Pirates, Argh!

April 27th, 2008

I found this ARTICLE on CNN that really “caught my eye”. I thought Pirates of the Carribean was just a movie, but I guess I was wrong. Check out this article and let me know what you think. Do you think it’s smart for governments to pay ransoms? I think it might lead to some costly ($$) govt expenditures. What do you think?

Rape and Executions, and Justice

April 21st, 2008

Today’s ARTICLE focuses on the topic of justice within the criminal justice system. The article addresses a Louisiana Court that is attempting to execute an offender for the offense of rape. I’ll let you read the article and find out the rest. I have two questions for you:

1. Do you believe we should execute convicted offenders for offenses other than murder and why?

2. How do you feel the role of our JUSTICE system plays into this situation and why?

Which is more important: Food or Fuel?

April 14th, 2008

This week’s article focuses on the increases in fuel and food. As you must have noticed by now, both gas and food prices have been increasing. Read this ARTICLE to find out more.

This article brings up a couple of interesting points regarding our dependence on fossil fuels as well as our responsibility to the poor. What I find interesting is many world leaders are proposing the West’s (that’s us) obsession with oil is directly taking money out of individual’s mouths. The idea is essentially (I’m majorly paraphrasing) that our obession with oil (especially our need to consume so much energy) results in food price increases that essentially takes food away from people who will starve to death without it. One quote I heard yesterday on NPR was that “Our [The West] need to fuel our SUV’s is taking food out of the mouth of starving countries”.

What do you think? Which is more important?