Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Something to Know - 6 June


1.  If  you missed the Daily Show, here it is where Jon Stewart shows how China is the real winner of the War on Iraq.   In the words of Beijing - 功成身退  :

2.  Do you know what "Patent Trolls" are?   They clog up our courts with frivolous law suits, because that is what their business model is.  The do not manufacture anything.  They are almost like vultures, but vultures actually provide a useful service in the food chain.  Patent Trolls have no socially redeeming value:

3.  In trying to understand what is going on in Syria, here is a video slide show that puts a face on one particular rebel group:

4.  Welfare for the Wealthy.  Yes, there is actually legislation in Congress that actually promotes that.  Also, within the same bill, there are proposals to cut back on Welfare for the Needy, and Hungry.   You have to read this perspective on the Farm Bill as to what is going on:

5.  It is probably too late to save the Susan Komen Foundation.   It ran into problems when it put Karen Handel on its board, and then proceeded to defund Planned Parenthood.  The Komen foundation tried to reform itself, but once its public image was tainted, it  was all over.  This article details how the once good foundation has become a pariah:

6.  The good folks at the Anderson School of Business at UCLA are not of the opinion that the economic future is as rosy as traditionalists would like to believe.  So, in the interest of keeping us honest, this is a good read.  If you don't agree, then go to the guys at USC:

"In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the
rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing
civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest
honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have."
-- Lee Iacocca

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