Monthly Archives: March 2009

Death Penalty

One of the inumerable articles crimilising the death penalty. However, should the death penalty really be abolished and why?

Assuming capital punishment has handed out only in the most severe of cases, why should it not be accepted? All the human rights agencies etc talk about humane treatment etc but what of the victims? The economist does have an interesting point:

Some crimes are so heinous that a societal cost-benefit analysis hardly appears relevant. Death alone seems sufficient. And yet, as many relatives of murder victims have discovered, real retribution can never be achieved. For example, the only way to repay fully those who have committed multiple murder, or killed in a ghastly way, would be to torture them physically in turn, or to strive to make them endure repeatedly the torments of death. Modern societies have rightly turned away from such practices as barbaric, tempering their demands for retribution in recognition that tit-for-tat vengeance is beyond the reach of human justice.

I agree that having a tit-fot-tat is not the way to go. But neither is letting the criminal lanquish in jail, happily fed by taxpayer’s money. Does he truely deserve that? Wouldn’t that money be better spent in helping the victim’s family in somway? I do not know the exact data for repeat criminals but I do know it to be very high indeed.

I agree with the economist though, it is a dangerous power to give any government and proper checks and procedures need to be in place to prevent abuse. However, I disgree with the below:

Despite voluminous academic studies of American executions and crime rates, there is no solid evidence that the death penalty is any more effective at deterring murder than long terms of imprisonment. 

That is America, what studies have been conducted in the rest of the world? And can we really abolish the dead penalty based on studies conducted in one country?

Catfight

I saw a catfight for the first time in my life, and now understand where
the term ‘catfight’ comes from! It was grotesquely intriguing scene to
watch. The two cats were on the topmost branch of a tall tree and they
was screaming on the top of their lungs. Scratching each other to the
point that one of the cats started bleeding profusely, I was half afraid
one of them would fall off the tree and hurt itself; nine lives or not.

Needless to say, now when someone says the pair was having a cat fight,
the imagery of these two cats is what will come to my mind!

Course Overloading

This semester seems to be the do-or-die semester. All the interesting
courses happen now and so does recruitment. I am going to kill myself
with the number of course I am taking. It amounted to a cool 6 subjects
at the last count. 4 new ones for this semester, one carry-forward from
last sem and one which I am auditing.

Auditing means that I do not need to do the associated assignments for
the course but that I can attend the course and participate all I want.
I am auditing Managing Media Companies, a course I really liked but
found too workload-heavy. Happy that the prof allowed me to audit as
some professors are against it for whatever reasons 🙂

Am back!

I am back! From an exciting and hectic trip to Barcelona. This trip was more of a ‘business trip’ as I went to Barca to attend a conference.  But it was fun nevertheless. Back to work now. Will keep you posted on the trip soon!