As you have read all over the web, Steve Jobs of Apple Computer has passed away. A creative genus has left us, and he has left us better off. Goodbye Steve.
From Yahoo News, the soldier who murdered 13 other soldiers at Ft. Hood on Thursday shouted “Allahu Akbar!” before he attacked. My question is “WHAT are these people doing here in America?”
FORT HOOD, Texas – Soldiers who witnessed the shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead reported that the gunman shouted “Allahu Akbar!” — an Arabic phrase for “God is great!” — before opening fire, the base commander said Friday.
Lt. Gen. Robert Cone said officials had not yet confirmed that the suspected shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, made the comment before the rampage Thursday.
Also, how did one man kill all those soldier? Are they not trained to react to an attacker?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans are getting heavier than ever, with more than 26 percent of the population now fully obese, the U.S. government reported on Wednesday.
On the surface, it’s likely a lack of exercise and overeating that has super-sized us. I still shake my head when I see a line of cars dropping off/picking up children at school. On really nice days. No exercise there.
Looking deeper, I see this as part of our society wide increasing time preference – “I want it now” vs. delayed gratification. Choosing to eat right, get a bit of exercise, etc. looks at the long term benefit of being healthy. Over eating because it tastes/feels good right in the moment while disregarding the negative effects is short term thinking. It’s the same process as not saving money, running up credit card balances, and squandering home equity.
Increasing time preference is part of the process of decivilization. Here’s a rather dense link: http://books.google.com/books?id=GbuqsrqKU5kC&pg=PA1&lpg=PA1&dq=decivilization+time+preference+hoppe&source=bl&ots=3MouWmrYGH&sig=VPVti4lgFn8iX2qpeF7v7LmCxc0&hl=en&ei=mRtWSvmvCobqsQPhh630AQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1