Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Licensing Parents - Michael McFall

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In Licensing Parents, Michael McFall argues that political structures, economics, education, racism, and sexism are secondary in importance to the inequality caused by families, and that the family plays the primary role in a child's acquisition of a sense of justice. He demonstrates that examination of the family is necessary in political philosophy and that informal structures (families) and considerations (character formation) must be taken seriously. McFall advocates a threshold that should be accepted by all political philosophers: children should not be severely abused or neglected because child maltreatment often causes deep and irreparable individual and societal harm. The implications of this threshold are revolutionary, but this is not recognized fully because no philosophical book has systematically considered the ethical or political ramifications of child maltreatment.

By exposing a tension between the rights of children and adults, McFall reveals pervasive ageism; parental rights usually trump children's rights, and this is often justified because children are not fully autonomous. Yet parental rights should not always trump children's rights. Ethics and political philosophy are not only about rights, but also about duties—especially when considering potential parents who are unable or unwilling to provide minimally decent nurturance. While contemporary political philosophy focuses on adult rights, McFall examines systems whereby the interests and rights of children and parents are better balanced. This entails exploring when parental rights are defeasible and defending the ethics of licensing parents, whereby some people are precluded from rearing children. He argues that, if a sense of justice is largely developed in childhood, parents directly influence the character of future generations of adults in political society. A completely stable and well-ordered society needs stable and psychologically healthy citizens in addition to just laws, and McFall demonstrates how parental love


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The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch - Hardcover

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A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture." Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can't help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave--"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams"--wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." --Randy Pausch


We Are The World: U.S.A For Africa CD

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Track listing

1. USA for Africa - "We Are the World" (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie) – 7:02
2. Steve Perry - "If Only for the Moment, Girl" (Randy Goodrum, Steve Perry) – 3:44
3. The Pointer Sisters - "Just a Little Closer" (Robbie Nevil, M. Mueller) – 3:53
4. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - "Trapped" (Jimmy Cliff) – 5:11
5. Northern Lights - "Tears Are Not Enough" (David Foster, Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance) – 4:21
6. Prince & The Revolution - "4 the Tears in Your Eyes" (Prince) – 2:45
7. Chicago - "Good for Nothing" (Richard Marx, Robert Lamm, David Foster) – 3:35
8. Tina Turner - "Total Control" (M. Davis, J. Jourard) – 3:38
9. Kenny Rogers - "A Little More Love" (T. Schuyler, F. Knobloch) – 2:54
10. Huey Lewis and the News - "Trouble in Paradise" (Live Version) (Johnny Colla, Bill Gibson, Chris Hayes, Sean Hopper, Huey Lewis, Mario Cipollina) – 4:34

We Are the World was a 1985 album that contained USA for Africa's "We Are the World" superstar charity recording for famine relief efforts in Ethiopia.

In addition to the title track, the album included nine previously unreleased songs by donating artists, including Prince, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (a rendition of Jimmy Cliff's obscure "Trapped" recorded live at Meadowlands Arena on their Born in the U.S.A. Tour, which achieved considerable album-oriented rock radio airplay and topped the Mainstream Rock chart), Tina Turner and others.

The album also included another famine relief fundraising song, "Tears Are Not Enough," which was performed by Canadian supergroup Northern Lights.

Prince and The Revolution recorded "4 the Tears in Your Eyes" for the album. A rare live version of the song was included on Prince's The Hits/The B-Sides.


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A message from Olivia... "I am very proud to introduce you to my latest CD, Grace and Gratitude, so named for my appreciation of this incredible gift of life I have been blessed with! I hope these songs will help you to take time out of your busy life for relaxation or meditation. As a long-term cancer survivor, I have learned how important it is to take care of both my physical and emotional health. In my recovery, I became even more aware of the power of music. It can heal the body, calm the mind, and lift the spirit; but above all, it can connect us to our hearts."

This "healing" CD was released in America September 25, 2006. It launched Olivia's signature line of body, heart and spirit wellness products for women. Recorded in Toronto, Canada with Amy Sky who recently collaborated with Olivia her Stronger Than Before CD.

Track listing:
1.Shekhinah (interlude)
2.Pearls On A Chain
3.Yesod (interlude)
4.To Be Wanted
5.Hod (interlude)
6.Learn To Love Yourself
7.Nezah (interlude)
8.Grace And Gratitude
9.Tiferet (interlude)
10.Love Is Letting Go Of Fear
11.Hesed-Gevurah (interlude)
12.Gate Gate
13.Tala Al Badru Alayna (interlude)
14.Let Go Let God.
15.Binah (interlude)
16.I Will Lift Up My Eyes
17.Hochmah (interlude)
18.The Power Of Now
19.Keter (interlude)
20.Instrument Of Peace