Friday, May 13, 2011

Why the rich don't want poor people to eat well.

And I don’t mean the pretty horses people ride, but the hippocampus (orsea horse) circuits in your brain, which are crucial to memory. New research in PLoS One, Association between Income and the Hippocampus, demonstrates a link between lower socioeconomic status and lower hippocampal grey matter density.

PLoS Blogs

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Thursday, May 12, 2011


The art of leadership

Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. The best of leaders - when the job is done, when the task is accomplished - the people will say, we have done it ourselves. 


Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because they want to do it.


Lao Tzu - Dwight D. Einsenhower

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Things that make you say, "Hmmmmmm"

Culture is...

Culture is a kind of language. And as with any language, once we become fluent in our culture, we stop thinking about it.

Doug Pagitt


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Monday, May 09, 2011

There were elites before Obama

These days Americans get constant lectures about the need to reduce the budget deficit. That focus in itself represents distorted priorities, since our immediate concern should be job creation. But suppose we restrict ourselves to talking about the deficit, and ask: What happened to the budget surplus the federal government had in 2000?

The answer is, three main things. First, there were the Bush tax cuts, which added roughly $2 trillion to the national debt over the last decade. Second, there were the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which added an additional $1.1 trillion or so. And third was the Great Recession, which led both to a collapse in revenue and to a sharp rise in spending on unemployment insurance and other safety-net programs.

So who was responsible for these budget busters? It wasn’t the man in the street.

President George W. Bush cut taxes in the service of his party’s ideology, not in response to a groundswell of popular demand — and the bulk of the cuts went to a small, affluent minority.

Similarly, Mr. Bush chose to invade Iraq because that was something he and his advisers wanted to do, not because Americans were clamoring for war against a regime that had nothing to do with 9/11. In fact, it took a highly deceptive sales campaign to get Americans to support the invasion, and even so, voters were never as solidly behind the war as America’s political and pundit elite.

Finally, the Great Recession was brought on by a runaway financial sector, empowered by reckless deregulation. And who was responsible for that deregulation? Powerful people in Washington with close ties to the financial industry, that’s who. Let me give a particular shout-out to Alan Greenspan, who played a crucial role both in financial deregulation and in the passage of the Bush tax cuts — and who is now, of course, among those hectoring us about the deficit.


The Unwisdom of Elites

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I just want to be...




People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered : 

Forgive them anyway. 

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives: 

Be kind anyway. 

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies:

Succeed anyway

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. 

Be honest and frank anyway. 

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous: 

Be happy anyway. 

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow: 

Do good anyway. 

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough: 

Give the world the best you've got anyway. 


You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God: 

It was never between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa

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