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Kay's Commentary 2008-07-25

Download File The following is a KSCO commentary. Here is Kay Zwerling: I wrote this story about my mother in 1981, two years after her death. I was studying clinical philosophy at that time, a new discipline, which was deep, personal, and analytical, and while I was still missing my mom, I thought about her a great deal then.Parents and children have powerful and intimate relationships and perspectives about each other. Sometimes positive, sometimes negative, and sometimes neutral. Here I reveal my mother through my own appreciation of being a child, a parent, and a grandparent. I address a philosophical problem, that of finding a sense of groundedness in response to the universal human problem of the abyss ? that is, the lack of meaning and aloneness ? or nothingness. My mother found her ground in God, and in so many ways, now I do, too. This is called ?My Mother’s Ground?.She came to America from Greece in 1912, or thereabouts, at the age of 16. The fourth in a family of six children, quite poor, she had been a young schoolteacher in her village. Her sister and brother-in-law living in New York sent her the fare to join them in the land of hope and opportunity.She met and married my father, had three children, became a widow at 42. With the three of us married, or gone soon after, she remained alone in the big house, and somehow managed to make the money last.I worried and wondered at her aloneness every night. She would say to me ?God will take care of me, I?m not afraid. God was my mother’s ground. An invalid for six years, and in need of continual custodial care, my 82-year-old mother spent her final years in a local convalescent home. At times, she was amazingly alert. Other times, forgetful. Most often, strangely peaceful and content. In the early days of her confinement, she would often ask in bewilderment ?Por que el Dios me hizo esto ? (Why did God do this to me?)Interestingly, after her second stroke, she communicated almost exclusively in Spanish, her native tongue, despite the fact that she had been quite articulate in English.What made it possible for my mother to face each day with valor, even a smile? Her philosophy, which she affirmed each day when we were together ?Todo lo que hace Dios es para bien? (Everything that God does is for good). God was my mother’s ground.In a way, I envied her very much, for I don?t believe she ever allowed herself to see the abyss. She chose very early in her life to insulate herself from the anxiety of nihilism by a total and daily commitment to the will of God.What a fascinating and incongruous polarity of personality was my mother: A most gentle benign imposition of an iron will in areas concerning her children, and a personal complete and total surrender to the will of God. Indeed, God was my mother’s ground. For KSCO and KOMY, this is Kay Zwerling. Copyright 2008
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Kay's Commentary 2008-07-11

{MP3remote}http://dev.ksco.got.net/podcasts/2008-07-11.MP3{/MP3remote} Download File The following is a KSCO commentary. Here is Kay Zwerling: In 1979, my husband and I were in China, just when our two governments agreed to trade with each other. The Chinese people were dancing in the streets. I wondered how all this would play out. The agrarian country was now becoming a world trader. Fast forward to 2008. In our eagerness to trade with China, it became and still is, a lopsided way. It’s called free trade, where one side only benefits. Along the way, somehow we seduced ourselves into giving up our own industries which had kept us independent. We thought being a service-oriented society would be okay. The U.S. has really been living in a fools? paradise on a phony economy. Now we are world dependent. We have helped China to become so wealthy that she owns us because most of all her profits are in billions and are invested in our nation. A recent interview in Barron’s, the financial periodical, is very compelling. Listen, ?We haven?t been through anything like what we?re going through now, probably for more than 20 years. We have been able to convince the world to lend us, and to provide us with goods that we don?t produce anymore, and that we can?t afford to pay for. And, now the problem is big, especially since the real estate bubble. We borrowed so much money from abroad that our trade deficits are now enormous and our industrial base has been allowed to decay for so long that we can only survive in this economy thanks to the charity of the rest of the world. The U.S. is now an empire that is sustained by borrowing from friends and anyone else who will give us credit. Our creditors hold hundreds of billions of dollars, but the dollar continues to weaken, and our foreign creditors could take a huge loss in their dollar holdings. To compensate, some of our foreign friends have formed sovereign wealth funds made up largely of dollars. These sovereign wealth funds seek to unload some of their dollars by buying up tangible assets. A recent example was Abu Dahbi’s sovereign wealth fund, by buying New York’s Empire State Building for $900 billion. Neither McCain nor Obama will ever mention the problem of the U.S. empire living on borrowed money. This is the biggest problem facing the U.S. today. Are we now a global mess? Can it be the slow drifting to globalization whereby countries try to work together and delegate so there is no duplication ? a sort of global dependence? Did our national leaders err by encouraging us to give up our own industries? If all this is true, our leaders are withholding this information at least until after the election. Perhaps we must resurrect what worked for us before ? that is, our own industries, and reject our dependency on other nations. That is the path our Forefathers vigorously admonished us to take when our nation was created. We must, however, factor in that the world is now different than ever before. Once the world had workers in the millions. Now, with China and India in the world market, the global workforce is in the billions. So, the inflation of workers creates resentment and competition.The stage is set for the inevitable confrontation of China and India vs. the U.S. and Europe. And, how that situation plays out remains to be seen. For KSCO and KOMY, this is Kay Zwerling. Copyright 2008
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Kay's Commentary 2008-07-04

