Yesterday, the New York Times released a story about Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to ban selling large-sized “sugary drinks” to fight obesity. This plan sounds so ridiculous to me that I’m sure if someone thought hard enough, he/she can come up with a conspiracy theory of government-business complex (though the plan appears to be against big businesses, it will just make the conspiracy theory sound even more fascinating). The reason why I think it’s ridiculous is that this type of plan only remediates the symptoms but not the root of the problem of obesity. The mere presence of junk foods, of which “sugary drinks” are only a small part, does have a role in obesity, but the primary culprit is ignorance and the lack of awareness in both children and adults, including the parents.
Bloomberg’s plan reminds me of a ban that was imposed in my high school during my junior year. In the past, Read the rest of this entry »
In what I consider one of the most visionary talks in a long while, Columbia professor Brian Greene gave a pithy 20-minute presentation about the possibility of multiverse, or multiple universes, and its implications. I’ve never even taken physics, so I’m not going to embarrass myself here trying to explain string theory–you can get a for-dummies version from Brian Greene in the TED talk video or here.
The talk is great not because Greene presented what the mysteries of physical science mean for the possibility of multiverse; Read the rest of this entry »
Earlier this year, in response to the Barnard-Columbia antagonism, I published an op-ed in Columbia Spectator urging Barnard women to show that they deserve respect rather than beg for respect. The article can be easily interpreted as “blaming the victim,” and that is not what I meant to imply at all. I would like to expound on my theory of Dis/respect which just came to my mind recently to complement my argument in the op-ed.
I think there are two forms of “Respect:” Read the rest of this entry »
Yesterday a horrific news broke out that an U.S. Army sergeant “had walked more than a mile from his base, tried door after door, eventually breaking in to kill within three separate houses.” He killed at least 16 civilians, 9 of them children and 4 of these children were girls younger than 6. First Qu’ran burning, then killing children, what’s next for the U.S. Army?
U.S. soldiers in foreign lands are like U.S. ambassadors. They are the people who are on the front line confronting the most local issues. They are the first impressions of the U.S. for the people living in the war zone. People study for years to become diplomatic ambassadors, and yet any 18-year-old kid can become a soldier-ambassador. Read the rest of this entry »
Internet is a place where things, strangely unrelated, would go instantly viral. Yesterday was Rebecca Black, and today is KONY 2012.
I admit I have no prior knowledge about who Joeseph Kony was before watching the video, but I do know Africa has a long and complicated history of conflict and turmoil. The human part of the video were very touching, but as an aspiring documentary-maker and journalist, I simply cannot bring myself to accept the way this video is trying to influence the world of social activism. Social activism should be based on informed understanding that arouse sympathy, not propaganda-style rabble-rousing. And the latter is exactly what Jason Russell’s video is all about. Read the rest of this entry »