Economy

Red Snapper fishing — states’ rights?

Red Snapper fishing — states’ rights?

December 5, 2014 Red Snapper fishing — states’ rights? By Ted Burnett Hearings were held on Thursday, in Congress, regarding Alabama’s red snapper population, the role of the federal government in determining the size of the population, the length of the state’s fishing season and how much was caught. The following are two links. The first is a story from Congressman Byrne’s website about the testimony given in the hearing and the second is a story from the WWF regarding unsustainable fishing, worldwide. I’m not a red snapper fisherman nor am I an expert on this subject, but those of us who grew up on the Gulf Coast fishing, shrimping, crabbing or oystering in these same waters have come to see the haul get smaller as the...

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Moving Mobile Forward –>>

Moving Mobile Forward –>>

Note: The following short-film (6 minutes) is a one-man campaign, with the support of friends, to encourage the mayor of Mobile, Sandy Stimpson, and members of the Mobile City Council to move our under served airport (MOB) in West Mobile back to its original home at Brookley Field. July 26, 2014 Moving Mobile Forward – >> By Ted Burnett First Step To Achieving Our Dreams… Move “MOB” back to Brookley Field “I actually support that idea, and I have for some time…” U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne 1st Congressional District of Alabama – July 25, 2014 Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is a geographical region with a relatively high population density at its core and close economic ties throughout the area. Mobile MSA = 412,992...

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Are the current U.S. fiscal and monetary policies a ticket into the grave?

Are the current U.S. fiscal and monetary policies a ticket into the grave?

IntroductionSince I last wrote to you, in early May, several interesting opportunities fell in my lap.  First, I was contacted by two members of this audience requesting that I call-in on their radio shows after they received my latest essay. However, I have a poor history with public speaking so I deferred their offers to a later date.  Anticipating more of these types of situations coming my way, I’ve made a conscious decision to work on developing some strategies and aids that lets me work around these weaknesses while gaining some confidence.  In response to these requests, I shot my first video to give this audience another means by which to connect with me that black ink on white paper doesn’t offer.  When you read someone’s work or talk to them by phone it...

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My response to NYT’s Paul Krugman on the Fiscal Cliff Deal

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/perspective-on-the-deal/?comments#permid=109 January 1, 2013 By Ted Burnett It’s obvious that Paul and many pundits have never fought in the trenches nor have they led an army of any size into war and come out victorious. The United States is bankrupt and the response to our crisis is nonexistent. We have dug ourselves into a deep hole and we’re arguing about how much dirt to put back in the hole. Will it be one or two shovel fulls, not a backhoe’s worth. If this were a football game, we’re currently on the 1 yard line and we’ve got to drive the ball 99 yards, with the time running out, and cross the goal line to score a touchdown to save our ship of state. Rather than have both political...

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What the brain doesn’t know could kill it.

December 27, 2012 What the brain doesn’t know could kill it. (My response to a Linkedin discussion on drug addiction.) By Ted Burnett The sole purpose of a drug, of all drugs is to numb the central nervous system of pain. Americans and America is facing a crisis of survival and yet the brain doesn’t know this information, nobody knows this information because the body has been put to sleep. Given the spiritual crisis, the emotional and financial crisis, the mental and physical crisis, there’s no appropriate response by the body to fend off this infection. It’s like the body has no immune system and a tumor is growing unchecked. We’re getting sicker and the disease just might kill us and we’ve yet to respond. We don’t know...

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My response to NYT’s Paul Krugman’s When Prophecy Fails

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/24/opinion/krugman-when-prophecy-fails.html?_r=0  December 24, 2012 My response to NYT’s Paul Krugman’s When Prophecy Fails By Ted Burnett The United States and its people have become a bunch of emotional and spiritual cripples.  We’re incapable of walking and running on our own two feet because our psychological wounds are being treated with drugs and lots of denial that never heal and not with sunlight and the truth.  The drugs are simply pain killers that allow the infection, the mass, the tumor to grow unchecked in size and if left untreated it has the potential to kill the body, to kill the patient. What the United States should be able to do on its own — live within its own means —...

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At the heart of climate change

Introduction Last year, I added the faculties from three top-ranked medical schools – Harvard, Penn and Johns Hopkins to my audience.  Having an awareness of the reputation of Harvard’s School of Public Health, I told myself that I would one day return and add this graduate school, as well.  In October 2012, I did just that, as well as, adding two other top schools – Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health.   Enjoy! Ted   P > 14,500   Note: The following essay, At the Heart of Climate Change, made its debut on The Huffington Post, on November 12, 2012.  This piece was written in response to an essay by Arianna Huffington that appeared on...

