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Find purpose and help build nation, PM tells youth - The Malaysian Insider

Find purpose and help build nation, PM tells youth - The Malaysian Insider | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
The Malaysian Insider Find purpose and help build nation, PM tells youth The Malaysian Insider Meanwhile, the prime minister also urged the private sector to support youths because they would inherit and eventually manage the Malaysia that had been...
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Car batteries may soon last 1,000 years thanks to pine and alfalfa

Car batteries may soon last 1,000 years thanks to pine and alfalfa | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
A group of Swedish researchers pulled a serious MacGyver earlier this month, combining pine resin and alfalfa seeds to create a hybrid recycled battery.
David Collet's insight:

OK. So I seem to be on electricity today. 

 

But.. something has been bothering me for quite a while now. Before coming to Malaysia, I drove petroleum powered cars which all had batteries. Essential equipment. I remember occasionally having to change batteries - perhaps once in the life time of a car - 4 years or more. And this was in a cold climate.

 

Even my Proton Saga (1991 flavour) required infrequent battery changes. Battery technology has been improving in every other area but in Malaysia, this is going backwards. Every seems to expect to have to replace a battery every year. Most of these are the 'no maintenance' type batteries - a lucrative con if ever I have seen one. But I don't buy these. I don't mind checking the battery water every couple of fill-ups to ensure it is ok. And I understand the hot climate will result in faster water evaporation even if the caps are tightly closed. But even with regular service, I find that the battery will not last beyond 24 months. Something is wrong here. 

 

So, this article offers a glimmer of relief. Probably not much because I will still have to cycle the battery out for a replacement but at least I will be happy in the knowledge that the old one will be used wisely.

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Why are utilities trying to disconnect communities of color from solar?

Why are utilities trying to disconnect communities of color from solar? | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
Big Energy sees net metering as a threat to its bottom line, but it could be a boon for underserved communities, and electric utilities, too.
David Collet's insight:

Another article on electricity. In Malaysia, we are still building expensive electric generation plants and even worse, building dams. Neither are needed but the big money is with these modes of generation. Cut out the new plants and you reduce the money to the wealthy developers. That's why this is in the politics section. Renewable energy is and should be a question of science. But the science side has already been settled. Now it is a question of politics. The will to do the right thing. Stop building polluters (plants) and environment disasters (electric dams) and start using the sun and the wind and the tides.

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CHART OF THE DAY: New Consumer Tech May Drive A Monster Holiday Season

CHART OF THE DAY: New Consumer Tech May Drive A Monster Holiday Season | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
It's the most wonderful time of the year — for consumers and tech companies alike.

Via Marylene Delbourg-Delphis
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In an environment in which doom and gloom seems to dominate, this is a piece of good news.

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Firechat Enables the Crowd to Become the Internet –Bypassing Central Powers | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business

Firechat Enables the Crowd to Become the Internet –Bypassing Central Powers | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

Via Marylene Delbourg-Delphis
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This one is a bit fun. Try it out. You never know when you are going to need something like this and it costs nothing to look at it.

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Living Lightly Fair to focus on educating youth - Muncie Star Press

Living Lightly Fair to focus on educating youth - Muncie Star Press | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
Living Lightly Fair to focus on educating youth
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MUNCIE – With a focus on celebrating educators for sustainability and engaging youth, this year's free Living Lightly Fair is Saturday at Minnetrista.
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Serious but fun from the bread basket of U.S.A.

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Scenes from the New American Dustbowl

Scenes from the New American Dustbowl | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

Political conspiracies, water witches, Exodus-quoting priests, and angry, defeated farmers in California’s dying, drought …


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I have said this before. Malaysians need to be thankfull for all of the blessings. In Malaysia if it doesn't rain every second day we have a drought. In California it hasn't rained seriously for three years. Many in Malaysia eat the food from this region. Think about. Take action before it is too late.

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Dunkin' Donuts cleans up its palm-oil act (and Krispy Kreme follows suit)

Dunkin' Donuts cleans up its palm-oil act (and Krispy Kreme follows suit) | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
The doughnut giant announces it will use only rainforest-friendly fat to fry up its sweet rings of temptation. Pressure's now on the competition.
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Palm Oil is a really important export in Malaysia. It is important to understand the views of our customers on how eco-friendly we are.

