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One of my favourite speeches from all time!

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Written by Elvin Madamba

November 18, 2011 at 7:16 PM

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Who is a teacher?

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He said “Doctor wants his child to become a doctor………

Engineer wants his child to become engineer……

Businessman wants his ward to become CEO…..

BUT a teacher also wants his child to become one of them..!!!!

Nobody wants to become a teacher BY CHOICE” ….Very sad but that’s the truth…..!!!

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.

One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued,

“What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?”

To stress his point he said to another guest;

“You’re a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?”

Teacher Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied,

“You want to know what I make?

(She paused for a second, then began…)

“Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.

I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor winner.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can’t

make them sit for 5 min. without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental.

You want to know what I make?

(She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table)

I make kids wonder.

I make them question.

I make them apologize and mean it.

I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.

I teach them how to write and then I make them write.

Keyboarding isn’t everything.

I make them read, read, read.

I make them show all their work in math.

They use their God given brain, not the man-made calculator.

I make my students from other countries learn everything they need

to know about English while preserving their unique cultural identity.

I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.

Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they

were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life

( Bonnie paused one last time and then continued.)

Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money isn’t everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant. You want to know what I make?


What do you make Mr. CEO?

His jaw dropped; he went silent.


Written by Elvin Madamba

November 18, 2011 at 2:34 PM

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“The Legacy of Bin Laden” by Immortal Technique

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Okay, I haven’t posted anything in a while. It’s coming though. I’ve been busy the last April and I will reflect on those soon enough. So, stay tuned!

Anyways, here’s an essay by rapper Immortal Technique that I found a lengthy but worthwhile read. It pitches a background on the Osama issues. Please take your time to read it, as I did.

Here’s the link to the article –

Written by Elvin Madamba

May 2, 2011 at 11:13 PM

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Leadership Lessons from a Dancing Guy

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An equally inspiring and funny clip at the same time.

got it via Chris Halim.

Written by Elvin Madamba

March 25, 2011 at 2:55 PM

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Happy Birthday David Suzuki!

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To celebrate, let’s replay her daughter’s speech at the Earth Summit in ’92 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Written by Elvin Madamba

March 24, 2011 at 11:47 PM

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hey jen, you shoulda known better

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Jen, I am dissapointed. :(

Jennifer Aniston has created the ultimate viral video, featuring talking parrots and skateboarding dogs. The four-minute video, marketed as “Jen Aniston’s Sex Tape”, advertises Smart Water, a bottled water brand. It also stars You Tube favourite Keenan Cahill and has a lot of hair flicking.

We do love watching you swish your hair, Jen, but we’re not sure folks on this side of the pond will be, er, Friends with you after this. Anyone who’s anyone knows that tap water is so much cooler than bottled, and here’s why…

1. Tap water doesn’t cost you a penny. Bottled water prices continue to rise with the VAT increase leaving your pockets a little light. In fact, Kevin G. Boyd’s celebrity Bling H2o water costs $40-60 for a 750ml bottle!

2. Tap water is regularly checked for traced of E.coli and bacteria whereas bottled water doesn’t have the same regulations. In fact, tap water must be tested for certain types of bacteria over 100 times – a requirement that doesn’t apply to bottled water companies.

3. The plastic bottles are unhealthy. A chemical called Phthalate is added to the plastic to make it stronger, but when it is heated up (say in your car on a sunny day), the chemical can leak into your water! Phthalate has been linked to liver and reproductive problems and some cancers. Don’t take the risk and stick to tap water.

4. There are no rules to say bottled water companies have to list on their bottles the source, chemical pollutants or purification methods of the water, so you really have no idea what’s going into your body.

5. And finally… we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t mention that the plastic from bottled water is not great for the environment either

Why not enjoy Jennifer Aniston’s ’sex tape’ video starring adorable puppies and a fat man crying at a rainbow with a nice glass of tap water instead…

By: Emily Rycroft

Written by Elvin Madamba

March 10, 2011 at 7:17 PM

It’s your fault

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It’s your fault

Let’s face it – the basic problems of the Third World today can really be laid at the feet of the wealthy people of the Western powers.

It is the West that began the entire pattern of Rich vs. Poor with the whole colonial power structure 400 years ago. The European colonial powers took over the world and raped entire continents of their land, resources and even their people through the slave trade. Powers such as Great Britain acquired colonies for the one purpose and one purpose only: to supply themselves with as many low cost raw materials as possible for their industries. It did not matter what the impact was on the colonies themselves as long as the colonial powers were able to build up their own wealth.

Deliberately, these powers subjugated their colonies by keeping education away from them and viciously subduing them so that the masses would remain poverty stricken forever. The colonial administrations of countries such as Portugal, Spain, France, Holland and Britain were efficient in establishing a master – slave relationship with the Third World which they maintain to this very day. The present global economic system functions in a manner which keeps the Third World poor and the First World affluent.

You must realize that the guilt for the poverty of the Third World has to be shared by everyone in the First World, not just the governments and the giant corporations. Each individual citizen of the West is equally guilty because each one lives opulently at the expense of the poor of the world.

For example, the starving of the world are the result of the overeating which takes place in the Western nations. Whenever someone in the West eats too much at a meal, then someone else in the world dies from starvation. No one from the wealthy nations should ever be allowed to go to bed at night with a clear conscience while children starve in another part of the world since their starvation is clearly the fault of those living in the First World.

The whole problem with poverty is the result of a well-thought out plot by the Rich to get the Poor and to keep them poor. Take the trade agreements, for example. The poor countries of the world are discriminated against because they receive such low prices for their raw materials, whereas the wealthy of the world sell the poor high priced manufactured goods. Since the poor cannot pay for these manufactured goods in full, they go into debt to the wealthy of the world. In most cases, the poor never get out of this debt.

Remember this: YOU benefit from this whole economic system and, therefore, YOU ARE GUILTY!

What is the answer to this whole problem? It is really very simple. We need a New Economic Order in which the rich countries give up a great deal of their wealth and give it to the poor countries and in which the entire world trading system is redesigned to increase the income which the Third World receives for their goods. At the same time, the First World must reduce the prices of their manufactured goods through reduced wages ( which are already too high, in fact, obscenely high ) and reduced profits for multinational corporations.

Another obvious solution is for the United Nations to impose a basic tax of at least $1000 per year on each citizen of the First World. When this money is redistributed to the poor nations, it will be a giant step towards resolving the problems.

These are the facts. Either help the developing Third World now or risk world-wide revolution. Think it over. If something significant is not done soon …

Source: “It’s your fault” Grade 12 World Issues notes

Written by Elvin Madamba

March 10, 2011 at 3:36 PM

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