Thanks for stopping by – having made it through the dark days of winter I am finally ready to rip into 2012 with a list of things I believe (and an equally long list of things that piss me off).
I believe that Kony 2012 was a great concept that educated the mainstream about the atrocities committed by Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army. But I believe there’s more to getting involved than posting the link to Facebook or tweeting about the video. If you want to make a difference you need to get involved (and that means learning all the facts – not just the YouTube sound bites). It takes education, effort, and real action. And speaking of getting involved, Occupy Wall Street showed what happens when you give voice to the voiceless but don’t identify your objectives or what you’re trying to accomplish. It comes down to identifying objectives, targeting an audience, and execution…..”End The War” is clear, succinct, and easier to make happen than “End Greed.” I believe that we need to spend more time, effort, and money on space exploration – not less. This is a reversal of my earlier position in which I bitched that space exploration was a waste of money. The big picture (as explained by Neil DeGrasse Tyson) is that space exploration is about innovation. Discovery. Pushing boundaries. I believe that collectively we as a nation have stopped pushing boundaries and we’re falling behind. Seriously behind.
I believe in Made In USA and I think we need to find more effective ways of manufacturing products in the USA. Here’s an idea – factories and shops in inner cities, tax breaks for companies willing to investment, and job training for people who might want to work but lack the necessary skills…..and maybe if 1 or 2 big box retailers got behind this and pushed their suppliers to swing bigger percentages of the manufacturing back to the USA it might happen. I believe no husband or man in any serious relationship wants to hear the words: “we have to talk”, because inevitably it just involves some aspect of our behavior we need to change (even if we don’t want to change it). I believe too many politicians are out of touch with the realities of America in 2012 and the issues affecting their lives. I believe Justified and Southland are two of the best shows on TV right now (followed closely by Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire). And I believe I can happily live my life without ever seeing another reality show, except maybe Intervention.