Wading into world events

September 2, 2009 at 5:18 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

I found the following news items to be of interest to me today:

I am currently inputting my blog entries using a new browser known as “Opera 10 Turbo” and it has some nifty features that may give it an edge, although I’m still getting used to it. So far I especially like the ability to take notes from a variety of different web-pages and have it saved in one easy section for reference.

As for the news, many events happen in the world each day and it can be hard to keep up with everything. I know that the recent election in Afghanistan is widely regarded as a huge mess. This election was not the event that would bring stability and peace to Afghanistan, not even by a wide margin. I wonder if Karzai is really to blame though. I think that he was side-swiped by George W. Bush’s administration and that he never truly got the support in both finances and infrastructure that he needed from the start. This rendered Karzai impotent and once one gets into such a political rut it can be difficult to dig out of it. Afghanistan is definitely one very complicated country.

Of course, this is mostly intertwined ¬†with Pakistan’s affairs as well. It is likely that the Pakistani administration and people have finally realised that the Taliban cannot be trusted and cannot be dealt with peacefully. I think deep down it is also probable that many ordinary Pakistanis realise that the recently assassinated Pakistan Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was in fact likely responsible for the murder of Benazir Bhutto, a flawed but brilliant woman who seems to have had Pakistan’s best interests at heart.

I find the release of Abdel Basset al_megrahi intriguing yet outrageous. Assuming he is guilty of being involved in the Lockerbie bombing, and he likely is, then dying in jail should be his just reward and would likely have brought a small measure of comfort to the victims’ families. Clearly, Scotland was pressured to reward Gadaffi’s good (read: improved) behaviour over the years from the UK, but such rewards should not be retroactive. With a precedent like this, a victim of a mass crime (such as a war-crime) may never be able to rest and know that justice is being served because there may always be the uncertainty of a perpetrator’s early release even after a conviction.

This is all I feel like discussing for this entry so good bye for now.

When I run I now feel nothing

September 1, 2009 at 9:01 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

I ran for 2 hours today to pick up my new glass prescription. While the running itself was not overly difficult, I felt absolutely nothing either during or after the run. I am not merely talking about the absence of the “runner’s high”. I just didn’t feel any sense of joy whatsoever even though I was going at a rate of at least 6 min per kilometer. Nothing. Not even a clear-headedness that comes from extended and/or intense aerobic activity. I have just started reading a book called Conquering Depression & Anxiety Through Exercise by distance runner Keith Johnsgard (he holds a PhD in psychology). I only got past the first chapter and I will continue reading this book but I need to know–what if depression and/or anxiety interferes with exercise, instead of treating it? Of course, if I don’t exercise at all I think that I will feel much worse. But I have lost one of my biggest incentives to run–the feeling of joy as reward–and I can only hope that I will regain this feeling again soon.¬† I will need to, as I am still registered for the Montreal marathon this September 13th!

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