Basic Rights

Free Raif BadawiRaif Badawi was supposed to get a second part of  getting a 1000 lashes (50 a week for 20 weeks) last Friday, but it was delayed for medical reasons.  In addition to his 1000 public lashes, of which he has already received the first 50, he is to serve 10 years for basically expressing his opinions and wanting a little more of what most of us  consider basic human rights. Continue reading “Basic Rights”

Most Influential Person? Steve Jobs?

Steve JobsA friend and I had a conversation about the most influential person over the last two decades not too long ago.  The conversation was lead off with some comment shortly after Steve Jobs passing (guess that dates the conversation a bit more than I care to recall) that he was probably the most influential person in the last twenty years to twenty-five years or so.  I took objection to that, and suggested that maybe it could be argued to be the case for the last decade or so (going back really to the iPod, including both the iPhone and iPad), but that really there are a LOT of other players to be considered for most influence even there, and especially if you look back as far as quarter century from 2012.  What do you all think?

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Search Engine Warnings for Questionable Sites

Cover of  Morozov's BookIt is almost believable to be that some one is actually suggesting this kind of thinly veiled move toward censorship, but that is exactly what Evgeny Morozov is proposing. Morozov is a writer of a book and researcher that focuses on how the use of technology tends to affect the social aspects of society at large, so his opinion piece recently suggesting such a move of labeling websites that may be based more on pseudo science as such has gotten a lot of attention. Now to be sure, after reading his opinion and listening to parts of his recent interview Q, his actual idea is to label the sites actually based on science or even move them up in the page rankings.

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Finding My Muse

Elijah Craig BourbonFinding Un-leashing my muse. You may have noticed over the last few weeks months that my blogging has been less than regular. I had an epiphany a couple of days ago though about that which has my muse bottled up. Now to be sure, I have had a lot of things on my mind the last couple of months, especially with figuring out what has been going on with me and diagnosed with MS, but there is more. I have this focus with perfection that gets in the way of my muse way to often.

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Consider Theory of Multiverse

MultiverseInteresting conversation heard this past Friday on NPR while driving to Kansas city with an author on the subject matter. Granted there are several mathematical theories that suggest and point to the idea of instead a single universe, instead multiple universes. It is certainly an interesting subject matter to consider, given the different theories of how they exist and even how they would have come into being given the different theories. What I find most interesting though is the concept that given an infinite number of space (and perhaps one could argue the same for time) for things to occur within and the apparent finite building blocks of matter, at some point it is very likely that some other universe would approach very closely and perhaps even be an exact replica of this one in which we are currently living and breathing, even having this thought. In those close but not exact other universes instead of sitting here in a coffee shop writing this I could be out on a lake fishing and in other similar one I could be in armor getting ready to head down the lane for a jousting pass.

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New Insurance Law & Cost

Health Care Reform BillAnyone else there have an opinion on the fairly new Health Care Reform Law that is often called Obama-Care? I have been mulling this one over in my head for some time, considering various aspects of it as I thought it through and finally have some comments to make about the law. I have to admit, the libertarian part of me really gets a bit riled up about this one when I think about another thing the government is going to force me to do whether I want to do it or not. I get even more riled about it when I think about the folks that will then get coverage at a discount when I consider all the years in the past that I have paid for health insurance and scarcely used it. I will grant, the larger portion of that health insurance was picked up by the employer most of the time, but still, my pay would have in theory been more if not paying for it, right?

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