As of 1 August 2011, the “Johnny C Rocks The Planet!” project has begun, and I have started a second blog to chronicle its focus. You can check it out at http://johnnycrockstheplanet.wordpress.com . I’ll be posting weekly updates on the blog and YouTube channel vlogs to share my progress on brainstorming, defining, planning, researching, fundraising, execution, and finalization. A page for this has been added for easy access from my top menu. Keep posted for more information as this project evolves!
With the recent 22 July attacks in Norway and current assessment identifying Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik, it is both unexpected and difficult to believe what’s going on. Continue reading
Every now and then after I share my opinion about where the world is going, some people ask me to teach them how to be knowledgable like me. Personally, I don’t feel I deserve to be recognized as that, especially since I’m no different from anyone on the planet, and I most certainly don’t feel I’m knowledgeable at all. The only thing that I do is the same thing anyone else can and should do: ask questions and find some answers before making any conclusions. Continue reading
The United Nations finally passed a resolution affirming the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered peoples on 17 June 2011: <http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/06/17/un.lgbt.rights/index.html>. With this action, a report, due by December 2011, will document laws and discriminations against people of other sexual orientations and gender identities. Continue reading
In recognition of Amnesty International’s 50th birthday today, I thought it would be a good idea to show everyone how saving the world doesn’t mean having to be the President of the United States, the United Nations Secretary General, or Aung Saan Suu Kyi, but an ordinary individual who wants to make a difference. By wanting to make a difference and actually going out there, you already have the power. When you have power and don’t use it, it is wasted and a waste of the potential you have to make change with it. As the maxim goes, “The only way for evil to succeed is for good men to stand by idly and do nothing”. Continue reading
Osama Bin Laden: the name conjures up different things for different people. To me, he was a man who started and ended a decade and a generation. The new decade began not on 1 January 2001, but on 11 September 2001 when the World Trade Center was destroyed and he and his Al-Qaeda network took responsibility for it. Ironically, this new decade began exactly one week ago on 2 May 2011 with his death at the hands of U.S. special forces. Continue reading
Here we are with yet another event from UCLA’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies, this time with their colloquium, “Are We Khmericans?” based on a study of the largest community of Cambodians in the United States, Long Beach, California. Continue reading