That being said, never praise a kid for being smart. Always praise hard work.
If automakers built cars that crashed as often as all the versions of Windows, the earth's population would be about 1,000 people today.
The curse is that a small few are about to make huge profits on land and state enterprises. I don't care how the laws will be worded, any time you have a major economic shift like this, opportunists will take incredible advantage of the situation.
The other curse is that Western 'culture' - McDonald's, Burger King, Coke and Pepsi will invade. They will do tremendous harm to the health of the average Cuban.
Lastly, the wonderful beaches and hotels will be overrun. Cuba is so close to the U.S. that development will explode and tourism will skyrocket. The 'pristine' aspect of Cuba will quickly disappear in a morass of tawdry tourist traps.
Adios Cuba viejo y bienvenido al futuro.
Whether 60 Minutes is wrong or Ron Adams is wrong, it won't matter - the retirees will all be dead before any potential effects of mild radiation manifest themselves.
A relative of mine is a Veterinarian.
When he graduated in the '80s 80% of Vets were male. They worked from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM or longer - often six days a week.
Today, 80% of Vets are female. Rather than working long hours, they often choose to have a family and work part-time. The net result is that 4-5 female vets do the job of one male vet.
This is not a bad thing. They get to have both a career and be at home for their families.
The net result though, it that their incomes are substantially lower than a male vet's would be.
Is this wrong? No. Is this a new way of having a work-life balance? Yes.
If they are told that they are smart, they will get a mind-set that says: "I'm smart, I don't need to work at this."
A wealthy friend of the family once told me: "There are two ways to become wealthy: out smart the other guy. The rest of us out work him."
It is disgraceful that a consortium of PRIVATE companies has to tackle this issue when there is clear violation of any number of laws at stake.
Get to work, you government agencies, and, instead of spying on your fellow countrymen, do your job.
I chatted with a 50 yr old 'pool boy' in Veradero. I asked him his occupation. He said: "Economist". He was earning 300 times as much cleaning hotel pools in the special tourist area than he would have in his profession.
In Trinidad, Cuba, there are extremely well-trained doctors and nurses at clinics... except that there is a real dearth of medicine available.
Cubans are crushed by their so-called government. It is heinous and loathsome.
"Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." Churchill
Note to self: Always, always put a Linux partition on EVERY Windoze machine!
Yeah, yeah, I could carry a bootable USB around, but this way, it's always IN the machine.
My problem is this: WHO is going to PAY me for my time? Isn't it time that a consumer watchdog agency said: "Enough is enough, Microsoft. You have cost users countless BILLIONS of hours and money. If this were a car, Ford or GM or Toyota would be BANKRUPTED by the recalls."