President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said,
br> “We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred is a wedge disguised to attack our civilization.”
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Want to help your children succeed in the decades ahead? You don’t need money. More than anything, building a global mindset is the key to their success. And it’s easier (and cheaper) to do than you think!
Like most moms around the world, I worry about how best to prepare my 5-year-old for success. Of course it’s hard because I want “success” for her to be about her dreams not mine and at 5 years old I honestly have no idea what she will grow up wanting to be. Will it be a ballerina like Angelina Ballerina? She loves ballet and she is good at it but I’m thinking that’s not likely if she grows to her predicted 6 feet in height. Will it be an artist given her penchant for painting or drawing anything and everything? Perhaps. Will it be a business person like her mommy….a career she thinks is cool because “I” make delicious foods she and her friends love to eat like Mac & Cheese and Oreos and because I sometimes get to be “the boss.”
Or, will she be more like her daddy – a fearless sailor and a builder and fixer of all things electrical and mechanical? Whatever she chooses in the end, I want to do my best now to prepare her to be successful at it. The question is how? And how to do it now when most of us are trying to cut back and when the conventional wisdom seems to be that we have to spend a lot to help our kids get ahead – be it on private schools, private lessons, etc.
Before I go further, let me confess that I am a product of private school and I did have my fair share of private lessons. And, I will forever be thankful to my parents for the sacrifices they made to enable me to have those things. But looking at the world today, I don’t think that any of these things individually will help my daughter succeed as much as how I help shape her attitude towards the world at large. That’s why I think we all have to start now to ensure that our kids grow up with global mindsets.
What exactly does that mean and why do I think it matters today? Well, to me it means our kids have a genuine curiosity about the world and a respect for those who are different – those from other cultures, those with different beliefs, those whose values may not be exactly the same, etc. And this curiosity and respect doesn’t just apply to people from other nations. It applies equally to those living around us. Fellow Americans. After all, have you looked around recently? Almost no matter where you live in the United States today, you will find multiple races, religions and cultures. And, while I understand many Americans are struggling with the statistics that indicate our population will get even more diverse in the decades ahead, I for one feel this is and must continue to be one of our greatest assets.
So, building children who are “at home” with classmates and teachers (and later colleagues or teammates) be they Hispanic, African, Asian, etc., is critical. It’s critical for them to succeed in America and for America to continue to be successful in the world. Think about it – everything from business to ballet has gone global. How can we build our kids for success if we keep them isolated from the rest of the world?
And the time to build this mindset is when they are young – before negative stereo types and biases have been engrained. Because we do that to our children -with what we say, what we do, what we let them watch. They aren’t born biased. It has to be learned. So I say, let’s not teach our kids that. Instead, let’s teach them to embrace the world and all the variety therein. For their sake and for the sake of others.
The problems we face today are complex, entrenched and will not be solved overnight. And the only solutions to those problems will involve empathy, compromise and broad engagement. Whether we’re talking about health care or nuclear disarmament. Being able to understand and work with a broad cross section of people will be key to success on virtually every issue and in virtually every career in the future.
So, if you agree with my premise about the need for an open, global mindset, what do you do? The good news is that building this global mindset is easier than ever. I won’t try to list all the things you can do here because – conveniently – I recently met a woman who shares my point of view and has just written a book for parents who are interested in this idea. It’s called “Growing up Global” and it’s by Homa S. Tavangar. (Let me make clear here that I had never met Homa until a couple months ago and I have no financial stake in her book’s success so my praise is genuine not commercially motivated). The book came out just a few months ago. I loved it as soon as I read it. Why? Because it’s a book that everyone – and yes I mean everyone – can use. Because it doesn’t just contain ideas like foreign travel or foreign language lessons – things that take money and time many people don’t have.
Instead, while those things are in there, this book also has literally hundreds of ideas that every mom (or dad) can do. Many from right in your own home. Many for free. So, really, what’s our excuse? I say, let’s stop fretting about all the things we may want to be able to provide for our kids but can’t right now and start doing something that is important, timely and totally doable. Let’s help ensure our kids will always be at home in the world. Let’s all start today!
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A federal court today ruled that the government can continue to suppress transcripts of former CIA prisoners now being held at Guantanamo Bay talking about abuse and torture they suffered in CIA custody. The ruling came in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union to obtain transcripts from the Defense Department’s Combatant Status Review Tribunals, which were used to determine if Guantanamo detainees qualify as “enemy combatants.”
The government had produced the transcripts with heavy redactions that largely concealed the detainees’ claims that they were abused and tortured during interrogations.
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As the Virginia gubernatorial campaign enters its final weeks, the contest is turning into a dispute over the perils of climate change.
The topic was pushed to the forefront after Republican Bob McDonnell, in a debate this week, skirted a question of whether climate change posed a “serious threat to Virginia’s economy and the environment.”
The state attorney general, who has been whacked by environmentalists for giving little attention to (or, conveying little belief in) the dangers of global warming, replied that scientists “have had this discussion” of the significance of rising carbon dioxide levels “for a while.” Policy makers, he added, clearly had to take action to reduce emissions.
“I think we also need to understand, though, that we need to have more energy resources in Virginia, and that’s why I’m the only candidate that’s actually laid out a very comprehensive program to be able to have energy independence,” McDonnell concluded.
The exchange elicited some howls from McDonnell’s opponents who claimed that he was, in fact, simply obfuscating his doubts about climate change’s existence — a charge that fit into the larger meme that the candidate has hid a deeply conservative agenda behind the veneer of political moderation.
