Former foreign correspondent for, The Globe and Mail, says there’s much more to a journalist than a pen, paper, and a fancy camera. “There were so many kids in their early twenties running around with 10,000 dollars’ worth of gear their parents bought for them,” Graeme said when speaking at Ryerson University; but this just doesn’t cut it anymore. In a country where “a man was killed by an electric drill being drilled in to his skull,” Graeme Smith specifies, a journalist must have combat first aid training, and a strong mind set to survive.
Graeme Smith, member of the International Crisis Group since December 2012, lives in Kabul, Afghanistan. His job is to make as public as possible the accounts he had in the conflict zones of Afghanistan. In order to bring awareness to the people which Graeme said is “important,” Graeme’s main ob
The Taliban is an Islamic fundamentalist movement. The Taliban allegedly uses terrorism to achieve their political goals. Graeme Smith said “I am currently working on what the impact is of raising local police groups in Afghanistan.” NATO sent in a number of troops to Afghanistan while Graeme Smith and his team were working on their mission to bring “peace and stability,” Graeme specified. “Ever since that day, the number of rocket attacks, car bombs, and assassinations went up,” said Graeme Smith. In a “messy situation” like this, Graeme Smith said that, “I can’t stress this enough, you should have some combat first aid before going anywhere near a war zone.” RISC is an organization that trains and equips journalists to deal with injuries that are life-threatening. RISC is obligated to making first aid come naturally to the media-workers at a time of war. Graeme said that this training is “incredibly fucking serious.”
Trauma is largely associated with the effects of war on man-kind. When Graeme was asked how he deals with the mental aspect of this, he replied, “The brain heals itself. I went to a psychologist because I used to have nightmares, I used to overly analyze properties of a room, but it gets better.”
Graeme Smith went over a car chase he was in during his time in Afghanistan. “We met up with some Taliban’s in 2006, and we made the mistake of establishing a pattern of meeting in the same place. A white corolla followed us out of the meeting and when we booted it, the car chased us,” Graeme Smith recollected. Fortunately, Graeme had a friend who owned a hotel in Kandahar. “We called him and he opened the doors. Then we went in there and he closed the doors.” It is accounts like these that show the real dangers of being a journalist in a red zone. “Yeah, I was running for my life all the time,” Graeme said.
Even with all the dangers in the way to stop one from pursuing a career as a freelance journalist, Graeme Smith finds it vital to “not let these men dice the fates of the world,” because it’s “important for journalists to bring awareness.”
Tracy Moore, host of Canada’s Cityline lifestyle show, has more to her than meets the eye. Over Tracy’s energetic, confident, and humorous personality, it’s Tracy’s wisdom that’s served the public education system.
The Zero-Tolerance policy was put in effect in Canadian and American schools to allow for punishments towards students with unacceptable behavior. Tracy Moore found something else to be unacceptable. “Particular rules were being misused by schools,” says Tracy Moore. “I heard many stories of kids that were black being kicked out of schools because of the zero-tolerance policy put in effect. White kids would do the same thing and would not be given the same punishments out of discrimination,” Tracy adds.
The Ontario school board denied any inequality in the distribution of student punishments. “I knew it would be difficult trying to nail the school board,” says Tracy, “Especially when the director of the school board kept talking in circles.” Tracy however stayed motivated when Cathleen Wynne spoke to her and said,” Absolutely, this is happening.” Tracy just so happens to be a big believer in Cathleen Wynne.
To Tracy’s advantage, she already knew some of the parents in the community. Some parents spoke to her about the discrimination they knew their children were facing at school. “I had to be committed to the community,” Tracy says. “If you just walk into a community, they won’t trust you. That’s why I try to create relationships outside of my work hours,” Tracy adds.
Tracy Moore’s action upon the misuse of the zero-tolerance policy has “brought significant attention to the administration. They’ve worked [the zero-tolerance policy] since,” says Tracy. “I would not say I ended it, but I brought attention on this issue,” finalizes Tracy.
