Ramblings

Bloomberg’s War on Millennials

By on April 20, 2017 in Ramblings with 0 Comments

Today, Bloomberg continued riding on the anti-millennial bandwagon and published a new post entitled “A Quarter of Millennials Who Live at Home Don’t Work – Or Study.” For the past several years, we’ve seen a growing trend of media outlets opting for sensationalized headlines that drive clicks, shares, and comments, rather than ones that seek to genuinely inform their audience. I decided to investigate whether it is, in fact, true that 1/4th of millennials who live at home don’t work or study – here’s what I learned.

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How to Stop Chasing the Wrong Dream

By on September 12, 2015 in Life Lessons, Motivation, Ramblings with 1 Comment

How do you know whether the dream you’re pursuing is your own? Throughout our lives, our goals and desires are strongly influenced by those around us. It is true that not a single one of us becomes who we are in isolation – we are shaped and molded by our experiences with our friends and family, our teachers and bosses, and even strangers with which we chat at a coffee shop. While we always seek to satisfy the expectations of those we love and to walk in the shoes of those we respect, it is important not to lose yourself in the process.

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Employer and Employee Relationship Building

By on August 9, 2013 in Business, Ramblings with 4 Comments

The importance of developing strong, positive relationships within a company cannot be understated. These relationships, between management/ownership and employees, are a major factor in the company’s productivity, efficiency, and employee loyalty. If your employees feel that they are a respected part of the team they tend to be ready and willing to go the extra mile. In this post, I will discuss tips for fostering healthy working relationships within your organization.

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Photos from Turkey – Images of a Revolution – OccupyGezi

From peaceful environmental protests to an all-out social movement for the resignation of authoritarian Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan, demonstrators in Turkey find themselves engaged in another day of nationwide rallies. Brutal, relentless attacks from police (against peaceful demonstrators), under the direction of Erdoğan, are driving people to mobilize and fight back against oppression, the decimation of human rights, and unprovoked violence. Around the world, eyes shift to the streets of Istanbul, Ankara, and locations across Turkey, as we stand in solidarity with the demonstrators. This post takes a look at photos emerging from the revolution.

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The Firsthand Account of Zehra – A Turkish Protester – OccupyGezi

Less than an hour ago, I found myself engaged in direct conversation with an individual from Ankara, Turkey’s capital city, who is in the midst of the movement taking place there (known on the Internet as Occupy Gezi (direngeziparki)). I started the discussion by asking her to describe the events of recent days, as well as the role (or lack thereof) that media has played in the struggle. Finally, I asked her to elaborate on what she sees as the outcome of this movement.

Our discussion details this critical time as people from around the world are directing their gaze to the streets of Turkey where a peaceful environmental demonstration launched into a full-scale social movement with protests sprouting up in cities across the nation, provoked by violent and excessive attacks by police forces under the direction of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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A Look at the Istanbul Protests – OccupyGezi (direngeziparki)

The situation began on May 27th with the impending destruction of Taksim Gezi Park with the goal of increasing the width of a street. Concerned citizens began to gather at the site, forming a peaceful, non-violent demonstration against the construction project – a project that was pushed forward despite widespread disapproval and opposition. The protesters had managed to halt construction until the following morning when the police intervened and protected the progression of the demolition operation. Sırrı Süreyya Önder…

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Turkish Police Unleash Violent Force on Peaceful Protesters – OccupyGezi (direngeziparki)

Turkish police are using unwarranted, violent force against peaceful protesters throughout the country. Learn more about the Turkish government’s attacks on peaceful protesters. Educate yourself and spread the word. This is real. This is happening. This is unacceptable. We cannot remain silent.

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The Desensitization of Society – Desperate Times Call for Distractionary Measures

By on April 2, 2013 in Life Lessons, Ramblings with 1 Comment

We live in tumultuous times – there is no question. We’re experiencing everything from acts of violence and global climate change to economic crisis and genocide. However, here in the 21st Century, we are fortunate enough to have the Internet – a system which allows us to access the sum of human knowledge, to communicate […]

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Bioterrorism and United States Preparedness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define ‘bioterrorism’ as, “the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants.” (1) The CDC breaks down these agents into three categories: Category A agents are considered the highest risk, Category C agents are those […]

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