Showing posts from August, 2009

1 Day: Before the Jump

I have now spent an hour of my final full day in Ketchikan. I don't plan on spending much more of it writing this blogpost, but it goes without saying that this coming moment will be somewhat bittersweet. Up until a few hours ago I hadn't really felt too sad or nervous about leaving, but now I am somewhat queasy over the thought of it. It's true that I really have never been apart from a family member for more than a week, and now I will be making a jump to being gone for nearly four months. I've also never been away from Ketchikan for much more than a month since my family moved here in 1994. Now that record will be nearly quadrupled. At this point, I feel I could never really be completely ready for making this kind of leap - but I know I'm going to take it anyway. When I do jump, I'm just going to have to adjust as I go, and I'm sure I'll be able to.

United States Noncompliant with Universal Declaration of Human Rights

From the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Article 22: Everyone is entitled to realization of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensible for his dignity and the free development of his personality. Article 23 (3): Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection. Article 25 (1): Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. The U.S. health care system does not even pretend to ensure us these rights. It is time we made it do so.

14 Days: Master List

There now sits on my desk a paper that says "Master List:" subtitled "Do before you leave." Directly below these words is written a date, 28 August, followed by notes for a flight, and its confirmation code. Below this are four underlined categories spaced unevenly down the page. The first is College, then Scholarships, Home, and Other. While the other three currently have three tasks each, the "Home" category has eleven - and I keep thinking of more to add. I think about the summer homework I had for high school during the past three summers of my life and realize that those assignments are absolutely incomprable to what I have to do in the next fourteen days. Not only is there far more that I have to do, but the tasks I have before me are of an entirely different nature than I have faced in all the final weeks of summer vacations in the past - and there is one task in particular unlike any other I will ever have: On my Master List, it is denoted simply as …

Thoughts on 8 8 09 and a Foray into Health Care

Firstly, I will apologize to my nearly-nonexistent readership for the paucity of postage on this blog this entire summer - but particularly of late. I promise that I will continue to add to this as I head off to Georgetown. Posts may even become more frequent, as I think I may publish writing for various assignments here. No plagiarism please! :)

(I'm just hoping someone might find such writing interesting; plagiarism would be quite flattering - though still frowned upon, of course.)
Today is the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the Beijing Olympics, as well as the involvement of Russia in conflict between the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and the nation of Georgia. I even remember thinking of writing a post on the situation in Georgia, but it never came to be. In retrospect its clear that there were very few Americans who understood what really happened in the South Ossetian War. The misinformed coverage it received is a simple lesson in the fallibility of our me…