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Weighing the Good and Bad Sides of Isolationism

Isolationism has been employed by a few nations over the past years. The reason why this idealism is adapted vary from nation to nation. One reason is to preserve deep seated culture to avoid foreign influences. This is very important for cultures who wish to preserve and uphold their own beliefs and traditions. Another reason is to establish independence and self-reliance which bespeaks of national pride. Isolationism, as a self-imposed system, is used to bear out autonomy and self-determination. It is often interpreted as a sign of freedom and liberty. Historically speaking, nations who chose to adhere to this idealism experienced varying degrees of set-backs in terms of growth and progress. Although they were successful in maintaining national identity, the strict confinement have affected the constituents’ potential for greater personal achievements. Ultimately, exacting times have compelled these nations to welcome others.

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Volunteering in ESL Institutions

There are volunteering opportunities that allow you to assist others as well as help you gain knowledge and skills for a possible career. Volunteering as an ESL teacher aide is one of them. Although you would initially seek this opportunity to gain teaching experience, the act of being involved with the kids and helping them learn is something that will grow on you. Whether you consign a few days of your time or longer, the fact remains that it is a huge commitment. If you decide to volunteer, make sure that it is a wholehearted decision because teaching requires a lot of love and patience. Your personal decision is crucial because ESL kids are going through a lot of struggling in their learning lessons, which means they would need a lot of understanding. Mentoring programs, such as ESL volunteering programs, are great ways to get involved and realize your full capacity to feel compassion towards others.

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JUSTICE

Justice is not always served. My husband and I put up a band rehearsal studio in our hometown. We invested a lot of hard-earned money buying audio equipment and music instruments. We even put our collection of guitars there. A few weeks later, we came to an empty studio. Apparently, robbers came the night before and took our little treasures away. We reported the incident to the police and enlisted the help of our musician friends to be on the watch. One day, my husband chanced upon an ad for a guitar which happened to be one of our missing guitars. We contacted the person right away and informed the police. Sadly, we just recovered one of the guitars and the police were unwilling to help us further. The reason? We have no idea. The officers told us pursuing the case is not worh it. My husband became afraid that we might earn the ire of the police if we insist; or if we do the pursuing ourselves, we might uncover a group of gangsters. Fearing for the safety of our family, we just let it go.

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EVOLUTION

Over the years, living things have lived, died and eventuality become extinct. Those who survived drastic climate changes and natural disasters continued to live but as different species died, the remaining ones adapt, innovate and influence things around them to serve their purpose— to continue to exist and live on. This is part of natural evolution. However, advances in science and technology has affected the natural flow of survival especially for humans. People are living longer now and in better condition because of medicinal breakthroughs, surgery and implants. Humans will probably hang about even when most species go instinct. So, is this still evolution? I believe it is. Undoubtedly, man‚Äôs evolution is, in a way, artificial or manipulated but it remains the most fascinating among living things.

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INFLATION

The rise of inflation rate is always bad news especially to salaried indviduals. If the cost of products and services increases, the value of money likewise decreases because it could not buy as much as it used to. Regular employees particularly suffer the brunt of it. They have to let go of eating out and other activities that entail additional expense. More often than not, even the budget for food as well as other essential things is lessened. It is unfortunate that promotions and salary inflation raises don’t happen as often as price increases, so people are compelled to make do with what they have. When it is absolutely necessary, some people even acquire loans to augment their income. Clearly, there are so many things people have to put up with in because of inflation.

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DEMOCRACY

Democracy promises freedom and equality. Unfortunately, its application in the real world can be sad and disappointing. For one, freedom is sometimes abused and misused by some people. Although everyone can speak freely, individual opinions might not serve the best interests of others and could cause disharmony and pain. Some people may also have self-serving interests as well as malicious intents behind their expressed views and opinions. democracy can likewise slow down work or impede good projects because of bureaucratic procedures. This can result to delays and production loss. All in all, I guess democracy has its merits as a concept but its very idea can also be exploited to serve less than noble intentions.

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ISLAM

I thought Islam was very different from my belief system until I became friends with a Muslim. Sara was my roommate in college. At first, her manner of dressing made her look remote and different to me, but a chance conversation about going to the mall’s sale day changed all that. We went together and found out that we liked the same colors and styles of clothes. We even bought the same accessories. After a while, we agreed to eat dinner together. I learned that there were certain food she couldn’t eat because of her religion, so we agreed to eat in the foodcourt where there were a lot of food choices. It was a such happy time and I discovered that Sara is not so different after all.

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ISLAM

I thought Islam was very different from my belief system until I became friends with a Muslim. Sara was my roommate in college. At first, her manner of dressing made her look remote and different to me, but a chance conversation about going to the mall’s sale day changed all that. We went together and found out that we liked the same colors and styles of clothes. We even bought the same accessories. After a while, we agreed to eat dinner together. I learned that there were certain food she couldn’t eat because of her religion, so we agreed to eat in the foodcourt where there were a lot of food choices. It was a such happy time and I discovered that Sara is not so different after all.

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AUTISM

Parents with an autistic child go through a lot of stress. A whole gamut of emotions like guilt, loneliness, and anxiety fill their days. Not to mention the needed time and money for treatment and theraphy. The internet is filled with information that say parents are somehow responsible for their child’s autism. Although it’s not clearly proven, parents couldn’t help but think they could have done something to prevent it. It is also natural for parents to feel worried about their autistic child’s future and sad that the child could never join normal activities such as sports, social events and other similar inclinations. Lastly, an autistic child needs special care and attention. Treatments are costly and theraphy sessions are time-consuming. Indeed, parents with autistic children experience a lot of difficulties.

