Posted on October 2, 2009
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On October 1, 1979 John Paul II came to the United States for the first time as Pope. On the way , he stopped in Ireland. In a homily to young people, he told Irish youth: “Tell your parents, I believe in you.”
What a contrast from the message young people get today.
When well intentioned “educators” give young people condoms, what they are really saying is: “I don’t believe in you.” As a result, they wind up getting the very outcomes they are trying to avoid.
People naturally want to be “real.” But for that to happen, we first need to be in control of ourselves.
Posted on September 25, 2009
At the Clinton Global Initiative, one of the sessions included: Nick Kristof of the New York Times, Queen Rania of Jordan, Hilda Solis the U.S. Secretary of Labor, along with Andrew Liversis, the Chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical and Carlos Slim Helu, Chairman of the Board of Grupo Carso S.A. de C.V..
Queen Rania spoke about the need to try to educate all the children in the world. She said that $11 billion is all that it would take to educate the children in developing countries, who are not presently in school. She then commented that $11 billion is what Americans spend every three months to take care of their pets.
Andrew Liversis added, that in some ways — with respect to education, the United States is also a “developing” country.
Photo: Stephen Wise
Posted on September 23, 2009
President Obama spoke yesterday at the fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative –going on in NYC, across town from the U.N. As he has it the past, Obama emphasized that real change needs to come from the bottom-up.
One has to wonder how likely that is to happen, especially given the large numbers of people — rich and poor — who still throw their candy and cigarette wrappers on the ground.
Before change can “really” happen from the top-down or bottom-up, it first needs to come from the “inside-out.”
Posted on September 20, 2009
Known for their croissants and macaroons, Georgia’s now serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with live music several nights a week.
For people in New York City looking for a bit of tranquility, along with a dining experience that offers classic French cuisine at a fair price, check out Georgia’s on Broadway @ W. 89th Street.
Posted on September 19, 2009
If our “conscience” is alive and somewhat healthy, we know that with disordered living and repeated lying we become impoverished. Over time, the “self” collapses into non-being, tending toward nothingness — with the result being: diminished wisdom, hard heartedness and a lack of courage.
The anger and hatred directed at Mr. Obama are logical (though unjust) consequences of his numerous instances of dishonesty and cowardice — especially given the dire circumstances of so many Americans today.
In fairness to President Obama, the situation that he was dealt, along with the culture and people around him, make it difficult and almost impossible for him to do the right things in this moment.
Posted on September 17, 2009
Posted on September 15, 2009
With all the talk of the need for “change,” perhaps a re-evaluation of how our society defines “success” and “power” is in order.
A lot has happened since Thomas Hobbes and Adam Smith roamed the earth. Hopefully, some reflection on our own experiences, along with some study of history, can help us make progress in achieving a more holistic understanding of “real success” and “enduring power.”
Posted on September 14, 2009
One year after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, this writer passed by their former headquarter’s building, in NYC. Walking nearby was a homeless man, pushing a cart with a boombox, that was playing: “Sending Out An S.O.S.”
It brought to mind the New Jersey state pension fund managers who were buying Lehman Brothers stock as it was collapsing, and the pensioners who will suffer because of it.
Posted on September 12, 2009
The contemporary Western model for the good life was on display at a recent conference held in New York City, for European Pediatricians and Pharmaceutical reps.
In the last 40 years, the good life has come to include medicine for everything — especially self-esteem. With the Pediatricians, it is HGH (human growth hormone) being given, to otherwise healthy children, for the purpose of growing taller and being better in sports. One doctor from Spain said that he had prescribed HGH to an early teen whose parents wanted him to be a better soccer player. Coincidentally, a brochure for Pfizer’s HGH — Genotropin, had a picture of a young boy on the cover, with a soccer ball in his hand.
When the side effects from the HGH are manifested over time, the Bennett song concludes with: “well just wake up and kiss the good life goodbye.”
Posted on September 11, 2009
The election of a black president can certainly be seen as progress. However, in so many other ways the country is devolving — going backwards and seems intent on self-destruction.
Posted on September 10, 2009
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Posted on September 7, 2009
On this Labor Day in the United States, our hearts are heavy knowing that over six million jobs have been lost in our country since last Labor Day. But even worse than the job loss is the sense of hopelessness and despair that many people are experiencing. The lack of wisdom and abundance of corruption among our leaders only make it worse.
Posted on September 5, 2009
In recent years, scientists have worked to identify the root cause for the elimination of one third of the bee colonies in the U.S.. It turns out that there are numerous causes including: fungus, virus, and pesticides, which have been culled together under the name: “colony collapse disorder” — CCD.
One doesn’t need a PhD to recognize that “colony collapse disorder” is also happening among the humans living in the U.S., albeit for different reasons than the bees, but not unrelated to knowing how “to be.”
Posted on September 4, 2009
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Posted on August 31, 2009
Posted on August 30, 2009
The current system (between the FDA and drug companies) is not unlike that which existed between the ratings agencies (Moody’s and S&P) and investment banks, which caused so much trouble on Wall Street.
Many new drugs are being approved and entering the market before proper testing and evaluation has occurred. This is especially true of AD/HD and Depression medicine.
Recent cases have shown lethal side effects for numerous patients, including veterans and children, who have been the unfortunate recipients of some of these psychiatric drugs.
Hopefully a “reverence for truth and life” will guide the architects of any future health care system in this country.
Posted on August 27, 2009
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Posted on August 23, 2009
Today on the Chris Matthews Show — Chris and his guests, including: Tina Brown and Bob Woodward, discussed the future of newspapers, journalism, and the internet — as an alternative to printed news. After affirming the continued relevence of investigative reporting, Woodward (the same guy who broke the Watergate story) said something incredible. He said “what’s missing right now, this year is a crisis.”
It seems that Bob Woodward and most of his colleagues, don’t seem to get (or want to acknowledge) the fact that we are in a “crisis,” an existential crisis (bigger than just an economic crisis) that threatens the very survival of the United States.
In order to have any real chance at sustainability, the country first needs its institutions, systems and people to be renewed. By not admiting that we are even in a crisis, the press is not doing its part in the renewal process that is so necessary for sustainability.
Posted on August 21, 2009
Posted on August 19, 2009
Many of the best products at this year’s NY Gift Fair were from other countries. The most interesting American items, were “chocolate” themed — including: Vanishing Creatures, Caffe D’Amore and Sweet Assets.
The CANUS company, with offices in Canada and the U.S., has wonderful Goat’s Milk “care products” for humans and dogs.
Posted on August 19, 2009
One vendor said that she was charged $800 extra, by the Freeman folks at the Javits Center, to deliver a Fed- Ex box to her booth. She was told that if the package had been sent by U.P.S. (a union shop), there would not have been any additional charge. They also charged her $400 to repair an electric wire.
Such injustices, and countless others from on high, point to a grim future for small businesses in NYC
Posted on August 18, 2009
While looking for signs of renewal at the Gift Fair in New York City this week, I came across Norman the Phart Elephant — a doll created by a former Wall Street banker, with inspiration from her husband Norman. As if looting people’s pension funds wasn’t enough, now Wall Street wants to “Phart” on us. Perhaps Norman will help relieve some of the gas created by the recent Treasury bubble.
Posted on August 17, 2009
Branding seems to be an American obsession — whether we are trying to create our own brand or wearing someone elses. But ultimately, questions of identity depend on our relationship with our “true” Creator — to determine whether our true self unfolds or we become just a shell, or worse — a billboard.
Posted on August 16, 2009