World Without Trees

•February 28, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Have you ever wondered what a world without trees would look like? Close your eyes, and try to imagine a desolate Earth. There would be no more paper, and everyone would have to resort to technological use—that is, if anyone was left. Trees are a crucial factor to our existence not only because they produce paper, lumber and chewing gum, but because they serve an important role in the carbon cycle. And because of our ever-increasing population of 6.7 billion, that seemingly distant future is nearing each and every day. People have proposed many solutions to this environmental issue called deforestation, including either shipping everyone to the Moon or…to just stop cutting trees!

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Without trees, humans would not be able survive because the air would be unsuitable for breathing. If anything, people would have to develop gas masks that filter the little oxygen that would be left in the air. Trees are a crucial part of the carbon cycle, a global process in which carbon dioxide constantly circulates through the atmosphere into organism and back again. Trees take carbon from the atmosphere through photosynthesis in order to make energy. This carbon is then either transferred into oxygen and released into the air by respiration or is stored inside the trees until they decompose into the soil. Therefore, the absence of trees would result in significantly higher amounts of carbon dioxide in the air and lower amounts of oxygen! The filthy air would also be full of airborne particles and pollutants like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide and its temperature may increase by up to 12 F.

If the air hadn’t already wiped out everybody, the next disastrous consequence of deforestation is its damaging effect on soil. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, 2.5 billion people depend on agriculture for their livelihood. If deforestation gets its way, those people won’t be the only ones affected. The soil would become full of dangerous chemicals and pollutants that are usually filtered by trees. In addition, trees currently prevent soil erosion because they protect the land. However, soil would be unprotected, and vulnerable to reduction in soil quality and top soil nutrients. Soil erosion would become more prevalent, and eventually all the soil will lose its arability and agriculture will fall…leaving us people to starve.

Arid conditions will surface, not only because of dangerous, unfiltered substances, but also because at one point it will rarely rain. During the dry season, trees regulate and anchor the dirt by releasing water. Furthermore, trees add humidity into the air through transpiration, and the lack of trees results in the lack of moisture in the air.

Of course, if there aren’t trees, there won’t be any products you can get from them. We use and waste paper every day without realizing we’re helping to kill four billion trees cut down every year. Due to global deforestation, there would be no paper, baseball bats, barrels, books, blocks, benches, crutches, coffee filters, guitars, grocery bags, pencils, pine oil, beds, billboards, buttons, fuel wood, charcoal, industrial round wood, candy wrappers, chewing gum, cork, crayons, spices, egg cartons, kites, linoleum, luggage, paper, Ping-Pong balls, wooden chopsticks, rubber, tambourines, telephone books, tires, bark, fiber, dyes, incense, latexes, oils, resins, shellac, tanning compounds, waxes, toilet paper, turpentine, xylophones or wooden yo-yos. Food harvested from trees such as fruits, nuts, berries would be nonexistent as well.

Even if our species survived the devastation of deforestation, life as we know it would be very different from now in 2011, where only half of the world’s forests are gone. Scientists speculate our great-grandchildren might not even have the chance to visit the great Amazon rainforest in less than fifty years. Yet on such a dry, lifeless world, no one would be left to experience the disastrous consequences of deforestation. Little ordeals like the decrease of property value and potential increase of urban noise become irrelevant compared to other calamities like roadside spills, animal wastes, water runoff into streams, and sewage/farm chemicals left unfiltered.

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Philosophers oft wonder, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” But when the forest shall fall, its sound would echo for centuries to come.

Devils Don’t Cry

•February 27, 2013 • 2 Comments

A trail of broken dreams,

A pile of crumpled thoughts

My thoughts were blurred with sorrow,

And my voice seemed caught

The unending darkness never cleared,

Never did I find my soul.

And the silence was shattered with a sigh.

ANGELS NEVER LAUGH, AND DEVILS DON’T CRY

As dusk led to dawn, and day turned to night

I searched everywhere, for my stolen light

My heart lost its love

And the beating stopped dead

My blood turned cold

And my eyes grew red

I had seen in the darkness, a shocking sight

You stood there in front of me, holding my lost light

And the silence was shattered with a sigh.

                        ‘Cause I know that

ANGELS NEVER LAUGH, AND DEVILS DON’T CRY

You held in your hands, my soul that had faded

And in that very moment, a thousand hopes were raided

I stopped in my tracks,

Enveloped in a shell of fear

But your warm embrace melted me,

Your touch brought a tear

The time had halted, the distance had been waded

And my heart had sprung to life, and it didn’t seem so shaded

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And the silence was shattered with a sigh.

