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October 5th, 2007

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07:43 am - Procrastination, the bane of my university existence.
Mid-term season!!  AHHHHHH!!!!!  Got one today, two next week, and another two the week after I think.  Not to mention an assignment and a term paper due near the end of the month ;_____;  How did it become mid-term season so fast???  Where's my lovely summer?  :X  I just finished planning my school schedule (aka on a calender I write when any assignments/term papers are due and when there are tests/exams and then write down when I need to start studying for which exams and start writing which assignments/papers) and my October is jam packed.  I think I have one Saturday where there's no studying or writing involved, every other day in this month there's something.  I guess that's the usual in university?  I tend to just slack off and not do anything most of the time so having to study everyday makes it seem like a lot of work.  The good news is in November everything's a LOT more relaxed :D

School aside, lately I suddenly noticed that my tummy seems to stick out more than before.  I think all that weight I lost in the summer came from the boobies and the hips, making my tummy look bigger since it still stayed the same size.  Need to find an exercise that works the tummy....I thought sit-ups would do it, but it doesn't seem to be doing too much in terms of slimming the waist.  I find clothes shopping tends to give the weight-loss plan a hefty motivational shove.  It's a great feeling when a size that couldn't fit/felt tight before suddenly fits, at the same time there's always that longing to fit into the next smaller size.  Must drive the sales people crazy when I go into the fitting rooms with 5 shirts and decide to buy none XD  I think I need to start trying to lose the next batch of weight now.  Did pretty good during the few months in summer, took a slight break once school started (break as in, indulged in some fast food, junk food, ext.), and now that winter's peeking around the corner I'm going to try to lose another batch before it really gets here (actually before X-mas gets here...it's like a conditioned response, X-mas = gaining weight).  It's harder to lose weight in the winter though, colder and the body likes storing fat due to the cold weather, grrr....wish Canada's summer lasted longer (and with it our vacation time XD).

....procrastinating on studying for my mid-term today lol.  I'll probably be posting on here more frequently now that we're entering mid-term season, nothing like lj to help the procrastination process XDD  How do most of you study for exams?  I find myself just reading through my notes two or three times, not even bothering with my text books because I never have the time to read all 10 chapters in the text book covered on an exam.  I never have the patience to highlight key points or anything in my notes either, so everytime I just re-read them a few times and that's it.  Ok well...better get back to studying then, good luck to all of you who's also in the same mid-term boat as me~!

P.S.  Not to self: make Takarazuka userpics later and wallpapers later.

[EDIT]:  Ok, back from my mid-term.  Pft, easiest mid-term ever.  3 essay questions, I get to choose one that I have to write about.  Now see, this is what I mean when I tell people that for about 80% of the courses in my program I just have to take a quick skim through my notes and pass with a 'B'.  The question I chose to do was "What kind of actions can the United Nations take to promote international peace and security?  In your opinion, has the UN been successful at promoting this agenda?  If so, how and if not what are the obstacles in the way?"

Well let's see,
Actions: sanctions, military mobilization
Successful?: Nope
Why not/Obstacles?: Member states are only motivated to help other states when they stand to gain something out of it.
Proof?:  Rawanda genocide failure vs. Gulf War success, current war in Iraq, Kyoto Protocol
School of thought/theory this falls under?: Realism/Neo-realism.

That's not a mid-term...that's common knowledge (except that last one), especially for anyone in the third year of a political science program -___-

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Date:October 5th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
The United Nations is a topic which interests me a lot, and which I constantly have differing opinions about.

As an international organization, they have been a complete failure. Have they had ANY major successes? Especially with the 'security council', they are convoluted and barred from doing any real good. Like you wrote, the Rwanda genocide was a key example. They were IN the country. They KNEW what was happening, but could do nothing. The present situation with Burma would be another example. External petitions do nothing.

Have you watched the movie 'Shooting Dogs'?

This summer, however, I had the privilege of attending the UNHCR Film Festival in Tokyo. It was completely the opposite of what I was expecting. The entire event was run by young commissioners, in particular a Russian man named Konin Kirill. These people travelled the world, learning and doing what they could. They used their own money to visit danger zones and make personal documentaries. There was such a gross difference between the ideals of these young men and women, and the actions of the actual United Nations. For the festival, they even chose many films that were critical of the UN and were willing to listen to the frustrations of many attendees.

After that event, I'm still trying to reconcile in my mind WHAT the United Nations is. How can young idealists be in the same organization as rich bureaucrats. How come it is the young idealists, who talk to the people, organize events, and travel the world who have no role in the actual decision making.

ACK! I realize this probably had little relevance to your entry :p After reading your midterm questions, it made me remember the event this summer :p
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Date:October 5th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah everything involving the UN is highly contested. International politics is messy business, seriously, it's complete chaos up there in the international realm. You have all these laws that say one thing, but once put to the test, depending on which country is in question the laws get bent, changed and broken with no consequences sometimes. I mean seriously, who's going to sanction the US for invading Iraq? No one, that's obvious. But if say Iran invaded a country over in the Middle East? Heck all hell would break loose. You'd get sanctions, finger-pointing, name-calling and the whole package.

Then you have the stupid veto in the Security Council which is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of. Oh yeah, democracy rocks, but just in case you guys decide to vote in a direction we the 5 major powers don't like, we get the final say that can knock all of your votes into oblivion. O____o Who the hell came up with that plan?? At least make it like the presidential veto in the USA where even if the president vetoes a bill, if the congress votes it through by a 2/3 majority it can still get passed.

We need to like...punch out all these elites floating on their cloud nines up there and stick in some common people that actually know what the hell's going on with the world and actually care. Bush probably goes to the hospital for painkillers to survive a paper-cut, people like that have a hard time sympathizing and caring about starving kids in Africa and torn up families in Iraq.
Date:October 7th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
take a break and enjoy Thanksgiving!

ck your email

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Date:October 7th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah I got your email mommy! I'll call you tonight (wanted to call last night, but the skating rink opened so I went skating last night instead :D). Love you lots! ^O^
Date:October 7th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
I agree with you on the last comment; though you'd be surprised how many upper year student's wouldn't be able to conjure such a simple response. It's good to know your alive...I was starting to get worried...take care & preservere through the mid-term hell!!!-James
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Date:October 7th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
It seems the more books that gets crammed into one's brain the more brain-dead one becomes in university XD

Yep, still alive and running around :D Too bad you couldn't come for Thanksgiving though ;___; Just as well I guess seeing as it's mid-term season, and you're probably just as swamped as me over here. Good luck!!

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