“I am just an ordinary citizen, who has spent the last year in several countries in Asia.
During that time, and especially during the election, people of all classes and cultural backgrounds have spontaneously expressed to me how happy and inspired they are by President Obama and how hopeful they are that America will lead by the strength of example more than coercion and bullying.
In other words, they hope the American President will be "more collegial and consultative, and are relatively reluctant to use American strength in assertive and unpredictable ways." This is Conrad Black's definition of a "weak President." This is the world's definition of a sane President.”
“Great move. There is great opportunity for the U.S. here in southeast Asia.
I've just traveled from India to Thailand and several people have spontaneously asked if I was American and expressed their joy at the U.S. election of President Obama and also a U.S. Congressperson born in Bangkok. (That was front page news.)”
roeydewey on Nov 8, 2012 at 20:58:02
“whilke hes busy traveling iran shot at one of our drones - oh by the way we were not told untill today but this happened nov 1 - didnt want to make him look bad like benghazi befor the election - wake up people he is the handout president”
Marjorie Willich on Nov 8, 2012 at 20:43:12
“Commies always like more commies”
toomuchdebt on Nov 8, 2012 at 20:12:23
“As they wpuld most presidents..bush and clinton were also popular”
new here on Nov 8, 2012 at 20:10:46
“It is a great move indeed. That part of the world has been affected for long by war and hopefully it will be resolved soon.
One other thing - while people in other countries seem to be happy about the election news, most commenters here are so angry and bitter.”
“I'll achieve world peace and prosperity for everyone in the world!
You will all be rich like me!
All diseases will disappear!
We will have a base on Mars!
And a whole lot more!
Just trust me...............”
egdirb5951 on Oct 1, 2012 at 12:59:15
“Oh, yes, I will vote for you--just please trickle down on me your golden treasure; I want to be like you, rich, rich and without care for anything but my millions!”
“Why vote for someone like that? With just a few non-detailed answers?
I'll run a campaign based on the following platform....
I'll fix immigration and also reform the tax code, so no one needs to pay taxes, stop all wars and insure peace in all countries, cure all diseases, eliminate poverty, promote all middle class people to the upper class, in the U.S. first, then all over the world, eliminate all abortions while providing effective, faith-based birth control, insure equal rights for all, while preserving traditional marriage (whatever your tradition) and whatever else you want.
“Never mind principle reduction, just let owners of underwater properties refinance!
The banks, who have been totally subsidized by the Feds and are not allowing this and it would release enormous cash flow into the economy.”
Sdsearcher on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:19:43
“Yep! I know if the banks would let me refinance my loan I could save almost 140.00 a month to put back into the economy and also start to pay down my debt that increased over the last four years. I am underwater now. I lost my 20% downpayment and my LTV is over 110%. I have good credit, never missed a payment in six years, have a job and income, but the banks won't let me refinance because they say that I am too much of a risk because of my LTV. I would actually be LESS of a risk if I could refinance and lower my monthly payment. So, by not letting me refinance, they are actually making me MORE of a risk. It is disgusting.”
Jul 25, 2012 at 03:38:27
“After years of suffering in a corporate cubicle, and using a similar set-up at home, we have improved our situation immensely.
First of all, working from home, rather than in the office, is a great help. The freedom to move about while on a phone call and also to take frequent short breaks and move around is most helpful
For computer work, we got a Ergotron work station. It has shelves/mounts for a keyboard, laptop and external monitor. You can adjust it very easily, manually lifting or lowering it, for seated, perched (as on a stool) or standing positions. It has been a great help relieving back pain.
Also, taking a break and doing the alignment exercises by Pete Egoscue or yoga really helps.
And also we have a big monitor, mounted on the Ergotron. This enables us to adjust the the resolution, so we are not bending forward straining to read/see. Almost all computer users have forward head posture, from straining to read small fonts on the screen.
And the ultimate relief we have found is working in a less stressful environment. We are currently at the beach in Thailand. It is great to take a break and take a swim in the warm ocean!”
“Hidden gem: Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA. (Used to be California Western, then United States International). The men's dorms (with surfboard lockers) are right on the cliff above great reef breaks.”
“Technology is not to blame for unemployment, except that it makes globalization (out-sourcing) easier.