                        And I learnt that

ANGELS MIGHT LAUGH, AND DEVILS MAY CRY

Of Drugs and Drug Addicts

•January 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

30-year-thi-drug-addict-10-years-hiv-patient-felt-scary-drug-inje-462290   Drug is the Natural or synthetic substances used in order to have a specific effect on how the body functions because of their chemical nature.  Drug abuse is a disease which can be treated and if the majority of the population gets against drug abuse, then every misuse can be eradicated. The useful drugs as medicines should be kept with care.

In today’s century where drugs are becoming a part of fashion statement and are considered to be an elite sign, it has substantially increased the number of addicts among youth who are keen to follow trends to get updated. Due to this reason the accessibility of drugs has also increased as now it is illegally and easily available in all quantities, qualities and costs.

Drug addiction is a problem that has been increasing in our society. Excessive drug use almost always results in addiction. Drug addiction is a serious disease that often culminates in death from overuse. If not that, the life of a drug addict is one filled with long periods of numb feeling, constant increase in dosage tolerance and emotional and financial stress on themselves and family. It is a condition that must and can be cured. It can hold us back from accomplishing goals or dreams in life. People sometimes feel that they are too bright, too powerful but still fall for drugs. It can trap anyone.  It can lead to harming one’s body causing problems in family structure and contribute to the criminal behavior in society. The sooner people find help for drug addiction problems, the more chances they have of gaining control of their life once again. However, self-denial is the safest way to live a long and healthy life. We are greatly influenced by the people around us. Today one of the reasons of teenage drug usage is peer pressure. Peer pressure represents social influences that affect us. It has a positive or a negative effect depending on what path one follows. There is direct and indirect pressure that might influence a person’s decision in using drugs. Direct pressure might be when a person is offered to try drugs. Indirect pressure might be when a person is with the people using drugs and finds that there is nothing wrong with using drugs.

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There are various types of drugs that have polluted the existence of humanity. When we use the term “psychoactive drugs”, it refers to chemical substances that affect consciousness, perception and mood due to changes in nervous system functioning – spinal cord and brain. These can be classified into 3 different groups as follows: First the Depressants these slow the CNS down and include petrol, heroin, opiates and alcohol. Second the Stimulants these excite your nervous system and include amphetamines, caffeine, cocaine and nicotine. Third the Hallucinogens  these distort how you perceive things. Common hallucinogens include magic mushrooms, mescaline, LSD and marijuana.

In recent times, many researchers have worked on drug addicts; the observations have led the researchers to believe that drug addiction is only a physical ailment but is also because of the environmental factors. Drug abusers tend to follow a specific pattern. Some of the environmental factors are the attitudes of the family, friends and support groups. There are many malfunctions in brain that cause a person to become addicted to the drugs, which are supplemented by the environmental factors such as the various home or social dynamics that a person experiences in his/her life. These two factors interact in making symptoms stronger in a person.

There are 5 Strategies that can help Addicts to stop using drugs.

1. Help Your Friend Or Loved One Acknowledge That He Has a Problem
No one can begin to recover without first acknowledging this problem exists.  The sooner he realizes drugs are affecting their life, the sooner the path of recovery can begin. Understand how helping drugs can go too ar. Many people who have addicts in their lives do everything they can to try to help.  This can result in the addict not doing what they should do for themselves.  As an adult, he or she needs to function as a responsible human being and if this means getting help in a treatment center for their drug addiction then so be it.

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2. Do Not Cover Drug Addict
From bills that need to be paid to driving under the influence, never cover for his or hers mistakes.  This will only stand in the way of their progress and delay any thoughts of getting help with their drug taking problem.
What usually happens when a person exhausts all the options they had available to them like help getting their bills paid etc because by avoiding their personal responsibilities this allowed them to continue their use of drugs and once they had to face the music so to speak they could hit their bottom rather fast and force them into seeking help.
3. How to get help from an drug addiction treatment center
Now if you think you may be on the verge of getting trough to them that they do need some help for their addiction if they want to learn how to stop taking it would not hurt to contact a drug addiction treatment center before hand and make some kind of arrangements to get them into rehab soon after they make the decision to do. The ideal thing would to be able to do is that when they reach this decision get them in the car and drive directly to the rehab because they are subject to change their mind at any given point.
Once they are in rehab they will be in the hands of staff members who have been trained how to help alcoholics and addicts to get through drug withdrawal.
4. Remember That You Are a Person Too
Individuals with drug problems can be inconsiderate, and sometimes even abusive.  Learn how to place limits and boundaries on the behaviors that are acceptable and unacceptable.  Never allow the person to abuse you, or accept excuses for abusive behavior.
5. Love Can Be Positive
Unconditional love from family and friends can help persons with substance-dependency issues begin recovery and continue making progress.

