Stephanie Lyew, Youthlink Writer
Quote of the week
"It's all about mastering the art of ignoring ignorance." - Rihanna
Joke of the week
A man was speeding on the road and was caught by the police. During their investigation they noticed he couldn't read, so they wrote RAT big and bold on a piece of paper and asked him to read it aloud to them.
"Unnuh tek big man fi idiot, nuh the word 'RAT' dat," said the man angrily.
To test his degree of sight, the police erased the word and wrote it smaller.
In response to this, the man laughed and said, "Unnuh can trick me, if the big word a 'RAT' the little one a must 'MICE'!
Fact of the week
Since the growth of the monetary system, the barter system is limited to private trade. However, in some countries such as Spain, there exists an exchange market where unwanted goods can be traded. The Internet has also helped resurrect this practice with the exchange of goods and services. In 2010, Spain recorded their lowest crime rate of 47 crimes per 1,000 inhabitants, its lowest after recording for a period of 10 years owing to money-laundering and drug-related crimes. Source: http://live.kyero.com/2011/09/27/crime-rates-fall-across-spain/
Would a cash-free world lower the crime rates?
Lisa Higgins: No. Why? Because the cash isn't the problem or the root of the crime, it is people's greed for it and shallow thinking that cash can solve any problem they have. If it was so, we would not have any problem at all.
Kamay Robinson: Technically, the world needs some form of trade and whenever a group of persons accumulate too much of this means of trade there is going to be inequality. The majority without much mean of trade will want something that enables their survival. So if they can't get it one way, another way will be used, for example force leading to criminal acts.
Kori Foster: Yes, I think a cash-free world would lower the crime rate because majority of the crimes such as robbery and murder is due to people not having enough money to do what they want or get what they want.
Corey Lindner: Having a cash-less world wouldn't radically eliminate the gap between the have and the have-nots, it wouldn't cause for more functional families, it wouldn't create a better schooling system, it wouldn't create more jobs for idle hands, it wouldn't stop social stratification which engenders inequality, and it wouldn't cause an end to class struggle. People would start attaching value to tangible objects such as land, people and animal, which would carry us back into a time of slavery and feudalism. This will cause more conflicts, tension, segregation, chaos and an increase, rather than a decrease in crime.
Picture of the week
The artist of this picture is unknown but wouldn't you like it if you could grab everybody's phone when they try to snap a picture of you with their camera phones just like this crab did.