November 26, 2008

The Most Powerful Person in the World


This honor is typically given to the President of the United States.
But, why?

Our President definitely has the widest sphere of influence in the world. But, take Kim Jong-il for example. While his sphere of influence is fairly limited to North Korea, his dictatorial position has led to the absolute control of the entire country, socially and economically.

Another example.

Let's say I write a TV comedy show that the entire world watches. My scope is huge. But, the President of Zimbabwe slaughters 10s of thousand Zimbabweans. Smaller scope, but much more powerful.

So, while the President of the United States's sphere of influence gives him/her the most potential power, as long as they're at the head of a relatively free state, I don't think they're going to win the contest.

November 25, 2008

I Can't Trust Myself


Ever hear stories about people who have repressed traumatic experiences in their lives to the point where they literally don't even remember them anymore?

It's almost as if, in self-defense, they have subconsciously hidden information from themselves. How is this possible? How do we not even play the role of omniscient narrator within our own lives?

November 24, 2008

I'm Allergic to Lions


And if you're allergic to cats, you probably are, too.

So, lead with that next time your pharmacist asks you what you're allergic to. Way cooler.

(idea submitted by frequent contributor Emily's lion-suffering father)

November 21, 2008

The Pregnancy Test


A prospective employer hands you a form to fill out. One of the questions on it says, "Are you pregnant or do you plan on becoming pregnant in the near future?"

You'd be outraged, right?

But, why is it wrong for an employer to find out if a prospective employee is going to have to take a significant leave of duty in the near future when making a hiring decision?

Because you might not give her the job?

Ok. But, hiring her over someone without those ambitions is arguably bad for the company, bad for the rest of the employees, and bad for the clients the employee will be responsible for.

Isn't it sillier not to ask?

November 20, 2008

Sabai Says:


"The best way to avoid hypocrisy is to determine there is no such thing as right and wrong."

November 19, 2008

Universal Health Care (Part Two)


(a continuation)

Everyone wants to improve health care in this country. And regardless of whether you think universal health care or a more privatized system is the answer, success with either plan depends on one thing: lowering the cost of care.

Because if you like universal health care, it's not going to to succeed politically unless we can do something about the costs. And what's the point of privatized health care if noone's able to afford it?

So, let's work toward price transparency and increasing patient choice. Both to increase competition among health care providers, which is historically, the easiest and quickest way to lower costs. And something that everyone can agree on?

November 18, 2008

GM + Chrysler = Safe From Extinction


A couple of weeks ago, I was talking with one of my friends who works at GM about the merger talk that was getting some news, that would turn the Big Three of Detroit's automakers into the Big Two.

I asked my friend why either company would be interested in obtaining more debt, more failing business models, or more failed product lines. My friend couldn't figure it out, either.

But, I realized something today. What have businesses learned in the last few months with this financial crisis? The keys to financial success have nothing to do with fiscal responsibility or developing marketable products. The key to financial longevity is being "too big for America to let fail."

November 17, 2008

I Don't Want to Grow Up


"Kids are growing up too fast these days. We need to let kids be kids."

Here's my problem with this idea. I think we just don't like the idea of kids growing up, because we don't like some of the things grown-ups do.

We wouldn't have any problem with a child growing up too fast in terms of brilliance or creativity.

So, I want kids to grow up fast, because I want them to get smarter and stop doing stupid things faster. I just don't want them to lose their love for life in the process, or worse yet, turn into grown-ups.

November 14, 2008

Man vs. Foreign Man vs. Machine

As usual, this blog is ahead of its time. But don't take my word for it, ask Drew Carey. What's worse than foreigners taking away our jobs? Machines. But, just to be safe, let's ban both.

November 12, 2008

Universal Health Care


Universal health care is, in its purest form, obviously, a proposal to give everyone in the universe health care coverage.

It has recently been watered down to only apply to Americans. Why is this?

If you think we should have universal health care in this country, why do you think it should only apply to Americans? And if you say it's because Americans are the ones paying into it, do you approve of our progressive tax system that requires the wealthiest Americans to pay for much more of it, while people who pay no income tax could potentially get healthcare benefits for free.

