“Although Magic maybe should not be making these feelings public (although I think if he made ALL his feelings public, he'd probably have much worse to say), I've been watching every Lakers' game since the preseason and he is dead on. Magic has always been outspoken -- that's an important part of his personality, and it was one of the many reasons he was such a successful basketball player. Magic was a Lakers' coach for a short time, but quit because the players weren't taking their roles seriously enough. That's probably one of the reasons Coach Krzyzewski did not become Lakers' coach several years ago when Kobe Bryant telephoned him and asked him to become coach. When I watch the better college basketball teams, it is obvious to me they play with much more defensive intensity than most NBA teams ever do, except possibly the best NBA teams during the playoffs. I'm sure the Lakers would have a significantly better record if they played defense consistently like there was no tomorrow. Unfortunately, there is a game tomorrow with the Rockets, and the day after, with the Spurs. And, to make matters even worse, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol & Jordan Hill are out with injuries indefinitely. It should be interesting to see how the remaining team members and coaching staff handle this new adversity. After all, like Nitzsche once said, "That which does not kill you makes you stronger." Will that statement still hold true in the 21st century?”
“Prime Minister Erdogan seems to be paranoid about the reaches of social media and he may, at least partially, have a valid point. Social media is uniting the world for both good and bad. Though protests in different countries have their own uniqueness, all of these protests can rapidly occur because of new smart phone technology. Social media is a Janus. It can instantly connect us to great vaults of knowledge and information. It can provide company when we are lonely. However, it can also act as a catalyst for instantaneous, mutually shared grievances and vengeance. Slogans against individuals and governments can be created and transmitted in a matter of minutes, and can become memes of violence overnight. We are experiencing a birth of connectedness across the globe that humans have never encountered before. Is social media a Pandora's box, or will it be used to better the world. Only the future will tell.”
karenken on Jun 23, 2013 at 21:46:12
“That is why it is good to stop, take a breath, and think.
You don't want mob rule dictated by some tweet.
Better to use election ballots, not bullets. You don't need an army to run a civil society. But you do need civil people, talking, and if corruption of money or power gets too big, God willing, people can vote for change. But this winner take all thinking - makes especially women -- just a pawn in a game.”