What is the worst thing in the world? Well maybe not the worst thing cause there’s still cancer, poverty, and other calamities, but perhaps it falls in the top one hundred. Watching a really good show, getting really attached to it, spending all your free time watching it. Then it ends. That feeling of utter depression. Feeling of deprivation. Sadness.
If you haven’t already heard, there was a massive earthquake in Nepal. It registered on the Richter scale to be about a 7.9 magnitude. Over 3800 people have already died and hundreds of thousands have been dislocated.This is the largest earthquake in that region in over eighty years. I am originally from the country of Nepal and I do have some family living there. I heard of the news late friday night from the sound of my dad frantically moving and trying in anyway to reach his parents in Nepal through phone. Thankfully all of my relatives were the lucky few who survived without any injuries or fatalities. We were also lucky enough to not have any damage to our homes, at least the damages that can be seen visually from the exterior. Others were not as lucky. In a particular village there used to be around 1400 homes standing. After the main earthquake and a few aftershocks, only four were left standing.
Help is coming though from various countries and organizations. The greatest help is coming straight from the affected people the communities. They are placing their whole lives on hold and are spending hours and hours along side each other to find victims that are trapped, or to raise the alarm to people that are still inhabiting buildings that are in danger of collapsing. Aid is coming from countries such as Canada, The United States, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The U.S. and Canada combined have donated over fourteen million dollars for relief. India and Pakistan have sent troops to help set up tent communities and temporary shelters for people. Organizations such as UNICEF and the Red Cross are also there for their emergency aid.
I have also attempted to help the people. I saw that my dad donated money to the Red Cross online. I had a great idea then to ask my fellow classmates and my teachers for donations for relief programs in Nepal. I got an outstanding reaction with people donating into the three digits on the very first day!
There is many things that we can do to help, but the fastest and most reliable way is to DONATE MONEY! I implore everyone to donate any amount of money to organizations such as UNICEF or Red Cross. Every little bit makes a difference and every little bit may be the difference between a small child living or starving to death.
(WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT)
I just finished reading this particular book and I found it to be one of the best books I have ever read. Personally, I thought that it was going to be super bad (because the book started out really slow and because of the fact that it was written in the mid 1800’s), but it gets really, really good as you read on (kind of like the Lord Of The Rings). Alexandre Dumas uses descriptive language and captivating organizational skills to keep the reader reading. Dumas also wrote The Three Musketeers, but I have yet to read that.
“You just ran 4:58!” — Coach Penell
Running, more specifically distance running, has always been the sport that I have done. The first time I was submerged into the fantastic world of running was in my 8th grade year. Track tryouts had come and I tried out for sprints. I was above average and I made the sprinting team, but as events followed I did not hear the sprint coaches call my name when the sprinters and distance runners were being separated. As fate would have it, I was introduced to distance running. Right away it was apparent that I was good at it. I would pull away from fellow runners during workouts. I would run faster in races. My distance running career had started.
The gene pool. Everything that we are and will ever be is contained in that vast amount of information. Yet, it may be at risk, a risk caused by no one other than ourselves, humans!
Modern technology with its ever increasing capabilities to keep our human bodies alive, is making our human gene pool weak as a side effect is. For example, some people are color blind. In our society now,this does not propose a great weakness that could potentially result in our deaths. If it had happened a few thousand years ago, then it may have proved to be a very serious serious problem. If the person who was colorblind could not distinguish between a poisonous berry and a harmless berry then…. That gene would soon die out in one or two generations, thus cleansing the gene pool.
The first thought that pops up on many minds is the thought, “How do we fix this then?” That there is the crux of the problem as there is no way to solve this unless we steal Arthur de Gobineau’s and Houston Stewart Chamberlain’s ideas of the Aryan race that Hitler used to justify his systematic killings of the Jewish population. And we can’t suggest taking away human medication and let millions of people die.
The diversity in our gene pool may yet be a good thing. If a worldwide pandemic were to break out, there would be many different types of mutations of our genes in this world and a fair number of them would definitely be able to resist the disease due to a genetic advantage.
That earlier situation could also lead to yet another insecurity in our genes. For example, people living in Africa and the Middle East have been terrorized by malaria. So, through thousands of generations, they have grown an ability to resist that disease in the form of Sickle Cell. The sickle shaped cell does not allow malaria to spread throughout the body as well, effectively stopping the disease in a large population. But, Sickle Cell Anemia in itself is a very harmful disease. I had a friend in middle school that suffered from Sickle Cell Anemia, but she recovered, thankfully. She had to borrow stem cells from her brother and grow them inside of her in order to stop her blood from clotting.
