Clinton is High on Hopefulness but Low on Optimism
Over the last few weeks, President Obama has been beset on all sides with calls for a more hopeful tone, one more in keeping with the tenor of his campaign. Now former Pres. Clinton has joined the chorus, in this interview from Good Morning America.
Yet, one need only watch Obama's chief economic adviser, Larry Summers, discuss the stimulus to see why the Presidet is trying to keep a sober tone. The Administration is winging it and necessarily so — there is no guide to priming the economy when it stalls out.
There is, however, a tried and true path to prosperity in the longrun, which focuses on finding value by creating news idea or learning to do more with less. In a word, innovation, as shepherded by the entrepreneur. The sooner the President starts using his power and pulpit to summon our entreneurial spirit, as Mike Bloomberg did just yesterday, he won't have to worry about sending the wrong message due to the vagueries of hope. Indeed, with the tools and inspiration to fix our problems, we'll have taken an important step beyond hope, toward a real optimism.
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A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.
- The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
- The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
- People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
The rise of anti-scientific thinking and conspiracy is a concerning trend.
- Fifty years later after one of the greatest achievements of mankind, there's a growing number of moon landing deniers. They are part of a larger trend of anti-scientific thinking.
- Climate change, anti-vaccination and other assorted conspiratorial mindsets are a detriment and show a tangible impediment to fostering real progress or societal change.
- All of these separate anti-scientific beliefs share a troubling root of intellectual dishonesty and ignorance.
The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.
- Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
- Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
- Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
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