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Dinesh D’Souza debates American Imperialism @ FSU: Question5

Mr. Dinesh D’Souza debating American Imperialism at Florida State University on April 15, 2008. The question: Is America an imperialist nation and should it be?

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Posted by mark - July 31, 2013 at 1:38 pm

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How to Plan a Tulum Destination Wedding

I still remember my wedding day, that day was the greatest day of my life. When the idea came up to my head to celebrate my wedding in Tulum (the Mexican Caribbean), my happiness was so great that I just couldn’t believe it, to many wonderful ideas appear in my mind. One of the first things I thought was to gather all family members and close friends, so we could spend the best time of our life with the people that we really love, but then again I thought, how am I going to take care of all my guests and planning ??

The wedding idea its self was in Fact a marvellous idea, a wedding in the beach, with all the closest people we love, the Mexican Riviera Maya, but, I just didn’t have any clear idea of how organize such a big destination wedding, also, I didn’t even know the place well, and I had no clue how to organise such a wedding.

Luckily a friend of mine advised me where to seek for information about weddings, she told me about a specific wedding agency that would take care of all my problems. To be honest, I never thought about my guest or what to do after or before the wedding, but the agency took care of everything.
When I contacted the agency they asked me what kind of wedding I would like to have, honestly I didn’t imagine that there would have several options from where to chose, I come from a conservative family so I was imagining myself in my white long bride dress and a wonderful ceremony but everything inside the normal standards and the traditional thing. The agency has several options for different kind of people, including religions or whatever the client ask for. At the beginning was pretty difficult to chose what I wanted but eventually everything was finally easy to choose.
When we arrived to Tulum three days earlier, we were just receiving kind attention and advises for the wedding, at first I just wanted a regular and traditional wedding and eventually I decided for a Mayan wedding.
We performed the “ceremonia de los cuatro vientos ” (4 wind ceremony). The shaman told us that the ritual was in order to call the forces of the positive energies, when or guest surrounds us in a circle, we were left right in the middle of the circle right before the sea, I felt so different like never before and yes, indeed I felt the magical positive energies that they mentioned before.

The day after the wedding they organised a tour around the most hidden and worderful places of the Rivera Maya, those places were marvellous, the beach, the pyramids, the holy cenotes, and the party atmosphere has nothing to compare with.
I do not regret for my choice. Celebrate my wedding day in the Mexican Caribbean, with all the magnificent support work from hard Mexican workers Tulum Weddings Destination which they know by excellence every detail, traditions, the most magical and incredible places of the Rivera Maya, no doubt I made the right choice.
Thanks to Tulum Weddings Destination and Tulum Wedding Coordinators

Natalie Font
http://www.articlesbase.com/weddings-articles/how-to-plan-a-tulum-destination-wedding-680423.html

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Posted by mark - July 30, 2013 at 1:15 pm

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Libertarian and Conservative GOPers Clash at TeaParty

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The event was pretty interesting. It was set up by a libertarian and the speakers included several libertarians as well as Peter Schiff himself as the keynote.

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Posted by mark - July 22, 2013 at 8:40 am

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NewsBusted 4/8/8

Topics in this episode:

–Chelsea Clinton says her mom would make a better president than her dad

–Hillary, meanwhile, compared herself to Rock…yeah right

–Barack Obama sucks at bowling

–Ted Turner: global warming will make us all cannibals!

–Donald Trump wants Eliot Spitzer's callgirl Ashley Dupree on his "Celebrity Apprentice" show

–Keith Olbermann tanks in a prime-time "special" on NBC. (No surprise there!)

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Posted by mark - July 21, 2013 at 7:34 am

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The top 3 mistakes to avoid when “Going Solar”, or installing Solar Energy

I live in a home with Zero Utility Costs.  Sounds too good to be true?  Well, if not for the Solar Photovoltaic Array on our roof and some other smart changes, it would not be possible.  But getting there wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t simple.

Back in 2005 I was concerned with the rising cost of utilities.  You may be too if you are reading this article.  Here in New Jersey, when I charted it for the past 5 years, it averages out to 1% increase per month in overall electricity cost.  If you think that sounds different than what the politicians and utility company tells you, you are right.  But when I looked at the total bill, and what I received for it, that was true.  There are a lot of additional fees, surchages, and ‘service or delivery charges’ that just show up on the bill.  Fortunately for us, we found a way to deal with this issue.

