Wednesday, April 4, 2012
President Obama’s fruitless three-year search for compromise with the Republicans ended in a thunderclap of a speech on Tuesday, as he denounced the party and its presidential candidates for cruelty and extremism. He accused his opponents of imposing on the country a “radical vision” that “is antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity.”
Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential front-runner, has embraced a House budget plan that is little more than “thinly veiled social Darwinism,” the president said, a “Trojan horse” disguised as deficit reduction that would hurt middle- and lower-income Americans.
The speech was immediately attacked by the House speaker, John Boehner, for failing to deal with the debt crisis, but Mr. Obama pointed out how hollow that charge has become. “That argument might have a shred of credibility were it not for their proposal to also spend $4.6 trillion over the next decade on lower tax rates,” he said. The math is, in fact, quite simple: cutting both taxes and the deficit can mean only more sacrifice from the middle class and the poor, ending the promise of Medicare and Medicaid.
On April 4, 1968 civil rights giant Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. Most people remember Dr. King as civil rights pioneer. What most don’t recall is that Dr. King was a powerful advocate for union rights. On April 4, 1968 he was in Memphis to appear on behalf of local sanitation workers who were on strike for a five cent an hour raise.
Dr. King called the spread of Right-to-Work legislation the number one threat facing minorities, women, the poor and the middle class in America (1964).
Unions across the nation will mark the anniversary of Dr. King’s murder with a protest against the killing of employee rights in places like Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana, and the efforts to do the same in other states.
The new look is not a change for the better. It is done because computers at the University of Phoenix did no show the words over the images...instead only pictures showed up on the screen. So for a while we will have a boring but easier to read look for this blog.
I am told that the version of Windows was why this blog could be shown or used in the Critical Thinking class I teach there.
If only the world were all Mac..Life would be so much simpler!
I am told that the version of Windows was why this blog could be shown or used in the Critical Thinking class I teach there.
If only the world were all Mac..Life would be so much simpler!
1934 Chicago Tribune political cartoon
Thanks to Will Sosa. To view larger go to: http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-pod-1934-cartoon-pic,0,7114709.photo
This is a 1934 Chicago Tribune political cartoon that many say rings true in today's political and economic climate. What do you think?
After two years of Obama ...
Here's your change!
January 2009 / TODAY (1/1/2011)
Avg.. Retail price/gallon gas in U.S.
Crude oil, European Brent (barrel)
Crude oil, West TX Inter. (barrel)
Gold: London (per troy oz.)
Corn, No.2 yellow, Central IL
Soybeans, No. 1 yellow, IL
Sugar, cane, raw, world, lb. Fob
Unemployment rate, non-farm, overall
Unemployment rate, blacks
Number of unemployed
Number of fed. Employees
Real median household income
Number of food stamp recipients
Number of unemployment benefit recipients
Number of long-term unemployed
Poverty rate, individuals
People in poverty in U.S.
U.S.. Rank in Economic Freedom World Rankings
Present Situation Index
U.S.. Dollar versus Japanese yen exchange rate
U.S.. Money supply, M1, in billions
U.S.. Money supply, M2, in billions
National debt, in trillions
(1) U.S. Energy Information Administration; (2) Wall Street Journal; (3) Bureau of Labor Statistics; (4) Census Bureau; (5) USDA; (6) U.S. Dept. Of Labor;
(7) FHFA; (8) Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller; (9) RealtyTrac; (10) Heritage Foundation and WSJ; (11) The Conference Board; (12) FDIC;
(13) Federal Reserve; (14) U.S. Treasury
This was sent by a student as part of an anti-Obama e-blast.
Critical Thinkers note:
The Data is from January 1, 2011, or as of the end of December a full year ago, less than two years into the Obama presidency and a year out of date (represented as "today). How have the numbers changed? Where specifically are the numbers from? (See note below).
The "sources" are not specific with date, page, article and author attribution, so there remains no proof that they came from those sources or whether or not they were from "news" or "commentary" in those publications. If commentary, then it is opinion. If news, that is the full context?
The President has no power to correct any of these "problems", although the non-thinking people whom this mailing is attempting to anger to vote against Obama may think so.
These "problems" blamed on the president are tied to international finance, international commodities (traded under the very business model that those seeking to unseat the president say is sacred). The United States Government, much less the presidency, has little or not power to alter international free trade by investors, which led to increases in prices on most all energy, food and commodities.
The numbered do not take into account that years near record drought (the president does not control weather) and its impact on commodities, employment and trade.
The numbers do not take into account the trends going into 2010 that were reduced and in many cases reversed, despite overwhelming opposition to programs needed to address the problem by the congress.
The intend of the propaganda is to sell the public to blame it all on the president.