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Jobless youth in China: Crisis in the making - CNBC

Jobless youth in China: Crisis in the making - CNBC | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
CNBC Jobless youth in China: Crisis in the making CNBC Youth unemployment – referring to those who are between 16 and 24 years old - currently stands at 13 percent (or some 73 million young persons), according to the International Labor...
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I think the interesting thing here is that China continues to grow and did not suffer the same problem in 2008 as western economies with the 'sub-prime meltdown' induced recession.

 

In spite of this, youth unemployment continues to be high. And the highest rate is among the best educated.

 

This article focus' on the lowest educated segment and identifies threats to employment in this segment. 

 

In my opinion the solution lies not in the traditional methods used over the past 75 years (since the great depression in the U.S.) but in a radical remix of employment options. The ownership mix must change from the elite few controlling the financing and reaping all of the benefits to a more balanced mix of individual entrepreneurship working with a considerably weakened global conglomerate. This could happen peacefully but I am not confident that the current owners will succumb peacefully.

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, September 17, 12:17 PM

The fascinating aspect of this to me is the inverse relationship of education to employment.  I think we see some of this here in the US where over college graduate millennials are having trouble finding career type positions. -Lon 

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Fast Food Franchise Owners Ask Congress For Help To Stop Worker Campaign For Wages, Union

Fast Food Franchise Owners Ask Congress For Help To Stop Worker Campaign For Wages, Union | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
The trade group for franchise owners is lobbying Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to help in their fight to preserve a business model that squeezes workers.
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First, I will report that I am among those who do not eat at McDonalds. I have only ever eaten there because a business colleague wished to lunch there, or my grandchildren insist on the toy. I do not consider McDonalds to be a place that serves food. And that requires that you have a definition of food which I do.

 

I am also among those who boycott McDonalds because as a corporation they support financially the illegal occupation of Palestinian land and the unprovoked agression against the residents of Gaza.

 

Finally, for those who claim that the Franchise in Malaysia is wholly owned by a Malaysian and provides jobs to needy Malaysians I scoop this as a proof that that is not accurate. As this article points, the agreement between the Franchisees and McDonalds overwhelmingly favours McDonalds and limits the options of the local owners. And the employees are treated more like indentured (slaves) than normal employees. If action is successful in the U.S. against this practice, there is a chance there will be spill over effect in Malaysia. This would be good for both the employees and the local owners. 

 

And as a side note, this is not only McDonalds at stake. KFC and others are also included in this group. 

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#China, the #Climate and the Fate of the Planet #coal #pollution #Australia

#China, the #Climate and the Fate of the Planet #coal #pollution #Australia | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
Inside the slow, frustrating - and maybe even hopeful - struggle to reduce China's climate-changing pollution.

Via CineversityTV
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Caution! Be prepared for a long read. But this topic is so crucial to the future of Malaysia it should be mandatory reading for aspiring Malaysian manager.

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These old barns are good for more than reclaimed wood and weddings

These old barns are good for more than reclaimed wood and weddings | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
Around the country, classic, crumbling farm buildings are being spruced up and put back to work by a new generation of sustainable farmers.
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Now.. this may seem a bit far fetched for a topic on Youth in Malaysia but ... think about it a bit.

 

In my own family circle I have members who are either unemployed or under employed. And yet, there is a shortage of entrepreneurs who want to try something new.

 

My grandson has ambitions to become a world renown chef with a Malaysian flavour - ala Chef Wan but better. But he needs to look at sourcing products that are not normal to Malaysia.

 

I know of idle property in Negri Sembilan that is just begging for someone to re-invent a purpose for it. And my opinion is that this is not an isolated incident.

 

The future is going to be quite different than the recent past. This is a good case of 'thinking outside of the box' and imagining what might be, rather than settling for what is.

And, if nothing else, it is a fun read.

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Dealing With Digital Cruelty

Dealing With Digital Cruelty | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

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I have too many opinions on this subject but I don't wish ti bore anyone. Nor do I wish to detract from the article. It is a New York Times opinion piece and you may have to register to read the entire article but I think you will find it worthwhile.

 

If you have children just starting on-line (for me grandchildren) there is usefull advice about dealing with cyber bullying. 

 

But the piece is primarily targetted at an adult audience. Discussion on-line is a usefull way to expand your horizons but it comes with dangers that you don't experience in face to face exchanges.