Students today are packing much heavier bags to school thanks to their laptops. It’s become a very popular piece of technology used in classrooms for the purpose of note-taking; however is that all that’s really going on? Faria Sana, a student attending McMaster University conducted an experiment involving volunteer first year students in the setting of a lecture. The conclusion of her study was that those who multitasked with the use of a laptop distracted both themselves, as well as other students around them in the class. The basic results of the study were taken to the people on the streets of Toronto by first year Ryerson University Journalism students. “Really, is it really all that distracting?” says Kosta Dirbish, a 22 year old student attending Ryerson. “If you’re getting distracted, and your focus goes off for more than one minute, then there’s something wrong with you. That’s not their problem,” adds Kosta. Conner Crawford, another Ryerson student says that students should simply “suck it up,” and to have “self-discipline.” Conner also adds that “it’s a choice whether or not to be distracted.” Wai, a financer for Desjardins says “I can understand where laptops are needed, but there’s a difference between note-taking and updating Facebook.” Wayne also advises students to “don’t worry about the idiots and just pay attention. You’re paying ten to twelve thousand a year if not more, so pay attention.” Also Wayne states that “Laptops make noise in class, but that’s just the environment.” Some students like Kosta and Connor can handle all the distractions someone else’s laptop has to throw, but others can’t catch too well. “The study is correct. For me, I sit at the front row so there are not too many distractions. Yet my friend will be at the back and after class she tells me how she’s always distracted because the person in front of her is watching videos on YouTube on her laptop,” says Ola, a Ryerson volunteer. When Wayne Wai was asked whether or not he gets distracted, he says “hell yeah, all the time, even in meetings. In the meetings I see the ones on their phones or laptops not paying attention, and after the discussion is over they’ll ask ‘what happened,’ and I just say well too bad, pay attention next time instead of updating your Facebook.” If there were more students like Ryerson student Leura Mazurek, laptops may not have been an issue. “I only use my laptop in class if I only need it,” Leura says. “I take my class notes on pencil and paper, it’s easier to take notes by hand,” she adds on. Although Leura prefers taking notes by hand, that’s not the case for every single student. However, how can students be more considerate towards other students? Wayne Wai says that it should be the responsibly of the class professor to “lay ground rules on note-taking.”
This post is slightly a response one of the ep member wrote in the defense of Islamic religion. She made it clear that Islam does not 'degrade' women at all, in any form. Now that may be true or not true, but I didn't see any valuable evidence in her argument pointing towards: Islam does not degrade women.
Now, I am looking more on the focus of religion, and between Islam and Christianity, Islam is a religion, not Christianity.
Islam says to do this, and do that, and pray for me at this time, and wear this, and say exactly this that many times...so on and so forth. Oh and don't forget the DO NOT DO this and that... and if you're going to say no that;s not true, okay that's fine because of the whole cliche "your opinion is yours" but I'm just putting forward that you're probably like the 'white-wash' version...or the non-serious one (secret sinner).
Christianity is just a foundation on which one can build their life on, not a religion. You just have to accept the lord Jesus Christ as your saviour, and remember that your prayers will be answered by the God who never sleeps. There are no demands, no commands, other to accept him, love him, and praise him, which is obvious.
It's a tough world, really is. Depressive people are common to come across, but how many of them are truly depressed? According to the Depression via Rank theory by Pearce, some people use depression as a tactic to 'lay low'. Some people want to lay low so they don't pose a threat of any kind, and in present society where there's plenty of competition, this might not be a bad idea...
The Depression via Rank theory basically states that some use depression as a disguise, however they attack when the time is right out of the blue. It's kind of like my cat. He looks cute, acts cute, but if you annoy him he will show you the side of him that you'll probably walk away from with a few scratches.
Freakishly enough, yet not surprising, scientists are working on the creation of a dose for people with dysthymia(depressed) to take so they can become hypothermic(very happy).
Makes you wonder...who's really happy, and who's not? Are those that claim to be depressed really depressed? Are those who are excessively happy suffering from a disorder? Think about it, and use your wisdom to be a successful skeptic.
you know when you point at a telephone and it just so happens to ring right then and there? That's synchronism. Or maybe you've said, "hey mom, I want to buy organic guacamole!," and it's being sampled to the right of you. This is also an example of synchronism, and it just so happens that the guacamole incident was one of my synchronism experiences.
