Author Archives: Ms.Karmia

Do dogs love us back?

Too often have I wondered whether my dog is attracted to food over me. Here’s an article that explores the topic. However, if you pay attention, at the end the scientists refer to intuition as a valid way of receiving information and making judgments about the currently unknowable. Interesting read.   http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/04/16/400102668/scientists-probe-puppy-love    

Memes and the Right to Be Forgotten

Have you ever imagined what would happen if an image of you became a viral hit and a source of memes for days, months or maybe even years? What happens if you receive unwarranted popularity? What if the attention is negative and mocking? What are the confines of free speech and should it be without […]

Why Cambodians Never Get Depressed

People in Cambodia experience what we Americans call depression. But there’s no direct translation for the word “depression” in the Cambodian Khmer language. Instead, people may say thelea tdeuk ceut, which literally means “the water in my heart has fallen.” Anxious or depressed Haitians, on the other hand, may use the phrase reflechi twop, which means “thinking […]

Kim Jong Un, the One and Only

Kim Jong Un has banned the use of his name across North Korea. Those, men and women, who may share his name must now find a new name and make the legal change or face jail time. New infants must not be named this either. Imagine having to change your name simply because someone else […]

Womenomics

What happens when the traditional jobs “too tough” for women are occupied by those who can. In Japan, the experiment has been successful in resuscitating a struggling economy. http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/12/03/368143686/is-womenomics-the-answer-to-japans-economic-woes

#CrimingWhileWhite Shows Solidarity on Police Brutality Issue

My 13yo son and his friends were loitering at Walgreens recently. Only his black friend got searched for shoplifting. ~ #CrimingWhileWhite ~ — Dave Hoover (@davehoover) December 4, 2014 Got pulled over for a brake light out. Underage and drinking and blew over the limit. Cop let me walk to my friend’s apt. #CrimingWhileWhite — Matthew Skalak (@skalakattack) December 3, […]

Another One on Ferguson

After Michael Brown was shot dead in August, his mother, Leslie McSpadden, said, “My son was sweet. He didn’t mean any harm to anybody.” He was, she said, “a gentle giant.” But when police officer Darren Wilson fired the shot that ended Brown’s life, he saw things differently. “I felt like a five-year-old holding onto […]

The New Normal Barbie, Acne and Cellulite Sold Separately

For all you cunning entrepreneurs, need-finders and future product designers, here’s a success story. Nickolay Lamm, a self-professed artist and researcher, raised a hefty round of crowd-sourced funding last year towards his project, the Lammily doll. Lammily is supposed to be the long-awaited antidote to Barbie, whose dimensions we talked about in class on Tuesday. […]

Burial of Ebola Victims the Greatest Source of Infection

“Ebola victims are most infectious right after death—which means that West African burial practices, where families touch the bodies, are spreading the disease like wildfire.” This article addresses the traditional burial practices that were responsible for the soaring infection rates of Ebola in West Africa. Medical personnel tasked to ensure “safe burial” (by taking the bodies away […]