We did it in two steps:

  • conservation of electricity or decreased consumption, and
  • alternate energy installation, or in our case Photovoltaic Solar Energy and a wood-burning stove nestled into our fireplace

I will take some time in this article to explain the top things to avoid for solar energy installation so that you can evaluate whether solar energy is right for you.  The good news is just conserving electricity may be enough to help you in the short term.

The three biggest mistakes about moving to a Solar Energy array in your home or business are:

  1. No conservation efforts on your electricity consumption first and establishing that savings up front.  Otherwise some of that solar electricity is wasted when it could be making you money.
  2. Avoiding detailed analysis on the consumption of electricity around your house.  Otherwise you wind up with the wrong size solar energy system.
  3. Doing simple financial payback calculations instead of through fiscal modeling.  Every one of the installers who quoted me had this very wrong.  Some were very conservative to be fair, but others made some large mistakes on the financial calculations.

With our photovoltaic solar energy system, we hit all our milestones for savings ahead of schedule because of working the items listed in 1 & 2.  And of course we are now utility-bill free because of item #3.  Now let’s explore each of the three mistakes further.

Mistake #1 -No conservation efforts on your electricity consumption

Everything about installing solar energy installation benefits from eliminating all wasted electricity.  It is absolutely critical to do as much conservation as possible and as much as you feel comfortable doing and then establishing those savings up front.  The savings help determine what type of consumption savings alternatives makes sense to do and how long the payback or cost recovery will take.   This includes swapping out costly halogen exterior lights for compact fluorescent bulbs and the same for the interior lights.  Timers on lights that can get left on will also make a big difference.  Old, inefficient appliances can be costing you large amounts of money in wasted electricity. Otherwise some of that solar electricity is wasted when it could be making you money.  We were able to successfully reduce our electricity consumption by over 25%.  Key items were investigating the appliances, compact fluorescent lighting or CFLs, and using timers.  We also modfied the setback programs on our HVAC systems to provide cooling during very limited times of the day, only when needed most.  We identified a lot of places where cooled air was escaping into the attic, basement, garage and outside.  We essentially inventoried the entire house for everythign connected to a wall outlet or wired internally to the AC breaker box.  We then questioned all of it, and challenged whether we could simply unplug each item.

Mistake #2 – Avoiding detailed analysis on your consumption of electricity

Otherwise you wind up with the wrong size solar energy system.  It is important if you live in an area with varied heating and cooling seasons to have a seasonal model.  This is most of North America so these efforts should be explored by most readers.  By creating a good seasonal consumption model, you can identify exactly how large your energy needs are, and whether the conservation efforts from avoiding mistake #1 will apply, and in which seasons.  We developed a full seasonal consumption model, and listed for each appliance whether their usage would change by the season.  We then applied our conservation efforts and measured the results against the expected values to see whether we were on-track or off-track!  We successfully conserved through the peak 7 months of consumption, and knew we had made real progress.  We also were able to partially scale back our solar energy array size, saving thousands of dollars over a larger system under consideration.  Lastly, by knowing how much we would be conserving, more electricity was produced and sold back to the utility grid.  This provided us with hundreds of dollars more each year from Solar Renewable Energy Credits or SRECs.

Mistake #3 – Doing simple financial payback calculations

Instead of through fiscal modeling, simple calculations provide may provide very misleading suggestions.  Every one of the installers who quoted me had this very wrong.  Some were very conservative to be fair, but others made some large mistakes on the financial calculations.

A detailed financial payback model should include your initial outlay or deposit.  The financing costs should be included in the payback calculations, making note of any finance fees and interest costs.  Savings on your electric bills should be made on a seasonal or annual basis and included in the model.  Special notes should be made on expected maintenance costs, including DC to AC inverter replacements every 5 to 7 years. The payback model should be useful to predict what your future with the conservation efforts will look like.  It is recommended that you give this model a try for a portion of the year to see how well the model predicted how much you would save with energy conservation and if it actually came true before investing in a Photovoltaic Solar Array.

Finally, the payback model should include any income from the Solar Renewable Energy Credits or SRECs.  The model should be able to show your expected  electric utility bills for the next 12 to 48 months and possibly longer.  The model should be given to you by any reputable installer, so that you can do some of your own “What-If” scenarios with the payback parameter assumptions.

Summary:

The three biggest mistakes we covered in moving to a Solar Energy array in your home or business are:

  1. No conservation efforts on your electricity consumption first and establishing that savings up front.  Otherwise some of that solar electricity is wasted when it could be making you money.
  2. Avoiding detailed analysis on the consumption of electricity around your house.  Otherwise you wind up with the wrong size solar energy system.
  3. Doing simple financial payback calculations instead of through fiscal modeling.  Every one of the installers who quoted me had this very wrong.  Some were very conservative to be fair, but others made some large mistakes on the financial calculations.

