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All-for-one? Or One-for-all?

Posted: May 7, 2011 by wordoflegs in Uncategorized

If a the Super Bowl MVP gets to go to Disneyland after the “big game,” shouldn’t the whole team get to go? The team that assisted him, the team that worked the same tireless hours that the MVP worked. Who should get the praise? The team or the individual? That same question is being asked about the recent Osama Bin Laden killings. A recent article published by the Los Angeles Times reports that the $25 million bounty for Bin Laden is still in effect.

“The Rewards For Justice Program, United States Department of State, is offering a reward of up to $25 million for information leading directly to the apprehension or conviction of Osama Bin Laden. An additional $2 million is being offered through a program developed and funded by the Airline Pilots Association and the Air Transport Association,” is according to the FBI’s most wanted page.

Some outspoken individuals say that the bounty should go to the man who shot the fatal blow to the terrorist leader, while others say that it should be dividend among the group. TO be honest, that one Navy Seal was able to kill Bin Laden because of the heroism and teamwork of his comrades. The money, I believe, should be evenly split among the group of soldiers.

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My “new” medium diet

Posted: May 7, 2011 by wordoflegs in Uncategorized

In the beginning of the semester I wrote a paper in which I examined my media consumption. In this essay I detailed the source of my news consumption to the genesis. It was interesting, to say the least, to revisit this essay. By and large I would argue that my medium diet has not changed all that much. In the essay, from the beginning to the end, the reader was brought through a drastic change in the subject’s (me) consumption of media. However, that essay surveyed a span of twenty years. While the scale of the semester pales in comparison to twenty years, college is a time of growth, and subsequently changes occur. Although no rapid change was evident, after reading the aforementioned essay, there were slight variations within my media consumption. In the “Medium Diet” essay I stated that I read the Wall Street Journal three times a week. This is one source of consumption has changed in that I tend to read the paper version—where as I used to primarily read the online version—more often, now four  to five times a week. I still am an avid reader of The Economist magazine, however, currently, I find myself visiting The Economist website more often to see what special stories they have posted. I would say that the biggest change comes in my belief that the shows such as The Jersey Shore or The Real Housewives are bad for viewers. It is not that I am necessarily taking a Steven Johnson approach, but I feel that if one watches a little bit of these shows, it will make them feel as though they actually have a life, and make them appreciate that they are not as petulant and narcissistic as the people they are watching.

Osama celebration

Posted: May 4, 2011 by wordoflegs in Uncategorized

I found it very interesting to watch the celebration after the announcement of the killing of Osama Bin Laden. However, what I found to be the most surprising, was the celebration that was carried-out by the college students.What surprised me was thinking that many on these students were between the grades of 3rd and 7th grade. Sure we (college age students) were old enough to remember the day and the emotions that were felt. But were we old enough and mature enough to understand the world before and after the September 11th attacks? I remember where I was when I heard about the World Trade Center being attacked. I awoke that morning to my parents crying and my brother  watching the news in a stoic manner. I was in the shower when the 2nd tower collapsed. I, personally would find it hard to celebrate his death, not because I find it hard to celebrate the death of someone–especially when they have so little regard for the human life, but because I do not fully remember what life was like before those attacks, and I, nor anyone, will ever see that life again.

Two Men and a Baby

Posted: April 24, 2011 by wordoflegs in Uncategorized

Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish have selected a godmother for their four month old son, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, and who do you think they chose? If you chose Lady Gaga, you would be correct. Both Elton John and Furnish thought that the controversial artist would be a fantatsic fit for the position,

“Zachary’s going to inherit an incredible musical legacy from his father one day, and she will be a good person to guide him through the ins and outs of the music business, ’cause she sure knows everything about the business now,” said Furnish on his reason as to why the couple chose Gaga.

The story should come to no surprise to people who know anything about celebrities and their perculier dicessions when it comes to their children–everything from Paltrow naming her kid Apple and even Sir Elton John himself is the godparent to the Beckham’s children, Brooklyn and Romeo. But is this a good idea? Or is it just a publicity stunt? The odds of both John and Furnish dieing and subsequently giving the child to Gaga is slim at best.

Capitalism: A Love Story

Posted: April 8, 2011 by wordoflegs in Uncategorized

I recently watched the movie Capitalism: A Love Story. This is the Michael Moore film where he discusses America’s seeming fascination with capitalism, and how it is leading to our demise as a nation. Although I do not particularly like Michael Moore, nor did I enjoy the movie, some points were legitimate; such as the film makes the claim that the Constitution does not guarantee happiness or mention capitalism or the free market. This is also a true statement. Many people employ the quote “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” However, despite popular belief, this quote does not come from the Constitution, but rather the Declaration of Independence. The 5th Amendment offers protection to our “life, liberty, and property” but nowhere does it mention happiness. The Constitution does not offer any words about capitalism or the free market. Also the film states that Franklin Deleanor Roosevelt proposed an economic bill of rights. FDR did in fact propose a bill of economic rights. It was proposed during his State of the Union address on January 11, 1944 approximately a year before his death on April 12, 1945. This proposal was also known as the “second bill of rights,” and guaranteed the citizens of America employment—with a living wage,— freedom from unfair competition and monopolies housing, medical care, education, and social security. So the movie Capitalism: A Love Story was correct in saying that Franklin Deleanor Roosevelt proposed a bill of economic rights approximately a year before his death.

GE utilizes tax holes

Posted: March 31, 2011 by wordoflegs in Uncategorized
There was a recent New York Times story written about how General Electric evades paying high government taxes.nI am not surprised about General Electric’s tax approach. I for one do not particularly mind GE’s approach. If GE was paying taxes, it would just be going down the tubes, on the basis that our government does not know how to spend our tax dollars. It does not surprise me that people are not up in arms about this. Many of the top companies participate in similar tax loopholes. Google has an office in Dublin, Ireland which is credited for 88% of Google’s $12.5 billion sales outside the United States; the money is then transferred from Dublin to Bermuda (a safe haven where the corporate tax rate is very low). “When a company in Europe, the Middle East or Africa purchases a search ad through Google, it sends the money to Google Ireland. The Irish government taxes corporate profits at 12.5%, but Google mostly escape that tax because its earnings don’t stay in the Dublin office” (Drucker 2010). This strategy is called a “Dutch Sandwich” or a “Double Irish.” Since 2007 this strategy has saved Google over $3.1 billion. Google is not the only company that does this Facebook (who sends their money to the Cayman Islands), Microsoft, and Oracle all have similar strategies. It is unfair to pin this strategy on just GE. GE, as can be seen by the aforementioned examples, is just one in a number of companies who participate in this act. I do not see an issue with it; sure they are taking billions of dollars out of the governments hands. However, I believe the government should show the people that they can spend tax dollars wisely and then maybe they can whine about getting jousted billions of dollars. On the topic of education, GE did donate $11 million to benefit various schools and $30 million dollars to New York City schools.
For some reason my link button was not working so I posted the link to the article below.

Pope approves App

Posted: March 24, 2011 by wordoflegs in Uncategorized

It seems to me like the culture and society are getting a tad to nonchalant when it comes to serious issues. Just a few weeks ago the Pope approved of an app for the Iphone in which one could repent for their sins. To me this is just one new link on a chain that has been going on for the longest of times. When will we stop this madness!!!!?