Nevertheless we have to live with what we have made ourselves. I can only hope that in the future there comes an event in which we can test ourselves to make our society and people ‘stronger’.
What hero is the coolest? They kill, hunt, betray, herd, fight, and kill once again. Cowboys! Cowboys are arguably one of the coolest “action heros”.I believe my first encounter with a cowboy in a movie was Woody, from Toy Story. That seems weak, yes, but Woody does kick some tail and always gets the job done. Woody’s pretty cool. He has the right amount of things in his life: romance, friends, and a friendly competitor.
Russia. Land of burly Russians and beautiful pale women. When I was a little kid, no more than a toddler, I used to think that Asia was one country. I was in Nepal at that time and I knew, with the very primitive knowledge of geography that I had, that Nepal was small. So I used to believe that Nepal was only a city, and there were manu more cities in the great, big nation of Asia. And Russia was the biggest and the greatest.
A country blessed with an abundance of natural resources, Russia can proudly state it self as being one of the most powerful countries in the world. Also, being the biggest country in the world, they can boast and enormous amount of man power. Through out history, they have been considered to be the most powerful military nation in Europe. Through sheere numbers and ‘a home court advantange’ they have won more than their share of battles.
Great armies have attempted to invade Russia and have failed. Two of the most prominent are Napolean Bonepart and Adolf Hitler.
Napolean, considered one of the greatest military and strategic generals of all time. He conqured all of Western and Central Europe (not counting Britan). He had turned all of France into a military machine. France went into a state of ‘Total War’, meaning that everything and everyone in the country was bent towards war. The women were kept busy creating uniforms. The men busy fighting for their country. Napolean mustered an army of over 600 thousand men, and marched for Russia. This army was the biggest army ever assembled in one place in the history of Europe. This army was defeated, thanks to Russia’s ‘scorched Earth’ tactic, where they lead the army and destroy the land around it.
Hitler also attempted to invade Russia, but yet again he was defeated the same way as Napolean. It seems that the defeat of these two great armies was courteousy of the savage Russian winter.
As you can see, Mother Russia is great and all-mighty. There is no defeating her.
I remember watching the first movie of this series, The Fast And Furious (Paul Walker looked so young!), and being absolutely blown away. I was only 11 years old. Sitting on my couch at my house, wrapped in a blanket, and with a bowl of buttered popcorn in my hand provided a thrilling and strangely comfortable experience. In the movie, the combination of fast cars, pretty girls, and of course the city of Los Angeles is mind blowing. I remember the first race scene in which Dominic Toretto (played by VIn Diesel) and Brian O’Connell (played by Paul Walker) are racing, and being totally entranced thinking, “Is he gonna win? Is Brian gonna WIN?” A jaw dropping series starter.
That feeling of suspense for me has carried through all the movies for me. (I was a little disappointed at Tokyo Drift because it DRIFTED from the main story line of the movies.) I also remember seeing Fast & Furious 6 and the suspense of the last scene in which the runway seemed long enough to run from Spain to Russia. That was— different… The only aspect I did not like from these movies was the excessive killing.
Like Marcus Brutus says from the play Julius Caesar,
“Let us be sacrificers, not butchers.”
Furious 7 is the name of the new movie and it is going to be KILLER! I cannot wait until it comes out. I was not sure if they were going to release the movie in the wake of Paul Walkers death, which was tragic. But I guess ‘the show must go on’. Paul Walker had shot most of his dramatic and action scenes anyways. It still makes me wonder if they are going to kill off Brian in the movie though… The movie is said to take place in Tokyo and in Dubai. They also had a change in directors from Justin Lin to James Wan so the style of filming will change.
Picture By Gage Skidmore
My friend told me a peculiar thing yesterday. “Any movie that takes place in Tokyo with a character not originally from Tokyo, sucks. So far, that’s true. Maybe this movie will break the pattern.
Anyways, this movie will be released on April 3, 2015. The total budget has been inflamed due to Walker’s death and Wan being inexperienced to heavy duty, action films. It has exceeded its $200 million dollar budget. But, judging from the success of the other movies, the Gross Income will far exceed that.
I hope you all go to see the movie and have a great time.
New Year, New Me! (I hate that phrase with a burning passion)
I have now made it my life goal to never say those words again and shun everyone (for a brief amount of time if I like them, longer if I don’t) that ever utters those words again.