Sunday, April 15, 2012
Earlier in this blog, I made a post showing a trailer on a movie that showed what could happen if immigrants disappeared. This here is a south park compilation showing what the main argument is against immigration, legal or not. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=768h3Tz4Qik&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Should we as a society be concerned with our world's exponential growth? Personally I think so. We are running out of resources as it is and we continue to multiply in population. Check out this link. It will open up your eyes. http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/
I was reading and stumbled upon a blog that showed that of all music genres country has the highest correlation with suicide. (anyone heard of the phrase tear in the beer?). Well I am a country fan, and I can believe it. Even our soc. book mentions it. My favorite artist of all time is Alan Jackson. Who is yours and do you believe these statements? Remember,correlation does not mean causation. www.alanjackson.com
This video is in German, and forgive another apple joke, but this shows the technology gap between the elderly and young. Just watch it. It's freaking hilarious.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtXWWRyJLPw&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Friday, April 13, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
On the note of socialism, Karl Marx was the one who essentially founded the idea. Socialism by definition states that it is an economic system where resources and production are owned collectively by the citizens. I have not read the works of him, but to me it seems that Marx forgot one crucial thing in creating the concept: Human Nature. True Socialism would only work in an ideal environment where no one was selfish and everyone had ideal characteristics. Thoughts?
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
BREAKING NEWS FROM THE POLITICAL SECTOR: Rick Santorum has dropped out of the republican race to become the next candidate for the Republican Party. So what does this mean for the average American? Well, it narrows the ballot to essentially Mitt Romney. The other candidates don't have enough steam to make a decent run at the race. Here is a funny Colbert report recap to brighten your political nonsensical day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut2--csmYNA&sns=em
Between the years of 2001-2006, this was the annual turnover rate for employees in all sectors of corporations according the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, total non-farming separations (not seasonally adjusted). This is outrageous! Why are we changing jobs so much? Naturally this changes sector by sector.. for example, the worst annual turnover rate sector was 72.6% in the Leisure and Hospitality sector. Is this maybe an issue within the corporations, or are americans just job hopping? (Keep in mind, this was before the economy crash of 2008.)
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Corporations advertise regularly. It's obvious. Look around you. Name brands are everywhere. Every emblem, every slogan is advertising. So why do we has Americans have bans on advertising cigarettes but not alcohol? Think about it. I am not condoning tobacco use, nor alcohol. But what is the logic behind the concept of banning cigarette ads? Should we ban the ads of alcohol as well?
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Going back to families and how here in the US the birth rate is declining and the average marriage age has sharply risen, I think one factor has been overlooked: what is the average age that americans are having their first child? According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, in 2006 the average age for women was 25.9 and men was 28.1. There are several factors that can play into this high age: economy, rates of college graduates for men and women, and also the age of marriage. As for me and my girlfriend, we both are 20 and just ha our first child, Abel Lee. What other factors could contribute to this high average age? And what consequences could there be if that age changes?
Monday, April 2, 2012
Political ads haven't really flooded the TVs of Texas yet (and I mean yet). But whenever a political campaign is afoot, you can always see political hopefuls trying to bash one another. Here is a funny clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live from the 2008 presidential election making fun of these mudslinging ads.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
So everyone who is familiar with Waco or lives in the Central Texas area knows this logo for the Waco Independent School District. Aside from the family environment, the 2nd most common form of socialization for an individual is the educational system which has 2 main goals: a) to teach us a core curriculum consisting of reading, arithmetic, science, and history; and b) a hidden curriculum designed to mold us into functioning members of society. Do you feel, parent or student, that your school has done their job in both areas?
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Almost all immigration from Mexico to the U.S. is voluntary, legal or not. The people want to come here for various reasons, from employment opportunities or to simply try to live a better life here. But one film poses the question, "What would happen if the immigrants never came or they disappeared?". This is a clip from the movie "A day Without a Mexican" to show how the immigrants play an important function in our society.
Monday, March 26, 2012
The common knowledge that we are taught to know is that 50% of all first marriages will end in divorce. I myself come from a "Broken family" as they have been termed, however some statistics say otherwise. Check it out on http://www.divorcerate.org/ which actually states that the rate for first marriages is 41%. Close enough? or debunked? You decide.