The Quran, Obama, and Cocaine Cowboys

Trip Start Jan 19, 2009
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Trip End May 06, 2009


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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Today was another A day so I went to Global Studies and Islam class.  In Global Studies we talked about art history and a woman from Zimbabwe talked about the economic crisis in her country.   In Islam we discussed the history of the Quran.  I then went to the gym to workout before my 1:35pm Energy class. In Energy class we talked about the first and second law of thermodynamics and then our homework on Obama's new environmental policies.  Obama has ordered the EPA to reexamine a waiver proposed by California to allow them to enact standards for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency.   If the waiver passes a number of other states want to also change their environmental restrictions.  After class, I ended up spending a lot of the afternoon hanging out on deck seven again.  The weather is so humid though!  I feel like I am back in South Carolina during the dead of summer!  Its so sticky feeling!  I had to attend a movie about Islam before dinner and heard a lot of the same information I have been hearing in class.  Later on in the night I attended the explorer's seminar.  We watched the movie "Cocaine Cowboys" which depicted the rise and fall of the cocaine wars in the 70's and 80's.  One of the most interesting things I found out in the movie was that in the early 80's Castro sent boatloads of people that he thought were unfit for Cuba to the US.  The movie was very informative and scary to see how hateful and immoral people are that are involved in the huge drug cartels can be.  The head of the Columbian cartel in Miami for many years was a woman named Griselda Blanco.  She was a stone cold killer that sent out a hit for over 200 people.  However due to complications with the trial and witnesses that arose from a phone sex scandal between her star witness (one of Griselda's hitmen) and the District Attorney, Griselda was offered a plea bargain and only spent six years in prison.  She got out in 2004 and was deported to Columbia where there is a 3 million dollar hit out for her head.  The blown trial is one of the biggest mistakes made by the prosecution in a murder trial in all of history.  However her hitman is spending three consecutive life sentences in jail.  The whole reason the movie was shown is because a student on the ship is writing Griselda's hitman, Rivi's biography.  Rivi has admitted to killing 39 people and is suspected of killing at least 11 more.  The student on board said that he sent him a letter one day with his proposal to write his biography after seeing this movie.  About a week later he received a phone call that showed up restricted on the caller id to find Rivi on the other line wanting to tell his story.  I'd be scared to be in contact with this guy!  After the movie I headed to bed.  We lose an hour of sleep tonight. Boo!
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