Re: Are you still proud of your country?
Am I still proud of my country? You bet. Am I proud of everything that it has done? No. I believe that the average American, despite all of the controversy about the Patriot Act and other violations of our civil rights, lives one of the freest lives in the world. Even with America falling into a recession, we also have some of the highest living standards in the world.
But, these are not what make me the most proud of my country. I find my pride in the willingness of the millions of young Americans who have been willing to leave our country and fight for the freedom of others around the world. Say what you will about the intentions of the leaders that involve out troops in conflicts across the globe, but the men and women in uniform who grab their boots and rifles and ship off across the world do it because they believe that they are doing it to help people.
The United States has not chosen to sit back in isolated prosperity, but it has tried to use what resources it has to help oppressed people. Yes, sometimes these attempts have been poorly executed, but their aims were good. Yes, there are cynics out there who believe that every war America has ever entered was fought by greedy leaders in Washington, DC. Maybe some were. But the average Joe American who fought and died so that others could be free makes me proud of my country.
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Big tech is making its opening moves into the health care scene, but its focus on tech-savvy millennials may miss the mark.
- Companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google have been busy investing in health care companies, developing new apps, and hiring health professionals for new business ventures.
- Their current focus appears to be on tech-savvy millennials, but the bulk of health care expenditures goes to the elderly.
- Big tech should look to integrating its most promising health care devise, the smartphone, more thoroughly into health care.
Turns out pushups are more telling than treadmill tests when it comes to cardiovascular health.
- Men who can perform 40 pushups in one minute are 96 percent less likely to have cardiovascular disease than those who do less than 10.
- The Harvard study focused on over 1,100 firefighters with a median age of 39.
- The exact results might not be applicable to men of other age groups or to women, researchers warn.
Here's why universal basic income will hurt the 99%, and make the 1% even richer.
- Universal basic income is a band-aid solution that will not solve wealth inequality, says Rushkoff.
- Funneling money to the 99% perpetuates their roles as consumers, pumping money straight back up to the 1% at the top of the pyramid.
- Rushkoff suggests universal basic assets instead, so that the people at the bottom of the pyramid can own some means of production and participate in the profits of mega-rich companies.
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