Download File The following is a KSCO commentary. Here is Kay Zwerling: This is a tribute to George Carlin, who passed away recently, a unique one-of-a-kind comic, who brought joy and laughter to many. He will be missed. All of his material he wrote himself, plus the wisdom-filled paradox of our time:The paradox of our time is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less; we have bigger homes and smaller families; many conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, yet more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.We have learned how to make a living, but not a life. We have added years to life, not life to years. We have been all the way to the moon and back, but we have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space, but not inner space. We have done larger things, but not better things. We have cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We have conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We have learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.These are the times of fast food and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce, fancier houses, and broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throw-away morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer to quiet to kill. A time when technology can bring this letter to you and a time when you can choose either to share this insight or to just hit Delete. Remember to say ?I love you? to your partner and loved ones, but most of all, mean it. A kiss and embrace will mend a hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moments, because sometime someday that person will not be there. Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind. Always remember: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Well said, George Carlin ? kudos to your soul. For KSCO and KOMY, this is Kay Zwerling. Copyright 2008
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Kay's Commentary 2008-06-27

Download File The following is a KSCO commentary. Here is Kay Zwerling: Pretty soon, We the People will be voting for the political party, which will lead us for the next four, or eight, years. The outcome is crucial. Do we want big government, or small government?When Clinton’s big government was in charge, he got rid of most of the military, as Obama will probably do. Obama will raise taxes, and continue to expand social welfare so that the weaker or less motivated to work can be taken care of. Without going further, let’s all agree that no matter which party is in power, the elderly, handicapped, and the truly needy, should always be helped unconditionally. I would like to focus upon the moral changes where citizens in big government know that no matter what, the government will take care of them. That attitude is morally destructive, and it produces physical and mental weaklings. It takes away self dignity and self respect. Clearly the liberals in office like big government because of the enormous and powerful perks that go on for them. Those who receive welfare vote for the liberals to remain in office because liberals are their saviors. But those gullible dependents are trading in their own pride and self-respect for government security. How sad.Less government is best because every able bodied American must be responsible for himself, or herself, and the pride and dignity maintained is a million times more valuable than big government handouts. Currently we see the moral decay taking place in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where 17 girls from age 15 through 17 have chosen to become pregnant and proud of it. Where is the shame? Why the proud arrogance? These girls plan to raise their children together. Who will pay the expenses? It will not be their parents who did not give them the moral parameters and backbone to abstain. Since big government via social welfare has gladly given other young unmarried mothers free apartments and free money, their parents have been off the hook. That is because We the People are supporting the delinquency. What’s to worry? I think the situation stinks.When high schools are providing nurseries for the loose teenage mothers so they can stay in class and have other schoolmates envy them, while We the government pick up the tab, society is condoning something terribly wrong. Our once proud responsible country is going into the sewer, all of which is the fault of big government or Big Daddy. That reason alone underscores why these misguided shameless girls and parents prove we must vote for small government, and that means John McCain. He is not the perfect choice offered, but he is infinitely better than Obama who is a carefully chosen extremely liberal puppet who is not running the show. The fact that he is black is a plus for our democracy, but I believe, like good wine, he is not yet mellowed enough to lead the nation. For KSCO and KOMY, this is Kay Zwerling. Copyright 2008
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Kay's Commentary 2008-06-14