If they can, why shouldn't wealthy Americans be forced to fund it for people outside America, too?

November 11, 2008

Chef Boyareyoucrazy


Why does spaghetti cost $16 at Italian restaurants? I know they're using Barilla, and I can buy a serving for $0.30. Do they think we're dummies?

Secondly, shouldn't Italian restaurants be serving fresh, handmade pasta anyway? 'Cause I'd pay $16 for that.

Don't fall for it. Next time you go out, stick to veal. Morally, it's a bigger victory.

November 10, 2008

Why Wait 'Til Love To Have Sex?


That's the common TV show advice, right? The parent finds out the kid is thinking about having sex, and sits the kid down to tell them that "sex is something very special, that should only take place within a loving relationship, and you should wait until you're sure you're ready."

Why?

Is it because sex depends on a high level of trust?

Is it because if sex is dependent on love, a commitment to the other person is the greatest example of that love.

Is it because sex creates an emotional attachment with the other person that can only be healthy when there is already a commitment there?

Is it because taking the risk of having a child is a big leap if the other person hasn't promised to stick around?

For all these reasons that waiting 'til love before sex makes sense, doesn't waiting 'til marriage make even more?

November 07, 2008

If Obama Wins, I'm Moving To....


You know how Democrats used to joke about moving to Canada or France if Bush won the last election? Escaping to a country that offers more comprehensive social welfare programs for its citizens.

I didn't hear many Republicans threaten to leave the country if Obama won. Is it because there aren't any alternatives that offer freer markets or less government rule?

November 06, 2008

Bring Back the Duel


On Tuesday, the state of Washington legalized physician-assisted suicide, making it only the second state after Oregon to do so. This, obviously, just a slippery slope on the way to giving citizens back control of their lives.

The only good thing that can come from this is that perhaps we'll decide duels are okay again, or what I call, faster-man-to-turn-around-assisted suicide.

And I can't wait. I've been demanding satisfaction for quite a while now.

November 05, 2008

The Union Lives On...

For the joyous:

Do not stop. Continue to pursue the ends of the social injustices that caused you to vote the way you did. There are non-profits around the world doing amazing things. Join them. Help them. Do not wait until others are forced by legal mandate to fund these social programs you desire, but pick your priorities, and work toward them yourself as well. And continue to enter conversations with the intention to persuade, and with the humility that you may be wrong.

For the despondent:

Do not stop. If Obama was elected in some European country, you’d probably like him, right? Well, that’s how the world is looking at us today. They’re happy. And there are major benefits that come from global optimism. For all the financial woes you fear will stem from Obama’s policies, there truly will be offsets from this increased stability. Plus, he promised to put the entire budget online, and make it accessible to the public. That’s pretty awesome. Be encouraged as we enter into a new age of accountability. And continue to enter conversations with the intention to persuade, and with the humility that you may be wrong.

November 04, 2008

Before You Vote...


Ask yourself one question.

How does Renee Zellweger keep getting cast in movies? I don't know ANYONE who likes her. Guys don't think she's cute, and therefore, do not like her. And she's no Meryl Streep, whose acting makes up for that aesthetic lack. And since she's neither talented nor pretty, girls don't admire her.

Who keeps putting her in movies???

November 03, 2008

Adjustable Brake Lights


Ever been driving behind someone on the highway, and you see their brake lights go on? So you lay off the gas a bit to slow down, and then...AH! They're actually braking to a stop on the highway??! So, you slam on the brakes and sort of steer the nose of your car toward the shoulder as you whiplash yourself to a stop 6 in. from their bumper, because you didn't see the traffic jam ahead.

Bright brake lights can mean anything, so we make our best guess subconsciously based on where we are. Coming up to a red light? Yeah, they're probably stopping. On the highway? They're probably just slowing down for some reason I can't see.

Let's end the guessing game, and create adjustable brake lights that adjust intensity based on the amount of force given to the brake pedal. That way, we'll know for sure. And have less accidents because of it.

(idea submitted by frequent contributor, Matt)

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