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Think back to mid-2011, when the US Government realised it had reached it's debt ceiling. It couldn't legally borrow any more money on it's 'maxed-out' national credit card. Months of negotiation resulted in an extra $900 billion being added, which took the limit up to $15.194 trillion.
After this things got sticky. In August, 2011 Standard & Poor's agency downgraded US debt for the first time. The Dow Jones crashed 5.6% in a single day. Gold soared from $1600 to $1920 an ounce. With the 'Fiscal Cliff' just weeks away could all this be happeneing again? But, lo and behold, there's... (more)
Here I go watching another Discovery Channel program last night on sexual mores in the US today, from the Kinsey Institute no less. I think they saved the best for last, because at the end they decided to do a rerun of social psychologist Ken Gergen's famous (or maybe infamous) experiment with students in 1973, that saw them put in a dark room with no instructions, along with others of both sexes, who were not known to them. Strangers in the dark. I remember as a psychology undergrad, you have to get a certain number of hours up, being guinea pigs in various studies. Now completing boring old... (more)
I'm going to teach you the basic elements of 'Life Cycles' theory using the lives of Bill and Hilary Clinton as my case studies. There is an excellent TV mini-series on them at the moment and that's what got me started. In Part One I demonstrated how central the age of 36 was to Bill Clinton's career. In this year he had to regain the Governorship of Arkansas, after losing it ignominiously some two years before. He had to learn to listen to voters and not be seen as arrogant. He succeeded and it led to an unbroken political career taking him all the way to the White House.
Now we are... (more)
I couldn't help but read a small article in Sunday's paper, concerning France's dashing the hope of a Doomsday group, who were going to take refuge in Pic De Bugerach. This is an attractive mountain in the south west, where it is believed it will be one of the only safe places left on Earth after Dec. 21st. Rumour has it that the hilltop will open up and aliens will emerge with spaceships to save people.
Eric Freysselinard, a local official, said he would ban access to the mountain for public safety reasons. Apparently 100 police and firefighters would control approaches to the tiny... (more)
You probably wonder, if you know me at all, why I am suddenly changing tack to talk about health. Well it came about by accident, because of a comment I left on MotherOfNine's article on cancer. I must confess to being a 'health nut' as well as a pioneer of 'Life Cycles'. So here goes folks. Today I've got my white coat on and the subject is the state of your mouth.
You worry about the state of your teeth and gums when you are in the Dentist's chair, right? He fixes it up and then you go home happy. Wrong. There is a well-proven link between periodontitis (which is disease of your gums)... (more)
I watched a biography of Bill and Hilary Clinton last night on TV. I like biographies, because someone else has decided what emphasis to place on events, that could be considered as turning points in the subject's life. Imagine you had determined the centrality of just a small number of years from a person's life, as being like 'the ushering in of a new era' in their life, and here you are in front of the TV, or at the movies, and they start to talk about events in these exact years. I'll bet you'd sit up and start to pay more attention. Well that's what I do. I'm not some sort of 'know all'... (more)
Let's look at these well-known lyrics from 'So What' :-
So, so what, I am a rock star, I got my rock moves, And I don't need you tonight.
And guess what? I'm having more fun, And now that we're done, I'm gonna show you tonight.
But that wasn't quite right was it? There was, in fact, more to come with Pink and her husband Carey Hart after their split in 2008. You see in 'Life Cycles' terms they were 'Confluent' for a couple of months in every second 'significant year' (ie. 19/24 and 31/36). Now they didn't meet till Pink was past 19, so their only adult period of... (more)
When I did a tour of Oak Park hosted by Rickshaw Rick, I heard him describe Frank Lloyd Wright as a cross between Michelangelo and PT Barnum. A phrase like that sticks with you. I quickly learned that he was a 'larger than life' self-promoter. As a first up tourist, I had assumed incorrectly, that Wright alone had pioneered the 'Prairie Home' architectural style, and that the impressive house I was looking at was his work. Neither assumption was correct and Frank's Prairie homes were somewhat disappointing by comparison.
However I'm like a detective, as you know, and I had already done... (more)
Now JFK and Jackie must be one of history's most famous couples. The era in which they were the President and First Lady was referred to as Camelot. The stuff of legend. When elected JFK dedicated himself to nobly fighting the common enemies of mankind:- tyranny, poverty, disease and war. But how did the Camelot tag come about? It was not till after his death that the association happened and the person who began it was his widow, Jacqueline Kennedy. By ironic co-incidence two days before the asassination, there was a ball at the White House and Camelot was played. She quoted the lines as favorites... (more)
This is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, who is widely considered the greatest English novelist. When it was 2009, I saw TV specials and various articles to do with a similar moment for Charles Darwin. Not enough, in my opinion, has been written or screened this year about Dickens. A master of evocative and lyrical prose. A man of the people and for the people. Now come on, let's do him justice! Go to your wardrobe and put on the oldest, holiest jumper, cardigan or vest you can find. Turn off the heater or the air-conditioning. Put the kettle on and come with me. Down,... (more)