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10 Reasons NOT to vote for Palin

August 29, 2008. The world and America was shocked by presidential candidate John McCain´s choice for running mate: Alaskan governor Sarah Palin. The republican 44-year old hockey mom from Alaska, that could see Russia from her balcony.

February 6, 2011 –  Much has changed. The Democrats are falling, the Republicans are gaining ground and Sarah Palin is a national celebrity. Politics aside, here a ten reasons why nobody should vote for Sarah Palin.

1. She will take down Public Healthcare

Taking down the Public Healthcare System, or ¨Obama Care¨ as she calls it, is one of Sarah Palin´s main priorities. Such action would result in denying millions of Americans access to medical atention. Causing the indirect death of thousands of Americans in order to cut goverment spending, is like having an abortion in order to reduce family spending. A hypocritical stance, coming from a ¨pro-life¨ governor.

2. She is a Gun Nut

An active supporter of the National Rifle Association, Palin’s campaign of restoring the ¨American way of life¨ involves loosening restrictions on gun control laws. Does the USA, with its unfortunately high rate of university shootings, really need gun-happy president? Is she the best role model for our children? But more importantly, is she a good choice for world peace?

3. She is in favor of the Big Oil Companies

With multi-billion dollar industries, super rich CEOs and multiple tax cuts… do the BIG oil companies really need more representation in Washington? With slogans like ¨Drill Baby Drill¨ and her lack of faith concerning “renewable energy sources”, will Sarah Palin be capable of solving the climate problems of the future?

4. She is agaisnt the Arts

Amongst the things Sarah Palin wishes to eliminate is the National Endowment of Arts (NEA), an independent goverment agency that funds and supports thousands of artists nationwide. The tradition of goverments funding artists, that goes back to 15th century Europe, is in the eyes of Palin a ¨fluffery¨. For Palin, funding Art is just a waste of money.

5. She is NOT eco-friendly

Sarah Palin, an Alaskan native, wants to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil development. She wants to grant companies persmission to install pipelines and drilling stations, knowing full well that the survival of several species could be at stake. Sarah Palin´s  ¨Drill Baby Drill¨ campaign in Alaska, is as treacherous as a newyorker saying ¨Build Daddy Build¨ in Central Park.

6. She is not smart

Sarah Palin is a former beauty pageant contestant. In 2008, she thought Africa was a country. She does not believe we should fund research on “renewable energy sources”… enough said. Don´t take my word. Take Matt Damon´s.

7. She is a Dominatrix

Sarah Palin keeps calling her husband ¨Mr.Mom¨ in front of national television. Not cool. Todd Palin, have you no manhood? Do you enjoy been called Mr. Mom by reporters, newspapers and radio programs nationwide?

8. She is horrible at giving answers

She stutters ¨that ah¨ every couple words. She is great at playing with words, but bad at giving answers. Take a look for yourself in the video.

9. She is a protector of the rich

Why should the rich get lower tax rates than rest of us working Americans? Sarah Palin argues that it´s because they are ¨job creators¨. Well in that case, my mom should get a ¨tax cut¨ since she hires a maid. All restaurant owners should get ¨tax cuts¨, since they hire waiters, cooks and cleaners. Equally taxing all Americans is not ¨punishing success¨ Sarah Palin. It´s being fair to the American people.

10. She is the Anti-Obama

For a woman who clearly has no respect for Obama, she is quite a copycat. Obama blamed President Bush. Sarah Palin blames President Obama. Obama is a celebrity. Palin has become a celebrity. Obama wrote two books. Palin just published her second book. Sarah Palin’s whole campaing is based on critizicing whatever Obama has to say. Sarah Palin is awesome at pointing fingers and judging others, but is she not nearly as awesome at giving solutions.

So if you like

  • Protecting human lives
  • Gun control
  • Clean energy
  • Art
  • The environment
  • Smart presidents
  • Being a man
  • Getting answers
  • Equal tax rates for all
  • Solutions

Don’t vote Sarah Palin 2012

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10 Small Things made Big Impact… Finale

This is the final entry to a remarkable list of 10 innovations, laws and inventions that changed everyday living forever.

These are the two most important.

2nd place: The Fountain of Remedies

Eternally open all year long

21 bottles…

That is the number of medicine bottles I counted at my parent’s house last summer. And they prefer natural remedies over synthetic ones

Which led me to wonder, how many bottles of medicine does an average civilized family have?

Tylenol, Panadol, Bayer, Aleve, allergy medicines, prescription medicines… that just naming the basic ones. Now try to imagine how many medicine bottles a 19th century family had: none? two? if rich perhaps six?

