In Zimbabwe, We Don’t Cry for Lions

This is a really good op-ed piece from the NYTimes.  It shines a light of reality on the issue.  We live in a Republic that is blessed by it’s structure and the foresight of the founding fathers.  However, it seems to me that we are now at a point where our prosperity has lost touch with reality, and our morality has put on a set of blinders that only allows us to see (and act) about what we want to see.

 

Do Americans who are upset about Cecil even realize how terrifying animals can be?

Source: In Zimbabwe, We Don’t Cry for Lions

Why does a single trophy hunter generate all this attention and hatred from Americans when he is cheered by the residents of the country in which the lion was harvested?  Yet the same, vocal individuals turn a blind eye to the actions of Planned Parenthood?  They turn a blind eye to the actions of governmental leaders in relation to Benghazi?

As a culture how can we pull our heads out of the sand, and our “reality” TV and recognize what is happening around us, and take substantive corrective action?  If there is one issue that should be addressed in the upcoming Presidential Campaign (and it won’t be) I think that is it, and it encompasses foriegn policy, domestic welfare, economic programs, tort reform, tax reform, environmental policies, everything.

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An Interesting Google Benefit

An interesting snippet about Google employee benefits.

Source: Did You Know That When A Google Employee Dies… | Things You Didn’t Know

So let’s think about this for a minute.  If you have an employee that is making 120K, and you have to pay out on this benefit.  That is 60K a year for 10 years, or 600K.  A nice benefit.

What does it cost Google.  In the greater scheme of the company finances…. pretty much nothing.  If Google has to pay this benefit 20 times per year I would be surprised.  So let’s for a moment assume that Google pays this benefit 50 times a year.  By extension they could have 500 concurrent payments taking place.  Continuing with the 60K per year example as an average, the annual cost to Google is 30 Million dollars.  Google’s Q1CY15 gross revenue was 17.2 BILLION.

The cost to Google of this benefit is negligible.  The value of the benefit to employee loyalty, that is where it makes a lot of sense.  For a company with 55,000 employees in a very competitive technology sector, attrition can be a killer.  If this benefit helps to stem the turnover of employees the company benefits more than the cost of administering the program.

It is a great strategy from Google, and it is very beneficial for their employees.  While no one wants to have to collect or payout on the benefit, the fact that it is there…. (to use a cliche) priceless.

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Blackhawks Win!

And so the 2014-2015 season comes to an end.  It ends with the Hawks shutting out the Lightning for a game six win.

There are a lot of good stories out there about the game, and the individual stories surrounding the series, the season, and the game.  Short version, the Blackhawks came to win last night, and it showed.  Every playoff series is a battle and the Lightning played to win, they just didn’t get the right bounce of the puck and just weren’t able to capitalize on their opportunities.

There are a lot of important things to point out about the game but, I think ESPN has done a good job documenting those stories.  But the thing that stands out in my mind (aside from the hockey) is that no one decided to host a Stanley Cup Riot in the city last night.  How long has it been since we had a Championship win in major sports that was not used as an excuse to burn a few cars, and loot a few buildings?

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No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish | Creative Staffing Agency

Awesome rant.  It all boils down to manners, and selfishness.  Love the dentist story.

No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish | Creative Staffing Agency.

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Changing ITAR Regulations

Hmmm….  It seems the State Department is changing the way information is classified under current.  There is a great deal of hoopla from various entities around these “clarifications” and “definitions”.  Some of it maybe very well placed.

Looking at some of the broader changes, this looks like a significant overreach into the definition of public domain.

Gravest Threat to First and Second Amendments Yet Seen | Shall Not Be Questioned.

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Goodbye Sweden | THE SWEDEN REPORT

Interesting opinions from someone with boots on the ground.  Do you see any similarities to North America?

Goodbye Sweden | THE SWEDEN REPORT.

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Missteps

How many mistakes can a campaign make and still have the candidate considered as a front runner 2016 elections?  I would enjoy the comedy of it all if it weren’t for the fact that she is still being considered as a viable candidate to win.  Craziness

Hillary Clinton’s big rally manages to boot long planned children’s event out of park « Hot Air.

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Don’t Let The Wookiee Kill An Open Society

Excellent piece by Varad Mehta over at The Federalist.

Don’t Let The Wookiee Kill An Open Society.

Prepare to spend more than a couple of minutes on this one, and put on your critical thinking hats.  He makes some great points, and does a good job using popular cultural examples to illustrate and drive home his point.

Go read it!

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Happy Birthday – 239 Years

Happy Birthday to our Corps.  From the yardarms of the Revolutionary War through to current operations around the globe our Corps has served this country.  Today we mark our 239 birthday.  From humble beginnings in a small tavern in Philadelphia, to today’s active duty force of almost 200,000 our Corps has been the leading expeditionary edge for this nation’s interests.

As is customary, a couple of video celebrations for your viewing pleasure:

 

And the Commandant’s message

 

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Sometimes We All Need A Little Reminder

The boys and girls at Ranger Up, have come up with a new video that points to something that we have all struggled with in our lives.  I think it is worth the time to watch, and a good reminder to not rest on your laurels.

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