“Whether it’s his denials of his documented and backward views on women or obfuscation on whether he believes in the science of global warming, this is part of pattern that we’ve seen time and again from McDonnell of hiding extreme positions in an election year in the hopes of coming off as a moderate,” said DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan. “But he can’t hide from his record — a record which clearly shows that Bob McDonnell is far, far out of the mainstream. He’s so far outside the mainstream that the Coast Guard’s given up the search.”
Asked for a response to the charge, McDonnell’s campaign passed along a statement from the candidate, in which he called climate change a “legitimate concern” that produced a “vigorous debate,” but didn’t specify whether he personally thought those concerns were valid.
“I believe we need to do all we can to reduce the negative impact we have on the environment, including reducing emissions, and promoting green jobs and energy sources,” the statement read. “But we must be careful not do this in a way that costs families hundreds of dollars per month or destroys Virginia’s competitiveness. Conservation is a conservative value, and I support policies to clean up our environment, preserve our natural wonders, and promote green sources of energy.”
Certainly, McDonnell’s position on the matter falls closer in line to the crowd of skeptics than those demanding immediate and sweeping reform to energy policy. The Virginia Republican has, as an advisor, the prominent tea party organizer Tim Phillips who has repeatedly pushed the argument that concern over global warming is alarmism.
But with the debate over climate change touching issues of job growth (in addition to environmental policy), McDonnell too finds himself on the offensive. On Friday, his campaign mocked opponent Creigh Deeds for campaigning with former Vice President Al Gore, arguing that it was affirmation of the Democratic Party’s plan to “cap-and-tax” Virginia businesses.
“Al Gore Jets In To Virginia To Help His Fellow Cap And Trader, Creigh Deeds,” read the title of a Republican National Committee email.
And earlier in the week, the McDonnell campaign went on air with a new television ad that accused Deeds of pursuing policies that would rip thousands of jobs from Virginia’s economy.
“Creigh Deeds called for a Washington style cap and trade energy tax putting jobs in his state senate district at risk,” the spot goes.
The ad, of course, is based on a hotly-contended premise. Environmental activists and even mainstream economist see the cap-and-trade system as a surefire way to actually create jobs; namely by bolstering emerging green industries.
Going forward, these activists argue, the extent to which Deeds can effectively convey that argument — and, in the process, portray McDonnell as out of step with scientific consensus — could have a late impact on the gubernatorial race. In any case, it will provide the national Democratic Party with a field test as to how the climate change debate is playing in local communities and toss-up states.
The paper reports that a new lobbying strategy, a former congressman and an upswing in campaign donations are helping the hedge fund industry regain its influential voice on Capitol Hill.
Hedge funds were the brunt of much criticism following last year’s financial crisis — 1,000 of about 10,000 hedge funds shut down after last year, and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said insurer AIG crashed because it acted like a hedge fund.
But the industry has responded with a fresh lobbying push to stave off any further regulations. The Globe reports that as other financial sectors struggle to fend off regulation, hedge fund operatives have accepted reform more successfully.
Now with former Louisiana Congressman Richard Baker — whose lobbying ban on Congress expired earlier this year — at the helm of the hedge fund group Managed Funds Association, the industry is poised to make a comeback, according to the Globe.
Baker wrote in a blog distributed to hedge fund traders, “I have held scores of meetings with my former colleagues. Later in an interview with reporters he said, “We are no longer something that can be ingored by regulators or by the Congress.”
But the bad PR on the hedge fund industry isn’t letting up just yet. The Wall Street Journal reports today that Raj Rajaratnam, a billionaire and former president of a hedge fund advisory group Galleon Management LP, has been charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with engaging in a massive insider trading scheme that generated more than $25 million.
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<p>The paper <a href=”http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2009/10/16/hedge_fund_leaders_gain_clout/?page=1″>reports</a> that a new lobbying strategy, a former congressman and an upswing in campaign donations are helping the hedge fund industry regain its influential voice on Capitol Hill.</p>
<p>Hedge funds were the brunt of much criticism following last year’s financial crisis — 1,000 of about 10,000 hedge funds shut down after last year, and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said insurer AIG crashed because it acted like a hedge fund.</p>
<p>But the industry has responded with a <a href=”http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2009/10/16/hedge_fund_leaders_gain_clout/?page=1″>fresh lobbying push</a> to stave off any further regulations. The <em>Globe</em> reports that as other financial sectors struggle to fend off regulation, hedge fund operatives have accepted reform more successfully.</p>
<p>Now with former Louisiana Congressman Richard Baker — whose lobbying ban on Congress expired earlier this year — at the helm of the hedge fund group Managed Funds Association, the industry is poised to make a comeback, according to the <em>Globe</em>.</p>
<blockquote>Baker wrote in a blog distributed to hedge fund traders, “I have held scores of meetings with my former colleagues. Later in an interview with reporters he said, “We are no longer something that can be ingored by regulators or by the Congress.”</blockqoute>
<p>But the <a href=”http://blogs.wsj.com/dispatch/2009/10/16/sec-charges-billionaire-hedge-fund-manager-with-insider-trading/”>bad PR</a> on the hedge fund industry isn’t letting up just yet. <a href=”http://blogs.wsj.com/dispatch/2009/10/16/sec-charges-billionaire-hedge-fund-manager-with-insider-trading/”>The Wall Street Journal reports</a> today that Raj Rajaratnam, a billionaire and former president of a hedge fund advisory group Galleon Management LP, has been charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with engaging in a massive insider trading scheme that generated more than $25 million.<br />