Patriotism among Chinese Students

The recent turmoil caused by Tibet-independence activists trying to disrupt the smooth procession of Olympic torch relay has aroused world-wide attention to China. As a protest to the above action, hundreds of thousands of students abroad initiated demonstrations to protect the torch and to go against their independence activities, from which, Chinese students’ patriotism has been revealed to the utter most form.

The history of patriotism among Chinese students could date back to as early as one thousand years ago, during which, the occurrence of the May 4th Movement might be cited as a good instance for students to show their affection for China. In the wake of the movement, ignited by the demonstration led by Chinese students in Beijing, they won mass workers support, boycotted Japanese goods, stimulated an intellectual revolution, and enhanced the subsequent creation of the Chinese Communist Party. In different ages, the causes and manifestations of patriotism may vary greatly from each other. Nevertheless, patriotism can never be wrongly associated with anything extreme like narrow minded nationalism, or violent movements. Click to continue reading…

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Top 10 American Cities with the Cleanest Water

I am constantly thinking about what city to live in after I graduate college. One factor that I think is important, although often over-looked, is clean water. I look forward to the day when I can smash the Brita that I have to continually fill-up and buy new filters for. Here is Forbes’ list of cities with the cleanest water in the U.S.:

10. Tulsa, Okla.
Reason: Low levels of bacteria and lead

9. Pittsburgh, Pa.
Reason: Low level of bacteria

8. Tampa, Fla.
Reason: Low haloacetic acid and lead levels

7. Las Vegas, Nev.
Reason: Low level of turbidity

6. Boise City, Idaho
Reason: One of the lowest levels of lead

5. Birmingham, Ala.
Reason: Low amounts of bacteria and lead

4. Miami, Fla.
Reason: Low levels of bacteria, lead, turbidity, and haloacetic acid

3. Sioux Falls, S.D.
Reason: One of the lowest levels of turbidity and haloacetic acid Click to continue reading…

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Get Your Stinking Paws Off Me You Damn Dirty Ape

Charlton Heston, best known for his roles in the Planet of the Apes series and Ben Hur, as well as his leadership of the National Rifle Association and his civil rights activism alongside Martin Luther King Jr., died today at the age of 84. RIP Taylor.

Now you can have his gun.

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“Alternative” Energy Sources

I believe alternative energy is a must for our future, and if we don’t get on this wagon we are going to be left behind. We should be proactive and not leave it up to politicians or the corporate empire to decide when is the right time to switch energy sources. By the time their interests coincide with the general human population, it will be too late.

The informative video below is an episode from “Big Ideas for a Small World.” It covers some of what is happening on the front of alternative energy development. The benefits of solar, wind, and methane are discussed as well as the problems with coal.

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Airline Hires Passengers

Airplane InteriorBritish airline Flybe is paying 172 people to fly between Dublin, Ireland and Norwich, England. Norwich airport made a deal with the airline to give a rebate of 280,000 pounds if the airline could deliver 15,000 passengers on the route within one year. The airline was short some passengers and after the airport would not offer up even a partial rebate, decided to hire passengers in order to meet its goal. “The ludicrousness is on the Norwich side who in essence have tried to hold us to ransom, putting at risk routes into Norwich,” said Flybe Chief Commercial Officer Mike Rutter on Irish public television.

[Source: Reuters]

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