Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Afghanistan Adventure Will End

The United States and its allies have been attempting to impose a political and military result on the people and nation of Afghanistan since 2002. Whatever the merits of the original attack and invasion in 2002, the United States and allies should make a fresh judgment and decision about continuing to occupy the sovereign nation of Afghanistan in 2009. It is time for the Great Game to end. The armies of Britain fought 3 wars of intervention in Afghanistan in 1838, 1878, and  1919. This last invasion in 1919 was the first use of aerial bombardment on the Afghan people. Now Britain is participating in a fourth invasion of Afghanistan20with the help and leadership of the US military.

While the present goals of the US and allies are similar to past geo-strategic reasons for seeking power in Afghanistan, the result will probably be very negative for the US. The US is presently engaged in some of the biggest challenges to its status and respect. Considering the issues of banking and investment failures, loss of manufacturing, the lack of health care coverage for Americans, the incredible debt load carried by the US government, the continuing scandal of US sponsored torture, the lack of adequate care for returning military veterans, the unacceptable treatment of female members of the US armed forces, and no path to make political allies of the Afghan people, the billion dollars spent each couple of days in the Afghan adventure all point to a need to leave Afghanistan now.

Some people would say conditions are too fearful to make a decision requiring change. For example, some liberals and progressives would say that protests calling for withdrawing from Afghanistan might weaken the Obama administration. They might feel that we should wait and lie low until there is a better time to protest in a way that would not disturb the agenda of the Obama administration of making changes from the previous administration. But actually it is always the right time to speak for truth. We should not be ruled by our fears. Everyone who wants a better country and better world should seize their courage and strength of conviction to act now! The way that the Obama administration might fulfill its promise and be the best it can be is by citizens acting strongly for peace and pushing the administration and country to realize the need for an end to this occupation.

What the future holds is an end to US occupation in Afghanistan. US troops will leave Afghanistan, either this year or sometime in the next 20 years. The only uncertainty is how many people have to die and suffer before that date certain arrives.

Friday, April 24, 2009

TwitterSpeech

Twitter Argument

Everyone should start and use a twitter account or facebook or some other social software

A. How many of you can actually remember the days when you had to communicate via the phone or through letters, when you had to actually write checks and present them to humans to get cash, or had to go to the library to do literally all of your research?

B. Most of us can't imagine life without email, ATM machines, or the Internet because we rely on these things everyday to make our lives easier.

C. Besides being an avid user of each of these technologies, I have done research on the pros and cons of social software.

D. Today I'm here to convince you that social software is just as useful as face-to-face communication, and in some ways may even be better.

E. First I want to talk about the ways that social software can help build strong interpersonal relationships. Next, I'll address how social software will positively affect the work place, and finally, I'll discuss how social software will make intergroup relationships in large-scale organizations better as well.

Let's begin by talking about the way that the most common forms of social software
can help build strong interpersonal relationships.

II. Main Point #1 A. Strong interpersonal relationships: Some people argue that email isn't a good form of interpersonal communication because we don't see people's non-verbal cues, because the feedback isn't instant, or because we may be less of an individual when typing. 1. We are beginning to find ways to add expressiveness a. punctuation b. writing non-verbal expressions

2. We have unlimited interaction over the computer vs. limited interaction using the phone or face-to-face communication a. we are driven as humans to communicate b. it may take longer with computers, but we will still learn as much about others

3. With the Internet, it is much easier to find many friends with the same interests a. web sites b. chat rooms

Transition: Besides a great way to meet and visit with people interpersonally, social software will bring positive changes in the workplace.

III. Main Point #2 A. Workplace 1. We will be more portable 2. We'll need less hierarchy a. one person can communicate to many b. communication flow will follow work flow 3. More contact among ranks

4. More efficient use of expertise

Transition: social software won't positively affect the way that we do business, it will help us communicate interpersonally with our co-workers.

IV. Main Point #3 A. Interpersonal relationships in the workplace 1. Informality will increase

2. More people will be involved in decision making

Transition: Let's go back over what we've learned today.

IV. Conclusion A. Restate thesis: Today I've explained to you why social software will positively affect our lives.

B. Restate main points: First we talked about how social software will help us build strong relationships, then we talked about how ocial software will make the workplace better, and finally, we discussed how social software can make the workplace a better place.

C. Call-to-Action: I encourage you to learn all that you can about social software not only because it is the wave of the future, but also because social software will soon be an inevitable part of our lives.

D. Clincher: And remember, it's time to get on the information highway, before you get run over.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Economic Future Determinism

As we see the massive bailout of for profit financial businesses with public money, we are told there can be no change in the system, We are told that the capitalist system demands a loyalty to the idea of profit in business.

But I believe there is inevitable progress in the structure of economic systems. Just as political structures have progressed over the years, from autocratic hereditary monarchies
toward participative democracies. In a similar way, and for similar reasons, economic systems will change in a predictable way.

The reason economic structures are deterministic is because tried and proved economic techniques can be combined together to produce future economic systems. Like making a car or computer software we don't create the economy anew each year. We can build on the past, using tested parts and methods.

There was a time when it seemed effective to have health care provided by whoever had the resources to build the hospital and where ever they wanted to provide it. Now we have seen it makes sense for health care to be provided in an accessible way in all areas of the country. It was once thought that water, electricity and other utilities should be provided at the convience of whomever could make a profit.

Those who explain capitalism to Americans portray capitalism as a natural anarchy. It is explained as a natural system where the efficient and smart succeed in business and the inefficient and dumb will fail. This misrepresentation of capitalism does not detail how most successful businesses are government supported monopolies. Businesses are granted land, access to resources, territorial exclusivity and tax reductions and benefits based on lobbying, nepotism and public and private agreements.

The elephant in the room of capitalism is hidden, denied and purged from the conversation. It is almost impossible to talk about the rot in the core of capitalism. But change will happen in the future. The inevitable structure of business in the future is in the form of altruistic, shared business run for the public good. We see this pattern of business in health care, utilities, schools, road building, public transportation, internet and government agencies. The mission of this style of enterprise is to have a high level of trust with the goal of serving the public.

Of course, we see the constant propaganda, against the inevitable future, by those who seek to exploit profit in all fields of endeavor. From time to time, ignorance and misinformation will lead to temporary setbacks in economic progress. But the proof is in the doing. As the knowledge is spread, people who know the examples of success and failure will be able to see the path that should be followed.

So I believe the future will see the development of businesses centered in trust, service and altruism.


Reading:

No Contest: The Case Against Competition
http://www.amazon.com/No-Contest-Case-Against-Competition/dp/0395631254/


How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas
http://www.amazon.com/How-Change-World-Entrepreneurs-Updated/dp/0195334760/


Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life

http://www.amazon.com/Supercapitalism-Transformation-Business-Democracy-Everyday/dp/0307277992/

Monday, March 23, 2009

Lists and Links - Steven G.

Lists and Links

ToDo List March 23

Need to take english test at school

Send Netflix back

write up concept notes

write up elder interview

prepare for music test

read Aztec articles

Society of Community Activism

Jobs

concepts - erlang