There is a debate that has been a major part of our society for decades. Ever since the advent of modern toilet paper, and modern toilet paper rolls, people around the world have had to make a serious decision that puts their entire moral fabric on display for visitors to their home. The question: should the toilet paper hang over or under. … [Read more...] about Settling the Great Toilet Paper Debate Once and For All: A Practical and Visual Analysis Based on Science
Last night, ten miles from my home, a disturbed young man walked into a movie theater and started shooting into a crowd. As of now, 12 people are dead and 38 are wounded. While it was not in my neighborhood, it is one I know well. I have seen movies at the Century 16 Theater in the past and it is across the street from my Dad’s office. Why? Like in 1999, when two kids walked into their high school and started shooting students and teachers in the lunch room and library, murdering 13 innocent people, the first thing we asked is why. Why did someone find it necessary to murder 13 people at Columbine High School in 1999, and why did someone find it necessary to murder 12 people last night? Why did someone think it was their right to take an innocent life? Why did someone think it is their last resort? Why did someone think it was the right thing to do? Why the pointless killings? Guns As angry as I am at the individuals responsible, this country’s asinine gun control laws certainly make it easier for someone to kill. I could walk into a store and buy an M-16 automatic assault rifle. For only $729, I can walk into Cabela’s and buy an AR-15. The popular M4 variation fires .233 … [Read more...] about Enough with the Guns Already
Just a few weeks ago, New York Representative Anthony Weiner resigned from his congressional seat due to a Twitter induced sex scandal. The nation, particularly right wing talk show hosts, was in a frenzy. "Weiner” jokes, the nation was wrapped up with Weiner’s weiner. However, how big of a deal was it? All Sides are Guilty If you think that members of congress, governors, mayors, and other politicians do not cheat on their spouses all of the time, you are blindly ignorant to the facts in Washington and state capitals around the country. While the vast majority of our elected officials are well behaved, upstanding people, not all are. I could spout out a list of cheaters. These range from the recent Governator scandal (Republican) to the most famous case of all, when President Clinton (Democrat) had an affair with Monica Lewinsky. Also, not too long in our past Senator Larry Craig (Republican) was arrested for soliciting gay sex in an airport restroom. Sex scandals involving female elected officials are harder to find, but they exist too. For example, in 1998 Idaho Congresswoman Helen Chenoweth (Republican) admitted to a long term affair with a married man. Job Performance I … [Read more...] about Do Sex Scandals Really Matter?
photo © 2004 billy verdin | more info (via: Wylio)The United States of America has a fascinating history. It was first settled by people trying to escape religious persecution in Europe. At the same time, those people had very strong religious beliefs of their own. As time moved forward, our Found Fathers established a nation with Judeo/Christian ideals but emphasized a separation of church and state. I have very strong religious beliefs, but I keep those out of my political views. How the Country Feels About Abortion Abortion is one of the most divisive issues that the United States grapples with every election cycle. A huge number of people support abortion rights and a woman’s right to choose what happens in her body until the birth of the fetus. It just so happens that the majority of these people, though not all, are left leaning and not very religious. On the other hand, a large group of primarily religious and right wing Americans believe that life begins at conception. To those people, abortion is murder. They try to force that view on people through lobbying and often gruesome protests. At the end of the day, however, abortion rights are protected by the United States … [Read more...] about The Government and Abortion
photo © 2006 Tobin The world is on its way to a scary place. With talk of $5 per gallon gas, the world is again looking at energy as a major concern for the future. I have spent a lot of time studying the energy situation. In a course on the business and viability of the energy industry, I learned about coal, natural gas, oil, solar, hydro, geothermal, wave, tidal, wind, and other energy sources. My semester project assessed the future of near shore wave based power sources. In other words, I became an expert in powering our future. The energy solution for our future will take multiple steps, but I have only seen one viable method to power our homes, businesses, and cars without destroying the planet and relying on a finite energy source. That solution is a multi-tiered nuclear based energy solution. To preface the solution, I want to discuss the most common concerns about nuclear energy: safety and waste. Safety Nuclear energy is the safest base load power system in existence. I would rather have a nuclear plant in my backyard than breathe in the toxic fumes from a fossil fuel plant. The only major nuclear disaster in history took place under extraordinary … [Read more...] about The New Energy Economy
Today may be a pivotal day for the future of the United States. The next two years are going to be dramatically impacted and the effects may linger for decades. Americans are going to the polls to decide who is going to run our cities, states, and country. I have found that I am generally very centrist on most issues. I like to take a logical approach to most political issues. While I lean toward the left on virtually all social issues and toward the right on all Middle East issues, I am not a single issue voter. When I fill out my ballot, I try to focus on the whole package. The Economy and Jobs It appears that the Republicans are going to sweep in and take control of the House of Representatives, may take control of the Senate, and will be winning in many gubernatorial and state elections around the country. However, as far as I can tell, this is backlash for the Democrats not being able to turn around Bush’s economy in a short two years. As far as I am concerned, the economy is not so bad. I have the same great job I did a couple of years ago. If you are educated, employers are hiring. If you are not educated, you cannot blame the economy for your inability to get a … [Read more...] about Election Day
This morning while watching the news, attack advertisements ran against both Ken Buck and Michael Bennet, the two main party Colorado senate candidates running in the next election. Ken Buck is a Tea Party supported Republican. Michael Bennet is a Democrat who was appointed to the senate by Governor Bill Ritter. I am personally horrified by the prospect of Ken Buck being elected. He is a right-wing example of what is wrong with extremist politicians. He wants to dismantle all progress toward universal health care. He wants to make abortion and many forms of birth control illegal. He is even against abortion in the event of rape or incest. Imagine what it would be like for a woman to have to bear the child of her attacker. Aside from my political beliefs, I am disgusted by both candidates and their supporters. This extends to nearly all major contested government offices. I am sickened by negative advertising. People should be elected to office based on their merits, not twisted versions of their downfalls. For example, Michael Bennet has been a successful business leader and worked with teachers to amend a merit based compensation package for the Denver Public … [Read more...] about Negative Political Advertising