 

I sm pretty thick skinned an sufficiently arrogant that I mostly ignore negative comments. But this piece offered some advice that will cause me to mend my ways a bit.

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Stephanie Rosenbloom:  "The web encourages bad behavior, and it’s part of our nature to focus on the negative. But there are smart ways to respond."

Paulo Duarte's curator insight, August 30, 5:08 AM

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Wildlife 'WikiLeaks' targets Africa poaching elite

Wildlife 'WikiLeaks' targets Africa poaching elite | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
Poachers slaughtering Africa's elephants and rhinos with impunity are often shielded from police by powerful connections, but a group of conservationists has turned to the anonymity of tip-offs to try to stem the killing.

Via SustainOurEarth
David Collet's insight:

Notice that this is not just about wildlife poaching. Illegal logging activity is also covered. In Malaysia, we all need to good neighbours to our environment. Even if that means casting light on illegal activity.

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La gratuité contre l’effondrement climatique

La gratuité contre l’effondrement climatique | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
Et si la gratuité était le premier pas pour une transition écologique et une société de justice sociale ? Face à un système productiviste qui est « (...)

Via Aquitaine decroissance, SustainOurEarth
David Collet's insight:

This is in French and unless you use Chrome it probably is off limits for you. But the idea is an interesting one.

 

To simply the article... consider transportation in Kuala Lumpur (or any town or city in Malaysia). If you want to make it efficient, you need to increase the number of people who use. If you want to increase the number of people who use you need to make it efficient, clean, reliable, and most of all, pervasive. By this I mean, it must reach all of the potential riders and offer all of the benefits. This costs money. But... there are cities to do this and the benefits to the cities are incredible. The notion that there must be a profit from transportation is what is holding everything back. Cities that do this, pay for the transportation through taxes - multi-level taxes. People who insist on driving their cars pay more for petrol and the extra cost is directed to the payment of public transit. Free public transit. The thinking behind this is that the more people who use buses and LRT's, the fewer cars there are on the roads. The fewer cars on the road, the easier it is for the stubborn ones to get to where they are going. So, let them pay money for the convenience of getting there more easily.

 

An efficient transportation (and by this I mean a publicly owned) system, requires more employees to operate. This seems like it will result in greater costs but the experience seems to point to the opposite. The more people working on the transportation system, the more people will need to use the system. Most vehicles will be used optimally most of the time. There will be fewer 'empty' vehicles wandering around and therefore less resources wasted.

 

You get the idea. There are things that should be free - water, transportation, medical care - to all. It is more efficient and can be better managed. 

 

Growing up, all of our water was free (sort of). We paid a levy each year based on the number of water outlets in the house. Each bathroom, kitchen, etc. There were very few people with swimming pools but these came with a very high levy for water rights. But the levy was not on how much water you used. It was on how many ways you could use the water.

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Sylvain Rotillon's curator insight, October 17, 2:02 PM

La gratuité est certainement une belle idée, mais il faut se méfier de ces belles idées. Une comparaison est faite en particulier entre le stationnement et l'eau. Pourquoi ne pas payer le premier et payer la seconde qui est vitale ? Ca semble imparable à première vue, c'est pourtant loin d'être aussi simpliste.


Le stationnement n'est déjà pas gratuit partout loin s'en faut, dès qu'il y a rareté de l'espace, le stationnement est payant et peut être cher. On loue un espace, si cet espace génère en plus des coûts de gestion, propose des services, son coût augmente, ce qui est le cas des parkings souterrains. On peut les rendre gratuits, l'objectif est alors d'éviter de saturer les espaces centraux, la gratuité, fictive puisqu'il y a des coûts à couvrir, est en fait payée par les résidents qui en contrepartie peuvent bénéficier d'espaces publics moins encombrés.


Un éléments essentiel est celui de la récupération des coûts. En dehors des parkings souterrains, le stationnement ne génère en général pas de coûts en lui même. Il fonctionne avec la chaussée pour sa mise en place et pour son entretien. En revanche, le service de l'eau génère des coûts importants : les infrastructures sont coûteuses, l'entretien aussi. Il s'agit de charges fixes à 80 % environ, indépendantes de la consommation. Quoiqu'il arrive, il faut les couvrir, la gratuité ne cache pas les même réalités.