I believe that the main factors are wealth inequality and inflation outstripping wages.I'd like to see some charts on that.
If the productivity gains from technology accrued to the middle class, their prosperity and demand for goods would produce zillions (technical economic term) of jobs.
If inflation had not out-stripped wage gains, we (as a culture) would be working less to pay for necessities and enjoying a life of more leisure and philanthropy (as some futurists predicted) instead of struggling to survive.”
Ainsi sera groigne qui on Jun 16, 2013 at 18:13:07
“Oh I don't know.
Any sort of employment that can be fully or partially digitized is subject to being replaced in full or whole by technology.
Vast numbers of low, middle and even some upper level types of employment are gone not due to merely outsourcing, but because technology has made such positions redundant.
Case in point, look at the opening of the film "9 to 5" where Jane Fonda enters an office floor full of secretaries, typists, clerks and other office workers. You would be hard pressed to find any company large or small organized along those lines today. Computers, smart phones, voice mail and whole host of technology has made needing one secretary or assistant per executive redundant. What assistant jobs that remain today have morphed into positions that do functions formerly assigned to several persons.
Once you don't need armies of clerks, secretaries, bookkeepers, assistants, etc.. you also do not need as much managerial staff to supervise them, so they can go as well.”
“Sri Lanka is very welcoming at this time. Friendly people, great beaches, mountains, cultural and religious sites and even national parks with leopards, elephants, etc. After the civil war they had, they are trying to catch up to the rest of Asia.”
hp blogger William D. Chalmers on Dec 27, 2012 at 19:58:35
“Agree...was there last April. Wonderful people and food and art and culture and...”
I've recently traveled in countries in Asia which have great wealth disparity and lots of security for the wealthy. Even shopping malls and restaurants had guards with automatic weapons. It was not a comfortable environment.
On the other hand, I've spent time in England. There are poor people to be sure, but also a viable safety net. Gun ownership is rare and even the authorities are reluctant to use guns. I felt very safe there.”
skewedtrue on Dec 24, 2012 at 16:03:45
“"Well put!" yourself!
Jophoenix on Dec 24, 2012 at 15:25:00
“And we offen compare ourselfs to Latin America we are a first world country. Indeed i have read articals comparing us to to third world countrys and next to THEM we are about equal. This should worrie you. Because in those countrys kidnaping is also a dayly real fear Check in to the amount of educated young middle class with capital ( enough to pay your way in other countrys charge up to 150 thousand you must have in reserve ) when you have a fair and desireable country people pay to belong. Anyway the numbers are growing much fast!! not talked about ,wonder why. Good luck to them , what is being left behind are the old,supper rich, poor. Think about it”
Tavon on Dec 24, 2012 at 15:13:20
“They don't have a Constitution, either.
The NRA are all about profits aren't they not protecting chidren (they didn't say they'd fund protecting children. They put the most money into buyihng DC polticis, instead.
They don't want socialism, but are manipulating toward plutocracy.
If they were for the people, the NRA will FUND all the vetting, training, arming of guards in schools. What about Theaters, malls, airports, etc. etc. etc.
If not, it means more government interferance in our lives. Right, right?”
Exuma on Dec 24, 2012 at 14:57:22
“Even when gun laws and ownership were roughly equivalent between our two countries, England had fewer gun murders than the US. Since gun control their violent crime rate has gone up, ours has gone down. By the way, England has also initiated knife control.”
sunnynight on Dec 24, 2012 at 14:49:00
“That is exactly why England is in flame and living from one riot to another. Have you been to England during the latest riot, in August of 2011? The poor disarmed British people could not defend themselves and the authorities abandoned them completely.”
josiah-w on Dec 24, 2012 at 14:29:37
“Lmao! Yeah, very safe. Do you know that the U.K. has the worst crime rates in the world? Hahaha!”
OldTulsan on Dec 24, 2012 at 14:27:24
“I experienced the same thing in the Philippines in 2006-2007.”
“As you correctly postulate, the end result will be either a heavily armed society full of armed guards or a more gun averse culture of civilized interaction. I fear we are tending toward the former, even though our culture has roots in the latter (England).
I recently visited a country in Asia where every venue frequented by upper class people is heavily guarded, even shopping malls, food markets and restaurants, and I was warned to avoid certain areas and some major roads after dark, even with an armed driver. Believe me, I did not feel safe.”
