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December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

In this article, Senate majority leader Harry Reid has been quoted comparing those opponents of the Health Care bill as the same people that were slow to back the ending of slavery, women suffrage, and civil rights.  Senator Reid characterized the GOP opponents saying they have the same response to any major reform, “slow down now isn’t the time for such radical change.”

I believe Senator Reid’s words do hold some validity.  However, the issue at hand isn’t a universal right or wrong type issue like the ones he names historically.  No one really knows the absolute best way to handle a government ran health care system of if is the best solution to the country’s current health care crisis.  So many people are affected by such legislation that I think it is necessary that we don’t take drastic measures to fix the entire system in one swift action.  This topic deserves to take a slow down and I don’t think Senator Reid can blame opponents of the bill for wanting to do so as long as they realize that some action needs to be taken to address the health care crisis.

The article can be found here.

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SNL Tiger Woods Parody

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Over the weekend Saturday Night Live did a parody of the Tiger Woods scandal that had one of the cast members depicted as a physically abused Tiger Woods beside his wife.  Many are saying this was in bad taste because the guest was Rhiana who was a recent victim of domestic abuse.

In my mind, the skit wasn’t completely in bad taste.  Celebrities are criticized very often for their transgressions.  However, I think this shows some gender bias here because of the topic of discussion.  It is perceived as funny that male is physically abused in today’s culture.  If the roles were reversed there would be no laughing point for such an incident.   SNL should have probably not made light of what really is a sensitive subject.  Also, the fact that their musical guest was recently abused raises more concern to the thought process of SNL producers for allowing a skit on such a sensitive subject.

The article can be found here.

The Skit can be found here.

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Tim Donagy Speaks

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Tim Donagy is the former NBA referee that was caught betting on NBA games that he actually refereed.  This raised questions about the outcomes of the games and rather or not he intentionally altered the outcomes of games.  He claimed in the interview on 60 Minutes that he only used his knowledge of other referees tendencies to place bets and in no way altered his referee actions to fix games.  Donagy claims he was pressured by “The Mob” to give insider knowledge for bets.  Both of these claims have been supported by the FBI.

Despite the support from the FBI on Donagy’s actions, I think the refereeing business as a whole is being thrown into scrutiny.  These officials have so much power over the game that it isn’t surprising that they use their insider knowledge to place bets.  While no larger conspiracy has been discovered, one would think that the NBA and other professional leagues need to seriously look into adding further regulations and training that could deter future scandals.  Perhaps, the organizations need put in place intense ethical training for their officials to assure that these types of actions don’t occur again.

The article can be found here.

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Rat Risotto

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

On a recent episode of  “I’m a celebrity get me out of here” contestants were served rat risotto as one of the challenges.  The production team, killed, skinned, and cooked the rats to serve to contestants.  The team said they inquired health and safety officials to ensure the rats were safe to eat, but did not check the legality of actually killing the rats.  Now two the producers in charge of the show are being charged with animal cruelty, a charge that could carry a sentence of three years in prison.

I question the charges ethical base.  The animals were rats and in most societies aren’t seen as having any value, but instead are viewed as a menace to society.  Accordingly, many people around the world kill these creatures with crude traps and poisons that could be seen as even more cruel.  I think that since the rats were actually eaten there is no issue with animal cruelty.  If they were simply killed and only used for entertainment value there would be cause for concern.  Also, to put someone in prison for the death of an animal that most people disgust seems to be a bigger tragedy than the death of the a rodent in the first place.

The article can be found here.

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Global Warming Scandal

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

This is an article updating the current situation surrounding the Copenhagen climate conference.  Email hackers stole several thousands of emails that raise questions over studies regarding the cause of global warming.  The emails are said to have given some inclination that studies have been suppressed that might give rise to doubts over the cause of the global warming.  However, officials claim that the emails don’t conclusively dis-value any research on the human affects on global warming.

I think there is no doubt that propaganda is definitely used in pushing agendas to combat climate change and global warming.  However, these practices are somewhat necessary to gain attention for such important issues.  I don’t know if one can really say this is a use of misinformation, but instead a highlight of prominent issues and studies that give validation to the concerns about global warming.

The article can be found here.

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Christmas “Credit” Card Hault

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

With the rise of the economic slowdown many financial analysts are predicting most people will not be using the large amount of credit as usual to pay for Christmas this year.  The Article says that because of hiked fees and interest rates and the instability of the job market consumers are leading to more smart spending.   In fact, some help sites are suggesting not using even a weeks worth of pay on Christmas and instead use more innovative gifts instead of pricey electronics to celebrate the Christmas season.

I believe that we all should be smart about spending this Christmas.  Perhaps in the current economic client we should take a utilitarian view of spending think of the best way to spend one dollar.  I would say instead of spending a lot of money on personal gifts, send half that amount on a charitable contribution that help someone in need out much more than personal gifts.

The Article can be found here.

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AIG Executives Complain…. Again

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

The article describes another situation at AIG where the top Executives are threatening to quit their high level jobs if the American Govt. adjusts their pay any further.  Kenneth Fienberg is in charge of the top executives and has to decide if any of these top earners are replaceable.

I believe these executives should all be cut accordingly and if they decide to quit so be it.  Why not take these top positions, cut there pay and give it to a standout employee with a good track record that would actually appreciate the pay level that the job with come with.  In essence comb the business field and find young talent that is under paid and give these people a chance at rebuilding an empire.

The article can be found here.

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