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Saturday, March 26, 2005


Happy Easter

Most of my attention for the past couple of weeks has gone to my Independent Learning blog. I'm continuing this one for news (for those people who use it to check up on how or what I am doing), and other random thoughts.
No major changes, but various things are still in progress. I wanted to comment a little on the Terry Schiavo case. It's unforunate that this has come down to a legal battle. If she could no longer breathe without assistance, I could agree with a decision to simply turn off the respirator. But death by thirst and starvation is lingering and slow, and my sympathies go with her parents in this case, and if the law doesn't allow those who wish to keep her alive to prevail, there is something wrong with the law.

I'm grateful for the mercy of Jesus Christ. He is the greatest of all heroes, the one who followed the call of the Father, went through unimaginable grief and torture, and returned from the dead with gifts of salvation from death and hell for all humankind, and endless glory and eternal life for those who will follow his path. For myself, I'm naturally a skeptic, and I tend to want proof before I believe. It's not easy for me to have the simple faith of a child. But at critical times in my life, he has reached out to rescue me from killing despair, for which I will always be grateful.
Happy easter.

Monday, March 07, 2005


New Blog

I haven't had much response for the "educational" part of this blog, but I've decided to split this off into a new one, Independent Learning. What will remain for me to put include on this one remains to be seen.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005


Economics and government

I've been busy during my limited time on-line the last few days. I've been writing to a new contact from a profile I put up a while ago on a social site, and participating in an LDS discussion group at Nauvoo.com. Otherwise, so far nothing has come through for me from Mountaineer temps, and I've been working on the knowledge base a bit more slowly.

So far my comments on the relationship between economics and government are very general. Governments engage in economic activities, not so much production, but in distribution and exchange, and are major consumers of certain goods and services. They regulate various industries for various purposes, and are closely involved in economic and financial systems. There are some large multinational corporations that are not governed by any one government, and these may be of special concern in an interdisciplinary study.
For the other part, the activities of businesses are regulated by law, and may be closely tied to government operations and activities. The influence of business on government is usually indirect, through the political process, and various levels of government, from local through national and international government are all concerned with economics and trade.

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