Wednesday, May 14, 2008

This is Not a Test

This is Not a Test


The main challenge in the cold war came from extreme communism. The challenge in the flat world is extreme capitalism. (277)


It requires a president who will push science, math, engineering.


Compassionate Flatism


Cold War: Nation at risk.= easy to rally US

Flat World: Individuals at risk= harder to rally US (278)


Being an American, I am most focused on my own country. (280)


Compassionate Flatism- five categories:

  1. Leadership
  2. Muscle building
  3. Cushioning
  4. Social Activism
  5. Parenting


1. Leadership

  • Chinese politicians are all math.
  • We're all lawyers set on making us stupid, disabled
  • W cut National Science Foundation $
  • Short term pay offs are the only ones voters seem to want.


282: Replace the idea of lifetime employment with idea of lifetime employability.

Give access to knowledge, but share the responsibility to take advantage of it.


Politicians can make us more fearful or they can inspire us.


Energy Independence is our moon shot.

    284—combines global war on terror with education race/flat world

    (and he misses his guess on 284)



  1. Muscles
    1. New kinds of muscles are needed.
    2. Portable Benefits
      1. Pensions/Healtcare
    3. Lifelong learning
      1. In house and K-14
        1. Locke/Clinton
    4. Immigration should be controlled to protect wages of low wage workers.
    5. Immigration and PhD's



  1. Good Fat
    1. Wage Insurance,
      1. Displaced
      2. 2 years on the job
      3. Found new job


  1. Be compassionate because without it, you are asking for social unrest. (296)
  2. AKA: Enlightened Self Interest
  3. "If you want to live like a republican, vote like a democrat." (297)





  1. Social Activism
    1. Global Companies need moral conscience.
      1. Environment and Farmers (298)
      2. Collaborate between activists and companies. Not just gov.
      3. Computer makers (299)
      4. Not just the local rules should apply.
      5. Consumers make value decisions, moral choices, when they buy (301).




  1. Parenting
    1. Time for tough love.
    2. Time to teach kids to delay gratification (303) for the future.
    3. Ambition comes from the parent (304)
    4. COSBY!
      1. Everybody knows it's important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can't be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth.
      2. Too much protection from hurt/ego/self esteem.
      3. Dodge ball? No cut sports? Grades?
      4. We need to level the playing field by lifting ourselves up, not pulling others down. (305)
      5. I am suggesting that we do more to push our young people to go beyond their comfort zones, to do things right and to be ready to suffer some short term pain for longer gain.
      6. The crisis is in slow motion (305)
      7. We aren't going to catch up by going slower.


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