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My reply: No silver bullet for Alabama’s insurance crisis by Sen. Ben Brooks

June 19, 2011 The following link, No silver bullet for Alabama’s insurance crisis, is an op-ed written by Alabama senator Ben Brooks (Mobile-R) appearing in today’s edition of the Press-Register. My reply follows. Sen. Brooks, The Republicans love to promote the virtues of the free market while demagoguing a government of any size and it’s influence.  Isn’t the free market working, just fine, on this issue of coastal home insurance even though some carriers have left the market, the rates have gone up significantly and the coverage has been restricted?  As a Republican, you’re arguing for a government intervention to solve this supply and demand issue.  Am I right? I wish you felt that same way about these high gas prices at the...

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Who’s going to roll your next burrito — Juan or John?

Introduction My last essay, “Is the whole the sum of its parts?”, received the biggest reaction to date from you. Several friends shared their encouraging critiques of my piece and I got a number of hits from faculty, both, in the U.S. and abroad. Even my former father-in-law and my ex-wife, both of whom I mentioned paused long enough to pay a visit to my blog on more than one occasion. Since February, I’ve grown this audience adding more faculty of law at the University of Amsterdam and the London Business School. I paid my fifth virtual visit to Harvard adding the balance of professors teaching in the five original undergraduate programs, from 2008, plus famed biologist, and Alabama native, Dr. E.O. Wilson a.k.a. “Lord of the Ants”. I now have over 800 Harvard...

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Updated Post with 9-page introduction — Dear Dr. Robert Shiller — Financial Reform Laws Didn’t Resolve Key Problems (Huffington Post)

Updated post with a 11-page introduction. Note: What was intended to be the usual one-page Introduction has slowly evolved into nine pages covering a host of topics that came to mind while writing, which included my need to do a little housekeeping. If you would like to skip the intro and go straight to the two-page essay, it begins on page eleven. This piece was written and shared with Yale’s Dr. Robert Shiller, as well as, posted on my blog, in late October. The introduction came afterwards and has taken much longer to complete. Enjoy! Ted Introduction As I mentioned previously, I added Russian Dmitry Medvedev and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to this audience after stumbling across the president’s website, in July. Inspired by the ease by of my effort,...

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Dear Jay Ambrose (his op-ed opposing tax increases)

The following link is an op-ed, by Jay Ambrose, that recently appeared in my local newspaper, the Press-Register, on the topic of opposing tax increases. Click on the link to read his essay “Ambrose: The hokum argument for tax increases”. I’ve recently come to my own conclusions about taxes, tax policy and our attitudes towards them. Mr. Ambrose’s piece gave me that opportunity to express those thoughts, see below. On Sunday night, I received a response from Jay. His reaction follows mine, on page 2. (Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado. He can be reached at SpeaktoJay@aol.com.) Enjoy, Ted September 26,...

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American terrorists

October 14, 2009 American terrorists By Ted Burnett Note: The following commentary is in response to the feature story, on the 401(k), appearing in this week’s Time magazine. Embedded in their piece is a link of the twenty-five people that Time says are responsible for the financial crash, last year. Most of them are influential Americans, corporate CEOs, executives on Wall Street, even U.S. Presidents and other government officials working in Washington. Most will never see any jail time for their reckless actions, which couldn’t have been any worse than those of the individuals responsible for September 11. However, our attitude as to who is a terrorist and who was simply being foolish seems to come down to one’s nationality. While these 20+...

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Response from the Congressional Oversight Panel

September 30, 2009 I am sharing with you my latest “achievement”. My essay “Corporate consciousness”, which you received, in August, was published as a “letter to the editor” at www.execdigital.com, an on-line business and leisure magazine. It was also submitted to the Congressional Oversight Panel (COP) by Chairperson Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard Law Professor and a member of this audience. Her committee was established by Congress, after last year’s financial meltdown, to track the flow of the T.A.R.P (Troubled Assets Relief Program) money in the banking industry. This is the second time, this year, that I have shared one of my essays with Professor Warren where I later received a letter from her committee. On another...

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Business as Usual?

December 3, 2008 Business as Usual? By Ted Burnett “Is more and more of this to be the sum total of my life?”– Millard Fuller I find the current economic crisis confronting America to be absolutely fascinating. I should disclose that I didn’t and still don’t have the first penny in any stock market thus I didn’t lose what little I do have including my sleep and my mind. Nor was I holding on for dear life to this bipolar roller coaster ride over the past few weeks with more still to come. I feel like a fortunate bystander watching an unfolding train wreck or an ocean freighter breaking up against the rocks and slowly sinking. A decade ago, I tried to make sense of the market by studying how it works. It never felt natural and still doesn’t. Like many American...

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Part II — Are We Destroying Mother Earth?

January 4, 2008 The attached document is a copy of a letter that I received last week from United States Senator Richard Shelby’s office (AL-R) in response to my brief statement on man’s undeniably negative impact on the environment and on the world’s oceans. In early December, my reply was originally sent to The Wall Street Journal after reading an editorial questioning the science behind climate change and Al Gore’s Nobel Prize. My comments pointed to man’s current destruction to our oceans through runoff pollution, erosion, over-harvesting of fish, and dead and dying coral reefs as proof to man’s ability to harm our world. My words can be read in their entirety by clicking on the following link:...

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