The Culture of Rape

SlutwalkI hope you can excuse my week-long absence.  After updating last, I got a text from my quasi-girlfriend in Houston, Texas.  What followed was a bunch of running about.  About 15 hours after the first text, I was on the road.  I spent New Years with her.  I got to meet her family.  I got to meet her adopted grandfather.  I got to decipher Spanish when the family talked to each other.  It was a great way to spend the first few days of 2013 with her.  Now, back in Colorado, I am preparing to leave for Morocco.  Today is my Goodbye party.  I also have only 20 items on my To-Do list.  It will be a crazy week, but I should be ready in time.

Today’s update is important to me.  I spent the past two or three weeks trying to perfect this article.  After a long late-night discussion with one of my closest friends, I had to write it.  The article revolves around rape and Slutwalk.  I didn’t realize until recently how strongly I feel about this.  The news out of India only makes me realize how severe the problem is.  Still, my article is only focused on America because this is the only culture I have spent a significant amount of time in.  I hope to get some feedback.

Thank you,
Richard

Dismantling the Culture of Rape in America

The Power Outage in India is a Huge Deal

Some days our world feels so small.  Today is one of those days.  The way our world works includes breaking the general population of seven billion or so into countries.  Each of these countries relies on their government for specific things.  What the government provides is usually dependent upon its people.  Oftentimes, it is the businesses that comes in and the government does nothing more than regulate.

Over the past two days, this system has failed.  It’s kind of like a perfect storm of events.  Even through there are seven billion people on our planet spread out of about 200 countries, some have more than others.  Namely China and India.  China has 1.3 billion people or 18% of the planet’s population.  India has 1.1 billion people or about 16% of the planet’s population.  Those 1.1 billion people in India have endured a long, hot summer thanks to Global Warming.  Starting yesterday, it became too much.

Which brings us to the failure.  When one country contains so many people, it is more susceptible to cataclysmic events.  Since most countries control their own electric grid, India’s grid needs to stay only simple because of how many people it would effect if it went off.  Well, it did.  It started with a quadrant.  Starting yesterday, 250 million people were without power.  It got worse today when the second quadrant went down.  Now more than 600 million are without power during the heat of the summer.  That’s twice the population of the United States–without power.  And it’s getting worse….

Maybe it’s just me.  Sometimes I genuinely dislike the way our world works.  I’m not actually a pessimist.  I just honestly believe things can always be made better.  When I hear that hundreds of million are made to suffer through the heat of the day–like results in dozens of death–I can’t help but wonder if there is a better way.  There has got to be a better way.  Anyway, here are some of the Tweets I found regarding the situation in India:

@stravasos Incredible stat! India suffered the largest blackout in history on Tuesday, affecting 670million people, or 10% of the world’s population.
@SandhuBhamra As a former Indian resident, I can’t even imagine this: blackout in 19 states, more than 600 million Indians affected http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/blackout-in-19-states-more-than-600-million-indians-affected-249722