Open Forum: Genetically Modified Foods

July 30, 2008 § 11 Comments

The recent global food crisis exposes a long standing problem that has not been addressed. As more countries move away from their agricultural roots and embark on the path of industrial expansion, citizens of these upstart countries are facing severe food shortages and massive food price hikes. In hope of putting an end to the current quagmire, some are calling for a greater increase in the production of genetically modified foods.

Recently, a number of famine-plagued African countries were offered large amounts of genetically engineered foods by the United States and other Western countries in the form of food aid. The offer was rejected by African leaders, citing possible health risks posed by genetically modified products. Disappointed U.S. officials denounced the food aid refusal as a crime against humanity. This begs the following questions:

1) Was the decision to reject the aid a valid one?
2) Are genetically engineered foods the right solution to the global food crisis?

Share your views on this issue.

Facts about GM foods

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[Simon N.]

Pick Your Favorites – R13

July 28, 2008 § 7 Comments

–Pick your favorite from each of the following pairs/groups.
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#1 – PS2 vs PS3 vs XBOX 360 vs Wii

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#2 – iPod vs iPhone

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#3 – Television vs The Movies

Image Credits: wikimedia

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Open Forum: Torture

July 23, 2008 § 10 Comments

While the use of torture (for any purpose) is perceived universally as an abomination and a practice that should be abandoned and condemned, there are people who argue that the use of torture (in certain cases) is acceptable if it can help save lives. This begs an important question.

If lives are at stake and the use of torture may lead to information that could help save many of these precious lives, should torture be permitted under such condition? Share your views on this controversial issue.

Common Torture Methods:

Water torture, Denailing, Electric shock, Forced starvation, Pitchcapping, Garrotting, Bone breaking, & Branding.

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Pick Your Favorites – R12

July 21, 2008 § 12 Comments

–Pick your favorite from each of the following pairs/groups.
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#1 – Internet Explorer vs Firefox

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#2 – Zoos vs Theme Parks

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#3 – Field of Sunflowers vs Field of Tulips

Image Credits: wikimedia

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Open Forum: Global Warming

July 16, 2008 § 6 Comments

Are humans to blame for global warming? If yes, what is the best way to rectify it? Share your view on this issue.

Facts about Global Warming:

• Average temperatures have climbed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degree Celsius) around the world since 1880, much of this in recent decades, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

• An upsurge in the amount of extreme weather events, such as wildfires, heat waves, and strong tropical storms, is also attributed in part to climate change by some experts.

• Arctic ice is rapidly disappearing, and the region may have its first completely ice-free summer by 2040 or earlier. Polar bears and indigenous cultures are already suffering from the sea-ice loss.

National Geographic News

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Pick Your Favorites – R11

July 14, 2008 § 9 Comments

–Pick your favorite from each of the following pairs/groups.
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#1 – WordPress vs Blogger

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#2 – Hollywood vs Bollywood

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#3 – Submarines vs Spacecrafts

Image Credits: wikimedia

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Garden Photos

July 10, 2008 § 4 Comments

I have uploaded some of my garden photos to Flickr. Check them out if you have time.
link: garden photos

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