On peut bien sûr transférer cette couverture pour l'eau de la facture vers l'impôt, faire payer non l'usager, mais le contribuable. Le problème de l'impôt est qu'il ne garantit pas que ses recettes seront effectivement affectées à ce service. On constate dans bien des ca que le fonctionnement est souvent sacrifié, surtout en période de disette budgétaire. On court le risque du sous investissement, là où la facture, si elle couvre bien les coûts, offre une garantie plus grande de recettes, surtout si comme pour l'eau il y a un budget spécifique autonome. Sur l'équité de la mesure, on peut aussi se poser des questions. Doit on faire reposer sur les résidents, la consommation des non permanents. Par exemple, dans une station balnéaire, les résidents à l'année paieraient par leurs impôts locaux les consommations des vacanciers. Sur le plan environnemental, l'absence de prix, comme pour le parking, renvoie à une non rareté et est souvent générateur de surconsommations, de pressions renforcées sur la ressource. Alors que l'on va vers des coûts de production qui augmentent, est-ce aller dans le bon sens ?


Il est bien sûr possible de rendre l'eau gratuite, mais comme on ne supprimera pas son coût, cette mesure est loin d'être une solution qui éviterait l'effondrement climatique, elle est en tout cas de façon à peu près certaine une solution qui accélérerait la dégradation de nos services, sans introduire une plus grande justice sociale.

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How one building is changing the world

How one building is changing the world | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
Seattle's Bullitt Center is making waves far beyond its super-insulated, nontoxic, and FSC-certified walls.
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You know.. I like feel good stories. Especially with all the dirty political infighting going on these days all over the world. This is a win-win story. A philanthropic (charity) group decided to 'put their money where their mouth was' and built a self-sustaining building. Not external electricity, no external water (maybe some bottled water - doesn't) say. Food, of course must be brought in. The roof is a electric generating station thanks to solar panels. The basement recycles all water in the building - toilets, sinks, everything to make it re-usable. Ugh. But, the astronauts do it so... To compliment/supplement this it has a 'rain-collection, purification' system. Seattle gets a lot of rain. Something like Vancouver. For those who don't know, a bit farther north, and in Canadian territory, there is a rain forest on Vancouver Island - not to be confused with the City on the main land.

 

It is in Seattle - for those that don't know that is quite a ways north and in the winter it doesn't get that much sunlight and it gets quite cool. Not cold like Winnipeg, Canada, or Helsinki. But down to freezing (0 C). So, heating with any external energy source could be a challenge. On the opposite side of the coin, air-conditioning is less of a concern but still required in the hot days of summer (last count was 3 days a year (joke)).

 

But... imaging how this could work in Malaysia. Lots of sunshine. Lots of rain (most of the time - but perhaps not as sustained as Seattle). I myself have thought of a project to dig a rain catchment tank on our condominium property to be used to water the many gardens on the property.

 

But... this whole idea renewable energy is just ready to take off.

 

We should get on board.

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Smithsonian Releases Statement on Climate Change: "Climate Change will affect Everything."

Smithsonian Releases Statement on Climate Change: "Climate Change will affect Everything." | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
30 years late to the party but significant in that this magazine is on a lot of conservative coffee tables. Smithsonian Magazine: As humans continue to transform the planet at an increasingly rapid...

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Embarrassingly late to the party. But better late than never. A 'respected' organisation finally admits that we are doing something wrong.

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What's the Future of Storytelling? 'Unknown Spring' Provides Some Answers

What's the Future of Storytelling? 'Unknown Spring' Provides Some Answers | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

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David Collet's insight:

I like this piece because it pulls together a number of areas that interest me.

 

First, this is someone doing something without a big budget and receiving international acclaim. That someone is young. It is relevant to the environment. And it includes my thoughts on new opportunities for youth for employment alternatives.

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Paula Bernstein:  "In March 2011 Jake Price, a freelance producer for the BBC, journeyed to Tohoku, Japan to document the devastation left in the wake of the Pacific tsunami. The result of his trip is evident in his powerful and beautiful immersive web documentary, "Unknown Spring," which was awarded the World Press Photo Multimedia Awards."