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YEAST INFECTION

Although I enjoyed my pregnancy, it was not too thrilling to have that yeast infection at one point. I caught a bad cough and cold when I was pregnant and I was in the middle of a work project. I consulted my gynecologist and she prescribed an antibiotic because she observed that my coughing fits were getting worse. The coughing stopped but since antibiotics make pregnant women more prone to yeast infection, I got a yeast infection in return. I began to experience one of the most uncomfortable conditions of my life. Had I known taking antibiotics would result to that, I would have exhausted other means to get rid of my cough and colds. I blamed my gynecologist a bit but what’s done was done so I just tried my best to bear with it until I shook the infection off my system.

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Study finds split in attitudes on religion, relationships; largest generation gap since ’60s

wheel-chairA new study released Monday by the Pew Research Center found Americans of different ages increasingly at odds over a range of social and technological issues. It also highlights a widening age divide after last November’s election, when 18- to 29-year-olds voted for Democrat Barack Obama by a 2-to-1 ratio. Almost eight in 10 people believe there is a major difference in the point of view of younger people and older people today, according to the independent public opinion research group. Full Story : Startribune.com….

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Cyber Bullying Affects One in 10 Students

computer-userBullying still makes life miserable for plenty of students, only these days some aggressors apparently operate electronically. A new study shows that many children in grades 6 through 10 have either bullied classmates or been bullied by them, sometimes online or through cell phones. According to the study, 20.8 percent of respondents reported being perpetrators or victims of physical bullying in the past two months; 53.6 percent were victims of verbal bullying; 51.4 percent were victims of relational bullying, which involves social exclusion, and 13.6 percent of cyber bullying on a computer, cell phone or other electronic device. Full Story : Forbes.com….

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Oil and Coal Could Cost US $30 Trillion By 2030 Says Study

Oil WellAmerica’s economy and quality of life as we know it is at risk, according to a new study released by Environment America. The study claims that “big oil and dirty coal” could cost the United States $30 trillion dollars by 2030, four times the earnings of American workers in 2007 alone. According to the study, 85 percent of America’s energy is supplied by fossil fuels. American consumers and businesses spent 7 percent, or $921 billion, of the nation’s GDP on fossil fuels, more than the total spent on education or the military. Full Story : DigitalJournal.com….

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Gay sex decriminalised in India

Gay rights activists in India say a ruling by the Delhi High Court decriminalising homosexuality in the country is a landmark. The judgement overturns a 148-year-old colonial law which described a same-sex relationship as an “unnatural offence”. Homosexual acts were punishable by a 10-year prison sentence. Many people in India regard same-sex relationships as illegitimate. Rights groups have long argued that the law contravened human rights. Full Story : BBC.com…..

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Savings in UK hit record high despite shrinking economy

The amount of money Brits are putting aside for a rainy day has reached a record high, according to research by National Savings & Investments (NS&I). The average UK consumer deposited ¬£92.41 per month into their savings account this spring, the highest amount since NS&I records began in 2004. The proportion of consumers saving regularly remained at 47% for the fifth consecutive quarter. Full Story : FinanceMarkets.co.uk….

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UN: Islamic law is major influence on refugee law

IslamThe 1,400-year-old Islamic custom of welcoming people fleeing persecution has had more influence on modern international refugee law than any other traditional source, according to a new study sponsored by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). High Commissioner Antonio Guterres said that more than any other historical source, Islamic law and tradition underpin the modern-day legal framework on which UNHCR bases its global activities on behalf of the tens of millions of people forced from their homes around the world. Full Story : Adrkronos.com….

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Political Blogs More Credible than Newspapers, Say Those Who Read Both

newspaperAccording to research by a Brigham Young University political scientist, people who closely follow both political blogs and traditional news media tend to believe the content on blogs is more accurate. Professor Richard Davis reports this and other blog-related insights in Typing Politics, a new book published by Oxford University Press. Davis studied daily blog readers from a nationally representative sample and found that just 3 percent got most of their news from blogs. Most readers still got their information from traditional news organizations, despite some bloggers‚Äô predictions that they would entirely replace traditional media. Instead blogs have become an echo chamber that extends the shelf life of news stories, Davis said. Full Story : Dagorret.com…

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Rating attractiveness: Study finds consensus among men, not women

laughing-indianactressMen’s judgments of women’s attractiveness were based primarily around physical features and they rated highly those who looked thin and seductive. Most of the men in the study also rated photographs of women who looked confident as more attractive. As a group, the women rating men showed some preference for thin, muscular subjects, but disagreed on how attractive many men in the study were. Some women gave high attractiveness ratings to the men other women said were not attractive at all. More than 4,000 people participated in the study. Full Story : Machineslikeus.com…

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Abuse calls rise amid recession

point-fingers-argueResearch for a summit on the recession shows a leap in calls to a domestic abuse helpline in Wales. Around 14,000 calls have been made to the helpline since December, and 8,000 had not phoned before. According to research presented to the sixth all-Wales Economic Summit, financial difficulties could lead to more relationship break-ups. The summit also heard about problems caused by increasing levels of unemployment. Full Story : BBC….

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