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An Update.

To my loyal followers, 

I know I haven’t been posting. Well that is because I recently got terminated (fired) from my old job doing Real Estate Marketing/PR. This lead to a couple of things– reassessing what my priorities are, what my passions are, and essentially, opened up the path for me to continue pursuing my dreams of a career in international relations. On the not-so-bright side, I am unemployed and broke (somewhat– relying on my parents). Hopefully they will continue to believe I will make it big sometime in the future.

The International Relations career track is very similar to pursuing a *Hollywood* career. It’s elusive and few make it to those top positions. There are few entry level positions available, which means you have to take on those dreadful unpaid internships that pay in, so called experience. Unsurprisingly, I am anxious about my future. Will I make it? But I do feel that getting fired was a sign that I should continue pursuing IR. It is so easy to take a job and just routinely do your life. It really is the road well traveled. 

Anyway, I recently took on an internship at the International Rescue Committee providing legal services for refugees and asylees. I’ve been loving it, especially since I get to interact with people from all over the world on a daily basis. One of my clients, an asylee from Uyghur, volunteered to be my Chinese tutor! But anyway, that is my life as of now. Sorry I haven’t been able to do my daily round ups– it’s impossible to do them during the day and by the time I come home, I don’t have the energy to read through tons of news. haha. 

But I will update here when I can. And if you are interested in my other blog which focuses exclusively on creative writing and romantic prose, CLICK HERE.

Carpe Diem. Life is too short to live without passion. 

Julie

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Which Of These Are Illegal? Adultery, Immigration, North Korea, A Stolen Kiss

Happy Columbus day or normal day, depending on whether or not you acknowledge the holiday. Attacks on Christopher Columbus has been on the rise and many advocate changing the holiday to something else. But I know to many of you who did not get the day off… don’t you wish we could just agree to celebrate a holiday together? Here’s some interesting research on who works/doesn’t work on Columbus day.

I know I wrote about mistresses in China but I found this superb article exploring the topic in much more detail, not to mention, a personal voice from the women who decide to become mistresses. I keep realizing how much human nature doesn’t change. Whether 2,000 years ago in China when officials kept mistresses and even to the 21st century. Of course, China is not the only country to keep mistresses– arguably the United States takes it even further with divorce and adultery rates but what really surprised me is that adultery is considered a felony, though rarely prosecuted. There are laws on adultery??! I’m not sure how I feel about that.

Illegal crossings from Mexico have fallen to their lowest levels since 1970’s, so how is the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) keeping its quota of averaging 34,000 detainees per day in custody? “Nearly 48 percent of the 350,000 immigrants over the past 16 months who triggered an “ICE detainer” — a request by the agency that local jails or police hold an individual until ICE can pick them up — had no criminal convictions, not even traffic violations, according to the TRAC Immigration Project.”

In other news, Kenneth Bae, the American Christian missionary who was detained by North Korea and serving a hard labor sentence, was visited by his mother.

I haven’t been writing much about the romantic relations part of my blog, but here’s a sweet article from NPR on what we can learn from a simple kiss.

Happy Monday, hope you are all enjoying the last bits of the beautiful autumn weather. Who wants to go pumpkin picking? Or better yet, who wants to prepare for Halloween by setting up a scary movie night?

Cheers 🙂
Julie

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Life is a Myster— History Lesson: The Tweet Heard Around the World, Vengeful Mistresses, Fake Elections

It has been a while but a lot of things have happened in my life since my last post so I had to take a short hiatus. The thing that hasn’t changed though is me bringing my thermos everywhere for coffee now. I might be slightly addicted to the high that comes with filling my thermos and saving one plastic/paper cup at a time.

So who remembers the shot heard around the world history event that we’ve been drilled into since… forever? The battle of lexington which started the Revolutionary War. Well anyway, we are now in the 21st century… and so… it goes, the tweet heard around the world. Some interesting famous tweets that have spurred on some momentous moments. History repeats itself for sure, just in different ways, eh?