I regret that the large loud capital letters and original format of the message did not transfer properly to this post. It refers to "bumbles" and "fault" attributed to President Obama without acknowledging outside influences or situational experiences and situational decision making. I suggest you read more in textbooks on Critical Thinking, Decision Making and Critical Thought if you choose to ignore my example of why not to believe propaganda you get on e-mail or hear on certain talk based "news" programs.
It takes cooperation, compromise and a team to bring change. Has Congress provided this team work and support for the presidency? Ask yourself and research the answers.
First Posted December 14, 2011
How are the Millennial Generation doing as voters? They are credited with helping to elect Barrak Obama, and then changing the chemistry in the Senate and in governor's races the other direction.
Remember the source... In the case of this morning's Las Vegas Review Journal, as the editors wrote the head "Young voters now dis democrats, poll finds" on a page one story.
When you read the story you find that the Pew Trust found that registered voters 18 to 29 favored the Democratic Party 62% to GOP 30% in 2008, while a poll this past December shifted to 54% to 40%.
First off, is this a "dis"?
Second, be aware the poll was of voters, not all young people.
Third, and most important, when you visit Pew you will find an error for the demographics breakdown of +/- 8.5% or 17% total. The difference shown is a shift away from democrats of 8%, within the error margin.
The pew trust report, not highlighted by the RJ and its headlines, indicated, "large numbers of young adults like the president, but are dissatisfied with the rate of progress in changing Washington and fixing health care". The story goes on to say that younger voters do not understand the time it takes to craft compromises and the depth or nature of the political motivations of politicians and political parties.
Deeper into the copy, far beyond what headline readers or those who scan story would end up reading, the report by Hope Yen of the Associated Press reads "neither party has a hold on voters ages 18 to 29. They tend to vote far less than other age groups...Analyst find the fast pace at which young people live their lives, and both parties should take note of their fickleness."
Former George W. Bush strategist Matthew Dowd feels "they haven't become Republicans, and they aren't solid Democrats. They’re just looking for leaders who are where they are and will deliver...both parties should be cognoscente of the volatility of that group."
In addition, in contrast to all other demographic groups, only "34 percent" supported sending more troops to the Middle East and over "50% were dissatisfied" with what they see is escalation of the war.
The AP summary of the report goes on to say those voters 18 to 29, or the Millennial Generation, represent one quarter of the electorate but vote less frequently, so they had a lower impact on election results. The demographic tends to be less religious, more racially diverse, increasingly liberal on social issues, favor gay rights and contrary to the Tea Party or conservative movement, feel that government should do more to solve problems.
The overall Pew study covers only 2,020 adults reached by cell phone (considered more accurate as methodology for young adults) and landline between January 14 and 27. The overall estimated error for all groups studied was plus or minus 2 % (4%) with the harder to reach 1 to 29 at 8.5% (17% range).
Yet the matter of the epistemology of memory belief is important for its own sake as well. Virtually all of what we know (or are justified in believing) at any given time resides in memory. However, epistemology has been focussed almost exclusively, even if implicitly, on the epistemology of belief formation — of coming to believe a proposition. Yet it is not at all clear that the conditions necessary and sufficient for justifiably coming to believing a proposition are necessary and sufficient for justifiably maintaining it. So if we are to understand how we know the vast majority of what we know at any given time, we'll need an account of the epistemology of memory. This essay will focus on the issues that arise when one attempts to construct such a thing.
The nature of memory was hotly debated in the early modern period by British empiricists David Hume and John Locke, and by Scottish Common Sense Realist Thomas Reid. Our selective excursion into historical discussions will also include a consideration of Bertrand Russell's from The Analysis of Mind. We'll conclude our historical review with the briefest of surveys from the small literature of the second half of the last century.
With our limited survey completed, we'll next clarify the various ways that “memory belief” can be construed. This turns out to be a more complicated business than one might have thought. Having made a number of relevant distinctions and defined our terms, we'll at last be prepared to consider how different kinds of theories account for the justification of that which we remember. Finally, we'll have a look at the prospects for demonstrating the general reliability of memory.
- 1. The Metaphysics of Memory
- 2. Remembering
- 3. Memory Belief
- 4. The Justification of Memory Belief
- 5. The Reliability of Memory
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Your creative flow is simply when you are most likely to think of or being something that is uniquely you to a project or an action. A key method to stimulate more advanced research, unique ways or patterning presentations or papers and original ideas is to pay attention to when and why you tend to bring out your creative self. What triggers your creative flow?
Time of day?
Type of work?
Use of your hands?
What you eat?
What you drink?
Religion or faith?
Warm up routines?
Smells or scents?
Furniture or equipment?
For each of us our creative muse is different, and the flow of our creative energy comes from different places. What we do know is nutrition, rest and positive reinforcement are useful. Sometimes panic stimulates chemicals in your body that actually may be related to creativity and innovation. These same steps work in research, study and simpler tasks like homework.