Man… times do change. Now a days there is pill for every mental and physical distress.

Why recommend several days of rest, when a sleeping pill can do the job?

Why recommend eating salad, when a laxative can work just fine?

Why recommend vacations, when a stimulant can serve you right?

Chicken soup, no way, I need Robytusin

Take for example the surge in the number of school kids diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in the last decade.

Time magazine says:

Two studies suggest some symptoms may be due simply to immaturity… One of these studies found that young-for-their grade kids were twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD as those who were old for their grade. (pg. 16, 08/30/10)

Misunderstood case like the following are quite abundant… I’m not saying that medicine is bad. Heck no, medicine has improved our lifestyle in many, many ways.

But like everything else, abusing medical consumption is harmful.

Sure, taking a pill is the easy way

Just not always the right way

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1st place: The Mouth and Ears of your life


You guessed it… that thing in your pocket made it to the top of the list.

I mean, who doesn’t have a phone these days? Who doesn’t get a bit “jumpy” when the battery’s dead? What more reliable lifeline in times of awkward silence?

The telephone

Allows the transfer of thoughts anywhere, anytime.

Took down the barriers of time and space in human interactions.

Revolutionized the work space.

Changed human behavior.

Also, the telephone shows no sign of slowing down it’s technological progress. From the bulky phones of the past to the sleek, camera, GPS, Mp3, Internet, digital cellphones of the future. Now a days the possibilities are almost endless – from surfing the web, finding the nearest exit to your destination,  to identifying a song that´s playing on the radio – the modern cellphone does it all.

Just stop and think….

Is there phone close to you now? Does it accompany you wherever you go? Do you use it to avoid people? To get to know people? To stay in touch with people? Are all of the above true?

More useful tool in the social life of an average person: none.

Telephone

Portable phone

Cellphone

Iphone

Lunch break at Verizon

Thanks for all those that have followed the countdown till the end, hope you had as good time reading it as I had making it.

Till the next post… keep it real

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10 Small Things that made Big Impact… Part 3

This is the third entry to a remarkable list of 10 innovations, laws and inventions that changed everyday living forever.

They appear in order of importance, with 1 being the most influential.

4th Place: Obesity as a Luxury

Thee who cometh, shall multiplieth

Or so it used to be… if we remount back to biblical times we can observe how starvation was quite common in most Middle East and European cities. Back then only the most rich and powerful men could afford enough food to actually become obese. Obesity was the by-product of endless banquets and excessive gluttony partaken by the ruling classes. This meant that the great majority of the world population in that era was either lean or unhealthily underfed.

Then came the late Renaissance (1700’s), and with it the expansion of the middle class and an increment in the amount of food available in Europe. It was during this period that a particular bizarre trend started to gain popularity in the wealthy class. Being obese became fashionable for the rich women since it was a sign of economic prosperity and abundance. Thus… obesity became sexy, as demonstrated by the countless nude paintings drawn at the time.

Fast forward a couple hundred years into the new millennium and the panorama has taken a 180 degree turn. Obesity is no longer a luxury, it’s no longer sexy, it is a health care problem. And a growing one that is, especially in the United States and the rest of the Western civilization. What once was attractive, is now unappealing. What used to be respected by all, is now a shunned by most. Its seem like the overweight/obesity rate in the USA (35%) is matched only by the starvation rate in Africa (28.2%).

Two completely different worlds.

One where people die because of excessive calories.
The other where they die due to the of lack them.

One where people fight eating.
The other where people fight to eat.

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3rd Place: Pandora’s Web

Lets see which monster is the strongest...

In Greek mythology when the mistress Pandora peeked into the forbidden box all the evils spirits contained within escaped and spread across the whole earth. Thus disease, evil acts, and monsters were born.

In the modern age, when the World Wide Web was launched in 1991, all information contained inside became available to everyone and spread like a wild fire across the whole face of the Earth. And with it a new strain of viruses and monsters was born.

The World Wide Web, now more commonly referred to as the Internet, is quickly becoming the most powerful tool of communication humankind has ever known. It allows users to literally do everything they need with the simple click of a button. What started as a simple information service has evolved into a giant web of possibilities: messages, business transactions, online shopping,  movies, chatting, webcam, socializing… if you can dream it, its probably possible.

Besides being an all powerful service tool, the Internet is also an increasingly powerful social tool in today’s modern society. The Internet is without a doubt the most influential innovation social life has experienced in the last couple decades.

