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  • (Day 732) Carlos Arredondo Is Changing The World

    On our way to interview Gaytri  Kachroo, the whistle blower lawyer for the Madoff scandal, we stopped at an Occupy Boston event.  There we found the powerful story of Carlos Arredondo, an immigrant from Costa Rica. He lost his son to a snipers bullet in Iraq. He subsequently persuaded the US government  to make things better for Vets and  their families. Here is his incredible story.

    Update 04/16/2013 - This story keeps getting better. Today an article in NBC News is calling Carlos a hero. During the Boston Marathon tragedy he was photographed with a triage patient in a wheelchair. His hand is squeezing the mans bleeding artery as they run for help. The only thoughts I have are, “of course, what else would a guy like this do?”

  • (Day 705) Why The Future Doesn’t Need Us!

    Why the future doesn’t need us – By Bill Joy - WIRED

    Our most powerful 21st-century technologies – robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotech – are threatening to make humans an endangered species.

    From the moment I became involved in the creation of new technologies, their ethical dimensions have concerned me, but it was only in the autumn of 1998 that I became anxiously aware of how great are the dangers facing us in the 21st century. I can date the onset of my unease to the day I met Ray Kurzweil, the deservedly famous inventor of the first reading machine for the blind and many other amazing things.

    Ray and I were both speakers at George Gilder’s Telecosm conference, and I encountered him by chance in the bar of the hotel after both our sessions were over. I was sitting with John Searle, a Berkeley philosopher who studies consciousness. While we were talking, Ray approached and a conversation began, the subject of which haunts me to this day.


  • (Day 696) Real Reason Europe Is On The Ropes

    Over these last 696 days I have been looking at everything through the glasses of integrity and trust. I see Europe as no exception. As they head deeper into their financial crisis, they can put the blame squarely on the culture of corruption. Surely, this must be the real problem. It is true in any human related catastrophe. When we break trust and integrity, we all lose, and lose big.

    It all starts with the actions of an individual, as they get away with a low level of corruption, others jump in and it grows in size and deed.  Like a cancer in the body, a whole country gets sick. How many acts of denial, nepotism, tax evasion, handouts, bribes and budget manipulation do you think it took to create this crisis situation.

    The United States is not far behind, we are headed down the same road. We have to face the truth, we are also in a crisis of trust.  Let’s stop pointing fingers and realize we all have responsibility and we all need to sacrifice before it is too late.  We may still have time to stop the development of the riots in own our streets. Our leaders need to stand up and share this message, as we look for their leadership we can start  by individually working on our integrity. This is the one and only thing we have control over.

    The time is now, we need your help and you need ours. We have to get it right! If we don’t keep building trust in our beloved America, it will surely be doomed for the ropes.

  • (Day 691) Gorbachev On Trust

    Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, was at Lafayette College on Wednesday. He rebuked the United States for its arrogance in claiming victory in the Cold War and for trying to push an American empire like “instant coffee.” He went on, saying that the U.S. continues to fall short of a pledge not to seek military superiority.

    “What happens if all the nuclear weapons are destroyed?” he said through a translator. “Mostly what will remain is the military power of the United States. It seems that perhaps things are beginning to change in this regard in this country, but nevertheless we see that our American friends are excessively concerned about their security and trust no one. And this is not a good thing.”

  • (Day 686) Making Things Right Again

    This report on CNN about a celebrity cell phone hacker caught my interest, not because of the egregious act of spying, but for what happened after he was caught.

    Get this… he admitted doing it.  He did not deny or blame someone else, he said he was wrong.  Moreover he did not try to profit from the information he gathered and took personal responsibility for his actions.

    I am not condoning what he did, it was absolutly wrong.  I am sure his victims feel less safe as they go about their lives.   I would be very upset if someone did this to me.

    Many of our business and political leaders have shown us how easy it is to run from the truth.  It takes great courage to look yourself and your peers in the eye and admit a personal failing, an act sorely missed in our world.

    If you were the judge would you be more likely or less likely to give this guy the maximum penalty?

  • (Day 657) Hope For The Future

    There are  millions of small acts of kindness that happen every day around the world, people helping people. We don’t think much about them or at least we don’t report it in the media. Maybe that is why I enjoyed reading the refreshing story below. It gives me hope for our future.

    Unsuspecting Chargers fans in two sections of Qualcomm Stadium were showered with money during the San Francisco 49er preseason game. When Club level server Heather Allison tripped on a stair, about $1,000 flew out of her hands landing under seats, in laps and sailing over the railing into the lower Field section.

    “All my customers began screaming over the railing to the people below: ‘That’s the servers’ money,’ ” recalls Allison, who has sold refreshments in Sections 36 and 37 for five years. Fans helped collect the stray bills and, amazingly, so did the crowd below. Within 10 minutes, a security officer brought a stack of cash back up to her. “It was all there,” says the mother of four and full-time student who, after paying the concession, still pocketed $170 tips. “Chargers fans are amazing,” she says. “We’re like a family.”

    Why do you think the media rarely reports stories like this?

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  • (Day 644) Trust Paradoxes

    Socrates, our most famous philosopher once said he knew one thing – nothing at all.

    I have been thinking about trust and how some seemingly obvious truths turn out to be the exact opposite.  Below are my list of Trust Paradoxes for your enjoyment and contemplation. Add to the list  if you can!

    Don’t you think it is strange that..

    1) To be the best teacher, is to ask the best questions

    2) To have life’s most important possessions, is to know they are free

    3) To find happiness, is to look inside yourself.

    4) To find peace, we fight wars

    5) To forgive someone, is to heal yourself

    6) To have tolerance, is to accept intolerance

    7) To gain respect, is to give it

    8) To have integrity, is to know yourself

    9) To have freedom, is to restrain fear

    10) To gain control, is to share power

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