Monday Nov 05, 2007

Six-sigma Identity?

After all of the trouble we went to thinking of a name for our new baby, we ended up picking a name that didn't make the top 1000 in the U.S. but is common enough in certain parts of the world. I'll have to admit I was disappointed today when the health service sent an immunization reminder regarding our son, Nina??! who had a completely different name and birthday than the one my wife and I remember. [Read More]

Thursday Apr 19, 2007

Walk a mile in the moccasins of an immigrant...

Native born kids explore their home country

Once again the dreaded April 15th tax deadline has passed for U.S. citizens. Tax complexity increases every year because each special case added to the tax code benefits a potential election campaign donor. While Americans are breathing a collective sigh of relief in the knowledge that they've once again cheated something as unavoidable as death, few understand that complexities and bureaucratic obstacles in U.S. tax laws are minor compared to that experienced by immigrants. Much has changed since the mid 19th century when my Prussian, Walloon, Irish?, Tunisian? ancestors arrived and someone recorded an approximation of their name in a book and asked them to try to stay off the dole.

I challenge "real" journalists, bloggers and citizens of every nation to walk a mile in the footsteps of an immigrant to your homeland. Where would you start? How would you become legal? Who would you trust? [Read More]

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