What Shaped Me

What Shaped Me

81: DESCRIBE A MAJOR EVENT OR

ISSUE THAT'S AFFECTED YOU PERSONALLY: The Women's lib movement. I would not be who I am today if it had not been for the women who came before

me who worked to free women from a narrowly defined life of marriage and children. Women of my generation and those that come after us should be

eternally grateful to the women who fought to make us free to make our own choices about what kind of life we want for ourselves. Along these same

lines, we are no longer chained to motherhood, and instead, for educated women in western societies, we can decide if and when to become a mother making

society better for everyone.

82: WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE OR PROBLEM FACING YOU TODAY? My husband and I need to decide if we want to try

and get pregnant again.

83: WHAT IS THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE YOU'VE HAD TO OVERCOME IN YOUR LIFE? The terror of being stalked and coming to terms

with the after effects of this sort of mental abuse. It took me a couple of years to come to terms with the constant terror I was experiencing. I found

a very good therapist, who had experience with PTS, and she helped me learn some coping techniques and within a month my panic attacks had stopped

completely. The most important moment in my emotional recovery occurred in England in 2001. I had a consulting job in Swindon and was taking weekends to

do some sightseeing. I re-found myself and shed the fear that had been my constant companion for the previous few years. I rediscovered my wonder and

the confidence that I could make my way safely in the world. I no longer needed to be the prisoner of my fears that I had become. It was truly

liberating.

84: IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I would have the body I had when I was about 34. I think

that was about the height of my physical best. I was no longer the scrawny little girl, but I hadn't yet put on extra weight. I was a woman at her

physical peak.

Work and Education

Work and Education

89: HIGHEST LEVEL

OF EDUCATION (PLEASE LIST ANY AND ALL DEGREES YOU HOLD): I hold a BA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu HI 1990.

90: NAME AND

LOCATION (CITY, STATE) OF YOUR HIGH SCHOOL AND YEAR OF GRADUATION: Mira Costa High School, Manhattan Beach CA. Graduated 1984.

91: NAME OF

ACADEMIC/TRADE INSTITUTION(S) ATTENDED AND # OF YEARS COMPLETED (PLEASE INCLUDE DATES OF ATTENDANCE AND MAJOR/MINOR OR COURSE(S) OF STUDY) : Hua Dong

Shi Fan Daxue. East China Normal University. It was a summer course in intensive mandarin, course credit through Hofstra University of New

York.

92: PLEASE LIST AND INCLUDE ALL AFFILIATIONS OR ORGANIZATIONS TO WHICH YOU BELONG, (E.G. TRADE UNIONS, FRATERNAL ORGANIZATIONS, NON-PROFITS,

NGOs, CIVIC, CHARITABLE, VOLUNTEER, RELIGIOUS, OR POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS ETC.) YOU MAY LIST AS MANY AS YOU LIKE: NARAS, Council for Secular Humanism,

American Humanist Association, ACLU, Sierra Club, Democratic Party of Manatee County, Florida Progressive Network, Planned Parenthood.

93: HAVE

YOU EVER SERVED IN THE MILITARY? NO

96: IF YOU COULD HOLD ANY JOB OTHER THAN YOUR CURRENT POSITION (OTHER THAN PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED

STATES), WHAT WOULD IT BE ? I am currently holding the job I want, except it would be nice if it paid better. I also wouldn't mind making my living

as a playwright. Also, I miss doing strategic analysis.


See also my CV for further

My Life So Far

My Life So Far

The following questions

explore my personal life, upbringing, friends, etc.


98: WHAT WERE YOUR FAMILY'S ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP?

Solid upper middle class. My parents were both computer programmers. My dad was a senior computer programmer, my mom was a computer specialist. I grew

up in Hermosa Beach CA, exactly 4.5 blocks to the beach. Aside from my bro locking my out of the house every once in a while things were pretty good. My

mom and dad made a very radical decision to not raise us in any particular religion on the belief that religious indoctrination is inappropriate and a

child is a person and have the right to make their own decision about what they believe. My mom took a lot of crap in the community for that decision,

but I am grateful for her courage. While this is a common practice now, it was unheard of back in the 60's. At some point I became interested in

religion and my mom and I explored the religious options in our community and had a great time and learn a lot together. About all I came away with is

that Catholic Churches have great music, but the Krishna's put on a better party. My mom and I would volunteer together, and she taught me my

volunteer ethic. My father taught me to think critically, but playing devil's advocate in debates. I am very close with not only my immediate

family, but also my extended family.