So where do you find your creative flow? How do you tap into it? To be sure that it is there when you need, you may wish to try a few dry-runs and observer your own comfort and creative bubble.
1. Set yourself up with a meaningful challenge. When can you commit 100% to something you find important, meaningful or interesting?
2. Make the task difficult but not impossible. Push yourself to go outside of your comfort zone. Be able to break a task into parts instead of taking on the entire mountain in one bite.
3. Minimize distractions. There are arguments that we live in a distracting world. They are true. Texting, cell phone, Internet, phone, dorm life, big families, friends, other tasks all take away from your ability to focus on the task ahead, and often are welcome distractions from things you find easier, more pleasurable or you tell yourself will only take a moment. For me it is blogging, e-mail and TV shows i enjoy. When it is time to work turn off the phones and automatic alerts on your computer. Make sure people know not to interrupt you. Nevada have things you do not need that you will use or find distracting in the area where you are doing the work. Anything you can do to minimize distractions, do it! (within the law of course).
4. Use triggers to alter your state of mind. Make a use of the triggers you identified earlier on in this self-assignment to stimulate creativity and focus.
5. Reward yourself when you complete your task, or the self-assignment segment of the task. Make sure your work justifies a reward.
Partially drawn from Lateral Action: The Creative Pathfinder web site.
Fast Food to Replace Green Programming on Discovery. Paramount ges in bed with Google. Newest Cartoon Network is On Line! Direct TV Fued with Tribune Stations. Letterman to remain on he job becoming logest running night time host (beating Johnny Carson's record). Comicon the documentary.
Discovery Communications has decided it's not easy being green. Discovery Communications is pulling the plug on Planet Green, its cable channel devoted to shows about the environment. In its place, Discovery is launching "Destination America," a new channel that Discovery Chief Executive David Zaslav tells USA Today will be "based on middle America, strong values, behavior and customs." Apparently one custom the channel deems truly Midwestern is fast food. One of the new shows on the channel will be "Fast Food Mania," which is described as a look behind the best fast-food places and what makes them tick. Maybe John Mellencamp can host an episode about Dairy Queen.
The cable programming giant announced it is pulling the plug on Planet Green, its nearly 4-year-old low-rated cable network devoted to "green lifestyle programming." On May 28, which is Memorial Day, Planet Green will become Destination America, a channel that Discovery said will "celebrate the people, places, and stories of the United States, emblazoned with the grit and tenacity, honesty and work ethic, humor and adventurousness that characterize our nation."
Most of the shows on Planet Green -- including "World's Greenest Homes" and "Living with Ed," a reality show starring actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr. -- were aimed at "motivating individuals to take action when it comes to improving the environmental status of our planet," according to the network's website.
But Destination America -- which will launch in about 60 million homes -- is clearly going in a different direction. One of its new shows, "United States of Food," is described as a "celebration of America’s obsession with meat." Another, "Fast Food Mania," promises to "celebrate our favorite fast food treats and search for the most unusual fast food items and outposts."
“Discovery Communications continuously strives to break new ground with its unrivaled approach to storytelling that ignites viewers’ curiosity,” said David Zaslav, president and chief executive of Discovery Communications.
Other shows on Destination America include "Cheating Las Vegas," about "elaborate scams of modern casino gaming," and "Super-Duper Thrill Rides," which will tour the nation's amusement parks.
Photo of Asa Butterfield, left, plays Hugo Cabret, and Sacha Baron Cohen portrays the Station Inspector in a scene from Martin Scorsese's movie "Hugo." Credit: Jaap Buitendijk / Paramount
Google going strong arm against Netflix, Apple and other On Demand and Streaming Movie Sources. Google Inc.'s YouTube has struck a movie-rental deal with a fifth major Hollywood studio, Paramount Pictures, adding 500 new titles to its expanding online library.
The addition of Paramount's films brings YouTube's rental library to nearly 9,000 titles, featuring such popular mainstream movies as Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-winning "Hugo" and director Michael Bay's action-packed "Transformers" and classics including "The Godfather."
The deal reflects YouTube's strategy to provide its millions of online viewers with a range of entertainment options, from its trademark user-created video and polished Web originals to professional, long-form content.
Securing more sought-after Hollywood entertainment also supports Google's other high-profile initiatives, such as its Android mobile platform. The same movies available on YouTube also can be rented and watched on Android smartphones and tablets through Google Play.
"Paramount Pictures is one of the biggest movie studios on the planet," Malik Ducard, YouTube's director of content partnerships, said in an e-mailed statement. "We're thrilled to bring nearly 500 of their movies in the U.S. and Canada on YouTube and Google Play."
YouTube already reached on-demand agreements with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures and Walt Disney Studios.
