Monthly Archives: July 2011

Amy Winehouse … great artist

I just heard she passed away. So young. I loved her voice and the music. I put her up there with the best. Rest in peace Amy!

Some of my favorites on youtube are:

Teach Me Tonight

amy winehouse live best performance ever! rare!before drugs

amy winehouse live amazing live performance!

Love is a Losing Game

Back To Black

Wake Up Alone

Love is a Losing Game

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Whatever happened to higher level discourse?

I am watching The McLaughlin Group TV show. The panelist are discussing the President’s use of “Corporate Jet” tax breaks as examples of need for tax change, etc.

The panelists get all flustered and indignant. One of them even mentions that Corporate Jets are made by people and creates jobs. Another, that Corporate Jets as a tax issue is irrelevant, would generate miniscule returns, and that executives use Corporate Jets to conduct business to save time and other benefits.

I’m astounded. Clearly the president used the Corporate Jet issue as a symbolic example of the perks and privileges that are available to the super rich and not available to the majority of Americans*. Only one panelist understood this, Eleanor Clift? I doubt it; I hope not. Were the rest just playing the game, entertaining?

The problem is that this type of fixed thinking or reactionary vs contemplative response is amplified in popular media. There seems to be an epidemic of abstraction level miscommunication: where people who have not agreed on definitions, are deluded that they are arguing about the same thing.

“The beginning of wisdom, is the definition of terms” — Socrates

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*If you use a vehicle to just get to work, you can’t claim any tax benefits, afaik. In fact, in addition to the taxes you already pay that eventually get used for roads and other infrastructure, you will probably pay even more taxes for the vehicle, fuel, and maintenance. And, unlike those with formidable legal and tax departments, more then likely you can’t exploit all the loop holes of corporate tax complexities to reduce your pain.

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