Traditional addiction treatment is based primarily on counseling. However, recent discoveries have shown those suffering from addiction often have chemical imbalances that make the recovery process more difficult.

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Counselors help individuals identifying behaviors and problems related to their addiction. It can be done on an individual basis, but it’s more common to find it in a group setting and can include crisis counseling, weekly or daily counseling, and drop-in counseling supports. They are trained to develop recovery programs that help to reestablish healthy behaviors and provide coping strategies whenever a situation of risk happens. It’s very common to see them work also with family members who are affected by the addictions of the individual, or in a community in order to prevent addiction and educate the public. Counselors should be able to recognize how addiction affects the whole person and those around him or her. Counseling is also related to “Intervention”; a process in which the addict’s family requests help from a professional in order to get this person into drug treatment. This process begins with one of these professionals’ first goals: breaking down denial of the person with the addiction. Denial implies lack of willingness from the patients or fear to confront the true nature of the addiction and to take any action to improve their lives, besides of continuing the destructive behavior. Once this has been achieved, professional coordinates with the addict’s family to support them on getting this family member to alcohol drug rehabilitation immediately, with concern and care for this person. Otherwise, this person will be asked to leave and expect no support of any kind until going into drug rehabilitation or alcoholism treatment. An intervention can also be conducted in the workplace environment with colleagues instead of family.

Some people are able to use recreational or prescription drugs without ever experiencing negative consequences of addiction. For many others, substance use can cause problems at work, home, school, in relationship, leaving them feeling isolated, helpless or ashamed. If you are worried about your own or a friend of family member’s drug use, it is important to know that help is available. The rehabilitation centers are the institutions which have been developed to help the addicts towards seeking a way out from drug abuse. the institutes like Hope Trust ( Lahore), DOST Welfare Foundation (N.W.F.P), Falah Health Center , Emman Clinic , Islamic Medical Center, Hosla Foundation (Islamabad), WADA, Najjat Trust, Nishan Foundation( Rawalpindi) . Learning about the nature of drug abuse and addiction, how it develops, how it looks like, and why it can have such a powerful hold, will give these institutions a better understanding of the problem. Drug use prevention programmers are effective when they respond to the needs of the community, involve all the relevant sectors and are based on scientific evidence: effective programmers should also include strong monitoring and evaluation components. Such programs are also cost effective.

Hence it is concluded that drug addiction is a curse to humanity as it leads a person to a disturbed social personal and family life at the cost of his health and wealth. Once started difficult to end.

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Naruto – Tale of the Gutsy Ninja

•December 23, 2012 • Leave a Comment

BELIEVE IT!

An orphaned child. He has spent his entire childhood bearing the curses of those around him, without any friends to support him or any family to look after him. He knew nothing about his parents, only his own name, one that he pledged to write down in history – Naruto Uzumaki.

Naruto, penciled by Masashi Kishimoto, chronicles the lifetime of this Ninja.

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In a world not unlike our own, there exist five countries: Fire, Water, Earth, Wind, and Lightning. Each country is ruled by a Feudal Lord, and has a particular ninja “Hidden Village” that defends it against all odds. The Hidden Leaf Village for the Fire Country, the Hidden Sand Village for the Wind Country, Mist Village for Water Country, Cloud Village for Lightning, and Stone Village for Earth.

Each Hidden Village is exquisitely conceived, with stunning landscapes and mesmerizing architectures. Also, each is adequately named. The Hidden Leaf Village is surrounded by a forest, and is entirely constructed from wood, whereas, the Sand Village lies in the midst of a desert, and has been constructed from sand itself. Each Village is ruled by a leader, the Kage. Additionally, each village has its own military force, in the form of exceptionally trained ninjas.

There once roamed nine wild beasts, composed of nothing but raw energy or chakra. These mythical beasts were sealed inside the bodies of human hosts, called the Jinchuriki, for political, military, or other purposes, but largely because they posed a threat to the safety of people. The nine beasts were distinguished by the number of tails each had, from the One-Tailed to the Nine-Tailed.

Long ago, the Nine-Tailed Fox attacked the Leaf Village. The fourth Hokage (Fire Kage) sacrificed his own life and sealed the beast inside the body of a newborn child, thus sealing the child’s fate too. Feared by most of the villagers, and treated as a living weapon by the Elders of the village, this child grew up to be Naruto.

