Archive for March 21st, 2006

Modern Heroes and Modern Politicians

| March 21, 2006 | Reply
Modern Heroes and Modern Politicians

When did careful planning and execution become un-cool in real life? Probably about the same time it became un-cool in Hollywood.  Think how the American hero has evolved. He used to be smart, principled and disciplined.  Not anymore.  Where we used to have student-of-the-game Ted Williams, we now have Barry Bonds.  Where we used to […]

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Earth is Turning into a Giant Slum

| March 21, 2006 | Reply
Earth is Turning into a Giant Slum

Salon.com offers a review of Mike Davis’ distressing new book:  “Planet of Slums.” According to Davis, most of Earth’s growth “is occurring in shantytowns and tenements stretching from Karachi, Pakistan, to Lima, Peru, where people live crowded together in densities that sometime dwarf those of such notorious 19th century human anthills . . .” Planet […]

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Sunk Costs and Iraq

| March 21, 2006 | 1 Reply
Sunk Costs and Iraq

Three years ago, my 96-year-old grandfather was dying and he was upset.  But he wasn’t upset about dying. He approached his own death with great inner strength.  What made him upset was that his government had needlessly invaded Iraq.  Because Iraq was not a threat, he said, we were squandering precious resources better used at […]

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