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19 Jun
2010
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The Things I realized from the oil spill

1. We are not as technologically advanced as I thought.

2. It is indeed a shame to see so much oil being wasted and not used to heat our homes or drive our cars.

3. Good thing the current government had not taken over the oil industry and halted capitalism and business, because like Obama himself stated, the government just does not have the technology that BP does.

4. I have to agree with Hayward that Americans are more likely to file lawsuits, whether “bogus” or genuine.

5. The isle of wight is a beautiful place! I had the opportunity visit there a couple of years ago. But now is not the best time for BP execs to go there.

6. I found Hayward’s “stonewalling” of congress amusing.

7. We can all learn a lesson from Kevin Costner-it always profits to be an inventor.

8. Water is precious, and abundant in the United States-protecting it and using it wisely should be a national priority.

9. Obama will shamelessly use this to advance his global warming, energy efficient, carbon cutting agenda because that is what a semi-smart politician does.

10. Recycle.

8 May
2010
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The Art of Reporting

There have been some enthused debates from conservatives about the liberal media coverage of the NYC Times Square bomber–his life, times, and the analysis of what lead him to attempt such a horrid thing. The media’s reporting of this I do not find atypical at all. It is a story…and a perfect opportunity to infuse art into reporting and journalism. A good story must tug at the emotions somehow. That is what ultimately sells. To expect the media to put aside artistic flavors and focus on real world issues is really too much to ask. Emotions, not rationality, is the medium they work in.

8 May
2010
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Money and Happiness

Bernanke recently reiterated what ages of research have apparently shown–that yes money does not necessarily lead to more happiness. Of course nothing in itself leads to happiness, it’s what you do with it that matters. And some people sadly just don’t know how to spend wisely.

29 Apr
2010
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It might be time to cash in that favor, Unions.

Watching the NYS budget fiasco and Gov Patterson’s all out war against the Unions…I daresay it is about time the Unions looked to Washington and their Knight in Shining Armor to get them out this mess. I’m sure they never imagined that they would be the ones being screwed with a democratic president and a democratic congress that they so enthusiastically endorsed. The Unions are being fed by all the workers of the state, so they owe it to them to make sure all the jobs are saved, that they pay raises negotiated in the contracts are paid, and all is balanced as it should.

24 Apr
2010
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If you want something done right…

…you have to do it yourself. Is that the message Arizona has sent to the federal government with this new law attempting to eliminate illegal immigration? Despite all the things the government is so feverishly working on and trying to change, there seems a growing number of folks/states that still feel the need to take matters into their own hands.

But as I think on this I cannot help but digress to the wonder of what can be done about people who are legally in this country but yet are not making any meaningful contribution to it? I mean those who are sitting around collecting unemployment, foodstamps, free cell phones (which apparently now has become a right), and not making any effort to better themselves. Can a similar law be proposed to identify and weed out these? It can certainly be argued that laziness drives up the national debt, creates the need for endless entitlement programs, and will never result in a balanced budget.

21 Feb
2010
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The sanctity of contracts

I heard again today of the whole wall street bonus mess and most everybody arguing that CEOs, etc should not be given the massive monetary bonuses promised in their contracts.  My take on this has been the same from day one: employees are entitled to whatever is promised in their contracts. If the employer feels the employee has done poor quality work, then there should be simple and guaranteed measures that can be taken to terminate the employees or not renew their contract again. As someone who works under a contract I certainly do not want any third parties, especially representatives from the federal government or political parties,  putting in their two cents about whether the contract negotiated between me and my employer is fair, excessive, or inappropriate.  Giving any third party a say or worse the power to invalidate contracts sets a dangerous precedent, and I’m surprised that is not realized by more people. ..or doesn’t seem that way.

17 Jan
2010
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How Obama should? play the race card

Andrew Samuels, a Jungian psychoanalyst and professor, and a politically intellectual bigwig in some circles (per Wikipedia) has a provocative video post on his website (www.andrewsamuels.com ‘Is Barack Obama a good-enough leader). This was posted in June 2009 so my apologies if this stuff was posted or discussed here before.