Love can be a scary thing. Especially for these Chinese government officials whose mistresses have taken revenge on them.

If only we could travel into the future huh? Seems like it has for Azerbaijan. Their big presidential election on Wednesday was already expected to be rigged with their impediments on free speech. But really? Releasing the voting results before voting even starts? Cmon, that’s a bit much…

There is nothing that horrifies me more than people who are not willing to admit wrongdoings and trangressions that have happened. This Japanese politician told reporters at his weekly press conference Monday that “anyone would understand” the role of “comfort women” when soldiers were risking their lives and you wanted to give them “a rest.” From what I understand, most other Japanese officials do not agree with him. Either way, this continuing pattern of Japanese officials denying horrific things that happened is not new. Do you guys remember when a Japanese mayor denied that the Nanjing massacre even HAPPENED?! seriously, this is just ridiculous.

History. Anyone who doesn’t understand the importance of history just needs to look at these above examples to realize… in fact, history is essential to understanding the current world around us.

Best wishes to all of you out there.

Julie

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Restoring Faith in Humanity: One Burrito, Email, Policy, Sport- At a Time.

I took my Carnegie Mellon thermos to Starbucks and ordered a tall vanilla latte— they filled the entire thermos. That is definitely equivalent to at least a grande or venti. Not to mention you get 10cents off. Moral of the story here is: use a reuseable cup/mug/thermos! Scores of benefits for you and the earth.

We all love Chipotle! Well, I like to eat Chipotle once in a while, preferably once every few months is ideal. Chipotle reminds me of Pittsburgh so much…haha. Well this article makes me love chipotle more. You are doing something right if the agriculture industry is getting mad. We do not NEED growth hormones in our FOOD. we do NOT. no matter what the justification is– I don’t believe it.

Seriously, people like Ladar Levison restore my faith in humanity. His secure email service, used by Edward Snowden, shut down recently because he would rather shut it down than give access to all his security encryption process/information to the FBI. That is admirable. And the fact that they asked for much more information than they needed (yet again) just shows that the limit for spying on individuals has been breached.

Obamacare obamacare obamacare. “The irony is that these states that are rejecting Medicaid expansion — many of them Southern — are the very places where the concentration of poverty and lack of health insurance are the most acute,” said Dr. H. Jack Geiger, a founder of the community health center model. “It is their populations that have the highest burden of illness and costs to the entire health care system.” Pretty self explanatory article.

At least 94 dead, 250 missing from a migrant boat that sank near Italy. This is really tragic and sad. Migrant workers have been fleeing from countries such as Syria and TUnisia and it is just sad overall. “Last year, almost 500 people were reported dead or missing on the crossing from Tunisia to Italy, the U.N. refugee office UNHCR says. Syrians fleeing civil war have added to the numbers.”

 

The liberalization of the Cuban Economy is leading to changes. But will a political liberalizatin follow? Interesting article on the opening up of the Cuban baseball team. 

Hope you enjoyed! Cheers,
Julie

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Chuck Those Lists: College rankings, College Loans, Banned Exports, and a Few Other Things

Happy Hump day! Had a late night last night—attended a Carnegie Mellon young alumni event then went to possibly the best thai restaurant I’ve had (sorry noodlehead in Pittsburgh.. I still love you) called Room Service.

But down to business!

I am a proud CMU-er, although half the time people have never heard of Carnegie Mellon, the other half automatically assume I’m an engineer or software engineer. As someone who, admittedly, has applied to CMU based on name recognition and U.S News college rankings—I really appeal for a new college ranking system. This New Yorker article (albeit old) explores this issue in depth.

To my fellow recent graduates and future graduates- student loans are such a pain. Maybe this new option will apply to some of you. Personally, I will be applying to graduate school in the next few years and I am not looking forward to that price tag.