While we have focused on the top three mistakes, there are plenty of others!  Read all you can, talk to people who have already done it, and ask them what they liked and what they would do differently.

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http://www.solar4biz.com

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Joe Ficalora
http://www.articlesbase.com/home-improvement-articles/the-top-3-mistakes-to-avoid-when-going-solar-or-installing-solar-energy-1249083.html

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Posted by mark - July 18, 2013 at 6:36 am

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What is the importance of rule of law in a democratic system of goverment?

Does rule of law truly works in this contemporary world? what about pardons offered to first degree offenders whilst misdemeanor offenders remain in jail?

Rule of Law in Western Thought

The Rule of Law is an ancient ideal. Plato wrote one of the earliest surviving discussions. While convinced that the best form of government is rule by a benevolent dictator, Plato concedes that, as a practical matter, persons with the necessary leadership qualities are rare. Accordingly, he imagines a utopia that is governed not by a benevolent dictator, but by Nomos, the god of Law. In "The Politics," Aristotle also considers whether it is better for a king to rule by discretion or according to law, and comes down firmly on the side of law; individuals are too often swayed by private passions. Christian philosophers, seeing the power to rule as a delegation from God, the Lawgiver, saw any kingly act contrary to "natural" law as an express violation of this delegation for which a monarch would surely be punished after death.

Both the early Greeks and the Christian philosophers had a vision of law as a system of rules whose source lay outside of the ruler himself. For the Greeks, law was inherent in the natural order or arose from the timeless customs of the people; for the Christians, law came from God. Accordingly, if a king were to rule according to law, he would be constrained and his powers would be limited.

A king was seen primarily as a judge, who applied the law in specific circumstances. But in the 16th and 17th century, there was increasing recognition of the power of government to make laws. This newly recognized "legislative" function of government posed a serious problem for the Rule of Law ideal. If kings made the rules, how was the Rule of Law different from rule by discretion? And how could kings be bound by the law as private individuals? The English philosopher Thomas Hobbes concluded that they couldn’t ([1651] 1962). In opposition, liberals such as Mill insisted that restraints on legislative power were a necessary part of the Rule of Law ideal.

Jurists and philosophers now distinguish between two types of Rule of Law. The first is "substantive" Rule of Law, defined to be rule according to some particular set of laws that are valued for their content, such as guarantees of basic human rights. The second is "formal" or "procedural" Rule of Law, defined to be rule according to any laws generated by some legislative process, even if they are "bad" laws.

Several other ideas are sometimes swept under the name of "Rule of Law." The idea that the persons in government should themselves be subject to law like any private citizen is another idea that is sometimes discussed under the Rule of Law. Authoritarian states tend to identify Rule of Law with "law and order," implying not restraints on the government but restraints on citizens. Increasingly, economists have come to realize that the free market depends on certain institutions and the enforcement of certain rules, such as the freedom to contract and the enforcement of contracts. Very recently, economists and development specialists have begun to discuss the "Rule of Law" as the enforcement of private contracts. And while the ideal of the Rule of Law describes the way a king should act — and by implication, the executive branch — many confuse the Rule of Law with the quality of the court system.

What Good Is the Rule of Law ?

The benefits of the Rule of Law depend on how the Rule of Law is defined. For the Christian philosophers, the Rule of Law was identified with the triumph of the substantive commandments of God; it was valuable because it was equivalent to good government. More generally, the advantages of substantive Rule of Law are the advantages of whatever rules are to be implemented: for example, the guarantee of basic human rights or the presumption of innocence.

Yet the narrower procedural definition of the Rule of Law has virtues as well; it is expected to make government action predictable. This predictability is supposed to encourage investment and allow people to plan their lives meaningfully. Contract enforcement is that it allows people to trade and thus to increase their utilty; this is thought to be a superior process of allocation because people have the best knowledge of what goods will satisfy them. Accordingly, Rule of Law is associated by economists with economic benefit, including growth (Hayek 1960). For thinkers from the Greeks through today, the Rule of Law protected citizens from a monarch’s individual passion and self-dealing. Meaningful law, and institutions to change it, allows us to more easily identify and change the rules by which our lives are governed, providing a "handle" for social action.

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Posted by mark - July 16, 2013 at 5:45 am

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