Friday, February 13, 2009

Midterm Break Books

These are the books that I read during my midterm break. I really had a nice read this holiday :D

PS1: I started reading The Count Of Monte Cristo before my holidays started, but I finished it during it, so I guess it counts.
PS2: I am still reading The Chamber, but I'm more than half way through it already.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Green Thinking

- With thousands (probably millions) of incandescent light bulbs on the roads, couldn't they replace them with more efficient light bulbs? I mean, this thought crosses my minds probably every time we drive around at night. There are tonnes on them on the roads, and we all know how inefficient they are, so why don't governments replace them?
My main concern is not the electricity that they consume, but more on the enormous heat they produce, I mean light three or four in a room and see how hot it gets.
I don't know if my thoughts are right really, I just had to talk about this, because one day I really need to know the truth about street lights, and who knows? Maybe I will, and get to post about it here!

For more info though, check this: Street Lights (Yes! It's a wiki site.)

- Recycling is a very big issue that is on my mind, I mean we don't get to recycle here because there isn't a facility that would do the purpose. There is really not much awareness on the issue, but it's getting better now that we're seeing signs telling people to use less plastic, they're a very good start I think. The best would be actually starting a recycling system.
I'd like to start buying rechargeable batteries, although I have no idea how they work, but at least I learned something today while browsing a few "green" articles online, and that is our usual batteries contain very harmful substances. And I'll definitely try to buy a reusable water container for school, instead of the bottled water I used before. I feel guilty about how much I used!!! But it's high time I start acting like a responsible citizen of the world, or do it in a more conscious way.

- These grocery bags get on my nerves. I am aware of the fact that plastic bags in general are very harmful to the environment. Here at our house we reuse them for rubbish and stuff like that, but those transparent grocery bags that you put the tomatoes, potatoes, cucumber, etc. in them so that they can weigh them and stick a price tag on them and then they'll seal them. They end up being ripped open, and then thrown away, totally no second usage of them. WHY CAN'T THEY COME UP WITH A MORE EFFICIENT, GREEN WAY FOR US TO DO GROCERY SHOPPING?!!! Like maybe baskets that the shop has that we just use for putting our grocery and then we'll put them in a more-environmentally-friendly bag so that we can take them home.
Yes, it is indeed getting on my nerves.

I'd really appreciate any green tips that you follow, or have heard of. :)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

It will be Good

"It's better! It's much better!"
The above is what I can manage to say when I'm asked how is the situation in Iraq going. It's a very truthful one, I might add. People no longer fear to express their opinions about anything, even politics. There's much more freedom, and the economical situation of the people is very much improved. The issue of safety has been improving daily. 
The people of Iraq witnessed a successful election for the officials who will be running the cities in Iraq. Only 2 sound bombs were heard. We have good people working for our country, I am very proud of them. They're behind the improvements we're seeing today. I just wish that I can do something for my country, I'm not a patriotic person mind you, but I mean it'd really feel rewarding I think. 

There's so much to be optimistic for. However, I can't say it's "good" in there. The condition there, however improved it may be, is still in need of more improvements.
I think for me to say that it's good there, I need to see that electricity is available at least for 21 or 22 hours during the day. It's a very important point for me, it used to be only 3 hours a day or so, now it's better but still it needs a lot of work, I'm positive they can get it done. Yesterday there was a power cut of nearly an hour, and it wasn't easy handling it, so I can't imagine how people there endure the power cut. However, since I mentioned earlier that the financial situation of the people is much improved so they use those generators. It's better, but the government is required to provide electricity. This is just a very important issue for me.

Also the people who are in charge of official should stop manipulating their power, and misusing it and stealing the money of the people. It probably happens all over the world, but it's just that it could be managed more, I think. 
I'm not blaming the government in any sort of way, I'm all behind our PM! But I guess it's just showing how well he's doing, truly. 
I may not be the person to look for if you need input for what's going on there, since I don't watch much of the news. But I have a good clue on what's up there. 
I just feel like I had to get that out. :)