Samuels tells us he is not at all surprised by the recent disappointment in Obama and his failure to maintain the wave of messianic approval that American voters seemingly handed him last year. Samuels accurately points out that the “fall” of Obama was inevitable given the lofty, manic-like ideals he inspired. Mania is generally followed by depression, a high followed by a low. Samuels wonders how it is that the intellectual elite of Obama supporters failed to realize this.

Obama himself realized the impossibility of achieving his fantastical agenda. Samuels notes that Obama has not adopted the sort of radical economic policies that apparently his true supporters had wanted. I guess what seems ‘radical’ to his opponents is not nearly what the true liberals were hoping to accomplish (a scary thought!). Samuels then suggests Obama take to heart and expand on what the Brazilian president concluded about the economic downfall-that it was caused by people with “white skin and blue eyes”. Samuels suggests  Obama, with his ‘Kenyan background’, is in the perfect position to point out the shortcomings and destructive results of ‘western cultures and values’. And that Obama should use his racial background and history to create a more ‘empathic’ stance toward ‘non-white countries’, rather than naively think he can be the president of all peoples and cultures, or “be the true father of the nation”. So Obama’s message of unity and creation of a universal world order was faulty and sophomoric from the start?  Samuels apparently believes Obama can better cement his place in history by embracing racial separation, division, and use this to promote an agenda that will benefit those apparently bamboozled by the ‘White culture’ all these years. So much for hope, change, peace, love, unity, and equality. Let the racial wars begin!

19 Dec
2009
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What is the opposition to Obama’s reforms?

A colleague living in Europe recently asked me why there are such “vehement” oppositions from some to Obama’s reforms. My colleague then went on to give me a lecture about the responsibility of government to provide for its citizens, the responsibility of those who are fortunate to those who are less fortunate. After listening to his version of the liberal worldview, I told him yes he was right and just in being concerned about those who as he stated cannot provide for themselves and their families. I believe too that we all should have that concern, and I believe most people do. The question is what is the best way to go about it?

I believe helping people to provide as much for themselves as they can, not excessive government handouts and interference will create a healthy and sound population. A healthy sense of self and esteem comes from personal achievement and productivity, which in turn will create a people who are most able to contribute to the greater societal good. Government caretaking and excessive charity sometimes end up maintaining the very thing that they are attempting to eliminate, i.e. inequalities, social classes. There is no room for a people being coddled and enabled to move up anywhere–there will always be a class of caretakers and class being cared for.

15 Nov
2009
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ObamaTransit

The White House is proposing to take over Mass Transit in all major cities. Will this mean there will be no more random searches of backpacks and large containers?

I shall have to let this news sink in before I comment any further…

1 Nov
2009
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sexual desire, evolution, and the inner city

I attended a recent lecture entitled the ‘evolution of human sexual desire’, by Lawrence Josephs, Ph.D., professor at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies of Adelphi University. Part of the talk discussed the sexual life of the bonobo chimps, the closest relatives of humans on the evolutionary tree, and why there are similarities and differences in the two species. Bonobos and humans engage in similar sexual behaviors and play, but the Bonobos and chimpanzees in general are ‘open’ about sex, meaning sex and sexuality are practiced and displayed publicly, without any guardedness or public censorship. However, human sexuality developed with repressions. The question of why humans evolved a standard of having private sex was attempted to be related to the only situation where chimps have private sex-when females have sexual contact with sub-dominant males. Chimp females hide their sexual relations with subs from the alpha male. This is theorized to be related to females’ attempts to insure a healthy, numerous gene/sperm pool for their offspring. Females attempt to become impregnated with younger/more virile sperm from sub-dominant males (chimp teens have sex with older females and their mothers, and this is tolerated by the alpha male as long as females are not ovulating) and have alpha male assume role of protector. Josephs related this to prevalence of inner city teen pregnancy-from this evolutionary psychological perspective, the quality of life in the inner city, combined with absence father-figure, alpha male caretaker results in females programmed through evolution to develop promiscuous sexual behaviors to insure the success of their offspring, i.e. the greater the exposure to a variety of genes/sperm, the greater the likelihood of success for their offspring. So what are the implications of this? Are teenage sexuality and pregnancy in these situations motivated by an evolutionary biological instinct? Can the ongoing existence of the determinants of this instinct result in it becoming fixed and transmitted in successive generations? Can this occur despite changes in the environmental determinants, or does the development of this instinct prevent environmental changes?