Survey Shows Overwhelming Public Support for Social Security – Working In These Times

These critically important findings are contained in the report “Strengthening Social Security: What do Americans Want?” compiled by the National Academy of Social Insurance NASI. “The American people, contrary to popular belief, are overwhelmingly willing to pay more for Social Security, and that includes every age and income group, across party lines, and even Tea Partiers,” observes Monique Morrissey, an Economic Policy Institute economist specializing in retirement security issues.

via Survey Shows Overwhelming Public Support for Social Security – Working In These Times.

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What Would John Quincy Adams Tell President Obama?

“The first thing John Quincy Adams would tell both President Obama and Governor Romney is, “Get an education! Learn the languages and histories of the people you have to deal with overseas!” He would echo—indeed, thunder—the precepts of Presidents George Washington and John Adams to stay out of the affairs of foreign nations and remain neutral in the conflicts of the rest of the world and focus on building our own nation into the most prosperous, best-educated nation in the world. He would cite The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and Napoleon’s experiences in Egypt and the Middle East as examples of how the Middle East has been the graveyard of Western empires. John Quincy Adams would urge the president to withdraw the American military from the Middle East as quickly as possible, and he would urge Governor Romney to learn the difference between a consulate and an embassy.”

via John Quincy Adams, Neglected President: Five Questions for Biographer Harlow Unger | Britannica Blog.

Several years ago my wife and I read McCullough’s excellent biography of John Adams.  Finally we got around to checking out HBO’s renditon for television.  We have been living back in the War of Independence for days.  The book enlivened the present with the past and sparked out minds with fresh curiosities and a desire to learn more about the Adamses, Jefferson, Hamilton and all the others.  Random threads led me to post this blog. What a rich period it was for thinkers, and Abigail was one of them. So bound in by Kansas snow we watched the whole series.  Recommended highly.

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BBC News – Turtle victory at wildlife meeting

“This is a huge conservation win,” the head of the US delegation, Brian Arroyo, told BBC News.“A lot of meaningful conservation will come out of this,” he added.The turtle vote was remarkable for the degree of co-operation exhibited by the US and China. The countries jointly submitted two proposals to increase protection for a number of Asian softshell and hardshell turtle species.

via BBC News – Turtle victory at wildlife meeting.

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How the Tortoise Taught Soul Nada Brahma

“There exists in the East a legend which relates that The Great Spirit made a statue of clay in the image we now know as human, and asked the soul to enter into it. But the soul refused to enter into this prison, for its nature is to fly about freely, and not be limited and bound to any sort of captivity. The soul did not wish in the least to enter this prison. Then the Great Spirit asked the angels and devas to play their music and, as they played, the soul was moved to ecstasy. Through that ecstasy–in order to make this music more clear to itself–it entered this body.”  — more

via How the Tortoise Taught Soul Nada Brahma.

In the preceding blog Ambrose Bierce says the tortoise is without soul.  Perhaps, but here is how Tortoise inspired Soul with Nada Brahma.

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