There are whole towns now in Sweden where cash is not accepted. Bank robberies are down since there's not much in the till, but cybercrime in Sweden has gone from 3,304 cases in 2000 to 20,000 in 2011. Old age obsolescence is also accelerating. The head of a Swedish retirees' organization said elderly people in the countryside don't have credit cards, and wouldn't know how to use them if they did.4 comments
When the prophetic voice mutes itself the stones will clatter and shake. The sound is cacophonic and confusing, but the core of truth the prophets refuse to speak will throb its way out on the thudding stones.
Just as the atheist Richard Dawkins discloses he doubts God's non-existence, Richard Holloway, Episcopal Bishop of Edinburgh, asserts his doubt in the Deity's existence.
What has long been assumed by many has now been confirmed. The data released last week came from a website that seeks to facilitate individuals wanting to cheat on their husbands or wives. Washington has the highest per capita number of users of the site of any other city.
Social conservatism is a loser says Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. In a heart-breaking way, Paul is probably right.17 comments
The Republican Florida fracas showed the ugly side of political strategy: When the issues won't work, assassinate the opponent's character.11 comments
Say "spring" nowadays around Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and people hope you're talking about cushy metal coils beneath your mattress, waters dancing through a meadow, or zest in your step. Spring, for those who suffered devastation from last year's Alabama tornados, is the season of terror.1 comments
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has wafted the hint of a summery breeze across the increasingly chilly religious liberty landscape.2 comments
Last week President Obama, flanked by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, scissored the nation’s defense budget by $500 billion. The latest tatters of the defense budget join the pile already accumulating from cuts made earlier. By the time it’s all done, almost $1 trillion will be eliminated from the Pentagon budget.4 comments
“A crisis of apocalyptic proportions” is the way Radoslaw Sikorski, Poland’s foreign minister, recently described the economic morass into which the Eurozone is sinking.5 comments
Depending on the point of view, there is much chortling, derision, lamentation, praise, affirmation, bewilderment, and indignation over the foreign policy gaffes, puzzlements, and elucidations of the pontificating tribe of candidates now in pursuit of the presidency, as well as the Chief Executive they seek to defeat. It’s enough to make us think we have tumbled with Alice into the crazy, contradictory and confusing realm Lewis Carroll called “Wonderland.”
No leader is worth his or her salt who has not been salted. Anyone who aspires to leadership must be prepared for the sodium sting. Candidates must not be stunned at accusations, stutter in an attempt at hasty dismissal, or succumb to brain-freeze.
The Occupy Wall Street movement shows cultures must learn this in every generation. So must mayors and other elected officials whose cities and lands become beachheads of the occupation while the leaders try to find their position and voice.