Swine Flu? Oh Really!
We have put up with stories about swine flu for over six months and now the latest one is that the return to school of our children is going to trigger the renewal of the outbreak. As soon as the first new case is reported there will be renewed calls to close the schools, send the children home, isolate anyone suspected of having the disease and fill ourselves with vaccine at the first possible indication of symptoms.Dirt Cookies
National policies should promote equal access to food for all so that children living in poverty can eat real food instead of mud! What are your solutions? The world wants to know.Global “Tobin Tax” Raises Spectre of Imposed Profit and Bonus Cap on Financials
James Tobin was an economist who had his heyday in the 1970’s when the answer was to tax everything in sight, or perhaps better, tax it out of sight and don’t worry if the taxpayer relocates overseas beyond the jurisdiction. Economists ought to know better when they propose selective taxes; King, Kaye and Sandler repeatedly demonstrated repeatedly that selective taxes simply fiddle around with market valuations until a new equilibrium is reached based around the net numbers, or if the barrier is large enough, compels relocation as a rational economic decision.New Volunteer Opportunities in Haiti
People interested in working with a nonprofit to help Haitians resurrect their communities and build a brighter future have a new volunteer opportunity. For example, the nonprofit seeking volunteers and donations for creating a solar-powered center for satellite Internet access and computer use and learning.Ten Years On – The IMU Question
Ten years ago this month, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan burst onto the international scene with its armed incursions into Kyrgyzstan. Initial IMU aims – bringing down the Karimov regime and establishing an Islamic state in Central Asia – diversified with the group’s removal to Afghanistan and alliance with the Taliban; their subsequent near-extermination and regrouping in Pakistan following the Taliban’s collapse; and their reputed involvement in Central Asian narco-trafficking in the years since.The Phenomenon of Islamist and Jihadist De-Radicalization
Imagine this news headlines: ‘Bin Laden’s New Fatwa Prohibits Attacks Against the West’ or ‘Bin Laden Denounces Terrorism.’ Too preposterous? May be. But the series of processes that we now call ‘de-radicalization’ does not suggest so.2012 Official Countdown Review – 2012 Prophecy
Have you heard of the 2012 prophecy guidebook called 2012 Official Countdown? It is a very significant year that many culture groups and the Bible have predicted will mark a year of significant change to us. As a result, many have come up with their own hypothesis of what is going to happen, including some really ridiculous ones…Isle of Man Economy Set to Improve by the End of 2009
As around 700 students collect their A-Level results on the Isle of Man, many will be considering their next step – either to apply for university on the mainland or to remain on the island and look for a job. Although the recession is not drawing many youngsters to the prospect of looking for work in the UK, recent developments within the unique Manx economy is causing some commentators to speak quite optimistically about the coming year.2012 Official Countdown Review
Do you believe in the 2012 Official Countdown and its prophecies about what might happen in 2012 December? You may be thinking that this date might not mean anything, but I am sure that you will have some doubts after reading the startling facts that James M. Sayer has revealed in his guidebook called 2012 Official Countdown…Aussies and Allies in Australia As Asia Advances
The United States and Australia are allies, and that unity is one of the strongest around. And yet, it may someday within the decade or at least the next two become a huge issue, and a reality check is overdue. You see, Asia is advancing and some say encroaching on the Indian Ocean and islands surrounding Australia’s Northern latitudes.