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On Open-Mindedness

November 21, 2008 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: philosophy, Zen.

A friend’s facebook pages have been awash with commentary recently, always after his provocatively-titled notes that have often sparked controversy and set pulses racing. Whilst I enjoy a good debate about matters that I feel need factual correction or an injection of balance, I find the discussions often tend, at one point or another, toward • Read More »

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A Lesson in Objectivity

November 19, 2008 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: finance, philosophy.

I come home to a news report on the TV, warning of the fear that because inflation is down today, there is a grave worry that it could go MUCH further with the economy threatened, unemployment to rise, doom and gloom could be upon us in the form of deflation, when everything “goes south” and • Read More »

The Armistice

November 11, 2008 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: history.

Whilst I sit here late on a Tuesday afternoon with the sun going down through one window and the near-full moon rising in the other, I realise that it would be good to take a break from philosophising over socio-economic and political issues and spare time to respect those whose day this is. We had • Read More »

Obama Won, so Why the Hate?

November 9, 2008 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: politics.

I find it absolutely incredible that there is such intense negativity against President-Elect Barack Obama now that the US Presidential election is over. On the day that we commemorate the end of the first World War, the day the guns fell silent, and observe 2 minutes silence for the millions of men & women, military • Read More »

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A Good Day for America and the World

November 5, 2008 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: politics.

I woke up this morning to hear the news, first from my American girlfriend and then on the BBC News; Barack Obama is the next President of the United States. This is good news in so many ways and not just for Americans but for the world. Congratulations are due to Barack Obama on his • Read More »

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Spread the Wealth

November 4, 2008 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | 2 Comments | Filed in: finance, politics.

I don’t know what the problem is with Barack Obama’s “spread the wealth” statements. ┬áThe Republicans are using his words in an attempt to scare middle and working America into thinking it’s THEY who are going to have their wealth redistributed, hence the unfoundered fears of “Joe” the “plumber” who earns far less than the • Read More »