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Random News. May 31, 2011

Random news that I find interesting this morning. Perhaps you will too.

Education Choices or Business Decisions? Apparently, winning awards takes priority for schools over the actual education of children. In Gainesville, students claim to the AJC that the schools transferred without consent or pressured students to transfer to increase graduation rates. The Georgia Supreme Court overturned the laws about charter schools and public schools transfer students from one school to another to improve numbers. Are public schools a good investment of our tax money? Should we continue to employ people who worry more about the bottomline than the actual education of students?

“Liar, Liar, Vest on Fire!” (Michigan Billboard Highlighted in AJC) Jim Tressel finally resigned. Was there any doubt he would be gone? Tressel highlights the negative aspects of NCAA football. He looked the other way when student athletes exchanged their player ephemera for benefits. He failed to report this violation when he knew. The quandary: Tressel’s behavior on the field and off belied his private attitude which permitted rules violations.

A Good Story about being a Foster Kid. Heard this story last night on “All Things Considered.” The situation in which these children found themselves is not uncommon. A four year old providing care to her siblings in the absence of parents, or at least lack of parenting, is more prevalent that you can imagine. Drugs, depression, lack of understanding of parenting lead to children raised essentially feral. I highly recommend that you listen to the story rather than read. The voices of those involved convey the gravity of this situation.

Basic Human Needs. How do we feed the planet? Not well apparently. Food prices doubled in the last twenty years. They (whoever they are) predict the planet will have 9 billion people by 2050. Should we be worried about where food is grown and food prices? Yes. Should we be concerned that the planet’s climate might be changing (whether natural change or man-made or both)? Probably, but I doubt we have any control, ultimately, over the changes. We should be concerned that production of food is decreasing while the population increases. We should be concerned that children in our neighborhoods go hungry because parents have no money or spend their money poorly, or selfishly, without regard for the basic human necessities. We should educate people about basic human existence. Then we can worry about whether the coach of  a football team broke rules… (what’s really important?)

International Politics, Drama. Why is it a big deal that Iran denied the German Chancellor’s request to fly through Iranian airspace? Iran’s choice showed disrespect for the leader of a nation. A nation involved in the sanctioning of Iran. Germany called back, or withdrew, her ambassador from Iran. In the great game of international politics, these acts create a showdown. Except, these actors do not meet at high noon with 6-shooters at the OK Corral. No, these actors have bombs and can create war. In isolation, this snub might not rise to that point. Iran and the UN Security Council are at loggerheads. This act is another in a long line.


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Own the Blame

A Senate committee yesterday conducted hearings designed to beat up on the domestic gasoline providers. If the corporations are making a profit, according to Congress, then the corporations must be stealing from joe six-pack. Congress fails to understand or perhaps just openly acknowledge one thing: this legislative body CONTINUES to PREVENT oil exploration and harvesting from Anwar and off shore drilling in several spots off the US coast. For that failure, Congress needs to take responsibility.

Congress refuses to permit domestic oil exploration, blames corporations from taking profits, threatens suit against OPEC, demands that President Bush command the Saudis to give us more oil and, oh, by the way, remove our troops from Iraq. Domestic oil exploration would provide this country with a supply of oil. We all realize that oil is a non-renewable resource and that we would exhaust this supply. Do we have a choice? No, not really. Congress has proposed suing OPEC. Great! Make them mad and they will send us LESS OIL not more. This is a sound strategy if you want to forcibly reduce our reliance on oil.

President Bush asked that the Saudis provide more oil. The Saudis said no. Is Congress proposing the we invade Saudi Arabia if they persist? Sounds like it. An ironic potential result considering that the Democrats want troops removed from Iraq immediately if not sooner. We could just move them to Saudia Arabia and take their oil. Whether or not one agrees with the premise that marked the US entry into Iraq, the current situation must be analyzed beyond the myopic views of why we entered. The potential for Iran to fill the vacuum left by the US in Iraq could be devastating to our oil dependence as well as our economy, unless this country takes action to obtain an independent source of oil which is controlled by the US.

Congress should take responsibility for FAILING to permit domestic oil exploration and retrieval. Own the Blame and FIX IT. Stop posturing during your money wasting dog and pony shows. We need these corporations to fund the energy research that Congress has willfully failed to do since the energy crisis of the 70’s. Tomorrow is here. This country faces serious issues that will not be resolved by blaming corporations while Congress does NOTHING to resolve the issues. This country should be the captain of its own future-at this point, the ship has a leak and Congress is busy blaming others instead of fixing the leak. The leak will expand unless repaired.

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Ban Barbie, Batman and Harry Potter?

Iran wants to ban the American icons of consumerism to protect “Iran’s culture and revolutionary values.” As far as Barbie goes, ban her there, ban her here, I’m in agreement with that. I can proudly say that I am one of the few American girls who NEVER had or wanted a Barbie. (Although, I did have the charlie’s angels Kate Jackson action figure.) Barbie is a cultural problem for everyone. She is an unobtainable icon and figure.

Batman, I’m little partial too. Besides, actions figures can save anyone, anywhere in any language. He doesn’t have to speak English.

Harry Potter is beyond me, although the two movies I saw were pretty funny.

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