Sunday, November 15, 2009

Some blog post ideas I’m working on…

Here's some blog post ideas that I'm currently working on…

President Barack Obama's failure to act presidential, preferring instead to act senatorial. I figured something like this would happen…

Why Governors Make Better Presidents: The experience of being a governor enables one to make the kinds of command decisions that a president is often required to make, because both are executive offices.

E. T. and Christianity: What are the implications for Christian theology if the existence of complex extra-terrestrial life-forms is ever proven? How likely is the discovery of complex extra-terrestrial life-forms? What are the Drake Equation, the Principle of Mediocrity, and the Rare Earth Hypothesis?

The New 9/11 Trials: Why Now? Is this a diversion from the bad economic situation? Is it a reminder of why we need to send more troops to Afghanistan? Was 9/11 an Act of War or a Criminal Act? Why are some terror suspects still getting military tribunals rather than civilian trials like the 9/11 suspects? Who else may have been involved in this criminal conspiracy (9/11) that is not going to trial in New York City? Hmm…

Banking and Finance: The need to increase the money supply, the need to increase the federal government's oversight and regulation of big finance, and how our current situation relates to the depression of the 1890's and the Populist Movement of that era.

Nationalized health care: We'll get what we pay for.

The National Economy: What is money? How does the Federal Reserve create money? Why the Fed needs to increase the money supply, the currently low inflation rates, unemployment and the population factor, the importance of manufacturing to our nation's economy, exports and imports, and the foreign ownership of U. S. debt, property, and corporations.

A Rising Popular Disaffection with Both Political Parties: Corruption, Lobbyists, and other "Special Interests."

The Fort Hood Shooter: Race, Religion, and Our Psyche. Psychologically, the shooter's actions—though reprehensible—are, I think, understandable: race and religion are so deeply rooted within our psyches that the moral call for us to rise above our racial and religious differences by aligning ourselves (psychically) to our nation's racially and religiously agnostic ideals—especially when we are involved in active military service of our nation (the U. S.) within a foreign country that our nation is currently waging war against, the citizens of which are of the same race and religion with which we ourselves identify—is, quite naturally, resisted by our psyches, a resistance that can issue an even higher moral call to us: that we stand alongside those with whom we identify racially and religiously before we will stand alongside those with whom we identify politically and ideologically. I'm not at all saying that the Fort Hood shooter was justified in what he did; I'm only saying that his psyche must have been torn by the issues I've mentioned here. No doubt he was torn by many other psychological issues as well.

Charities and Governments: Be Wary of How Your Money is Being Spent! Examine the expenditures of any charitable organization you are considering making a donation to. Ask some simple questions: Is most of the money donated to the charity going to administrative costs? Or is it going to the people whom the charity claims to be helping? Can we not ask the same simple questions about our government's use of tax revenues? Aren't governments and crooked charities very similar in this respect? Hmm…

Why not begin a compulsory two year mandatory service to our nation upon reaching eighteen years of age? We could create U. S. civilian service corps that would be a non-violent counterpart to U. S. military service, one with civilian health and education benefits similar to those now provided to those serving in the military and to veterans. Such a civilian service corps would provide training for personnel that it would position in various vital civilian occupations, (e.g., medicine, transportation, infrastructure) working especially in impoverished areas that would otherwise be without good services.

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