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Dear World (a letter from a US citizen)

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Dear World,

When you do something wrong you have to admit to it so I am. As an US citizen I want to apologize for my role in the US policy that has hurt the world. While I don’t have any political or economic power, I still regret our governments involvement in the mistakes that have hurt you and your family.

I don’t pretend to understand the ramifications of foreign policy, or the plain need to be a hero in other countries internal matters. I am not advocating for war or peace, but I regret that the US choices have not always been the most thoughtful ones.

I know as one person it is not my fault for the decisions of our leaders. Still I want you to know that many US citizens regret the horror and pain that our country does. I ask you not to judge a country by its leaders actions. Don’t those leaders represent our desires? Only the most powerful and well-connected have their desires listened to. Maybe it is the same in your country.

We don’t care for our own poor, eduction and well-being. Is it any surprise that we give lip service to humanitarian aid, but have plenty of money for war?

We have allowed interests contrary to human welfare to guide us for too long. We suffer from what Mother Theresa saw when she came to the US. She said that coming to the US she saw a new kind of poverty she had never seen before.

Your frustrated friend,

me

Beautiful day in Chicago

Pink Line Crosses the Chicago River

Going for a walk! If you are here in Chicago, get away from your computer and have fun!

Book Review: Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrows Big Changes 9780446580960: Mark Penn, E. Kinney Zalesne: Books

 

Amazon.com: Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrows Big Changes 9780446580960: Mark Penn, E. Kinney Zalesne: Books. I liked this book. It had some references and real facts for a change. Some of his arguments seemed obvious and I wasn’t always convinced that they were valid. MIght be a good introductory text for a statistics class.

 

7 Myths Mythbusters Proved That We Still Cant Believe Are True – Topless Robot

7 Myths Mythbusters Proved That We Still Cant Believe Are True – Topless Robot. Some interesting confirmation on things.  I was surprised as well that you can slap sense into someone.

Book Review: Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide 9780425212363: Maureen Dowd: Books

Amazon.com: Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide 9780425212363: Maureen Dowd: Books.  This book was useless.  It said nothing worthwhile, mostly a compendium of pop culture.  I would avoid it.

Book Review: Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America 9780385526548: Eugene Robinson: Books

Amazon.com: Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America 9780385526548: Eugene Robinson: Books.  The logic in this book doesn’t make sense.  There are always people who are better off than others, but splitting into 4 groups doesn’t seem correct.  It is more the case that people are confused what is happiness and people pursue that differently.  Lots of personal examples in this book and questionable reasoning.

Jim Scott give new life to old Macs – Times-Standard Online

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If anyone has working but old computers I’d be happy to fix them like Mr. Scott and donate them to your charity of choice.  If you don’t have one, I will find one and donate them on your behalf if you like.  There are always people who can use older computers.

via Jim Scott give new life to old Macs – Times-Standard Online.

 

 

Why Universities, In Their Current Form, Are Doomed (via Playing the Devil’s Advocate)

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This seems like a superficial analysis to me. Universities are certainly out of date with their market, but they aren’t doomed. Social skills, and a vast other range of skills can’t be taught quickly that I have seen. You really need to have stable long-term relationships to get some of the finer aspects of things like teamwork and responsibility tested and blossom.

I believe that universities, in their current form, are doomed due to a combination of internal problems and externalities. Here is a short list of these issues: 1. In most western countries- universities are now used to ‘house’ youth in the same way that prisons are used to ‘house’ black men in the USA. 2. In countries like the USA and other Anglo-Saxon countries, the students are expected to pay for the privilege of being ‘housed’ in these plac … Read More

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