Download File The following is a KSCO commentary. Here is Kay Zwerling: As we think about China, and how she has so rapidly become a world presence, we may remember Napoleon’s famous description ?Let China sleep for when she awakens, she will shake the world?. Today, China is not only awake, but because of her enormous population, she is or will become arguably the greatest force in the world.So, despite what our sophisticated Wall Street types have to say, China is getting richer and stronger, and we are becoming weaker. Ironically, China’s funds invested in America, now so powerful that if she removes those possible billions and trades them into Euros, our economy may collapse.But, the Pandora’s box is now open, and will never close. Why did we allow this inequity to happen? Wouldn?t fair trade have been better than free trade? Fair trade means that I give you 50%, and you give me 50%.Recently, I read a most intriguing article, with regard to China, who is much more aware and aggressive than we are about acquiring the world’s dwindling raw materials. China is now engaged in Africa, specifically the sub-Sahara countries like Mozambique which supplies lumber, and Zambia which supplies copper. The Congo has a wide range of minerals, and equatorial Guinea has oil. China, at a frantic pace, is swooping up the copper, timber, natural gas, zinc, cobalt, and you name it. Because China can see that in the foreseeable future, factoring in the recent luxury needs of China and India, plus all of Europe, Asia, and the United States, there will be a shortage of these raw materials. The awakened giant is now buying up everything that the poor sub-Sahara countries will willingly sell her.Evidently we are either too timid, or not looking ahead, or asleep at the wheel, or maybe too obsessed with corrupt American politics. In fact, our country is involved in the sub-Sahara countries, but not in the aggressive way like China is. We should wisely remember the forgotten work of Thomas Malthus, who said some two centuries ago, ?The power of population is infinitively greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for all mankind. In other words, eventually there may not be enough of the raw materials to serve all mankind. Like China, shouldn?t we be more aggressive about obtaining the raw materials while they are still available? For KSCO and KOMY, this is Kay Zwerling. Copyright 2008
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Kay's Commentary 2008-06-06

Download File The following is a KSCO commentary. Here is Kay Zwerling: Putting aside politics, energy concerns, and the myth of Global Warming, though we humans should clean up our own pollution anyway, how about feeling carefree and humorous for awhile?For many years, Ann Landers in her syndicated newspaper column, dispensed logical advice on all subjects, and many of us read her wisdom daily. You should enjoy her following timeless Ten Commandments of How To Get Along With Other People. Here it is: 1st Commandment: Keep skid chains on your tongue. Always say less than you think. Cultivate a low, persuasive voice. How to say it often counts more than what you say.2nd Commandment: Make promises sparingly and keep them faithfully, no matter what the cost.3rd Commandment: Never let an opportunity pass to say a kind and encouraging word to or about somebody. Praise good work, regardless of who did it.4th Commandment: Be interested in others, their pursuits, their work, their homes and their families. Make merry with those who rejoice; with those who weep, mourn. Let everyone you meet, however humble, feel that you regard him as a person of importance.5th Commandment: Be cheerful. Don?t burden or depress those around you by dwelling on your aches and pains and small disappointments. Remember, everyone is carrying some kind of burden.6th Commandment: Keep an open mind. Discuss but don?t argue. It is a mark of a superior mind to be able to disagree without being disagreeable.7th Commandment: Let your virtues, if you have any, speak for themselves. Refuse to talk about the vices of others. Discourage gossip. It is a waste of valuable time and can be destructive and hurtful. 8th Commandment: Take into consideration the feelings of others. Wit and humor at the expense of another is never worth the pain that may be inflicted.9th Commandment: Pay no attention to ill-natured remarks about you. Remember, the person who carried the message may not be the most accurate reporter in the world. Simply live so that nobody will believe him. And, finally: 10th Commandment: Don?t be anxious about the credit due you. Do your best and be patient. Forget about yourself and let others ?remember?. Success is much sweeter that way. Thanks Marcia Miller for resurrecting this great information. And, now, it’s chuckle time, and here are a couple jokes about older peoples? sense of humor: Bob, a 70-year-old extremely wealthy widower, shows up at the county country club with a breathtakingly beautiful and very sexy 25-year-old blond who knocks everyone’s socks off with her youthful sex appeal and charm. She hangs onto Bob’s arm and listens intently to his every word. His buddies at the club are all aghast. At the very first chance, they corner him and ask, ?Bob, how did you get the trophy girlfriend?? Bob replies ?Girlfriend? She’s my wife. They?re amazed, but continue to ask ’so, how did you persuade her to marry you?? ?I lied about my age,? Bob replied. ?What? Did you tell her you were only 50?? Bob smiled and said ?No, I told her I was 90.And, how about this one: An elderly gentleman of 83 arrived in Paris by plane. At the French Customs desk, the man took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry-on bag. ?You have been to France before, Monsieur??, the Customs officer asked sarcastically. The elderly gentleman admitted he had been to France previously.Then you should know enough to have your passport ready. The American said ?The last time I was here, I didn?t have to show it.?Impossible. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival to France. The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look, then he quietly explained, ?Well, when I came ashore on Omaha Beach on D Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn?t find any Frenchmen to show it to.For KSCO and KOMY, this is Kay Zwerling. Copyright 2008
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Kay's Commentary 2008-05-30

