Gods 401k plan

Written by John Anhalt

Asrepparttar starving slaves tend away at their cubicle farms, multi-national companies get fat on consumer desires. Investors fortify their crops forrepparttar 125996 season ahead garnering internal nutrients from CEO’s to assure their successful growth. Wait a minute, who is really benefiting from this? Only about five percent ofrepparttar 125997 world population is according to recent studies. The rest of us are left fighting for scraps fromrepparttar 125998 new harvest each year.

“Look Kobe, those silly earthlings are fighting again over those shiny yellow rocks and green paper”,repparttar 125999 extra-terrestrial Jessie Jack said observingrepparttar 126000 earth from his flying saucer. “I think they really like those gold chains”, Kobe responded. Seems silly, but somehow as a society, we’ve accepted that people will kill and be killed for those shiny rocks. Of course they don’t kill just forrepparttar 126001 rock, but whatrepparttar 126002 rock represents, power. Like any good basketball player asking forrepparttar 126003 ball will tell you, “Will you give uprepparttar 126004 rock already?”

The framers ofrepparttar 126005 U.S. constitution realized while creating our federal government, too much power by any one person or faction, leads torepparttar 126006 misery ofrepparttar 126007 many. This lesson, learned underrepparttar 126008 British rule, required several years of wars, and many lives to be lost. How many times must we forget our history? The model hasn’t changed. Why do we continue to forget our past mistakes? Well it’s simple, yet complex of course. We desire change, but we know it comes at a great cost.

Intelligence Failure and the next Armageddon

Written by Arthur Zulu

I like figures of contrast. Like oxymoron. I like it very much. But what is an oxymoron? you may ask. One dictionary defines it as “a phrase that combines two words that seem to berepparttar opposite of each other.” It gives one example: a deafening silence. But I am going to give you a long list: Extinct life. Temporary tax increase. Plastic glasses. Terribly pleased. Political science. Tight slacks. Definite maybe. Pretty ugly. Working vacation. Exact estimate. Microsoft works.

If you want to fully understandrepparttar 125995 contrasting elements, turnrepparttar 125996 phrases into sentences: Microsoft is working. This isrepparttar 125997 exact estimate ofrepparttar 125998 budget. I am on a working vacation. She is pretty ugly. And so on. Put differently, Microsoft means work and work means Microsoft. Exact means estimate and estimate means exact. Definite means maybe and maybe means definite. Pretty means ugly and ugly means pretty. And so on.

It is for this reason that I likerepparttar 125999 English language. Because you can use one word to represent so many things. Such as “Make no mistake about it.” (Used to make sure that your listeners do not mistake what you are saying.) And “undisclosed, secret location.” (Used to let listeners know that what is secret is undisclosed and what is undisclosed is secret.) But those words are in a separate group called circumlocution, simply meaning going round and round—the way sailors and astronauts do. Like Francis Drake. Like Yuri Gagarin. In my innocent school days, we use to call it “beating aboutrepparttar 126000 bush.” But these days, Bush is beating aboutrepparttar 126001 desert.

Now, one more phrase has crept intorepparttar 126002 oxymoron family: Intelligence failure. Consider this sentence: The terrorists destroyedrepparttar 126003 twin towers because of intelligence failure. Therefore, intelligence means failure and failure means intelligence. It may also mean that no human being is to blame forrepparttar 126004 collapse ofrepparttar 126005 twin towers. Because intelligence failure, which is neither man nor animal is to be held accountable.

There have been two classic examples of intel failure in history. Considerrepparttar 126006 Pearl Harbor disaster of December 7, 1941. Whenrepparttar 126007 Japanese Imperial Navy came and attacked on that day,repparttar 126008 Americans got it all wrong. First,repparttar 126009 “sneaky Japs” knowing thatrepparttar 126010 U.S. patrols were weakest north of Pearl Harbor took that route, riskingrepparttar 126011 turbulent winter sea and maintaining strict radio silence.

Next,repparttar 126012 two army privates on duty at Opana Mobile Radio Station onrepparttar 126013 Island of Oahu, smelt trouble. They saw unusually large lips onrepparttar 126014 oscilloscope, an indication that more than 50 ships were coming to attack. But when they informedrepparttar 126015 Information Center about this,repparttar 126016 Information Officer told them to go to sleep. He had mistakenrepparttar 126017 ships for a flight of American B-17 bombers coming in fromrepparttar 126018 mainland.

That was not all. The 14-part message that was sent byrepparttar 126019 Japanese government to its envoy in Washington D.C., to be delivered by 1:00 p.m. December 7, 1941, had earlier been intercepted byrepparttar 126020 U.S. before its arrival. Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was president atrepparttar 126021 time, had interpretedrepparttar 126022 message to mean war. But where and when would it take place? No one knew. Some fingered Thailand.

Again,repparttar 126023 message was delivered late becauserepparttar 126024 Japanese embassy secretaries delayed in typingrepparttar 126025 document in English. So byrepparttar 126026 time that Cordell Hull,repparttar 126027 secretary of state, receivedrepparttar 126028 message, war had already begun. Atrepparttar 126029 end, over 2,330 Americans died, while 1,140 were wounded. It was actually a “day which will live in infamy,” according to F.D. Roosevelt. No thanks to missed intelligence. The resulting anger led to war with Japan, which culminated inrepparttar 126030 destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki byrepparttar 126031 atom bomb in August 1945.

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