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Same sex Marriage

December 2, 2009 4 comments

Same Sex

The article is about the bill for same sex marriage being shot down in the NY senator debate.

This article makes me very happy because it denied gays and lesbians the right to be joined together in wedlock. I dont mean to get religious but seeing that most of our moral beliefs are based off what we believe religiously i feel i can relate this one to religion.

Marriage is defined as the union between a man and a woman. so if that is the definition of marriage then how can we allow man and man and woman and woman to be joined together in wedlock? It is not possible. One of the reason why the bill wasnt passed was because of the definition of marriage.

what are your thoughts on same sex marriage? mine is NO!

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Restoring Trust in US Leaders

November 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Trust Them?

The article is about the financial crisis that America was in and how the stock market is on the way to recovery.  Bill George, the author of the article, believes that the country needs long-term serving leaders who serve the customers and the society.

The article says that about 65% of  Americans believe that we have a leadership crisis.  The lack of true leadership caused the financial crisis to get out of hand a bring the economy to its knees. This results, according to the article, causes about 67% of America to believe that unless we revise and get a new leadership approach then we will not move out of this crisis.

“This crisis won’t be over until a new generation of leaders emerges that understands that long-term institutional stewardship and maintaining public trust are the two imperatives of 21st century leadership.”

How are we as young college students planning to be better leaders? Can we even be better leaders than the previous generation?

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Leadership

November 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Leadership A Joke

            Olson makes the argument that leaders, CEOs especially, can learn a lot about leadership from stand-up comedians. The article is based on the findings of a management coach by the name of Roger Edward Jones. Olson wrote about how Jones used his experience in stand-up comedy to bring a new approach to leadership. The comparison between comedy and a  leader, is that the comedian finds new and improved ways to convey their message to the audience. One of the most common ways comedians do this is through storytelling.  Storytelling, Jones believes, is a good way to communicate your ideas to your team in the corporate structure, but he feels that the art of storytelling is not being used to the best of its ability.

Leadership a joke?

There are some good points in the article about how to change up your leadership style and being a leader doesnt always entale being strict and boring.

Thought?

 

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Google

November 9, 2009 2 comments

Google to buy AdMob

Google had we all know is one of the most used searched engimes on the net. They have come into competition lately with Bing.com offer high quality search results and a number of internet users are making the shift to Bing.

Personally I feel that google has about 60-70% of the market and Bing.com is steadily eating away some of google’s market share. Instead of trying to better its search results and fight the competition Bing is now offering them; they choose to go out and propose to buy AdMob for $750 million.

If you never heard of AdMob before this is their homepage “AdMob

They are a very promising newly innovated company that is currently taking advantage of “mobile Advertising.” As far as I know AdMob is one of the first to see the need in this market and exploit it but now google is coming in to muscle them out and take over the market.

Should google be allowed to go in and muscle AdMob out of the market? Is this not a monopoly? Doesn’t this stifle innovations, creativity and more importantly Capitalism?

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Patents

November 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Patents. Are they really justified?           

I’ve long been against patents because I feel that they restrict the forward progress of other innovations. An example of this is in the drug industry.  Company A develops a new drug that significantly helps society in some way. Company A has the right to be allowed to patent that drug and make a substantial profit from that drug. Company B comes in and sees new ways that can be used to develop drug future and make the drug more efficient or even cheaper but they can’t until Company a patent term is up. The people suffer here because Company A is charging top dollar for this drug when it is clearly not a finished product and could potentially be cheaper if was sold by Company B.

The article above shows the result of a study between patent on products and the effects and also no patents on a product and its effect. What the studied found out was that patents; even though they are a reward for innovation. Eventually it restricts innovation and can be less profitable.

This is so due to the fact that the person who patents a product spends most of their time and money protecting that product from infringement and while if they had left the product unpatented then it would spark more innovation in the community generating more overall profit.

Maybe I’m thinking in a utilitarian way and wanting the greater good for the greatest amount of people. But in this case it really does seem more beneficial to let products go unpatented seeing that it increases profit and innovation.

I’m not saying that I’m against creators of a product being rewarded for their efforts. I’m just saying patents shouldn’t last that long because it is not beneficial in the long run.

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Living Below Means

November 4, 2009 1 comment

Living below means

The article addresses the fact that we as a people lived above our means for long that we don’t know how to cope with the fact that we must now try to live before our means to get ourselves out of this slump.

Bill Bonner, the authors, talks about how the last hit in the recession will be a soft one. This, he feels, is due to the fact that we are experiencing a slow world growth and this will take ease the effect of the commodity prices, and keep inflation low.

We all despise inflation because it makes it seem like the more you earn the less you have.

My thought now due to this article is; Are we as a people capable of living below our means? We have always been accustomed to getting what we want. If we need a car, go get a loan. If we need a house go get a loan. Easy access to cash and capital made American susceptible to a expecting a high standard of living; which realistically they can’t afford. 

Personally I was never brought up to get what I can’t work to achieve physically. I never had to luxury of having cash without physical cash, and by this I mean to say credit and credit cards. My family in Jamaica work for every penny, and I do the same.

So are we capable? Can we get ourselves out this slump by living below our means?

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America’s Christian Greed

October 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Greed

Ran across this video on America’s Greed and thought it would be interesting to get others reaction to this video.

 

The lady feels that we as a nation wants to fix the economy but also believes the we are scared to fix the problem. America as a country is driven by self-interest for all which in turn will promote and benefit others due to trade etc. The video does not take a dig at capitalisim vs socialism but just expresses the views of the lady (representing herself).

The economy, like i said before, is self-interested and the character in the video believes that we shoul move to more of a collective method state of mind than to stay in this individualistic mind frame we are currently in.

Profit motive, private property, competition and companies are key features of a capitalistic structure and these seem to be the downfall of th economy. How are we suppose to stay capitalistic in nature when the things that make us who we are; are the same things that makes us not want to be who we are? Are we as a nation promoting socialism? We may not like the word socialism but thats the way we currently are in some aspects of our economy.
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