For those who believe the tales about it being dangerous to drive while talking on a cell phone, texting, reading a newspaper, or otherwise distracted, a statistic was released recently that shows that 500,000 accidents have occurred and 6,000 deaths as a result of distracted driving (mostly using a cell phone).

 I don’t really understand the objections from some over the cruise lines resuming stops in Haiti.  They think it’s wrong to be sitting on a beach and enjoying yourself while people are still suffering about a hundred miles away.  While I agree that people are sometimes indifferent to the  suffering of others, it shouldn’t matter whether it’s one hundred miles,
 500 or 1000 miles, yet no one seems to be objecting to cruise ships going to the port of Samana, Dominican republic which is the same island,
 but a different country, so it’s OK.  The ships going to the private beach at 
Labadee, Haiti are bringing needed money and jobs to Haiti and also
carrying needed supplies.
 (I labelled the two ports on this map so you can see what I mean)

There are some interesting new stories on the Cosolargy blog.

Also, some great new photos on Roger Weld’s Flickr page.

I’m not sure how president Obama is “creating jobs” when his cuts in government spending are causing government contractors to lay off thousands.

Living is not this tawdry, mediocre, disciplined thing which we call our existence. Living is something entirely different; it is abundantly rich, timelessly changing, and as long as we don’t understand that eternal movement, our lives are bound to have very little meaning.”
~Jiddu Krishnamurti


One thought on “Random Thoughts 1-31-2010

  1. Chris says:

    I agree with you about the cruise ships resuming their stops at Labadee, Haiti. I have been to Labadee. It concists of native Haitains making a living from the cruise ships stopping there. This is their livelyhood. It would only devistate Haiti more by suspending these stops from the cruise ships. This is a huge income for these people and we need to support them by giving them our business, not taking it away.

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