Raising the consciousness of those who accept their fate

Message in a Bottle: Paying Money for Something that is Free

"We've come to pay good money--two or three or four times the cost of gasoline--for a product we have always gotten, and can still get, for free, from taps in our homes."

  • Americans spent more money last year on bottled water than on ipods or movie tickets: $15 Billion.
  • Last year, we each drank 28.3 gallons of bottled water--18 half-liter bottles a month. We drink more bottled water than milk, or coffee, or beer.
  • Americans went through about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year, 167 for each person.

Words of Wisdom

  • The best help is no help.
    This is especially true for tasks requiring certain expertise/skills that well-meaning friends more often than not do not possess, causing you more time spent rectifying their "help."
    (Actually the only help is from Allah the Exalted. Most other forms of "help" will eventually cost you either time, money, expectations of future reciprocating help, or at the very least, a feeling of indebtedness to the person sacrificing their time.)
  • Don't put your trust in any other human being, no matter how close you are to them,

Reuters: “Are you nuts?” A woman converts to Islam

This morning (Thursday, 26 April 2007) REUTERS published a story that some of my former students should read. It’s about blonde haired, blue eyed Rebecca from the Netherlands, now 31 years old, who converted to Islam some 13 years ago when she was only 18, and now goes by the name Rabi‘a.

“Are you nuts?” A woman converts to Islam

U.S. Myth Number Two: Buying a Home is Better than Renting

In the Real Estate section of the New York Times, one finds some rather odd advice from David Leonhardt, A Word of Advice During a Housing Slump: Rent. This seems to go against what our parents have always told us.

The Mental Block when Math is Mentioned

By failing to address how mathematics works, how it speaks broadly about the world, and what it means, we hobble children’s ability to appreciate mathematics — how can they appreciate something when they never learn what it is?

Toilet Paper: Who Needs It?

Americans, that's who. The New York Times article, The Year Without Toilet Paper, has actually very little to do with toilet paper, but a lot to do with how one family has decided to live in such a way that they minimally impact the environment. It does, however, raise an interesting question about American culture and its fixation on perceived “needs” for such silly—and wasteful—things as toilet paper.

The American Joy of Litigation

Americans love to sue each other. Look at what big industry is doing to this single mom of five children, aged 7 to 19:

‘Internet Illiterate’ Mom Sued Over Music Downloads

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What will they think of next?

Family Hearth Moves to the Backyard
The New York Times
“Homebuyers of large means find themselves facing the latest in outdoor home accessorizing: the backyard fireplace.”

Sounds kind of crazy if you ask me. Also, some other people quoted in this article find the concept kind of bizarre.