Saturday, January 15, 2011

'Good-night' Musings: Race Discrimination, Traffic, Berlin Wall, Paying for Dead Bodies, and Ahmadinejad

On Race Discrimination: Some good advice for everybody, especially Christians from Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., as quoted in Fortune magazine article by Roger Parloff, 11/01/17: "The way to to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the base of race."  Now ain't that the simple truth.

Same as article as above quoting Chief Justice Roberts on the Berlin Wall:  "And it was torn down, by the way.  It didn't fall.  It was torn down."  Now if that ain't a call to action, I don't know what is.  But then again, Roberts' hero was Ronald Reagan whom he equated with a call to action.

On Time Spent in Traffic: Canada's Macleans magazine reports that Canadians on average mind you, are spending the equivalent of more than 32 working days a year stuck in traffic.  No wonder so many of us want to work from home.  In Toronto, commuters spend 80 minutes a day go to and from work; and one in four Canadians spend more than 90 minutes a day.  And if you think that doesn't add to your being tired at the end of the day, think again.  In fact, this could all be contributing to the breakdown of marriages and the family.  Grumpy parents and spouses after fighting other idiot drivers on the way home don't make for great relationships.  And of course, if you have money to burn, you can use some of North America's pay lanes now to help with the problem.  Macleans reports that in Los Angeles pay lanes move twice as many cars as the free lanes at four times the speed.  California here we come.

On Paying or Dead Bodies:  I was not aware until recently that at least Canada though not liable for civilian deaths in Afghanistan, provides innocent victims ex-gratia payments 'out of kindness' according to the latest issue of Macleans magazine.  In the twelve months ending March 2010, the figure rose to $661,000 for 272 such payments or $2,430 in each case.

Another quiet world figure lately has been Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian President.  Well, it turns out according to Macleans that there may be good reason for that.  He's in deep trouble with the Mullahs of the land and the faith.  They don't like him.  In fact, they wanted to impeach him recently but they were ordered to stop by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khameinei who realizes that if they did, this would expose disunity in Iran at a time when the West was trying hard to threaten its power.  But word is that Khameinei has terminal leukemia and the one slotted to replace him does not like Ahmadinejad at all.  Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad is trying hard to win and keep the loyalty of the Revolutionary Guards just in case he needs them soon.  All is not well in the land of "potential nuclear power weapons".  Keep an eye on this place.

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