military budget by over 10%. Many analysts speculate that Xi is trying to distinguish himself from his predecessor, who was seen by many as weak in the eyes of the military.
Some diplomats and analysts are concerned by China’s increasing military power. Territorial disputes between China and Japan may lead to military conflict. The U.S. is concerned over China’s potential capability to block Chinese ports and waters.
I find this news to be somewhat concerning because of China’s recent aggressive behavior over its territorial disputes with Japan. The government uses propaganda to stir up anger amongst its citizens over the small islands. China’s emergence as a world power in the last couple decades is a cause for concern in upsetting the status quo.
Well, I am interested to see how the US and the world will face this, but I am excited to see the opposition in Venezuela and what they are going to do, after the dead of Chaves as the leader of socialism in Latin America. I am also wanting to see what the Castro Brother are going to do as they will no be receiving help from Venezula and Chave anymore.