Daily Archives: April 22, 2010

Looks like most of America does not want Reagan on the $50. Maybe they remember how much money they’ve lost since he started dismanteling bank regulations.

According to a Marist Poll:

A Republican congressman from North Carolina has proposed legislation that would replace the image of President Ulysses S. Grant on the fifty dollar bill with that of President Ronald Reagan. Do Americans want this change to occur?

Ulysses S. Grant and Ronald ReaganUlysses S. Grant and Ronald Reagan

Most do not.  79% think this suggestion is a bad idea while 12% say it’s a good one.  9% are unsure.

Since I’ve been out of work I rarely see fifty-dollar bills. When I do see them, infrequently, I’d prefer to see Grant on them and not the guy who started screwing up our economy with his deregulations (from which we have yet to recover.)

Quote for the Day – From Obama’s Wall Street Speech Yesterday

“I believe in the power of the free market. I believe in a strong financial sector that helps people to raise capital and get loans and invest their savings. But a free market was never meant to be a free license to take whatever you can get, however you can get it. That is what happened too often in the years leading up to the crisis. Some on Wall Street forgot that behind every dollar traded or leveraged, there is family looking to buy a house, pay for an education, open a business, or save for retirement. What happens here has real consequences across our country.”

– President Obama to Wall St. community at Cooper Union. For full text go HERE.

Brief Meditative Exercise Helps Cognition

clipped from www.sciencedaily.com
Some of us need regular amounts of coffee or other chemical enhancers to make us cognitively sharper. A newly published study suggests perhaps a brief bit of meditation would prepare us just as well.
While past research using neuroimaging technology has shown that meditation techniques can promote significant changes in brain areas associated with concentration, it has always been assumed that extensive training was required to achieve this effect. Though many people would like to boost their cognitive abilities, the monk-like discipline required seems like a daunting time commitment and financial cost for this benefit.
Surprisingly, the benefits may be achievable even without all the work.
“In the behavioral test results, what we are seeing is something that is somewhat comparable to results that have been documented after far more extensive training,” said Fadel Zeidan, a post-doctoral researcher at Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Want to learn how to do it? Go HERE to Science Daily.

Earth Day

Good Morning on Earth Day #40. Here we are contemplating the state of our poor planet as it more and more apparently breaks down. When whole stretches of ocean are polluted enough to eliminate small life forms, when the sky is up in pollutants, when the global temperature is up a degree, when even things you thought were part of the natural balance, like frogs, are rapidly disappearing due to a worldwide fungus (thanks for showing this one PBS!), we may be past the point of real recovery in my lifetime, if at all.

I’m watching Morning Joe as we watch this and they are commenting on taking a microwave stove when you go camping and what happens with all the used cell phones and computer parts ending up in landfills. It makes me wonder what is really wrong with all of us. Lazy? Stupid? Trapped in the all-to-human inability to actually believe something is wrong with the world.

This afternoon I’ll go to a movie at Shepherd on Earth Day subject matter and do my bit for understanding. Will it matter? Don’t Think so.

Happy Earth Day.