“Right as usual. It is a step in the right direction, but it does not get the job done in terms of real stimulous.
Call me a socialist or any such name, but someone in the Federal government needs to mandate that the banks, who have enjoyed continuous bailouts for years, loan the money in a way that it will do the most good: allow refinancing to people current on their home mortgages, even if their loan-to-value is 100% of the mortgage amount.
No "moral hazard" as the people have been paying already, not delinquent. Not a risk of a bad loan as the lower payment amount would mean that the loan would be less of a risk. And the homeowners would have hundreds of dollars more to spend each month.”
“Ben is doing what he can, but it is only part of the job.
Consider, if the feds required the banks (as part of their continual bailout) to allow refinancing at low rates, especially for home owners with homes valued at or less than their mortgages, who have been paying their mortgages at the higher rates, those home owners would save hundreds of dollars every month and likely spend that money: the economy would recover very quickly”
Adam313 on Dec 12, 2012 at 22:26:33
“So you're suggesting, give everyone an easy way out of being irresponsible? I love sob stories and all, but banks aren't charities, and if everyone got a refi, it would encourage more of the stupid behavior that got us into the mess.
Walk away from your house right now if you're underwater. The economy will thank you.”
wardropper on Dec 12, 2012 at 19:54:34
“Ben is NOT doing what he can - except for himself.
The only presidential candidate who would have taken actual steps to reverse our sickening slide into social and financial oblivion was quarantined by the media.
That left only Obama as a recognizably human choice.
But we needed to do much, much, much better.”
Dec 10, 2012 at 01:50:16
“Hello and thank you for the good wishes.
To give more details, I was eating dairy products daily and they were not always organic. The hormones in non-organic products may have been a factor.
I had not had a sick day in over 10 years, so I believe the main problem in my case was stress from losing a great job and being wiped out in the real estate melt down. Even using "stress reduction" techniques, it still had a big effect.
I had surgery to remove the tumor and have adopted a more simple, but less stressful life and a vegan diet. I feel good and the cancer has not returned.”
A Karamichalis on Dec 10, 2012 at 10:27:15
“I know what you are going through with unemployment stress (my husband). Prayer is the only thing keeping us going without cracking up. Thank God you are now well. I pray that you will continue to be blessed with good health and happiness! :-)”
Dec 9, 2012 at 13:15:40
“Great to see this research. As a vegetarian who had cancer, I studied Ornish, McDougall, Esselstyn and others and switched to a vegan diet.
However, even though I think that diet is significant, I believe I was too complacent and unmindful of other factors. There is evidence that environmental toxins and stress may also have crucial roles in the formation of cancer. Taking steps to reduce the impact of these factors is vitally important.”
clsb07 on Dec 9, 2012 at 15:59:25
“I agree with you, and while I think there is some truth to vegans having lower cancer rates, I myself know 2 vegans who developed aggressive breast cancer. And wasn't Steve Jobs a vegan or at least a vegetarian? I think this type of diet might help in cancer prevention, but there are many other environmental factors and genetic factors that cause cancer. And if your diet is solely plant based, you better be eating organics then, because there are many carcinogenic pesticides in most of the food we eat.”
A Karamichalis on Dec 9, 2012 at 14:48:57
“When you were vegetarian, did you consume large amounts of dairy daily? Did you eat large amounts of various veggies daily? I am curious to know why the vegan diet is considered so much better than vegetarian-for instance, I eat only one or two organic eggs a week, a tbspn. of organic milk with my coffee, and an ounce and a half of cheese a day. That is what makes my diet more vegetarian than vegan. The rest of the food is vegan: legumes, fruits, veggies, seafood, nuts and seeds.
I think that we should also try when possible to make sure that the eggs, milk and cheese we have is organic and not filled with hormones. I wish I knew this when my children were young--so many young women have endometriosis probably because of the hormones in our food.
Please let me know about the stress you mentioned. My husband and I are under unbelievable daily 24/7 stress due to a situation, though we are prayerful and take time to unwind. Stress is unfortunately, inevitable unless one is blessed with a 'charmed' life (money, perfect marriage, children, vacations, job, etc.)...so is it how one reacts to stress?
Hope that you are better now, and may God bless you with good health and good thoughts.”