Saturday, January 29, 2005

Errol Morris

I just finished watching The Fog of War by Errol Morris and about Robert S. Macnamara and his incredible life. His insight into war and general and his take and perspective on Vietnam are extremely compelling. Current leaders would do well to listen to his points, even though i know they won't.

Friday, January 28, 2005 - Another columnist paid to help promote Bush policy - Jan 28, 2005

HMMMMMMM. OK. Where do we begin with this little story.
Imagine you were fairly unfairly elected president of the USA. That you had a majority in both houses of congress and a de fecto majority in the other branch, the supreme court. Then imagine that you embark on a tour to outline and explain the ideas and benefits of certain policy issues. No, say that with all of your political capital you still arent certain or just plain are not getting your point across. So you tell a few writers to through there 'media capital' behind certain, as good little conserves, they do. Now imagine you get found out.

Now imagine that you are a democrat.

Funny, but i cant begin to imagin what would go down then.

Now we are back to our present time. Imagine what will happen with this.

Strike three and your out!

Friday, January 21, 2005


This is the livejournal of a soldier who recently died in Iraq.
His last post, while poignant and introspective, foreshadowed his coming death, and I think we can all understand a small something from his words. When someone you never have met, someone whom just today you knew existed but no longer exists, may stay with you forever.

Regrets, i've had a few...

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Welcome to the Atlas of Canada / Bienvenue � l'Atlas du Canada

La Canada geographique c'est magnifique!

J'aime geographique!

Thursday, January 06, 2005 - Bush carries Electoral College after delay - Jan 6, 2005

We all remember the scene from Fahrenheit 9/11 when no senator would back the dissenting House reps who were concered about florida. Well apparently today they had a similar scene over Ohio, and had a senator and still nothing will come of it. And do you know what the reublicans said: thay voting irregularities in Ohio have been researched by journalists and have been found to be untrue. Journalists! They are the meter and jusge of our democracy! Goddess help us!

And props to Sen. Barbara Boxer of California for having the gumption to side with the reps. We are fighting for democracy around the world and trying to instalkl a way more democratic govt. in Iraq yet no one wants to face the music here at home wile the conserves are consolidating their power and grip. We our losing people.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

From each according to his need

I cannot resist, but must discuss this little piece of heaven from a fellow blogger who is of a conserve bent. I wish someone would explain to me why socialism has become the worst wird and ideology ever. Its like SATAN or something. Well apparently, those who have everything they ever wanted, or can achieve it relativley easily, are not happy enough to rule the US now, but want to send us back in time.

As example:

Throughout your entire career as a student, you have been taught that you are entitled to something, just because you have a special need. That is the mentality behind affirmative action. It also explains other problems like grade inflation. It is also the reason why socialism has failed despite the murders of 100 million individuals, all sacrificed for “the good of mankind.”

Since the rewarding of need and the corresponding punishment of achievement has been such a failure, there is only one rational thing to do. We must reverse the process. That is why, today, I am announcing a plan to deduct one point from your final average for every special needs voucher that you accumulate during the semester. The points will go to students who do not ask for special treatment but, instead, follow rules and seek to earn credit based upon individual merit.

OK. In my experience as a student, the only people who i ever thought deserved anything were those who worked for it, academically, personally, and socially. The people who could not have given a shit had the cars, the cell phones, the job with daddy'd business or law firm when they finished (ummm like mr. bush?). these people wasted my time, my professors time, and my colleges resources. It was the poor and working class people for the most part that took college seriously, because they can only go down if they fail, there is no cushion. So, they succeeded for the most part through hard work, while those lazy slackers (you got it, mr. bush again!) who may have done very little or nothing but party and drink, my fail but get supported anyway. So the two dichotomies continue.

As for socialism killing 100 million, how about the fact that 'socialist' or 'democratic social' nations were constantly played against each other by the US and europe. (see nearly every US 'intervention since 1953) for CAPITALIST GAINS. People with power and money and material wealth are very afraid of socialism beacuse it would render all of the material stuff moot. We would be grounded in our selves and what we accomoplish, no one else. That and we would be out for the betterment of all which is how societies started instead of the selfish me me me syndrome common among thosewho have or think they have power.

I suppose my biggest problem with this whole scenario of reversing the wrongs to make right is who decides what deserves merit? and how is that judged?

Monday, January 03, 2005

Game Theory .net - Resources for Learning and Teaching Strategy for Business and Life

VERY Interesting. I have always wondered what exactly game theory is, so here you go.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Congressman dies of rare disease

How would Tom Clancy or John Grisham write this one up? powerful opposition leader, whose a member of a powerul committee, whose stated goals were against what the rulers wanted, dies of a rare disease shortly before the fight for controversial legislation. now I am not a conspiracy theorist, but it does kind of remind me of a movie or book plot, like Enemy of the Sate. I guess i will just chalk this one up to a bleaker outlook for the opposition and sympathy for the congressman and his family.

Saturday, January 01, 2005 - Report: Sea gypsies' knowledge saves village - Jan 1, 2005

In our high-tech, fast-paced, computer world, and in the face of tragedy, one hasto wonder which side is more prepared? When this wave of death struck, were the computers there to help? Was it the phone chords and ethernet cables? No. But what was there was thousands-year old intuition. Know how of people who knew the land. I am reminded of the book the Island of the Blue Dolphin, a beautifully written craft of life and nature. They lived off the land when they were stranded, lived and learned. I think we have a long way to go before we get back to the level of understanding. We have to understand.

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