Synchronism is the achievement of coincident at the right point in time. In other words, coincidences are not just accidents; they are hardwired into your destiny and are in fact meant to have happened.
If you have ever experienced a synchronicity, please leave your experience in the comment section below! Thanks!:)
We come from a great time. In this time we have access to all these fancy equipment which aids our scientists/researchers in their researches. These technologies continuously moves humanity one step closer to finding the truths plus functions behind 'every' living organism on this planet we call planet Earth. This subject field which creates upon the countless number of testable explanations about the universe is called SCIENCE. In my mind which is a very skeptical one indeed, I like to paraphrase the meaning of science as our escape to an otherwise clueless life. Could us humans live a life without knowing the cycle of human birth? Could we even survive without the urge to know why the grass really dies without water, and why sea organisms and other animals are existent amongst us? We obviously cannot, since us human beings have the natural tendency to be curious, observant, and pursue a gain in self-actualization. So we found science, and could confidently pursue science during the 17th century, and continue to do so ever so successfully today. Now the mainstream is to believe in science. I too do look towards science to give me answers about certain things I wonder about, however I know my limits. This is the problem we have today; not everyone knows the limitations of science, and exactly how much of it we can exactly call 'explanations'. Here's how I look at it as a religious person. I believe in God, and that everything created on this planet was created by a Greater God. I'm not sure how God did it, and I'm sure science does not know either. It's as simple as that. God created life, and if the children of God are claiming to have scoped the inner la
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In Rome, Italy during the renaissance, scientists found their right to believe what they wanted, but at what cost? Bruno, a famous scientist of this time believed in other life. Now he believed this during a time where the Vatican Church was in search of souls. Bruno was believed to be recieving messages from the extra-terrestrials. The Vatica felt threatened by Bruno's teachings and theories, so he was arrested for heresy. Then later after 8 yearsof being held in a dungeon, he was burned at the state. The Vatican was trying to hid something, and disposing of this high extra-terrestrial believer showed it. "The Vatican knows more than they acknowledge."
Pope Paul ordered for many documents and books to be moved to a hidden place... the Vatican library. The vatican library secret archives may contain information and proof that extra-terrestrials do exist. It contains secret information answers behind the Holy Fatima. Fatima once gave three messages to a few children. The first message was that we are not alone, the second was that we are being observed. Now he third was hidden, but the third message was about extra-terrestrials.
*OF COURSE THE VATICAN BELIEVES IN EXTRA TERRESTRIALS, THEY JUST DON'T WANT TO RISK THEIR CHURCH*
The Vatican stated that extra-terrestrials do not have anything to do with the Church. Now why would thy say that? Why would they say that out
of thin air...OH NO NIG DEAL! they know something...
In the past year (2012), scientists discovered about 160 new species. 160 species we did not even know we lived amongst on this plnet were discovered in only one year... just makes you wonder what ese is out there? If the intelligent humn race doesn't yet know all of the living species we live with on earth, than the human race should'nt skip ahead and assume we are alone in the universe.
according to Michio Kaku, a physicist and highly appreciated author, there is a 95% chance that there is no such thing as UFO's, because there is no reliable evidence. Most of the sightings have either been finalized to be weather balloons, a star, and whatever else, but it just wasn't a UFO. However, there lies an extra 5% which is a sufficient amount to believe there are UFO's, and more than that, extra-terrestrials. "Only a man with all his arrogance would believe our planet is the only one that sustains life." Very true, and very well said. Why just us? What makes us so special? What makes us so 'intelligent.' We are intelligent, yes, but there's superior intelligence out there.
