Posts under ‘Society’

Man in U.S. arrested for being naked in his own home.

This story is just too bizarre, and yet, the U.S. is becoming more bizarre by the second so I guess it should come as no surprise that a man is arrested in his own home for being naked. This story could serve as a good cross-cultural discussion topic. I have no doubt that students from […]

Taking notice, or not: Pearls Before Breakfast

I received the article below by Email today, and was curious so I did a little research. This is a true story. You can find the original story at this URL. If you just want to listen to the performance, you can go to, but I recommend reading the entire article. This story […]

Poor California

I remember reading somewhere about 25 years ago that trends in the US start in California, and become established parts of the US landscape when they show up on the East Coast. I would like to think that this economic situation in CA isn’t the beginning of a trend, but I’m afraid it is. Sacramento […]

Harkey resolution wants Obama to keep Gitmo prisoners away from Camp Pendleton

It’s not often I see real-life examples of an oxymoron in action. In the following article, Assemblywoman Harkey creates a beautiful oxymoron when she speaks of a terrorist accident, " It is very, very important that they are in maximum security and not available to just walk out—walk away or to somehow cause a terrorist […]

Taiwan issues play money, or rather, stimulus coupons.

I find it fascinating that governments around the world can just dish out money during these "tough economic times". I was listening to an interview on BBC yesterday, and I can’t remember the interviewee’s name, but he was asked if our governments will ever go broke, and his response was something like, "Not as long […]

Studs and spuds

The early recordings of Spuds Terkel played in this show are, well, you listen and decide… This American Life

Death and Bissel Compact Upright Vacuums

This is obviously a tragic and disturbing story, but I’m wondering why it includes a list of items on sale, and their prices? Wal-Mart worker dies after shoppers knock him down – Yahoo! News (UPDATE 090316: This article is no longer on Yahoo. This is why I sometimes blog entire articles rather than just links.) […]

Environment and behavior

This is an excellent article for even an intermediate class, and given the amount of litter and general disregard for the environment in Taiwan, it would be particularly relevant here. It might be fun to ask students to devise their own experiment in an attempt to replicate some of the results below. This article also […]

How long can one shift the blame?

Yet another melamine story. Poison food ingredients have been coming out of China for so long now, and it has been so well documented, that at some point we have to lay as much blame on the people who buy this crap as we do on the people who sell it. And in this case, […]

Take 3 pictures, get 300NT

It will be interesting to see how this works out. I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. Granted, when I see a motorcycle spewing the crud of 10 vehicles into the air, I wish somebody would do something, but I’m not sure I want to see everybody given the role of law enforcer. […]