Money and Happiness

“More money does not necessarily buy more happiness, but less money is associated with emotional pain,” Kahneman and Deaton wrote. “Perhaps $75,000 is a threshold beyond which further increases in income no longer improve individuals’ ability to do what matters most to their emotional well-being, such as spending time with people they like, avoiding pain and disease, and enjoying leisure.”

MS Wasting Money Trying to Control Morality

Software giant Google on Friday filed a lawsuit against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood accusing him of federal law violations in a campaign launched against the company.

The tech company has filed the case in Mississippi district court, seeking to halt a 79-page subpoena by the office of Hood.

In its lawsuit, Google said the Attorney General was attempting to hold it accountable for several information available online, including search results, though he specifically asked the company about advertisers that have tried promoting the illegal drugs sale on its sites.

According to Google, Hood has violated its rights under the First and Fourth Amendments with his act.

The more you try to control people the less respect they have for government.

Stem Cells

“International Stem Cell Corporation (OTCQB: ISCO), a California-based biotechnology company developing novel stem cell-based therapies and biomedical products, announced today that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the European Union’s highest court, has ruled in favor of the Company and that the Company’s core technology patent applications are not covered by the prohibition on patenting embryonic stem cells. This ruling confirms the opinion of the Advocate General published in July 2014.”

Mississippi lawmakers shot themselves in the foot making laws against stem cells. Is it a result of poor education funding and taking money with Federal strings attached? Being first takes risk not beliefs of the past.
Being last only takes ignorance and refusing to accept the changing world.

Across the nation, millions of Americans dream of running their own business. But regulations—often passed to shut out new competition—prevent these dreams from becoming reality. A new handbook released today, December 18, 2014 by the Institute for Justice, which litigates and advocates nationwide in defense of economic liberty, teaches entrepreneurs how to fight these burdensome and anti-competitive laws.

The Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide seeks to empower small business owners to fight back and defend their right to earn a living. The Survival Guide shares years of real-world, first-hand experiences gained by the Institute’s attorneys and staff from their fights to protect the rights of individuals and help them fight the excessive and arbitrary power of government.
http://ij.org/entrepreneurs-survival-guide?utm_source=blog-article&utm_medium=internal&utm_campaign=survival-guide

Debt

Insanity is giving thanks for what you have one day then the next go fight each other to buy more.

We are supposed to revel in gift-giving and generosity, yet the season’s lavishness and commercialization leave many people cold. The underlying contradiction runs throughout modern life. On one hand, we naturally seek and rejoice in prosperity. On the other hand, success in this endeavor is often marred by a materialism we find repellent and alienating.The Dalai Lama, for example, teaches that material goods themselves are not the problem. The real issue, he writes, is our delusion that “satisfaction can arise from gratifying the senses alone.”
In Tibetan, the word “attachment” is translated as “do chag,” which literally means “sticky desire.” It signifies a desperate grasping at something, motivated by fear of separation from the object. One can find such attachment in many dysfunctional corners of life, from jealous relationships to paranoia about reputation and professional standing. The point made famously in the Hindu text the Bhagavad Gita, where work is sanctified as inherently valuable, not as a path to a payoff.Move beyond attachment by collecting experiences, avoid excessive usefulness.

In the long run we live in a ponzie scheme. Social Security, pension funds, 401K etc. profit from debt. If debt was forgiven the very same people would have no income. Putting our children in servitude with education debt is admitting that we are having children we can not afford. The bigger issue is life as we know it is not sustainable.

Adequate Education

As long as religion is a requirement for Mississippi politicians to get elected, the state will not have adequate education. You can not teach science (cause and effect) to children that believe in miracles. One room school houses turned out excellent students even if they had to clean the classroom and feed the fire. The bigger problem is federal rules to get federal funding and poorly educated teachers. The growth of administrative staff to honor federal and state rules has destroyed education along with busing making children commute to school. No child left behind, common core, standard testing, and all the other crazy things like new math and the behaviorist training demanding the same for all students has destroyed the will to learn. You can not fix a broke system with throwing money at it. It will not be fixed by contractors either.
If you want to fix education start with abolishing the Federal Department of Education and work your way down. Wellbeing and inspiration are the main goals of education. Being a worker/consumer is a political agenda as we all have to survive by contributing to humanity to the best or our abilities. That does not mean being trained like a dog with rewards.

Dansette