Just what are the minimum requirements to be fit to serve in public office? I really have to wonder these days. Aside from the blatantly criminal behavior evidenced by the boys and girls serving up in Albany, NY that is…..those jerks have really brought the bar down low, and it just seems politicians are getting less intelligent. Governors leaving office because of sex scandals, jump immediately to mind. Shouldn’t one have their personal life in order before they dare presume to order our public lives?
Consider the national Congress and Senate shenanigans, during speeches and on the Sunday shows, and you could make a case for the decline of American politics indeed. Some of the most stupid, harebrained, and racist comments are not made by some loopy blogger in an obscure location; they’ve been uttered by those already holding public office, and usually seeking a higher office. I even wonder if politicians should be tested for mental illness. Continue reading →
Can you believe the Citizens United ruling has been over a year ago? Some very industrious gals have been thinking a lot about that. ‘In fact, very deeply, as evidenced by this very interesting video by Dennis Trainor, Jr. profiling the brides of corporations, symbolically marrying their super rich, newly vested with ‘personhood‘ grooms.
Of course, the brides accessorized with plenty of green!
I wonder why the corporate gender is assumed to be male?
Gosh, I love the TedxTalks, as you can tell by how often I share video that interests me from that source. I also find the pervasive way porn has invaded almost every aspect of media and entertainment with its influence really fascinating, and at times, quite disturbing. I’ve always wondered how the younger generations are shaped by the mainstreaming of erotic films, and whether the easy access has hurt their sexual health.
As it turns out, the theory that porn in unlimited amounts has had some affect on the male youth of the nation.
Life is fast paced and stressful, and the modern woman has a ton of tasks on her daily list between work, friends and family. I wonder what could possibly make women remember to take care of themselves, to overcome their natural inclination to put their health last?
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Yes, that is a Victoria’s Secret model on the TED stage!
Cameron Russell, who has had a successful modeling career states some hard truths about her industry, her role in it, and how beauty can be powerful and superficial at the same time.
I really liked the video, and so I posted it. I hope you find it as inspiring as I did.
So, most of us were relieved that there was news of a compromise reached in Washington, that a bandage was slapped on to the mess our nation’s finances are in.
For most of the United States, 2012 has been a difficult and challenging year, replete with extreme weather phenomena, tragic losses of life, and one of the most polarizing elections of modern times, so I understand why the average American just wants to move on. We are weary. We’ve all had enough uncertainty, we need to be able to spend without worrying as much for awhile. Our economy depends on it.
The new legislation keeps the Bush era tax cuts for persons making less than $400,000 and couples making less that $450,000. It also makes permanent the fixes for the Alternative Minimum Tax and delays government spending cuts for two months. Continue reading →
Kids, I know you are as concerned about American food safety as I am. Especially Beef, which is why I limit consumption, and make every effort to get grass fed, organic Beef from healthy and humanely treated animals whenever possible. My caution still has very good reason, as it turns out.
I found this piece while browsing Huffington Post By Joe Satran, earlier in December 2012, and I am finally posting this because this will definitely be of interest to you.
This is the origin myth of the food safety system in the United States: The beef industry was a mess, led to awful practices by the profit motives of a few major processing companies, until investigative journalist Upton Sinclair exposed many of the atrocities of the packing plants in his 1906 novel “The Jungle,” which spurred the establishment of federal meat inspections, improving safety forever. Today, beef and other meat sold in the U.S. is safer than ever.
This is the true state of affairs, according to a yearlong investigation of the beef industry concluded by the Kansas City Star this week: just four companies process more than 87 percent of the beef packed in the U.S., and take advantage of novel, money-saving techniques that significantly increase the risk of contamination by foodborne pathogens, leading to hundreds of preventable illnesses every year. Continue reading →