UFO sightings are very popular in Iran, and Nevada which also happens to be the homeba
Now lets talk about the time when Neil Armstrong went to the moon. Well on the way there, they ran out of fuel. When they 'landed', it was reported they only had 60 more seconds of fuel. How lucky, how fortunate. However, when they returned to Earth, they were told to not reveal anything they saw, or encoutered, and they definately encountered something. Some believe that the moon is a space station for the extra-terrestrail spaceships. Well, that definately remains unexplained with the use of good evidence, but it's an idea. The photos Neil Armstrong and his team provided us with, were pictures of the American flag on the moon. Now, the flag is waving around, like wind in your hair. But is there wind on the moon? Is there? The photo may just have been a fake, a phony, A PHOTOSHOPED photo.... we all know what those look like.
So maybe there hasnt been a real UFO sighting, but we are not alone. Oh no, we are not. I know, it's a lot to take in, but it onlymakes sense. The Earth can't be THE ONLY ONE. noooooo way. The Earth has brothers and sisters, just like us. We are just the children. Or maybe less than that.
The mayans have exquisite architecture, more so the ancient mayans. So do the ancient egyptians. The mayan pyramids, and the egyptian pyramids, all being impossible to construct today. I believe that back then (wayyy wayyy back then), these two groups had competition with extra-terrestrail aid. Who knows, maybe the egyptians and mayans were slaves to these superior beings. So yeah.
my theory goes a little something like this, and in advance I will say it is ba
The mayans were a great civilization with very unique architecture, art. They had impressive mathematical and astronomical systems. Finally, they had created a calendar ba
OKAY, so my theory is that the Mayans are taking care of the land and culture of which the extra-terrestrials have left behind for them (mayans are their slaves), however will soon return. Possibly, with their return they will kill us all because well you know, life is disgusting now and may not meet their standards.
well so much for "briefly" putting it.
leave your comments, theories, or ideas below!!
december 21st 2012, the infamous dooms day, also known as the end of the world. However, the way things look around here, it just doesn't seem to be time. There are no cracks in the ground, no birds falling dead from the sky, no more UFO sightings, no signs of any kind that should have us thinking "OMG THIS IS IT!". what's going on? Have we possibly misinterpreted the Mayans? apparently, their calandar ends on Dec.21.2012. People say it's because they got tired, but mayans never get tired. Did they get tired of making head sacrifices to their god up in the sky? nope. They were very hard at work people, and very religous. I believe they predicted dooms day correctly, however a friend of mine brought up a great point, more so a question. Is it possible that we may have incorrectly timed time? What he meant was that is it possible if we are years behind Dec.21.2012, but we just don't know it because of our honest miscalculations. VERY POSSIBLE. in fact, it makes beautiful sense. It's almost like music to the years of us dooms day believers. Dooms day believers out there, it may or may not happen during our time, but it will happen one day. WHO KNOWS, maybe it will happen this december, just like how it all went down in the '2012' movie. yeah yeah yeah it was just a movie, but ever since I was a kid I was told that all movies come from somewhere right? so there must be some realism in the 2012 movie. we'll see, about two more weeks left in the countdown.
I am very sorry for what we have done to you. I'm sure we all are, but not many of us take the time to apologize to you. Theres also the possibility that people don't have time, capitalism and all. I am sorry that is in our nature to destroy ourselves, and our mother Earth. I apologize, truly I do. Every one is so caught up in their jobs, and their religion believing God, but what they don't believe is that theres no point to any of that without you. Earth, you are our true mother. We eat, live, and do everything off of you. You love us. You give us fruit, water, vegtables, and food. I'm sorry that we were the selfish species. We took everything for ourseleves, disregarding our other friends here on this planet. The anomials are suffering today planet Earth. The fishes, the elephants, bears, polar bears. I'm sorry. It's not your fault, and I'm sure you know that, but you're much too kind to us to confront us about it. You watch us day by day destroying ourselves more and more, you motionless to do anything at all. You have already done as much as you can. You gave us life. What more can we ask for from you? Day by day, men are creating superior technolgies, thinking they are geniuses, but really I know that they are idiots. They are making the biggest mistakes of their lives. Planet Earth, I know we both know as well as many other humans, that these men advancing todays technology are doing it all with the right mind that war, and destruction are the aftermath. However, I'm sure we both dont even know why. Why are they doing this? Spending billions in that industry, when there are other humans all over the world who don't even have a meal to eat a day. They sleep in fear, in fear of how they will get food in the mouths of their loved ones. Rich, selfish men on the other side of the world fear, who will possibly replace their greatness, if thats even what it is.