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ISIS Entices Youth With High Salaries - King Of Jordan - Forbes

ISIS Entices Youth With High Salaries - King Of Jordan - Forbes | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
Forbes ISIS Entices Youth With High Salaries - King Of Jordan Forbes Abdullah explained that the extremist group ISIS is gaining momentum because of its ability to recruit followers, offering attractive salaries to young people looking to provide...
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This is timely. Youth need to know they are a part of a global solution that will provide opportunities to contribute to solutions with both authority to act independently without fear of reprisal and to obtain financial compensation to permit them to full fill their personal goals. Quite the opposite of the global employment opportunities today.

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The fragile happiness of Japan's 'insular' youth - East Asia Forum

The fragile happiness of Japan's 'insular' youth - East Asia Forum | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
The fragile happiness of Japan's 'insular' youth
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The youth of Japan appear to face a bleak future — a catastrophic budget deficit, ageing population and collapsing social security system.
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I want to scoop this more because of what doesn't say than what it says. I see Japan as a place where the average worker endured difficult conditions not because he/she was climbing up the social structure. It was more a combination of culture (the boss was the boss) and security. A job was for life. No lay offs. He/She continued working even if it was boring and only very marginally rewarding. Very much like a feudal system. But then came the crash. This all changed. 

 

Now the youth see their parents as an example of what is wrong with this system. In most cases efficiency improvements happen in small mostly invisible steps. All of the celebrated efficiency of the Japanese work force is accurate and is the result of a dedicated team. The whole team is rewarded commensurate with their level in the team. Often it is at the very lowest level in the team that the greatest contributions to the team efficiency are made. But with the crash it is these very contributors to the core prosperity both of the company and the country who lose their security.

 

The executives who made the strategic decisions about investments and product mix continue to enjoy employment. But it was a failure to navigate a changing global economy - the result of these strategic decisions - that led to the crash. The youth now are well educated. They are hooked in to information sources that their parents never had. They realize the inequity of the fall out. And, while they may be worried about the future they realize that their voices will not be heard over the din of the elderly. Thus worrying is futile. As the song says "don't worry... be happy!" Live for today because the future is too uncertain and beyond your ability to affect.

 

Malaysians should take note. This not uniquely a Japanese problem.

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"I" Is For Innovation: Sesame Street's Secrets For Staying Relevant

"I" Is For Innovation: Sesame Street's Secrets For Staying Relevant | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

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This one I have to rescoop. I am too old to have benefited from Sesame Street but that doesn't my life was not affected by it. This is technology used at its best and most effective. The message delivered has always been universal. And it has remained true to its original format. There is no mention of the creator of the series in this piece and I think that is a mistake. Sesame Street was done by a creative genius on a par with Steve Jobs.

 

 

There are lessons in this success for young entrepreneurs if only you look.

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Elizabeth Segran:  "For generations of viewers, Sesame Street is a portal to a simpler, more innocent time in their lives. This creates something of a quandary for the show’s producers: how do you keep evolving a show so it doesn’t get stale without offending its devoted fans?"

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Preventing climate change and adapting to it are not morally equivalent

Preventing climate change and adapting to it are not morally equivalent | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
Climate change mitigation and adaptation are often discussed as though they are interchangeable. They are not.
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In this discussion, Malaysia comes somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. We are wealthy enough (sort of) to afford much of the adaptation strategy that will be required. But not for the more expensive versions so we will simply have to 'suffer'.

 

On the other hand, mitigation is only slightly within our control. Much of the problem belongs with the big two - China and the U.S.A. Unless we look at per capita contribution in which case Canada also comes into the picture.

 

But the big thing here is that mitigation is actually a religious obligation - that is what is meant by 'morally' here. People who are broadly concerned for all creation, including all flora and fauna (animals, fish, plants) generally are this way because of a religious conviction. In the case of Buddhists this is not considered a religion as such but as a moral imperative. I personally don't see much of a distinction. These same people tend to be concerned in this way even to the temporary detriment of their living condition (financial, etc).

 

Adaptation on the other hand is pretty much a survival issue - protect me, my family, my group, my country and then maybe others.

 

But, be sure to read to the end of the article because there is a light at the end of the read. There is actually a financial incentive to 'doing the right thing'. And it is enough to actually cause the normally selfish human to act. Being a religious person I will pray that our Creator will inspire all people to act in their best interests and therefore behave in a manner that will help all of creation.

