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The American Worker: Downward Mobility

All the indicators show an improving economy and, finally, the start of job growth. More than eight million unemployed workers see hope around the corner and re-enter the nightmare of job search with increased enthusiasm and the positive outlook they lost six months ago when they virtually gave up on ever finding a good position. […]

What Price Loyalty?

With the recent shakeups in the presidential cabinet, it has frequently been observed that the quality most treasured in the present administration is that of loyalty. Is that such an admirable quality? We prize the loyalty of our friends who protect our good name when we are not present. We respect the loyalty of committed […]

The Glorious Acts of Our Legislature

I always have to remember to take a deep breath when examining the laws being proposed by our grand Legislature. I detest most of the new legislation on the table, but have to forgive our representatives in the House and Senate for it. After all, writing laws is what a Legislature does, and if they […]

Asking For Proof in the Economic Pudding

There are no stupid questions, only stupid people. Ask an economist for proof of one of their pet theories and you’ll find quickly that the age old axiom that we all learned in school and work place training seminars is dead wrong. You can ask a stupid question if you’re talking to an economist and […]

Government Overregulation of Broadcast Content Could Backfire

Rush is right! The government’s stepped up bid to regulate broadcast television content is indeed frightening. Limbaugh made his comments during one of his regular radio broadcasts last year. Those remarks were in response to the FCC’s crackdown on broadcast indecency and Congress’ threats to hand out much larger fines to broadcasters for such violations, […]

The Lemon Dance: Why Government Doesn’t Work

Former Senator, Daniel Moynihan, accurately summed up the situation when he posited that,”[t]he single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because! it’s so rare.” In the case of politicians the public is protected from ineptitude and apathy through term limits. Unfortunately for John Q. Citizen, the vast majority of government bureaucrats exist […]

Don’t Trade Rights for Security

“Those who sacrifice essential liberty for temporary safety are not deserving of either liberty or safety.” — Ben Franklin, 1776 In the wake of 9/11 and subsequent terrorist attacks around the world, there is a real temptation to allow the government to take away some of our most precious rights in exchange for greater security. […]

Is America Bankrupt?

The US Dollar has been falling continuously in last year. The Euro, not so long ago worth 82 cents, is now at $1.27 – this is a gain of more than 40 percent in a very short time. The same goes for the Aussie Dollar: from 50 US cents to 77 US cents (that’s almost […]

The Divided Language

I was dismayed to learn the other day, that my all-time favourite George Bernard Shaw quote may not in fact have been uttered by him. Nevertheless, even the misquotation that Britain and the United States are two countries divided by a common language, will ring true with any British Expat who has tried to make […]

The Morality of Child Labor

From the comfort of their plush offices and five to six figure salaries, self-appointed NGO’s often denounce child labor as their employees rush from one five star hotel to another, $3000 subnotebooks and PDA’s in hand. The hairsplitting distinction made by the ILO between “child work” and “child labor” conveniently targets impoverished countries while letting […]

Corruption and Transparency

I. The Facts Just days before a much-awaited donor conference, the influential International Crisis Group (ICG) recommended to place all funds pledged to Macedonia under the oversight of a “corruption advisor” appointed by the European Commission. The donors ignored this and other recommendations. To appease the critics, the affable Attorney General of Macedonia charged a […]

OPECs Swan Song?

Indonesia’s Energy Minister, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, is unhappy with the modest production cut, from June 1, of 2 million barrels per day, adopted by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries last week. He intends to demand further reductions at the June 11 get-together in Qatar. The deal struck is so convoluted and loopholed that actual output […]

History of the Media, Radio, and Television

When were the forms of media created? When did advertising first show up? Who owns the media? Creation of the various forms of media * Newspapers & Magazines ~ 1880 * Movies ~ 1910 * Television ~ 1945 * Cable Television ~ 1980’s * Satellite Television, Internet, Digital Communication ~ End of the 20th century […]

Voters are to Blame for Bad Politics

When I was growing up, I actually considered a career in politics. I quickly changed my mind, though, when I discovered that there was way too much politics involved in it. Obviously, that’s a play on words, but I get funny looks from people when I tell them that. However, I am completely serious. The […]

Open Source and Post-Capitalistic Society

Capitalism as the social structure was founded in order to support further evolution and development of human race, to support the innovation which was oppressed by the former system. It was brought up by the two industrial revolutions. The technology was obviously the main to blame for the outcoming capitalistic society. The new capitalism was […]

An Environmental Voting Guide for US State Elections

In these times when states are suffering extreme downward pressure on budgets and spending, how is our environment making out? Did it suffer cuts right along with the Program to Assist Millionaires Become Billionaires? Are important environmental projects being dropped from the budget along with luxury items like the statehouse’s new Gold-Plated Enforcement Gavel? And […]

On The Privatization of Social Security

Reform Social Security has been talked of Capital Hill for many years. However, it is just put in a real action by President Bush recently. The reason is Social Security could have shortage to pay retirees by year 2018 and bankruptcy by year 2042 because the growth of retirees is faster than the contributors of […]

Protection of the Intellectual Property in Russia

A Governmental commission, headed personally by the Prime Minister has been created in Russia recently in order to counteract the infringements in the sphere of intellectual property. As he stated earlier, little is done for the protection of intellectual property rights in Russia and, therefore, both the rights owners and the state are actually robed. […]

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