Planet Earth, I am sorry.
I know know one is reading my blog. I see it from the 1 view. Probably is my view :)
2012 is comming. I am worried more and more each day if it truly is dooms day. No one else thinks it is, but I dont believe they are being honest with themeselves. If it really were ending, no one would go to work, and people just cant afford that mistake. Thats why no one wants to believe it. They are just waiting to let whatever has to happen, happen. But i think it is going to end. I want to enjoy this last year. It will end because it just has to. The world has gotten to a bad state. Technology scares me now, workers on strike, students on strike, and the police enforcements are hitting them. They are hitting their future? Something is very wrong with that. Maybe they know there is no future.
2012 will be our last year, and I am proud to say that I will live to see it. I will live to die the last generation.
Rich men are selling water. Water is like air, it is our right, and we need it to survive. Selling bottles of water for an expensive price, it just seems unjust. Rich men are buying lands that sit on the largest population of fresh water, and they are sucking it dry selling it only to people who can afford it. Not only that, they are secretly drugging the water with a drug that calms humans down. They have put us on drugs, and no wonder no one believes in the end of the world. Even when you read this and finally know, you will fail to do anything. We need more brave people in the world. I at least have the courage to make up my philosophies. Very dangerous thing to do today, since secret organizations make arrests in fear of brainwashing people. IS IT BRAIN WASHING? or EDUCATING?
George Bush when he was the president secretly signed a contract that said soon, the UNited States will become The UNited Kingdom, bringing people from all around the world to the United Kingdom. And why? Whats happening to the rest of the world?
There have been many UFO sitings, and now more than ever. Area 51 is above the law, and wont release any information as to what they are doing inside those gates. People who lived near area 51 which was a population of 7 people, all died due to disease. Possibly there were poisoned? All i know is that who ever did it, felt threatened that people lived too close by.
I know this doesnt mean that the world is ending, but it means something is up. And these websties like facebook, twitter, and even THIS are all distractions to keep people busy... becuase time is money... and money could mean many things like power... they want power to be limited, and money to be the hands of people they trust, and know are heartless to take in on whatever prject they have... whatever it is, we are too powerless to know. Whenever it does happen, they have a way out, and we dont. We dont count for shit. Saying this doesnt seem to upset people. ANd thats a problem.
the end of the world is soon, just becuase it must be. Humans are beocming more and more selfish, killing one another. LOOK AT SYRIA. they are first, whos next??
C.I.T.E has been testing thier new technological achievement; trcuks and cars that require no driver.
what is going on with the world?
tummies are not full in Africa, the middle-east, well basically lower developed countries than ours, and money is being invested into cars without drivers? what a scary world we live in. Technology obviously seems to have a higher price than our fellow brother and sisters.
Previous PostsGraeme Smith’s Survival 101, posted November 6th, 2013
Tracy Moore and her Zero- Tolerance for Discrimination, posted November 6th, 2013
What people of Toronto have to say about the use of lap-tops in class, posted November 6th, 2013
Islam vs. Christianity briefly, posted October 29th, 2013, 2 comments
The Depression Disguise, posted October 9th, 2013
Synchronism- you may have experienced this, posted October 2nd, 2013, 2 comments
Religion vs. Science, posted August 29th, 2013
Beauty Tips For Hard Working Women. This is For You <3, posted January 13th, 2013
The Vatican knows more than we think *extra- terrestrials do exist*, posted January 10th, 2013
The Unknown on Earth, posted January 10th, 2013
You Better Believe UFO's Are Real, posted January 9th, 2013
BATTLE OF THE ARCHITECTURE, posted December 17th, 2012
MY THEORY ABOUT THE WORLD, posted December 17th, 2012
DID WE MISINTERPRET THE MAYANS?, posted December 12th, 2012, 2 comments
Dear Planet Earth..., posted June 11th, 2012
No one reads it anyway, posted June 2nd, 2012, 4 comments
The world is becoming a scary place, posted May 31st, 2012
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