I’ve become impassioned as of late, an occurrence that ebbs and flows as the year progresses. This session has lasted much longer than others, however, and unfortunately I’ve found myself at a point of exhaustion, tired of mulling over my thoughts without taking the time to write them down.
Initially I’d thought of writing large posts that would most likely extrapolate to this and that, but instead have chosen to write short bits in the hopes that readers (if any are left) inquire for more. Because what I ponder isn’t so much a matter of personal consequence, but instead a curiosity for how others choose to participate with what humanity endeavors (despite this being true, it’s probably not as epic as how that came out sounding).
If you’re interested in hearing more about what I list below, simply let me know and I’d love to follow up with a post expanding further. I’ve also attached links to most items in case you want to check out some sources that have sparked these thoughts:
1) Why I’m voting for Obama, my skepticism for the current GOP, and how I’m fascinated, suspicious, and desperate to talk with those who support Romney.
- http://www.jeffkeuss.com/blog/?p=1361 — This is mostly for the second comment posted by David. Very well put.
2) Misleading retirement calculators and the history of economics in relation to age longevity and America’s entitlement to leisure.
- http://www.efficientfrontier.com/ef/901/hell3.htm — This is a five-part series, and I’ve attached the third part as I find it most captivating, revealing, and least technical in its language. Don’t let the lack of aesthetics on the author’s site fool you, either; Bernstein is one of the most brilliant writers I’ve read.
- http://www.amazon.com/End-Poverty-Economic-Possibilities-Time/dp/0143036580 – If you look into a preview for this, ignore Bono’s intro. I respect the guy, but his writing doesn’t accurately portray the purpose of this book. Try to find pages of the first chapter.
3) Why Logan Lerman will be both an actor and director I proudly take my children to see twenty years from now.
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1659337/ — Best movie of 2012 thus far, in my opinion. And that’s saying something, because 2012 has been – and will be – far more than generous.
4) Registering independent and not conforming to the pressure or human desire to flock to one side. Politics don’t have to be dichotomous.
- http://jenhatmaker.com/blog/2012/10/16/the-election-thoughts-from-a-christian-independent — Also, I think it’s worth challenging the notion that though Christ reveals the one true eschatology for humanity, one can still vote and hope for an outcome and mourn its potential loss. I say this not because God can’t work through a four- or eight-year presidency, but because who we vote for is a reflection of our ideals as a majority, and what’s revealed can be harrowing. (Is this how a historian feels?)
5) Vringo vs. Google: Why, if you have a brokerage account and high-risk appetite to boot, it’s not too late to buy into this David & Goliath patent battle that should end favorably for the little guy by the end of next week.
- http://seekingalpha.com/article/947781-vringo-vs-google-a-mid-trial-report — This will give you some major details on how the trail was going mid-week. Many things have happened since this post, by the way. Dig deep on the Internet and ask if you need help sifting through what information is true and what’s crap.
6) Abortion and the idea that in addition to opposing capital punishment, one cannot claim to be pro-live without observing that systemic poverty kills an equitable – if not more – amount of people.
7) Healthy criticism of current and suggested economic policy, and a fresh look at “True Progressivism.”
- http://www.economist.com/node/21564556 – I seriously need to find more articles walking the line between Republican and Democrat. If you have suggestions, please send.
Lastly, this week marked my one-year anniversary with the Hutch. And I’m more thrilled than ever to be here. May this double rainbow picture hovering over the Center express my joy (taken from King5):