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8th June: the world today June 8, 2009

Posted by walnutsrice in the world today.
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Daily Snapshot – Through the lens

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‘As milk prices continue to plummet, dairy farmers across the U.S are struggling for profit, prompting many to sell their cattle for slaugter and converting fields into corn crops.’

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The Chosen one saying no. What happens when the supposed messiah says no to being the messiah? I have been curious for a long time on how Tibetans chose the next Lama, ever since reading from a book they are reincarnations of former enlightened ones and marked from young. 

Don’t get me wrong. I think the Dalai Lama is very articulate, and I enjoy reading his books on contentment, joy and his philosophies. I just don’t quite understand how the chosen one is chosen.

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update on the Lebanon elections. March 14th coalition, backed by the U.S government, has announced their win. They take 71 seats out of the 128 seats in the parliament, while the Hezbollah backed government takes the rest of the 57 seats.

video of Harir’i’s victory speech here

It would be interesting to see how things unfold in the coming months, and how the new government would reconcile the differences between the coalitions. It is no longer just about the histories that resulted in today, but how histories and today will come together to bring forth the future.

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I was reading National Geographic just yesterday and came across an article (once again) on the ambitious development plans in China. Massive damming projects for electricity threaten to wipe out rich biodiversity found only in the Three Parallel Gorges, and single-handedly change the landscape. Places and villages will be flooded over, and the beauty of the region will be forever lost. It makes me wonder, sometimes, if landslides are the result of these ambitious projects. Considering I am due to be in Chongqing in 2 months, should i worry?

 

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