It undoubtedly has an amazing story, vibrant characters, over-the-top action sequences, awesome plot twists, but what sets this anime apart is its humanity.

We see a teenager bearing the burden of a mystical beast, absorbing taunts and jests but still refusing to give in to his hatred. We see that particular boy inspire goodness in the most sadistic of enemies and, incredibly, make heroes out of them too. We see a girl’s childhood crush on him develop into such strong love that she overcomes her shyness and boldly faces an enemy far more powerful to save him. We see his heroism finally bear fruit as the village acknowledges him at last. “Never Give Up!” His slogan says it all. Though others often mistake his cheerful nature as a sign of immaturity, we know how he has grown and what he has faced. He possesses a light in himself like no other. He brings emotions in even the coldest of hearts; he inspires greatness in even the most cowardly ones, he makes friends with loners, he gains the trust of even the most skeptic people. He shows what it means to live Life.

On the other hand, we meet another child, watch him grow, having witnessed the cold-blooded massacre of his entire clan by his own brother. We see that teenager, Sasuke Uchiha, adapting to the darkness for revenge, such that he is consumed by it. The darkness taints him so much that he forgets what love looks like, what relations truly are, and what he means to those who care for him. He lives only to kill.

However, Naruto shows us what true friendship should be. He sees his friend sink further and further, but refuses to lose hope for his redemption, even when everyone else is focused on killing him. He tries again and again to bring him back. He fights the greatest of foes, even Sasuke himself, to save him from the shade that devours him.

Sasuke is hell-bent on revenge, and Naruto must stop him at any cost. Thus, the series brings up an ultimate question: “In order to save your friend, Can you Kill him first?”

When I Feel Sad and Blue

•December 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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When I Feel Sad and Blue, and I Don’t Have Any Clue,

I Find Myself Deep In Its Hue.

I Look Around and There Is No One to Glue,

I Take a Nap and Try Something New,

Whatever I Try I Can’t Ignore What Is True,

Also Can’t Do My Work Which Is Due.

My Emotions Get Emerged In the Blue,

Don’t Know What First To View.

After Weeping I Usually Get Flue,

Feeling of Being Unlucky & Alone Began To Sew.

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There Is Nobody, Not Even You.

And I Don’t Have Any Clue,

When I Feel Sad and Blue.

A Word on the Poor

•December 8, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Poverty is a denial of choices and opportunities, a violation of human dignity. It means lack of basic capacity to participate effectively in society. It means not having enough to food and clothing a family, not having a school or clinic to go, not having the land on which to grow one’s food or a job to earn one’s living, and not having access to credit. Relative poverty views poverty as socially defined and dependent on social context, hence relative poverty is a measure of income inequality. Usually, relative poverty is measured as the percentage of population with income less than some fixed proportion of median income.

The main characteristics of poverty are Health, Education, and Shelter… Provide these and poverty shall be eliminated. Among some individuals, poverty is considered a necessary or desirable condition, which must be embraced to reach certain spiritual, moral, or intellectual states. Poverty is often understood to be an essential element of renunciation in religions such as Buddhism (only for monks, not for lay persons) and Jainism, whilst in Roman Catholicism it is one of the evangelical counsels. The word poverty comes from old French poverty from Latin paupertās, from pauper (poor).

Women…

•November 29, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Women.. What are women…? Some might say that “I know a little about women but I’ve heard dreadful tales” or some might add, “Women were God’s mistake”. Women are the only oppressed group in our society that lives in intimate association with their oppressors. The emotional and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, “it’s a girl.”

“What are women,” the question remains.. Woman is a divine creation, but this divine creation has been endlessly sacrificed in the past eras due to the arrogance of the supposedly superior creatures known as men, who failed to realize that women are delicate and glorious creatures of God, Who furnished them with not only charms that are so agreeable and so delightful to men, but also with souls capable of the same accomplishments as men.

Having said that, not all blame should be placed upon men for the blemished, or one might say “the dark,” history of women, because the poor mortal man is incapable of reading the open book as the women claim themselves to be. Man needs an interpreter to read that open book, but the best interpreter of a woman is the woman itself. This is the rule of nature not understood by the interpreter hence is forced to be only stewards of our houses, cooks, and slaves.

The most hauntingly beautiful fact about time is that it changes. Nowadays women have broken through the shell they had previously cramped themselves in and are trying to prove themselves equally capable as men in every field of life. Today we pay tribute to those daring achievers, who were only able to do so because they had control over themselves.

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If we flip through the pages of time to see the women who marked the history with their uncelebrated accomplishments, we will realize that those women did not bow down their head to the oppression rather they took control over themselves.

 
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