The Asia pivot that was emphasized under Secretary Hilary Clinton seem to have disappeared with the Middle East presenting a bunch of urgent issues to the table. Iran, Russia, Syria—those are the three big players that took center stage at the United States General Assembly under Obama’s speech. Will peace and diplomacy take over or will it still be the same old story? Still, lots of exciting developments.

 China has released a new list restricting items to be exported to North Korea. “Banned items include Ebola, a virus that can be used for medical research as well as a biological weapon; nickel powder; radium; flash X-ray generators; and microwave antennas designed to accelerate ions.” China acts like a parent to North Korea, yet again.

Reportedly, Jackie Chan to build new theme park in Beijing. Awesomeness.

Mayor Bloomberg will receive an award at the Clinton Global Initiative tonight

Carpe Diem! Julie

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Stay Classy- Goldman Sachs, Revenge Porn, Income Inequality, Facebook

Daily Round up-

I’ll start off with some fun today. I clicked on this Goldman Sach’s Guide To Being A Man  with the intention of hating it (because I hate how mysogynistic their twitter handle is) but… I kind of love it.
Especially this: Desserts are for women. Order one and pretend you don’t mind that she’s eating yours.
I would fall in love with a man like this. This should, however, just be renamed: how to be a classy motherfather for both men AND women. I’ve learned something.

On to the heavy stuff

Should revenge porn be illegal? If your hypothetical boyfriend/girlfriend releases nude photos of you, there is no real legal action that you can currently take. But now there might be. And that is good. But for now, I’d say if you’re going to give up photos of yourself, make them give you some too. Unless they’re exhibitionists but you should really know them better before you give pictures to them.

Okay as someone who would love to be a foreign service officer and has interned at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, this story about Asian American diplomats not being able to serve in East Asian countries  due to “security” reasons is appalling. Covering racism with pretensions of fear is just unacceptable. Come on! We need a more representative foreign service– this is not helping.

There’s been a lot of talk of Income Inequality these days, especially in New York City, which makes me giddy since I believe that we are not doing enough in this arena. Why? “while the recession did indeed officially end in 2009, what we’ve had since then is a recovery of, by and for a small number of people at the top of the income distribution, with none of the gains trickling down to the less fortunate. Adjusted for inflation, the income of the top 1 percent rose 31 percent from 2009 to 2012, but the real income of the bottom 40 percent actually fell 6 percent.”
Do conservatives really think that cutting foodstamps will really help the problem? My goodness, no.
China

Okay this is a big one. China lifts ban on Facebook and Twitter — but only in Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone. But I smell a bigger change coming. Don’t you? Perhaps the next time I’m in China (fingers crossed), I won’t have to use my slow VPN.

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PR Diplomacy, China Smog, and a Pope We Can All Love

Hi! Welcome to my new blog where I will do daily roundups on the two important topics in my life: International Relations and of course, modern day Romantic Relations.

The most interesting development in our apparent ‘diplomacy month’ this month- is now Senator John McCain’s op-ed in Russia’s online newspaper, Pravda.ru. Does someone need a lesson in PR? If you’re going to publish an opinion piece, maybe make sure it’s the most reputable? PR lesson number 1. Senator McCain, if Vladimir Putin publishes an article without bashing President Obama, hypocrisy or not, perhaps you should have considered focusing on the issue at hand: FOREIGN POLICY AND SYRIA.

China will start naming its most polluted cities each month— to that I say a good start! Though I still miss my smoggy times in Beijing with a sort of unclear nostalgia.

AS the House of Reps votes to cut $40billion in cuts over 10 years to the federal food stamps program, maybe they should take a good long look at their own food budget.

And finally! Loving the new Pope. Finally preaching what we all need to hear. Focus on your own issues, and not on others.
“…he criticized the church for putting dogma before love, and for prioritizing moral doctrines over serving the poor and marginalized. He articulated his vision of an inclusive church, a “home for all”

Happy Friday!
Cheers

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