Want to date but don’t got time: go to EHarmony

Want stay keep in contact with friends all over the world: Skype is the tool for you

Want to buy something: place your bid in Ebay

Want to find anything: Google it

The list simply goes on and on and on and on… and so does the the amount of hours new generations spend fulfilling their every desire online. Unfortunately the Internet has also dark side to it… it can serves as a portal where one can get away with extremely undignified transactions and propaganda… and worst of all, an excuse for a girl to give you her Facebook account instead of her number.

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Don’t miss the countdown finale next week Friday, Semptember 3.

Till then… have a good night!!

Pame
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It is sad how unbalanced the world we live in is. Where there are only extremes, no in-between. Isnt it crazy how people can fight hunger for two completly different reasons. looks and poverty.

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10 Small Things that made Big Impact… Part 2

This is the second entry to a remarkable list of 10 innovations, laws and inventions that changed everyday living forever.

They appear in order of importance, with 1 being the most influential.

7th Place: All of King Solomon’s riches in your wallet

No wonder Casanova always got what he wanted

Forget long journeys, forget armored caravans and fleets. With the invention of the credit card in 1920’s man made business transactions a whole lot faster and easier. Long ago, being rich almost always meant that you had to protect your own gold (using a vault) and transporting was always a “heavy problem” since gold weights alot. Transporting money was always a delicate process that usually involved some losses due to variety of factors (pirates, raiders, incompentence)

Then came paper money, cash checks – these new innovations helped lighten the load of one’s money, but each had their own flaws. Large quantities of paper money still take up some space (suitcase, a trunk) and cash checks are not the most realiable form of payment due to fraud.

Thank God, then came the credit card. Which allows the user the ability to carry a fortune of money in their pocket and buy anything from anywhere through the internet. Then again, as far as safety is concerned, no paying method in history has ever been 100% burglar-proof.

Pirates stole gold.

Bandits stole money.

Identity thieves steal credit cards.

6th Place: Nature as a Commodity

Where did all the green go?

Yeah… were did all the green go?

Is the first question a New York citizen from 1700’s would ask. New York City stands on what used to be a forest area spanning the island of Manhattan and all it’s sorroundings, but now that forest is no more. Thankfully, Central Park stands as a monument of the importance Nature still has in our concrete society.

I guess you can say… human beings have always taken nature for granted. Our ancestors grew up around it, labored it and learned from it. They would spend countless afternoons marvelling at the horizon and wondering what life had in store for them. All that reflection, amusement and joy that nature brought them and still bring us.

It’s not until you lose something that you truly miss it. Well, we are losing nature. It’s happening all around us and sadly there isn’t much we can do to stop it. Just by sitting down and watching a sunset, the stars, or the beach one can’t stop marvelling at the beauty of it. We come from nature… so why are we parting ways? Why are we being unnatural?

Besides oxygen and food, Nature provides us mental tranquility and a mystical sense of wonder. Since nature used to be so abundant, all humans used to get these benefits and much more for free. But we are in the 21th century, now many of us live in cities or suburds. We live our own hectic civilized lives. Even if we have nature at our disposal, we don’t take the time to enjoy it.

Thus, nature has become a commodity that only those with money…. or time can enjoy.

5th Place: Windows of Past Times

Only takes one second with a Canon

What is a photograph if not a window of a past time. A moment in time and space visually recorded for future generation to observe.

Photographs have changed art. The “realistic” branch of art that once focused on making drawings as realistic as possible has greatly dwindled. Family portraits take a flash and couple seconds to create, not an artist and several months. Paintings used to be only accesible to those who were wealthy and could only be made by those who had artistics skills. Now everybody owns hundreds of pictures, and can take as many pictures as their 60GB camera allows them to.

Photographs have changed history, take Vietnam for example. A couple of raw photographs were powerful enough to turn a whole country agaisn’t the decision’s of its own goverment. Who could have expected that a couple glimpses into a foreign land could spark such massive protest and civil unrest.

Photographs have also changed human behavior. From those who always carry a camera and are constantly taking pictures, those who avoid “picture time”, those who need to be in every picture…. but most importantly those who are constantly looking at pictures. What else does one do on Facebook? Look at pictures.

The countdown continues next week Thursday, 26 of August.

Till then… have a pleasant evening!!

Manuel
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I was blown away by the movie Avatar! Specially all the scenes in that took place in the forest. I was mesmerized by the scenery and all the creatures. It made me wish I could live there. The funny thing is we do! Our planet earth is not so different. Where do you think all the inspiration for that movie came from? We just take it for granted.
I love to go diving every time I get the chance. Last time I realized that live in the coral reefs beats by far what I saw on that movie. Our world is full of wonders, we just have to discover them!

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