February 7, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 191 436th Consecutive
SUPERBOWL SUNDAY, A CELEBRATION OF UNITY
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, as we go to press, it is Superbowl Sunday, in my house and in most of the known world, or so I have been informed, via word of mouth and Scott’s annual party to celebrate the event.
I have not, for many years, been a fan of professional athletics. I’ve felt that the money spent was outrageous considering the social problems such as unemployment and homelessness facing our nation and very much in evidence in Seattle and the greater Puget Sound.
Scott agrees that professional athletes are paid far too much and other professions not nearly enough. He also feels the same, by the way, about Hollywood. He also agreed that there was a time when there was more honor and integrity in sports than there is now and that there needs to be a return to a time when all athletes remembered that they are also role models.
That having been said, Scott observed, professional sports continue to be an emotionally unifying factor at a time when between politics and international policing, America appears to be tearing itself apart.
It is also not lost on me that the game of the year is played on Sunday, when, according to Christian doctrine, even God took a day off to appreciate the works He had made.
One of those works appears to be us.
That’s it for this week, gang. Take care, stay well and God Bless.
What are the ten most polluted cities in America? The answers just might surprise you
Many more Americans are leaving these 18 states than are coming in. Is yours one of them?
Here’s a good one for you. Do you know the ‘words of the year’?
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS
Oceana & Polynesia
TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS
Climate Change & Weather
Espionage And Terrorism
I recently read quite an interesting article in the Guardian entitled When Economists Ignore The Human Factor, We All Pay The Price. Decades later, many still agree with Keynes’ “Economics is essentially a moral science”.
Entrepreneurship when risks are awarded with profit is a great achievement of the last century and it was the key factor missing in the previous command system of economics in this part of the world leading to deficiency of consumer goods.
On the other hand, market forces by themselves are unable to provide nation-wide development of education, staff training, systems of social protection and prevention of the growth an army of the unemployed.
The task of the civilized market is aimed at the humanization of society, as the state tries to mitigate the market risks and direct economic relationship with the interests of society.
Rising of living standards leads to growth of national wealth through accumulation. Therefore, among economics growth criteria is the ability of the state regulation to eliminate negative social consequences.
Again, quoting this article, the economist should be “mathematician, historian, statesman and philosopher in some degree”. “ Done properly, it (economics) takes into account culture, history, geography, institutions, individual and group psychology.”
Entering, as we are, an era of information and globalization, some old mechanisms are just not working. But that does not mean it is time to dismiss the experience of the previous epoch,
It means, instead, that we need to study more thoroughly experiences of countries in their bloom, pros and cons, choosing the most effective approaches.
That is very actual for Ukraine now as I believe for many other countries.
That’s it for this week. Stay warm, my cousin Mishka.
This is so cool. The Man Bringing Jobs To The Gaza Strip
Good for him! Obama, in Mosque Visit, Denounces Anti-Muslim Bias
Good for us. And of course, pun intended. The US Is Using The Least Coal Ever To Keep The Lights On
More Good Examples
I did not know that we were but then I am just another tree in the forest. Why Are Americans So Angry?
As if we needed another reason to do something about this. The staggering economic cost of air pollution
This simply must stop. Who knows what it could lead to, then, eh? Pesky Raccoon Rides Toronto Subway, Doesn’t Pay Fare
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
When archaeologists unearthed an 800 year old Native American claypot and looked inside it, they made another amazing discovery.
This is a little eerie. The Space Age NAZI Flying Wing
This is scary. The Biggest Dinosaur That Ever Lived
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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
Whoever believes in the good in people draws forth the good in people.
~ Jean Paul
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This is right out of Edgar Alan Poe and I loved it. Ravens Know When They’re Being Watched ~ The Findings Could Mean That Humans Are Less Special Than We’d Like To Believe
I am not sure why this is headline news in light of earlier studies proving that to aquatic life, including marine mammals, sound travels through their element just like it does ours. Ship Noises Could Hurt Endangered Killer Whales, Study Finds ~ Slowing Ships Could Help Save Whales.
This is awesome. On Patrol With The Black Mambas
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