What's most interesting about YouTube's movie rental agreement with Paramount is that it occurred at all.
Paramount's corporate parent, Viacom Inc., sought last fall to revive its $1-billion lawsuit against YouTube over the alleged unauthorized posting of clips from popular TV shows to the site from 2005 to 2008. Arguments were heard last October in the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, although no verdict has been rendered.
A U.S. District Court ruled in June 2010 that YouTube was protected from such infringement claims because of the "safe harbor" provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
The Paramount Pictures arrangement, which one person familiar with the situation confirmed, is not without precedent: MTV , Nickelodeon and Comedy Central all have channels on YouTube.
Photo: Scenes from "Pubertina," one of several animated series to be featured on a new animation channel on YouTube called Shut Up! Cartoons. Credit: Shut Up! Cartoons
Shut Up! Cartoon Network Online. One is about a Japanese monster that shrinks down to human size and is forced to seek a variety of mundane jobs. Another describes the life of a 13-year-old going through puberty, from the perspective of a recent Cal Arts graduate.
"Krogzilla gets a job" and "Pubertina" are among 18 original series that will be featured on a new online animation channel on YouTube debuting April 30 called Shut Up! Cartoons. It's the brainchild of comedic duo Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, creators of the popular YouTube channel Smosh.
Shut Up! Cartoons, targeted at teens and young adults, will feature a diverse lineup of shows, and is the latest example of how the Internet is emerging as an increasingly important breeding ground for animation.
Top online video distributors such as Yahoo and YouTube are creating or distributing premium online animation as part of an effort to keep viewers on their sites and to generate more advertising dollars. Google Inc.'s YouTube, its dominant online video site, is helping fund and develop 100-plus free high-quality channels with the support of top Hollywood animation veterans and new talent.
"It's a really exciting opportunity for us,'' said Barry Blumberg, the Shut Up! Cartoons executive producer and former longtime chief of Disney Television Animation. "What everybody struggles with in the media world is that there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen. We talked to creatives and said, 'What would it be like to essentially make your own thing?'"
Read more in today's business section.
Photo: NBC's "Community." Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times.
I am sorry, sort of. Dan Harmon, the executive producer of NBC's critical darling "Community," has taken a lot of heat for his part in a feud with Chevy Chase, a co-star on the show. Harmon made fun of Chase at the "Community" wrap party and Chase responded with a sharply worded message on Harmon's machine, which the producer later played in public. Of course, the message ended up online. Now, in a blog post, Harmon has apologized to fans of the show for the incident. He does not, in the post, really apologize to Chase. I only wish "Community" was this interesting on the screen.
Daily Dose: Talks have stalled between Tribune Co. and DirecTV. Tribune, parent of the Los Angeles Times, pulled its TV channels off the satellite broadcaster last weekend. Since then, the two companies have traded shots and DirecTV even filed a complaint about Tribune with the Federal Communications Commission. Usually when a fight becomes this nasty, lawmakers start to threaten both sides in an attempt to push them back to the table to cut a deal. Don't be surprised if, in the next few days, local and national politicians start to get involved in the battle.
Where did everybody go? Filming in the Los Angeles area dropped 2% in the first quarter of 2012, compared with the first three months of last year. The cause of the decline was television. While location filming for movies was up 16%, and commercial activity jumped 11%, television was off 19%. The television numbers are not likely to improve either as pilot production in the area was down 11%. Details from the Los Angeles Times.
The son doesn't always rise. James Murdoch's resignation as chairman of satellite broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting has added to the already dark shadow over his future at News Corp., the media giant run by his father, Rupert Murdoch. The younger Murdoch has been tarnished by the ethics scandal at the company's British newspapers, including the now-closed News of the World. The move to have him step back from his role at BSkyB is an attempt to shield that company from any blowback against Murdoch by British regulators. While financial analysts really don't care about the fate of News Corp.'s newspapers, BSkyB is considered a critical asset. Analysis from the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.
Staying put. David Letterman has renewed his deal with CBS and will keep doing "The Late Show" through the 2014 season, which would give him the longest run of any late-night host -- beating late-night legend Johnny Carson. CBS also gave Letterman's follow-up act -- Craig Ferguson -- another two years. Ferguson is also getting a new studio in Los Angeles. Currently in a small studio, Ferguson was thought by some to end up moving to New York should Letterman step down. With that not happening for at least two years, looks like CBS decided to throw Ferguson a bone with some new digs here. Coverage from the Los Angeles Times.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Robert Lloyd on NBC's new sitcom "Best Friends Forever." A look at Morgan Spurlock's new documentary about Comic-Con. Disney has cutbacks in its interactive division.
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Android phones may allow hackers to tap into Web-connected mobile applications on the handsets to access personal data, according to three security researchers who trace the holes to logging tools that were recently installed on its smartphones.