My two gymnasts

We got news today that Hannah’s been promoted. They were both in Level 4 and Taylor had been invited to go to Level 5 over the summer. Hannah’s been disappointed that she didn’t get to move up with Taylor. Well, we found out tonight that Hannah’s been invited to join Taylor on Level 5. Hannah’s worked really hard to catch up to her sister and it’s paid off. She starts on level 5 tomorrow. Congratulations to Hannah. 🙂

Global Warming

HBO did a 4 part series called “Too Hot not to Handle.” It was a special documentary on global warming. They offered it free on the iTunes Music store.

I highly recommend you view this video series. All four videos total about an hour of time. It’s quite an eye opener. People think global warming is some theoretical phenomenon that we’re trying to deal with proactively. This series shows several examples and cites statistics that demonstrate that global warming is affecting our lives today. And it will only get worse.

They’ve shown comparison photos of receeding glaciers in Alaska and the Antarctic. They showed how coastal cities along the east coast of the US have to occasionally dump new sand on the beaches to counteract the rising sea levels. They talk about the abnormally high number of hurricanes in recent years and they attribute this to global warming.

By Kevin Arth Posted in News

Is this guy stupid or what?

You know, some people are just stupid. Isn’t there enough confusion in the world.

So, check it out. This guy Keith Dennis is the president of the dealership and, in his infinite wisdom, has come about this marketing strategy:

This is an excerpt of the article:
A car dealership’s planned radio advertisement that declared “a jihad on the automotive market” has drawn sharp criticism for its content but will not be changed, the business said Saturday.

Several stations rejected the Dennis Mitsubishi spot, which says sales representatives wearing “burqas” — head-to-toe traditional dress for Islamic women — will sell vehicles that can “comfortably seat 12 jihadists in the back.

“Our prices are lower than the evildoers’ every day. Just ask the pope!” the ad says. “Friday is fatwa Friday, with free rubber swords for the kiddies.””

See the full article: Car Dealership Decried for Jihad Ad

I don’t even think this guy (come on, his name is Keith Dennis) is Muslim. He has no clue what he’s talking about.

Why can’t there be more people in the world like the Dalai Lama…

He’s figured it out…now we just need to hope he can teach the rest of us before it’s too late.

The article from the Dayton Daily News:

Dalai Lama Urges Compassion, Love

The title seems a little corny, but read the article. He’s talking about the violence in the world, in particular (but not exclusively) between the US and the Islamic people since the WTC attacks.

He’s right, The world is globalizing. Communications is global, the economy is global, the Internet is global. We need to start thinking globally and stop treating each other like ‘foreigners.’

In the article, he’s quoted as urging “tolerance and understanding.” On this point, I disagree. By seeking tolerance, he’s suggesting that there’s something to tolerate. I say we’re all equal and the only thing there is to understand is that we all have a right to live our lives the way we see fit without the fear that someone will disagree with our beliefs and bomb our church or grocery store for it.

By Kevin Arth Posted in News

Bolivian President…Wow!

I get a podcast called Democracy Now. Today, Amy Goodman interviewed the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales. This guy’s got his act together. For example:

  • When elected, he cut his salary and the salary of his senior staff in half and redirected those funds back into health and education.
  • He had a $1,000,000 campaign fund for his election. he spent less than half of that and returned the rest.
  • He campaigned on 9 points, essentially making 9 promises to his constituents. He’s already achieved 6 of them

He just seems like an amazing leader. I wish he could mentor our President. I think Bush could stand to learn a thing or two from Mr. Morales.

Follow this link to view the transcript of the interview or access an audio of the interview. This guy is impressive.

Bolivian President Evo Morales on Latin America, U.S. Foreign Policy and the Role of the Indigenous People of Bolivia

If you’re looking for good, in depth news coverage on current events topics that attempts to consider alternate perspectives, I’d highly recommend Democracy Now. I get a daily podcast, but there’s a website that can be viewed and it looks like they offer RSS headlines also. Great stuff. Check it out. www.democracynow.org

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Starbucks raising prices

Found this article on Digg . here’s a link to it:
Starbucks Raises Prices of Coffee Drinks

Lots of people pissing and moaning over it. I don’t get it. Starbucks is an expensive cup of coffee. It always has been and always will be. They’re entitled to make a profit and will raise their prices to whatever they think the market will bear. It’s up to us to decide whether or not to pay it.

I think it’s damned good coffee. I’ll pay the new prices.

By Kevin Arth Posted in News