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The Hay Say has MOVED!

6 Oct

Thanks for coming, but THE HAY SAY has now MOVED!

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So Much More To Do

24 Mar

Health Care, just one check on a long list

Yesterday marked a monumental day not only for President Obama’s presidency, but for the history of the United States.  Health care has been on the forefront of Obama’s agenda since day one.  The journey was a long one, with times of glory and times of near tragedy.  The final product is far from perfect, but it is a crucial first step.  So much of the Obama Team’s time and energy went into making this legislation pass, that it is hard to think about what might come next.  It would be nice if they could just stop, celebrate, and relax after such a great victory.   Yet the unfortunate reality is that he only has 1032 days left, and he can’t even pause for a second.  Here is a list of 5 equally as important issues I would like to see Obama tackle next.

  1. The Economy – The jobs bills and economic stimulus packages have helped, but we still have a long way to go.  Getting America back to work and back to spending those hard earned dollars will take much more work and commitment.
  2. Major Climate Change Policy Reform – It is time America took climate change seriously, by creating stricter regulations for factories, automobiles, agricultural practices and so much more.  We need to cut out cap and trade policies all together, providing a strong and more sustainable solution.  Obama should be pushing America to be a leader in green energy.  Not just saying, but doing.
  3. Ending the Wars – We need a complete withdrawal from Iraq, and a strict scheduled withdrawal from Afghanistan.  The wars should be back in the media and back on people’s minds.  Obama should keep his campaign promises, and truly end the war in Iraq.
  4. Immigration Reform – We need to create a path to citizenship now.
  5. Elections – Obama needs the Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate.  I would like to see him solidify that majority in November, but not by campaigning, by making real policy changes that bring positive impacts to Americans.  If you are doing it right, they can’t not vote for you.

Anything else I left out?

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The Daily Hay – Wet

22 Mar

The Daily Hay is a sometimes daily feature, highlighting whatever I feel worthy of your 5 minutes or less. No real commentary, just a link to the article, music, or video. Enjoy.

After a weekend of backpacking, I’m reminded how much I take clean water for granted. Happy World Water Day everyone!

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The Daily Hay: 7 year, 4,300 American, 100,000+ Iraqis, $747 Billion

19 Mar

The Daily Hay is a sometimes daily feature, highlighting whatever I feel worthy of your 5 minutes or less. No real commentary, just a link to the article, music, or video. Enjoy.

7 years gone. 4,300 Americans killed. 100,000+ Iraqis dead. $747 Billion spent.  Is it worth it?

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The Daily Hay – The Perfect Pint

17 Mar

The Daily Hay is a sometimes daily feature, highlighting whatever I feel worthy of your 5 minutes or less. No real commentary, just a link to the article, music, or video. Enjoy.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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The Daily Hay – Now That is OLD

12 Mar

The Daily Hay is a sometimes daily feature, highlighting whatever I feel worthy of your 5 minutes or less. No real commentary, just a link to the article, music, or video. Enjoy.

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The Daily Hay – I need new Snowpants.

17 Feb

The Daily Hay is a daily feature, highlighting whatever I feel worthy of your 5 minutes or less. No real commentary, just a link to the article, music, or video. Enjoy.

Bill McKibben of The Washington Post explains to us how global warming is the cause of this year’s record snowfall.

The Washington Post – Record Snows on a Warming Planet

“By Bill McKibben
RIPTON, VERMONT — You want to hear my winter weather story? No, really, I know you do.”

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The Daily Hay – Watch’n that Weight

19 Jan

The Daily Hay is a new daily feature, highlighting whatever I feel worthy of your 5 minutes or less.  No real commentary, just a link to the article, music, or video.  Enjoy.

From MSNBC – “Floor caves under Weight Watchers weigh-in”

“As a Weight Watchers group gathered for a routine weigh-in, the dieters got an idea of how far they still had to go: The floor underneath them collapsed, a Swedish newspaper reports.”

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The Climate Change “Hoax”

7 Dec

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The Happiest Place on Earth

8 Jul
Green (most happy), Blue, Purple, Orange, Red (least happy)

Green (most happy), Blue, Purple, Orange, Red (least happy)

When someone says, “I just got back from the happiest place on Earth,”  what usually comes to mind is a sweet dream about candyland or Disney World.  Maybe not anymore.  According to the New Economics Foundation, a British independent “think-and-do” tank, Costa Rica turns out to be this planet’s nirvana.  The Happy Planet Index measure not the value of a country in dollar amounts, but rather the greater well being, happiness, and healthiness of the country.  In addition it measures the sustainable development footprint, which will improve the lives in the future.

This challenges the thought that countries with higher GDPs and HDIs live happier lives, as the study doesn’t even take those measures into account.  In a world where we think of development as a form of government, pumping money into projects, and driving fancy cars, this has to make you think.  Central America pretty much swept the top.  Following Costa Rica in happiness was the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Guatemala and Vietnam.   Out of the 143 countries in the study, the US ranked a pitiful 114.  That may come as no surprise considering 1 in 10 women in the U.S. are on antidepressants, with men just slightly behind.  On top of that, our sustainability footprint is one of the worst in the world, bringing down our grade for the future.

Developed nations are so quick to judge our less developed neighbors, and seem to have all the right answers for them.  We tell them how to run their countries, plant their crops, build their homes and drive their cars.  We tell them where money should go and who shouldn’t have any.  We support military coups and fund military operations.  We teach their children that our way is the right way.  But the right way to what?  Hot water and clean cloths?  Maybe it is.  Happiness?  Probably not.

I think this just goes to show that we too have a lot to learn.  The ‘Pura Vida‘ lifestyle seems to be working, what is holding us back from embracing it?  Or maybe we just need monkeys, beautiful beaches and tasty food.

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