99: DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD: Aside from my bro locking my out of the house every once in a while things were

pretty good. My mom and dad made a very radical decision to not raise us in any particular religion on the belief that religious indoctrination is

inappropriate and a child is a person and have the right to make their own decision about what they believe. My mom took a lot of crap in the community

for that decision, but I am grateful for her courage. While this is a common practice now, it was unheard of back in the 60's. At some point I

became interested in religion and my mom and I explored the religious options in our community and had a great time and learn a lot together. About all

I came away with is that Catholic Churches have great music, but the Krishna's put on a better party. My mom and I would volunteer together, and she

taught me my volunteer ethic. My father taught me to think critically, but playing devil's advocate in debates. I am very close with not only my

immediate family, but also my extended family. I was a beach kid and spent most of my free time at the beach. As for friends, I am still close with some

of my childhood friends. I have almost always had more male friends then female friends. I remember finding girls pretty stupid. Boys talked about

interesting things. Girls talked about hair, which seemed stupid to me. Now, I wish I had paid attention. Then I would be able to do something cool with

my hair aside from just pulling it back out of my eyes.

100: IF YOU CURRENTLY HAVE A SIGNIFICANT OTHER, TELL US ABOUT HIM/HER. HOW DID YOU MEET?

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT THEM? I met my husband when I first moved to Florida. He was playing fiddle in a local contra dance band. I thought he was

really cute. I tried to get his attention and failed. I thought he was married, he thought I was just being nice. Anyway, a few years later, we catch up

again. Both of us were coming out of horrid relationships. I was at a Christmas party and he was there, and he was talking to my best friend, who, as it

turned out, new him pretty well. So, I sidled up and started talking to him. Things went well after that. Aside from the fact that he is super cute (and

yes, cuteness counts), he likes me for me. I don't have to be something I am not around him. Plus he is really patient. I can be really clueless,

and he had the patience to wait for me to come around.

103: TELL US ABOUT YOUR TWO BEST FRIENDS.
1.Heidi Lovett. She is one of my

best friends. We were introduced through a mutual friend when I first moved to Florida. We both think it is rather funny that neither of us keeps up

with the friend that introduced us. I like Heidi for a whole lot of reasons. She is nice. Truly a nice person. Compassionate, responsible and ethical

(which is my criteria for friends.) She is also very smart. An environmentalist and marine scientist. I am so proud of all she has done and

accomplished. She is an amazing woman and an excellent cook to boot. I love her family. I like the man she married this past year (a man my husband and

I feel is actually worthy of her), and am honored that they asked me to sing the Sheva Brachot at their wedding.

2. David Lapides. I met

David when he was working at a bulk mail house that I was doing business with. We became friends when we realized that we both liked the same comic

books (the Sandman Series). He decided that we should be friends, despite the fact that I am a chick. And, we have been great friends ever since. Again,

he has the traits I look for in a friend (ethical, compassionate and responsible – although he would argue that he isn't that compassionate, but he

really is). Dave and I have been through a lot together, and I cherish his friendship. What I like best about him is that he is the friend who calls me

up and says things like: "Muppets from Outerspace – lets go!"

104: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ROLE IN YOUR CIRCLE OF FRIENDS? Well, it

used to be that I was the one who got everyone together. I am not afraid to make decisions and that is required if you are to get a large group to do

anything, just make a decision and move forward. Nowadays, my circle of friends is smaller and closer, and much more of a homebody. I don't waste

too much time with acquaintances as I had in my past. So, I don't know what role I play with my friends. I try to be a good friend and that is about

it.

My Favorities

My Favorities

A list of my favorite things

(from the American Candidate Questionaire)


107: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE:

NEWSPAPER: Bradenton Herald (although the Honolulu Star

Bulletin is also a good paper)

TV SHOW: Keene Eddie

BAND OR TYPE OF MUSIC Spandau Ballet, swing music

MOVIE: Popular: Sabrina

(both of them.), Art or Intellectual: The Sandglass (a polish film).

MAGAZINE: Free Inquiry

BOOK: New Jedi Order – the series

FOOD:

Honey Almond Chicken (a Moroccan dish)

WEBSITE: stratfor.com

Abortion

Abortion

44: ABORTION: While I personally

have not had one and am grateful I was never in a situation where I would have to make such a difficult choice. I staunchly defend a woman's right

to choose what happens to her body. People, who seek to prevent a woman from having an abortion if she makes that decision, have basically decided that

they have the right to force motherhood on her. That to me is akin to slavery. Having been pregnant I can attest to just how much it takes from a body,

and to force that on someone who is not ready for that commitment, let alone the commitment of raising the child, is cruel. To be pregnant is to give up

your body and your life to another person (your baby). If you are not ready, or not in a financial situation to handle this, etc, it can be a

devastating blow from which a woman and her family might never recover. The wonderful part of living in the modern world is that we have the ability to

plan when and if to have a family. Abortion is a tool of last resort in our ability to plan our families, but a necessary one. Planning is central to

financial health. No one has a right to interfere with the decisions that a woman makes on behalf of herself and her family.


