Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

If He Walked with Us Today

In a few days we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the promise of forgiveness of our wrongs as well as a new life in His way.

If He walked with us on this earth today, would his answer to …”What is the most important commandment”, still be: "The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel (the Shema, a centerpiece of all morning and evening Jewish prayer services); The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:29-31 KJV)

I believe it would be so. It is our duty to help each other.

As a nation and as individuals why are we not following His path this very moment?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Private Sector Waking Up to Future

SolarCity gets private investment funds

Although the investors of this San Mateo, Calif. solar photovoltaic project have been slowed down by a "republican-beaten" U.S. Energy Department, they have found private sector funding to the tune of over $1 Billion.

That's not surprising to me because it's about time good ole U.S. capitalism woke up to the money making potential of solar energy as well as other "green" energy sources. After all, the technology is now in hand and the numbers favor new green energy.

It is interesting that SolarCity, the developer, plans to build "privatized U.S. military housing communities nationwide," up to 120,000 housing units.

Changing our nation's reliance on carbon-based fuels has proven to be a seriously difficult process with many roadblocks. Many, many paychecks are tied to the old systems, such as coal-fired power plants.

Back in the late 1940s President Harry Truman ordered the U.S. military to integrate. That was a major step toward the launching what later became the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. I hope following in Mr. Truman's footsteps, using the military to bring about change,  will help ignite a reborn "green power revolution."

Either way, this investment overcomes a big hurdle.

 Go here for the USA Today story>>>  or here for a PDF version of the story>>>

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Robin Hood Tax... One Excellent Idea!

Robin Hood did have a good idea, didn't he?

What has become known as the Robin Hood Tax, "a tiny levy on trades in the financial markets that would take money from the banks and give it to the world’s poor", is one step in the right direction toward moving the U.S. and the world economies back to the land of the living. Perhaps even the Republicans can grasp the value in adopting it and helping to move the nation back from the brink of all out rebellion of the 99ers vs. the 1 percenters and our "do nothing, let-the-people-eat-cake, Republican Congress". We can only hope that some elected officials become enlightened and make this idea come to life. Go here for the story >>> or here for the story in PDF format.