The strong bonds (kizuna) of the Japanese people create great solidarity during dark times such as these. But there are concerns that these bonds of kizuna may also bind the Japanese economy, which must recover as soon as possible.
As opposition parties working to achieve consensus in the House of Commons are accused of being a coalition, and of being undemocratic, the very process of democracy itself has been painted as an unnecessary bother.
We see coal as a polluting but reasonably “safe” energy source compared to nuclear energy. Yet, in China alone, coal-mining accidents kill more than 2,000 people each year ”” and coal is a leading cause of smog, acid rain, global warming and air toxicity.
The catastrophes in Japan might finally achieve what decades of conflict in the Middle East have not: compel governments to invest in the research required to develop viable energy alternatives.
The Promoter, The Proud Parent, The Aspiring Model – these are just a few of the dubious Facebook pals that you might want to keep a lookout for.
We have a responsibility to participate in democracy and to vote (or else actively work to find another system of government). I could be wrong, but I think Canadians still value democracy.
In our age of “green everything”, people are throwing out tens of thousands of unused paper cups every day in order to extract a message that almost invariably informs you that you have failed to win anything.
Over the course of many political conversations, I have heard the same series of disheartening opinions expressed by some of my peers. Those are, “Voting does not affect me,” and “My vote does not count.”