See also Essays in My thoughts

My Choice

Choice is Key

The Economy

The Economy

52: THE ECONOMY: Read Das

Kapital: from Marx and "The Road to Serfdom" by FA Hayuk, add "The Mystery of Capital" by Desoto, and you will know exactly how I

think an economy should be run. Additionally, I believe that the markets and business environment in this country react to tone set by the

CEO/President. If the president is optimistic, the market is. If the president is pessimistic (as W is), the markets are

pessimistic.


See book in progress – dialectic between Marx and Hayek

For a preview – see essay:

War in Iraq

War in Iraq

56: WAR IN IRAQ: It was clear

from the get go that the Bush administration was lying about their reasons to go to war. It was equally clear that the opposition to the war was

disingenuous. I was squarely on the fence on this one. I didn't like being lied to, but I don't approve of a philosophy that said. "We

don't need to go to IRAQ because we are not in immediate danger." In the meantime, the people of IRAQ were living under an incredibly brutal

regime, the likes of which had not been seen since Hitler. The massive environmental damage that was caused by the draining of the swamp alone was

worthy of international intervention, let alone the cultural loss of a 10,000 year-old civilization that was still living in the swamps. I think that

there are good strategic reasons why we went in to IRAQ, and it upsets me that we lost the public relations battle because this administration is so

fond of lying that they lied when they didn't have to.


See essay to understand Jen's plan to deal with the current situation in Iraq

(ie: the quagmire):

Jen's Plans for Iraq

The Middle East

The Middle East

58: THE MIDDLE EAST:

There is a very interesting essay available on the UN website that does a great job of describing the history of the conflict going all the way back to

pre-WWI. This accurate background information is essential for anyone thinking about creating a workable solution. Unfortunately our policy towards the

Middle East has been based on misinformation, and a complete unwillingness to understand the valid concerns of the Palestinians. I am in favor of a

single state solution. This state would have the accepted international boundaries set up by the British protectorate. It would be a secular state, with

secular courts. A 2-state solution, and or any solution that does not involve making a secular state will not be able to end the violence. The problem

is that any non-Jew in Israel as a Jewish state is by definition a second-class citizen. Same with any non-Muslim in a Muslim Palestinian state. It is

impossible to have a just society when people are discriminated against, and a state that practices discrimination of any kind (including religious)

should expect violence for the people being discriminated against. And, it is this religious discrimination on the part of the Zionists that is the root

cause of this problem.

Continue reading “The Middle East”

Taxes

Taxes

59: TAXES:
Nothing is certain but

death and taxes. Theoretically, there is an optimal level of taxes that maximizes revenues, and minimizes the negative effects that taxes have, by

creating a disincentive to creating wealth. The conservative argument is that taxes are too high, thus creating a disincentive and therefore should be

cut. I believe that taxes are currently too low and need to be raised slightly. We had a progressive tax system but are in the process of reverting to a

regressive system. Our society can easily tolerate increased taxes on the wealthiest members of society (and prominent individuals in this tax group

have indicated that they don't mind paying more). Having myself been in several different tax brackets, I can honestly say that I don't mind

paying the higher taxes as my income level rises. It has been much easier for me to pay higher taxes and still have better quality of life as my income

level has risen. It is when I was poorest that I could not afford to pay taxes. I am thrilled to pay my taxes and to be in a higher bracket. Some of our

most prominent individuals in the highest tax bracket have said that we should not cut their taxes as they can easily afford to pay, and that a tax

break to them does not provide an additional incentive to spend more to move the economy, since they are already spending their capacity to consume.

Presidential Promises

Campaign Promises

My Five Most

Important Campaign Promises (from the American Candidate questionaire (2004))


60: PLEASE LIST YOUR FIVE MOST IMPORTANT CAMPAIGN

PROMISES:
(i) AS PRESIDENT I PROMISE TO: Uphold the wall of separation between church and state, which is essential to maintain our freedom of

religion or belief.

(ii) AS PRESIDENT I PROMISE TO:
Engage America in the global community and regain our position as a leader in

creating a peaceful and just society.

(iii) AS PRESIDENT I PROMISE TO:
Send important treaties to the senate for ratification. For far too

long we have signed international treaties and not encouraged our congress to ratify them. Some of these are important and by not ratifying these

treaties, we loose our ability to influence global politics. My first priority will be the ratification of the International Convention on the Rights of

the Child.

(iv) AS PRESIDENT I PROMISE TO:
Find a solution to the health care crisis Americans are facing. We need to figure out how to

fulfill the promise of Health Care as a Human Right will maintaining the innovation that comes from health care being a commodity. This is one of the

most important issues facing our country and so far, we have not been able to come up with an effective solution.

(v) AS PRESIDENT I PROMISE

TO:
Re-instate environmental protections that this administration took away and fully fund the EPA enforcement of existing regulations and give

them back their autonomy they need in order to properly protect Americans from environmental hazards.