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#Drought Bites as #Amazon’s ‘Flying Rivers’ Dry Up #climate

#Drought Bites as #Amazon’s ‘Flying Rivers’ Dry Up #climate | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
By Jan Rocha, Climate News Network Scientists in Brazil believe the loss of billions of liters of water released as vapor clouds by Amazon rainforest trees is the result of continuing deforestation and climate change—leading to...

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On a smaller scale but just as important view the Reserve behind Ampang. It is huge stretching from KL to Ipoh and far to the east. But with development it is shrinking rapidly. And as it shrinks KL gets hotter and drier. Think Selangor water rationing. Trees are really important to maintain a rain forest. That should be so obvious but greedy people seem to forget this.

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Back to the Slums of His Youth, to Defuse the Ebola Time Bomb - New York Times

Back to the Slums of His Youth, to Defuse the Ebola Time Bomb - New York Times | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
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Back to the Slums of His Youth, to Defuse the Ebola Time Bomb
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MONROVIA, Liberia — The girl in the pink shirt lay motionless on a sidewalk, flat on her stomach, an orange drink next to her, unfinished.
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Ooh-la-la, the French Get (Inter)Net Neutrality Right: It's All About the Platform Monopolies--Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter etc.

Ooh-la-la, the French Get (Inter)Net Neutrality Right: It's All About the Platform Monopolies--Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter etc. | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
It is certainly in the interests of the "platform monopolists" in the US--the Google's, Facebook's, Amazon's, Twitter's et al to have the Neutrality discussion focus solely on "carriage" i.e. "Netw...

Via Marylene Delbourg-Delphis
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Ok. So this is some pretty serious stuff. I read stuff like this all the time but because it has a very technical slant I don't normally pass it on.

 

But this is a subject that everyone needs to learn something about.

 

First, think of where you get your news from. In Malaysia the internet has caused some real changes in this since the mid '90 s. The primary published newspapers are all owned by persons or groups with strong ties to the ruling party. As a result the general public only get news that the rulers want you to hear/read. This pretty much the same all over the world.

 

With the arrival of the internet things changed. And the shape of that change wasn't always anticipated. Now, with blogs and social media and high speed global networks anyone could become a news source. And since physical location was no longer important draconian laws such as ISA lost much of their effectiveness. That is probably why they were repealed to be replaced with a more modern version. This too is the same the world over.

 

The problem though is that even though the cost of entry on the internet is low the reach to the desired audience is actially  controlled by the same group as controls the news papers. Some filtering here and there and access to dissenting views is either barred or is so slow as to make it useless.

 

This is what Net Neutrality is about. Making it illegal for carriers (think Telekom Celcom etc)to block or impede acces to information that is in itself not illegal. This would mean that child porn could be blocked because it is illegal but opposition viewpoints could not. 

 

Ruling governments are generally not interested in dissent so they will not likely support a full implementation of Net Neutrality.

 

But this all just back ground to the article. 

 

The French and Europeans in general are also concerned with data neutrality  and what they are calling Platform Neutrality. This can be a long and generally boring discussion but it is important for Malaysians to be on board with this discussion. If it is ignored we risk imperial and economic domination which will be far more damaging than colonial domination ever was. 

 

As this is the season for celebrating Malaysia's liberation from colonial domination it is a good time to look at keep the country free from undue foreign interference.

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Coffee Production Near Record Levels, Sustainable Share Rising | Worldwatch Institute

Coffee Production Near Record Levels, Sustainable Share Rising | Worldwatch Institute | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

Although fluctuating from year to year, coffee production has been on an overall steady upward trend, writes Worldwatch Institute Senior Researcher Michael Renner. World coffee production during the 2013/14 crop year was just slightly over 9 million tons, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

The vast majority of coffee production—more than 3 tons for every 4 tons grown—is exported, flowing from developing countries (like Brazil, Vietnam, and Colombia) principally to industrial ones. The largest consumers in 2013/14 are the European Union (consuming nearly a third of the world’s total), the United States, and Brazil.


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As a coffee lover - real coffee black no sugar fresh ground French press - i found this interesting. My experience in Malaysia has always been positive. I believe most coffee grown here would come close to qualifying for 'fair trade' status. I believe most is of the robusta type. I don't favour the local method (kopi campur) of serving it. My personal favourite is from Muar. But the northern varieties are also very nice.

 

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