Saturday, July 7, 2012

Things to Know - 8 July

"I used to be for for Flip-Flopping, now I am against it"

1.  You want evidence that racial profiling exists - Big Time - in Arizona. Here it is.  A 96-year old Hispanic, and former governor of the state, fits the profile - whatever it is:

2.  The austerity minds of legislators will inevitably drive this country into permanent mediocrity.  Actually, their austerity agenda is hurled towards programs that invest in education, health, and social programs so that tax breaks for the well-off can continue.  To that end, we wind up looking back at things like this:

3.  Those of us who lived through or who can recall the social upheaval of the 60's and 70's can and do understand the misery of the youth of today. College graduates without job, high school graduates discovering that they are already at the dead-end.  Through their eyes and ears, they are experiencing the glaring faults of our present-day failures of government and our basic social and economic systems.  What is going to happen?  There are many ugly things happening on the horizon as the wealthy are gating their communities, and insulating themselves into isolated bunkers, and buying up all the political protection they can muster.  This article speaks to what the changes in the future might be based on:

4.  You'd have to research all the perverted social anarchists in history to come up with the worst-of-the-worst who could write a book of fiction that could rival the content of the Texas Republican political platform - seriously.  "To end the teaching of critical thinking skills at the college or university level"'s that for openers?:

5.  CNN is not one of my usual resources for pieces in this work.  However, I was struck by the leading line that "Romney is not a Flip-Flopper" I had to investigate it.  I pass this on to you, and hope you find it as interesting and true as I did:

6.  In all the noise and distractions in the world, one way to judge the success of a foreign aid program, is to look at a micro-economic benchmark.  In this case, a coffin maker in Africa, who used to manufacture about 20 per month, is now just doing about in the same period.  Why? may ask.  The success of many institution, countries, and the USA fighting AIDS.   Yes, it has worked to save lives, and improve what is considered life:

7. The development of the transit system in Metro LA is taking form and is playing catch up with all of the other cities who have already done it.  To do it, visionary planning and leadership that is able to think in terms of the far-off tomorrow are necessary.  It is working to overcome intractable attitudes based on yesterday's thoughts:

8.  Financing an education in the mode that Willard Mitt Romney envisions is easy; just be able to afford it.  If you want to continue your education to be a medical doctor, that is easy too.  Just be a family that has been saving a baseball hit by Lou Gehrig 84 years ago, and sell it to the highest bidder.  Wouldn't it be fantastic if everyone had such a baseball or sports souvenir.....but that is not the case; not even close:


"The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy." 
       -- Alfred North Whitehead
"Machines take me by surprise with great frequency." 
       -- Alan Turing
"In archaeology you uncover the unknown. In diplomacy you cover the known." 
       -- Thomas Pickering
"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." 
       -- Will Rogers

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