Thursday, February 17, 2011

Responding Thoughtfully to the Democratic Aspirations of the People

Bahrain..."Ur Doin' It Wrong!" 

Do the right thing.

Good luck!  Just do the right thing and you won't need luck.

UPDATED TO ADD: You too, Yemen.  Yo, Gaddafi, the entire world is tired of your BS; give some thought to retirement before it is forced upon you.  Fighter jet airstrikes on protesters?  And you wonder why you have protesters?  Too bad the rumor you'd fled to Venezuela was untrue.

YET ANOTHER UPDATE: Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Force of Bahrain, has found a way to respond to his people that does not involve gunning them down in the streets.  He has withdrawn the military from the streets and called for a national day of mourning.  The son succeeds where the father fails.  May we all have such good fortune in our lives.

Fundamentalism: A Swift Survey

It's a word that gets thrown around a lot, usually without much thought...

This lecture presented by Professor Zvi Ben-Dor Benite from New York University is a thoughtful introduction to the term fundamentalism, a study of its history, an examination of it dependence on the written word, and a thoughtful exegesis on its implications for ancient man and modern society.  Well worth a listen...

Gresham College was founded in 1597 for the express purpose of providing lectures to the public in the City of London.  Four centuries of public service; what a cool idea.  You can subscribe at their website or on iTunes.

What's That On His Facebook?

"I remember some horrible dream about smothering..."

Twice now the oh so helpful folks at Facebook offered to send invitations to persons in my email address book who were already Facebook members but with whom I was not yet befriended.  Twice they ransacked my entire address book and sent invitations to everyone, whether they had a Facebook account or not.  I hate it when that happens, but as they say:

"Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."

Enough is enough.  Look for me here at the Eclectic Breakfast or at LinkedIn.  If you haven't tried LinkedIn yet you should; it's like Facebook for people with jobs.  If you want to cut back on your Facebook use here's a Nine Step Program.  If you want to delete your Facebook account here are some resources.

My apologies to any of you who received unwelcome solicitations from Facebook because I was so Zucking gullible.