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today’s news … Thursday, January 26, 2012

In Uncategorized on January 26, 2012 at 6:00 am

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there! 

Quote for todayWe can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same set of rules.” – President Barack Obama, 2012 State of the Union

“top 10 disadvantages to capitalism”

In Lists, Opinions on January 26, 2012 at 5:36 am

The folks at listverse.com produced this interesting perspective on the “top 10 disadvantages to capitalism.” While they and we at Columbia news, views & reviews are not suggesting that the system in inherently evil, this is just another viewpoint.

“There has been much discussion of the current economic system in the western world, capitalism. This is mainly because of the growing anti-capitalist movement. However, as the owners of the free media are the wealthy, the anti-capitalist side of the debate has not been fairly covered. This list is not to suggest a viable alternative, although there are many. It is merely to cover the disadvantages of the current system, which have often been ignored by the media and governments.”

Here’s the list of the top 10 disadvantages:

10. Inequality

9. Waste

8. Starvation

7. Anti-social

6. Danger

5. Undemocratic

4. Pollution

3. War

2. Dictatorship

1. Propaganda

Listverse provides more information to support each of these disadvantages; click here to read the article in its entirety.

a forwarded “feel-good” email … Freedom and Jeff, and the circle of life

In Everyday Living on January 26, 2012 at 5:21 am

Perhaps you have been a recipient of the forwarded email about Freedom and Jeff – the one about the bruised and busted-up eagle, Freedom, and the guy with cancer, Jeff, who nursed the eagle back to health. Because so many of these “sounds too good to be true” forwarded emails come along, we try to verify them before re-casting them.

Turns out after checking with snopes.com, the story about Freedom and Jeff is a true story.

“Freedom is alive because Jeff fought for her life, and there is no doubt that Freedom sensed his love and commitment. Jeff gave Freedom the support she needed to want to live.

“When Jeff was later diagnosed with a serious illness requiring chemotherapy, he found himself turning to Freedom for support. Two or three times a week, whenever he felt well enough, he would drive from Bothell to Arlington to walk with Freedom around the grounds. Now it was Freedom’s turn to give Jeff a reason to fight for his life.

“Only a short time ago Jeff was informed there was no trace of the disease left in his body. He immediately left for the Center.

“When he took Freedom out of her flight, she did something she had never done before: She extended her wings and wrapped them around him.

“The circle of healing was now complete.”

So, here’s the email we received repackaged into a .pdf format: Freedom and Jeff.It is inspiring and it is worth passing along.

Here’s Jeff Guidry’s story, “The Circle of Life,” about how Freedom ,the eagle, helped save him when he had cancer.