[FoRK] Obama: communitarian, redistributionist, confused? (from NYT)
Stephen D. Williams
sdw at lig.net
Mon Aug 25 13:48:13 PDT 2008
Jeff Bone wrote:
> On Aug 25, 2008, at 1:35 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>> Jeff Bone wrote:
>>> For fucks sake, really.
>> Oh lighten up. Don't worry, be happy.
? I vote for the 3rd definition:
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> That's how I need to start all of these.
> You Shiny Happy Change people are going to install a guy who's going
> to wreck the rest of your professional lives on top of the disaster of
> the last 8 years, just in a different direction. I hope you enjoy
> what you get.
As a market trader, I would think that you would grok that much of the
value of things and the will to move in a positive direction has to do
with attitude, inspiration, and, while not least, not the only thing
either: predicting the future. The market is one place where optimism
really works. Maybe not for every irrationally exuberant individual
investor, but for the market and society as a whole, it does. How do
you quantify the missed opportunities caused by the attention and
massive amount of money mostly wasted by bumbling leadership in the last
How are our professional lives going to be threatened by either candidate?
There is some infomercial that was previewed on some channel I had on as
background noise last night from a woman doing a seminar around here.
She was making the point, which I live by to the puzzlement of the
non-entrepreneurs around me, that: The way to success (money, etc.) is
not to save, but to create. We need a groundswell of interest in
getting critical mass together for non-oil energy, robotics, AI, space
industrialism and colonization, accelerating the already heady medical
field, educating the third world, etc. The dividends from NASA in the
60's+ and the Internet boom have been massive and pervasive. We could
start a new boom whenever we feel like it. Focus, incent, invest,
reward, foster markets, recognize, and teach and you can accomplish
If I were to pick the areas ripe for a boom, they would be: alternative
energy of every type including nuclear, robotics+AI with the aim to
automate a broad range of driving, flying, factory, building, and
farming, and aggressively educating the third world while maintaining a
very solid core curriculum with modern values and concepts. For the
latter, I would quid pro quo everything upon acceptance and teaching of
modern secular ideas and values, otherwise not one dime of aid and good
luck with the pirates and mercenaries. Additionally, I would make it
easiest to immigrate to new emerging cities in currently undeveloped
more or less badland areas (Rockies), and then connect those with very
good trains, planes, and Internet.
The Positive Power of Negative Thinking: Using Defensive Pessimism to
Harness Anxiety and Perform at Your Peak (Paperback)
by Julie Norem
This is a really good podcast that I listened to just last week:
Maybe you need a little of this:
Shiny Happy People (discovermagazine.com seems to be down):
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