1. The advances in technology are amazing. What we are able to do now, as opposed to 50 years ago - very amazing. This new program launched by Starbucks takes the innovations of technology with what we should now be doing into one project. There is the old standard argument by elite colleges and universities that a bricks-and-mortar residential experience is the best system- and yes I would agree. However, only a very few can qualify or afford that experience. There is an extremely large group of potential students, who can benefit from a quality education from a serious program on the Internet. This is a program to watch:
2. The biggest natural element that is toxic in our world is not (1) Carbon and greenhouse gases, or (2) The proliferation of guns and the resulting killing and mayhem. No - the biggest obstacle to tackle and overcome is IGNORANCE and resulting stupidity. This failure and its resulting negligence and dereliction of duty is found in our Congressional representative. If and when this ignorance is eliminated, we may have a chance to apply a modicum of governance to resolve our other problems:
The President's speech suggested to me that were we to follow his leadership, we will be in Iraq not for months, but for years. I also hope I am wrong on this.
-- Daniel Inouye