The Cricket World Cup and the American pretenders

Well the Cricket World Cup is here and it’s time for Americans to start pretending that we know all about the sport of cricket. I completely missed out on the last “let’s all pretend we’re fans moment” during World Cup Soccer when many of my fellow Americans engaged in the greatest expression of self-delusion in recent memory. Sure there may be some Americans that know something about cricket but most of us just don’t. I think it works like this; 1. we overhear our ex-pat co-workers and friends that are cricket fans talk about the game, 2. we repeat what we’ve heard to other Americans who are also pretending to be fans of the sport as if we know what we are talking about, 3. we watch a few clips of cricket matches online and pretend to be either excited or disappointed in the players performance depending on whichever team we’ve arbitrarily decided is “our team” 4. we talk about the game we saw online while maintaining the unspoken agreement not to blow the cover of other people we suspect are also pretending to be fans. After that we are off to the races, we now have something to talk about with the off shore team during that odd moment just before the weekly voice conference. This formula works for just about any sport American’s aren’t real fans of. You see, for us it’s not about really loving the game or even knowing about the game, it’s about pretending that’s the real sport.

Government Regulation of the Financial Industry: Why the Hell Not?

by associate contributor “GB”

The 2010 documentary “Inside Job” directed by Charles Ferguson very clearly illustrates a curious dichotomy in our public and government mindset regarding conflict of interest in the financial industry sector and  the economics profession.  The movie chronicles the longstanding tradition of top ranking executives from major Wall St Investment banks and brokerage houses assuming positions of power and policy in the public sector, e.g. Treasury Secretary, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, or Chief Economic Advisor to the President of the US, and then returning to their roles in the private sector.  Indeed, nominations to cabinet posts of such individuals are commonly perceived as appropriate due on the impeccable qualifications of the individual.  However, consider what the public reaction would be if the CEO of a major pharmaceutical firm, e.g. Pfizer, Merck, JNJ, etc. were to be appointed as head of the FDA, and then return to the Pharma sector!  If such an event is inconceivable for the obvious conflict of interest involved, why is the analogous event in the financial industry not perceived in the same light?  The consequences of the clear conflict of interest in the Financial Sector are witnessed by the economic meltdown of 2008, yet there are no efforts or movements in place to curb, or other similar policies regarding the movement of  such individuals between public and private sector positions of influence in the financial industry.  If Government regulation of certain industries, e.g. Pharmaceuticals, can be perceived as in the best interests of the public, why doesn’t the same apply to the financial, or energy industries, which routinely profit at the expense of the individual taxpayer?

You can watch Inside Job here or purchase the documentary on DVD or BlueRay

DMT: The Spirit Molecule Documentary parts 1-5

DMT or Dimethyltryptamine is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound of the tryptamine family.DMT is found not only in several plants, but also in trace amounts in humans and other mammals, where it is originally derived from the essential amino acid tryptophan, and ultimately produced by the enzyme INMT during normal metabolism. The natural function of its widespread presence remains undetermined. Source: Wikipedia Many believe that this molecule could hold the key to unlocking human creativity and self awareness. The documentary takes a look at the work of Dr. Rick Strassman and his research into the effects of N,N-dimethyltryptamine DMT. What he discovered was profound and could forever change our fundamental understanding of the true nature of reality, the mind, our dreams and human consciousness.You can purchase the entire documentary here Also check out the web site