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July 4, 2011: What will be different? Nothing.

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On July 4, 2011, the United States will be led by President X of Party A or Party B. What will be different on that day?

Probably not much. American troops are likely to still be in Iraq. Nearly one out of every six Americans will still be without health insurance. Attempts at immigration reform (whatever that means) will still have been eroded by more objections by many more interests with particular beefs. No coherent, consistent, effective American policy that begins to undo climate change will exist. American school children will continue to lag far behind other nations in math and science — and still have decreasing abilities as critical thinkers. Spending by lobbyists to influence federal regulators and members of Congress will be on its way to passing $3 billion for 2011.

What will be different? Very little.
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Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

July 3, 2007 at 4:20 pm

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ESPN’s ‘Who’s Now’: Why tell kids dollars, ‘buzz’ best measure of success?

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ESPN, bless its profit-making soul, has joined the growing list of media that negate my need to think for myself. And if you’re a young athlete, ESPN is giving you all the advice you need on how to determine what constitutes “success” in sport and life.

This month, ESPN is conducting “Who’s Now,” a bracket-based, fan-voting competition to determine the “ultimate” sports star based on both “on-field success and off-field buzz.” This morning, courtesy of the SportsCenter hosts, I learned that these criteria for the “ultimate” star include size of athletes’ contracts and attendance at “hot” events (you know, those tony bars ‘n’ such). The 32 finalists were based on fan nominations. (Adam “PacMan” Jones didn’t make the cut.)
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Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

July 2, 2007 at 1:43 pm

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