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Wasn’t This The Purpose of Separation of Church and State?

December 19, 2011 Leave a comment

I couldn’t have said it better myself!

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Third World Countries Might Be Better Off With “Bad” Dictators

December 18, 2011 1 comment

The recent Arab spring revolution has caused quite a stir, and today it was announced that Kim Jong Il passed away. I’d first like to congratulate the Arab countries for successfully overthrowing their oppressive leaders. However, I’d also like to send a warning.

“For men change their rulers willingly, hoping to better themselves and this hope induces them to take up arms against him who rules; wherein they are deceived, because they afterwards find by experience they have gone from bad to worse.” – Machiavelli in The Prince

Overthrowing one government in the hopes that another will fix the conditions is wishful thinking. The United States wasn’t founded on hopes and dreams, it took hundreds of years and thousands of legistlative adjustments to reach this point still far from perfection. As far as dictatorship is concerned, you will probably end up with a worse leader, cheers North Korea.

Kim Jong Il’s passing has likely put his inexperienced son in his place. According to wikipedia, Kim Jong-un is roughly 28 years old (pictured above). I’m no expert on North Korean government, but young dictators have never had me thinking, “excellent now we’re saved!” Also given the assumed state of North Korean education, I can only assume he is as irrational and ignorant as the average American teenager.

Leadership has and always will be an issue. Dictators rule with an iron fist, and it works because fear is an excellent motivator. Democratic countries have bought into this idea of freedom, but realize that it carries many burdens (OWS, anti-trust, corruption). So the real question is which is scarier, the 1% or Muammar Gaddafi?

Nothing is perfect, and this is especially true when we consider people as part of a society. It’s impossible for an entire country to agree, let alone a “Super Committee” of 8 politicians (‘Super committee’ fails to reach agreement – CNN). For this reason, dictatorship may often be the best option for these countries. Often, people wander aimlessly without a leader. Dictators, though possibly harsh and uncontrollable, can provide direction and leadership.

Sorry, but rules are not meant to be broken. The implementation of the correct laws can fix/boost a country’s economy, growth, education, etc. But I agree that the ruthless slaughter of a country’s citizens warrants that dictator’s death.

Image is from Earth (reddit). Yes, it’s a science book, the kind they don’t have in North Korea. Zing!

Letter from a poor black kid: Baratunde Thurston responds to Forbes’ Gene Marks – Blogs

December 14, 2011 Leave a comment

why are people so stupid? a deep philosophical inquiry

December 14, 2011 Leave a comment

why are people so stupid? a deep philosophical inquiry.

Darwin’s “fitness” has drastically changed with the introduction of humans on earth.

“Stupidity does not hamper reproduction! Stupid people breed. Stupidity may in fact help our ability to reproduce quite a bit. Anyone who has ever gotten married, had children and later wondered – why did I do that anyway? Oh yeah, that’s right, I was really stupid – can attest to the helpful effects of stupidity on the mating, dating, and attraction process. Not thinking clearly is very helpful in making the whole mystery of chemical attraction seem worth pursuing.

On the other hand, thinking too clearly and being too smart or too sensible can really really fuck it up. Thinking too much can badly inhibit the bonding process. The bonding process, which is essential for human survival, doesn’t give a damn about what we think of as smartness, it cares about irrationality and chemicals, both of which it highly values. None of us would put up with each other for a moment if it weren’t for the saving graces of stupidity and bonding.”

I’m glad I found this (the picture, too). Well played.

Unemployment Benefit Abuse is a Symptom of Laziness

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Before entering graduate school, I’ll admit that I abused the system. After my contract for a temporary position at Applied Biosystems (Life Tech) expired, I received unemployment benefits with no intentions of getting another job; I had already been accepted to a graduate program. Although my case may be an exception, I feel that the system is too easy to exploit especially with another extension looming in the near future.

Unemployed individuals who receive benefits suffer from a lack of urgency. Although some may find it difficult to live on unemployment benefits, many of my peers can simply move home and use it as an extended paid vacation. My generation simply doesn’t care to keep a job. I remember reading that more recent college graduates in the last few years move home and avoid full-time work than ever before. These recent grads also enjoy procrastination, apathy, dependence, and Call of Duty. They pick up a temporary position for 6 months then have no motivation to re-apply. Living off their parents and tax dollars, they receive unemployment benefits as they “search for a job.” Tax dollars are paying for their lack of motivation.

Unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed will likely be extended through 2012 although our government cannot afford it. Therefore, I propose that we use a tapered system for benefits. The longer an individual is unemployed, the less money they should receive. This will not only reduce government spending, but also further drive people to get a job. Of course, some people require these benefits for housing, children, etc. But if you really need something done, you will find a way to make it happen.

I’ll leave you with this to think about.

“I’m the type of person that if you ask me a question and I don’t know the answer, I’m gonna tell you that I don’t know. But I bet you what, I know how to find the answer and I will find the answer.”

That got me.