unastronaut*

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This week’s fixations

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I’ve been getting caught up in thought more often this week than any point in recent memory. Usually when this happens I’m left with useless revelations about insignificant observations. It’s probably the same this time.

Quantum theory really only clouds our definitions of the words ‘and’ and ‘or’, which blows my mind. Every combination of two or more things is a false assumption, an impossibility. There is only one thing.

Deepak Chopra said “When you point at the moon, I look at the moon. I don’t worship the finger” on CNN at some point this week and it’s my new favorite lens through which to view religion. I find absolutely nothing wrong with looking at the moon, I simply cannot worship a finger.

I was talking with my brother-in-law this week about tact. There are essentially two definitions of tact, he gave one and I gave the other. The interesting thing, to me, about all of this is how much the two interpretations/definitions reveal about our own perspectives.

1. a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.
2. a keen sense of what is appropriate, tasteful, or aesthetically pleasing; taste; discrimination.

The way it looks to me, definition one is concerned with the impression given and definition two is concerned more with doing the “right thing”. Good-doer or politician?

On a lighter note, I’d almost forgotten some of the most disgustingly awesome things I’d seen over the course of my lifetime. Too bad an NBA career doesn’t require only 4 minutes, then injuries wouldn’t be such an issue.

Written by unastronaut

November 16, 2008 at 12:58 pm

A few random words…

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If you like 26-year-olds being able to retire, then you love the 15% capital gains tax. If I have extra money and put it in the market to make more money, I pay that 15%. If I work my ass off 60-hours a week in a warehouse, I’m paying around 30%. That’s pretty awesome, huh? And truly, why are we taxing work (something we want people to do) at all?

If you’re investing in your retirement properly, capital gains taxes will not affect your retirement at all. Not to mention the fact that most people really struggling with retirement aren’t pretentiously bitching about capital gains taxes, they are worried about stretching a social security check. There are worse things than losing your Maserati.

Most people in America, at or around age 65 are forced into retirement. This is common practice, and perfectly acceptable in modern business. Maybe it is a good idea, but if we’re doing anything at all we should at least apply the rule to everyone. So I guess the question is…why do we allow people well past our own working age to run for the highest office in the land, if they’re no longer fit to work for the United States Postal Service? How can we have a commander-in-chief well past retirement age for our Army officers?