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Cleo Abram

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We can learn by exchanging and discussing our own lists of "10 Things I Know to be True."

After listening to Sarah Kay's beautiful speech and poetry, I tried to write my own list of "10 Things I know to be True." I learned one thing immediately: I don't know much. I learned a second thing more slowly: that's okay! I tried to distill my limited understanding of the world into this list, without being overly philosophical nor literal.

One thing I know to be true, but that is not on my list, was that Sarah Kay was right when she said that if you share your list with a group of people you will find that someone has one thing very similar, someone else has something totally contrary, another person has something you've never heard of, and still another has something that makes you think further about something you thought you knew.

So let's share ours, and find out! What do your lists have on them?

Here's mine:
1. Fiction can, at times, feel more real than fact.
2. One person, with a good idea, can change our world.
3. There are things about our universe that we will never understand.
4. #3 is not an excuse to stop trying.
5. Everyone has a story worth hearing.
6. There is always another side to the story they tell.
7. Questions can sometimes teach more than their answers.
8. Children can sometimes teach more than their parents.
9. Everyone should travel.
10. No one's truth is universal.

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    Nov 6 2011: Ten Things I Know To True

    0. Everything you know is wrong

    1. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mack, Barney Frank, and George Bush had very little to do with the 2008 bubble in the US residential real estate market and the subsequent economic meltdown.

    2. Gold is a horrible investment even if you think hyperinflation is just around the cornor.

    3. Normally, when a country prints money, it leads to inflation. The Fed printing money now will not lead to inflation.

    4. A weak US dollar is needed to save the US economy.

    5. You don't always have to live within your means. You can always spend more then you earn. There does not always have to be a day of reckoning. Many fiscally responsible familes and businesses borrow more than they make year after year. Every successful business started by borrowing huge sums of money. Most families with a college educated professional need to borrow money when they are young. So long as a nation has a growing GDP they can borrow money forever.

    6. During the Ronald Reagen years, the US went being the biggest creditor nation, to the biggest debtor nation. Ronald Reagen tripled the US defict. He spent three times more than all presidents that proceeded him combined.

    7. Al Gore never said he invented the Internet. He did create Internet we know by sponsoring legislation that made ARPANET sponsored by DARPA available to the public.

    8. In close elections, punch cards need to be counted by hand because optical scanners do not count votes where a stylus punched a hole but the chad remains attached by one or two holes. This is the recommendation of every manufacturer of punch card machines. Each politician is supposed to cherry-pick just those areas they believe a hand recount will benefit them. In close elections with punch cards there should always be three counts: a first preliminary count, a machine recount, and a hand recount. For some reason the US Supreme Court decided this rule should not have been followed in the George Bush . . .

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