Download File The following is a KSCO commentary. Here is Kay Zwerling: After listening to 60 Minutes recently, we Americans should be deeply ashamed for the lack of proper action from our government. Are our leaders losing their marbles, or are they so wrapped up in their own earmarks that nothing else matters? Briefly, over 100,000 Iraqi citizens, who agreed to help our military with valuable information when they were asked, now find themselves marked for death by other Iraqis who deeply resent our military intrusion in their country. Our government should move rapidly to bring those Iraqis and their families who are in danger here to the U.S. But, that’s not happening easily. Our Congress claims that the process to bring these Iraqis to the U.S. must be slow and deliberate because some of them could be terrorists. I say bullpucky. There is something wrong with this picture. As I mentioned many times, President Bush, and the three or four Presidents for the past 30 years clearly have not shown any concern about our open borders, so that now there are thousands of possible terrorists, criminals, and other unsavory people entering our country without any inspection whatsoever. Now they are suddenly careful about those Iraqis who helped our military in Iraq? After five years, and over the billions we taxpayers are spending in Iraq, one becomes weary about our situation. Whatever our good intentions, we are in a very difficult mess, and leaving now may also be disastrous.However, there is another dimension to this dilemma. Amazing and wonderful things are happening in Iraq, things which our occupation made possible. Now there is the possibility of another democracy like Israel in the Middle East. Thanks to our fighting men and women, we are achieving success in Iraq. Did you know ? probably not - how could we, the media won?t share the current good news. But ? Did you know that 47 countries have reestablished their embassies? Did you know that the Iraq government currently employs 1.2 million people?Did you know that 3,464 schools have been renovated, and that 265 schools are under construction? You didn?t know that. And, that in hire education there are 20 universities, 46 colleges, and four research centers currently operating? Of course you didn?t, because our media won?t let us know that.Did you know that the Iraqi Navy and Air Force are operational?And, that the Iraqi police service has over 55,000 fully trained officers? And, that there are five police academies in Iraq that produce over 4,500 new officers every eight weeks?Did you know that there are more than 1,100 building projects going on in Iraq including schools, hospitals, and railroad stations? No, nobody told us. Did you know that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary schools? And, that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq? Did you know that Iraq has 75 radio stations, 180 newspapers, and ten television stations? Bet you didn?t know that.Did you know that two candidates in the Iraqi Presidential election had a televised debate? Of course you didn?t know. Why didn?t we know? Because our media won?t tell us. Tragically the left accentuating the negative in Iraq serves two purposes. It’s intended to undermine the world’s perception of the U.S. thus minimizing consequent support, and it’s intended to discourage American citizens. The media is despicable to withhold this honest information. Despite the disloyal American media who want us to fail in Iraq, another democracy may be borne in the Middle East which will benefit all democracies and, indeed, the world. These facts are verifiable on the Department of Defense website. And, kudos to you Paul Trigg of Santa Cruz for sharing this information with us.For KSCO and KOMY, this is Kay Zwerling. Copyright 2008
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