world’s 85 richest people

… have wealth equal to that of half the population: report

Just how rich are they? According to a new report by Oxfam, their total fortunes are equal to as much as half of that of the world’s population.

The report, which analyzes a number of studies to highlight the world’s growing economic inequality, was intended as a precursor to the World Economic Forum, which begins in Switzerland this week.

… the wealth of the richest keeps growing, while the bottom 90 per cent (i.e. most of the rest of us) keeps shrinking. …

Globe and Mail


NOT sustainable.

NOT an efficient use available cash.

Most of those 85 don’t deserve to be more than piddly millionaires.

Our system is not working.

Here’s the original report that came up with that stat — OxfamWorking for the Few – Political capture and economic inequality

This kind of headline is bad news for the Tea Party crowd. It’s damage control time for the extreme right wing. Drudge linked to a conservative site claiming the actual statistic is that the 85 richest people own about 0.7% of the world’s wealth.

I trust Oxfam.

minimum wage?

A perfect world would not have socialism, unions nor minimum wage legislation.

But it seems to me that there is a time and place for each in the development of a society. Take CHINA, for example. Communism to Capitalism is the road map. En route the Chinese people would benefit from Unions and minimum wage laws.

At some point, they’d no longer be needed.

If I want to volunteer (as I am right now) — why should any Government stop me?

If I want to be an unpaid intern — why should any Government stop me?

Click PLAY or watch The Truth about the Minimum Wage on YouTube.

I don’t agree with everything in that propaganda edit. But it’s food for thought.


Republicans are still anti-science

That must change if they hope to regain the Presidency.

In 2009, 54% of Republicans and 64% of Democrats said humans have evolved over time, a difference of 10 percentage points. Today, 43% of Republicans and 67% of Democrats say humans have evolved, a 24-point gap.

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tywkiwdbi – The American public’s views on evolution

Only 43 percent of Republicans believe in evolution compared with 72 percent for American college graduates. Scientists overwhelming accept evolution as the dominant scientific theory of biological diversity.


Here are the stats worldwide.

full disclosure – I’m quite certain that evolution is real. That the Earth had existed for 4.54 billion years. To claim the Earth is only 5,000 years old is lunacy.

But I’m a Global Warming skeptic. Scientists overwhelming believe that the Earth is warming due to man. I’m not convinced.

Friday Night Lights

Do you think that God loves football?

I find myself watching Season 1 of the acclaimed TV series Friday Night Lights. (2006-2011)

It’s very intense. Very well done.

Is Texas truly this football obsessed?

Click PLAY or watch a promo on YouTube.

All the acting is strong. The writing excellent.

I really like Taylor Kitsch as Tim Riggins. And Connie Britton as Tami Taylor.

In fact, for a TV series about a macho male sport, the female lead characters are all good.

I never played football. Never much liked football.

Watching the show in 2013 I mostly worry about brain damage. Concussion.

Hans Rosling: The best stats you’ve ever seen

I’m just finishing a BUSY World Gymnastics Championships, packing for my next destination — northern India. Hiking.

If you’ve got time for a laugh today, click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

You’ve never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called “developing world.

Professor Bill Sands recommended to me this unbelievably likable educator from Sweden.

David Foster Wallace – THIS IS WATER


In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College.

However, the resulting speech didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death. It is, without a doubt, some of the best life advice we’ve ever come across, and perhaps the most simple and elegant explanation of the real value of education.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

We made this video, built around an abridged version of the original audio recording, with the hopes that the core message of the speech could reach a wider audience who might not have otherwise been interested. However, we encourage everyone to seek out the full speech (because, in this case, the book is definitely better than the movie).

-The Glossary

It’s no finger wagging Dr Laura sermon. :-)

Here’s the full speech.

David Foster Wallace committed suicide September 12, 2008. He had suffered depression for over 20 years.

climate change – SOLVED

I’m a “global warming” skeptic.

The climate is changing as it always has. Ice ages come and go.

I’m skeptical that the Earth is warming mainly due to fossil fuels. And I hope I’m right. Because there is almost NO chance that the world is going to reduce the use of fossil fuels anytime soon.

Here’s the best solution I’ve yet heard. Allan Savory’s explains how we can improve the world’s climate in a cost efficient way. AND feed millions of the poorest of the poor at the same time.

Click PLAY or watch it on TED.

“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And it’s happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it.

He now believes — and his work so far shows — that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

Allan Savory: Grassland ecosystem pioneer

Thanks for the link, Ron.