Sunday, April 06, 2014

Happy

This song by Pharrell Williams is an unbelievably infectious and...happy song. It has the widest appeal of any song I ever heard. There are already hundred's of remakes of the song's video out there. This one from Pamplona, Spain is my favorite.

Monday, March 03, 2014

So much for "reset" and "flexibility"

Syria? Iran? Ukraine?




Context from the third presidential debate between Obama and Romney:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Governor Romney, I'm glad that you recognize that al-Qaida's a threat because a few months ago when you were asked, what's the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia — not al-Qaida, you said Russia. And the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War's been over for 20 years. 
... 
MR. ROMNEY: ...But I'll respond to a couple of the things you mentioned. First of all, Russia, I indicated, is a geopolitical foe, not — 
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Number one — 
MR. ROMNEY: Excuse me. It's a geopolitical foe. And I said in the same — in the same paragraph, I said, and Iran is the greatest national security threat we face. Russia does continue to battle us in the U.N. time and time again. I have clear eyes on this. I'm not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin, and I'm certainly not going to say to him, I'll give you more flexibility after the election. After the election he'll get more backbone.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ethiopian Wolf Catches a Mole Rat


We were delighted to witness this Ethiopian wolf successfully hunt his meal on our trip to the Bale Mountains National Park in June of 2013. The Ethiopian wolf is an extremely endangered species -- only about 500 of them left! Three out of five of these wolves are found on the Senati plateau of Bale Mountains, arguably the prettiest landscape in Ethiopia. Please learn more about these wolves by visiting the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme web site at: http://www.ethiopianwolf.org/

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Sowell on Victimhood

Thomas Sowell is one of my favorite opinion writers. In his latest column (A Challenge to Our Beliefs) he elucidates on the relationship between victimhood and low achievement. For an immigrant person like me, Sowell's article only reaffirms what I know to be true -- that there is very little, if any, difference in intelligence between people of different ethnicities that can be attributed to genetic differences. 
What do low-income whites in England and ghetto blacks in the United States have in common? It cannot be simply low incomes, because children from other groups in the same low-income brackets outperform whites in England and outperform blacks in America. 
What low-income whites in England and ghetto blacks in the United States have in common is a generations-long indoctrination in victimhood. The political left in both countries has, for more than half a century, maintained a steady and loud drumbeat of claims that the deck is stacked against those at the bottom. 
The American left uses race and the British left uses class, but the British left has been at it longer. In both countries, immigrants who have not been in the country as long have not been so distracted by such ideology into a blind resentment and lashing out at other people.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Quote (lie) of the decade

"If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what." -- Barack Obama


Thursday, September 05, 2013

I love Malian music!

We really enjoyed watching Cheick Hamala and his band play at Reston Town Center a few weeks ago. They were great! The video clip below performed at NPR for their Tiny Desk Concerts series and has three songs. Enjoy!


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Charter (Start-up) Cities

The idea of creating new cities that are unencumbered by the problems of the host countries where they are located has fascinated me ever since I watched Paul Romer's TED talk titled "Why the world needs charter cities" (first video below). It looks like his idea is catching on. The Central American country of Honduras has recently amended its constitution to pave the way for creating start-up cities called ZEDEs, Zones for Employment and Development of the Economy (second video below). The idea for the ZEDE's originates in Paul Romer's idea of a charter city, but it is also distinctly Honduran. I am sure Ethiopia and other African countries can adopt this idea for the benefit of their people.