Thursday, November 24, 2011
Despite the feeling that the world around us is slipping into war and chaos, despite the myriad of problems facing common everyday people, and despite the fear that seems to be creeping more and more into the lives of the people I know and love, I am thankful for the life that I have.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Sports have always been a part of my life. When I was a kid, I played the traditional big 3 (baseball, football, basketball) each corresponding season. As I grew, I found my specialties and strengths. Once done with school, I played on and off with friends in pick up games and lost interest over time as I grew older and more ticked off by the corporatization of professional and even college sports infected more and more with criminals and the weird obsessive behavior at the little kid level. While I rant and rave on how much a waste of time sports are or the evils of college sports programs covering up rapes of female students and, now at Penn St children, there is another element of sports I have overlooked that is a positive. It can bring people together. Not in the cheeseball crowd of strangers cheering on one event, but in the personal connection way.
Monday, November 07, 2011
Recent years have seen two organic protest movements take shape that the media is trying to portray as completely opposite, yet they are incredibly similar. Occupy Wall St has a distinct target with a focus on the big Wall St banks that control over 60% of US assets, while the Tea Party focused on the extreme levels of government spending that threaten to bankrupt our nation and at the least dilute the value of our currency. Occupy Wall Street is a much younger phenomenon than the Tea Party and has some unworkable ‘demands’, but they both strike at the heart of the problem of modern American politics and economics: crony capitalism. It is not just a banking issue, as the Solyndra scandal shows that the problem lies in government being in bed with big business, but banking is the most egregious example. For our nation and economy to move forward, we must sever the close ties between business and government, and a start would be with truly reforming our banks.
Saturday, November 05, 2011
The Soviets actually built a doomsday device like in Dr. Strangelove and didn't tell anyone. It is pretty amazing how advanced they could build some systems but how terrible they were at producing basic goods.