Archive for November 20th, 2008
Is our airport security better than it was prior to 9/11? In “The Things He Carried,” Jeff Goldberg digs in deeply, going so far as to look and act suspicious to test the TSA and concludes that we’re getting nothing for most of the money we’ve spent on “improvements.” We now have a system designed [...]
The November issue of The Atlantic features Michelle Rhee, the new 38 year old Chancellor of the Washington D.C. School District. This is an excellent biography, titled “The Lightning Rod,” which focuses on what Rhee had to do to get anything done at all. Consider her bold approach: Since her arrival, in the summer of [...]
There’s been some talk lately about the need to upgrade our power grid. How complicated is our power grid? Consider this quote from “Upgrading the Grid,” from the July 31, 2008 edition of Nature (available online only to subscribers): The power flowing through the stadium lights cannot actually be traced back to a single generator; [...]
Can prayer turn a brain tumor into a living worm? That’s what this news reporter seems to be claiming in the middle of her report. The real message is still an interesting one: be careful with washing hands and eating pork, or you could end up with a big worm in your brain. Surprisingly, the [...]
This is a fun tour of an Irish frozen pizza factory. So that’s how it’s done.
I remember watching a physical fitness workout expert named Jack Lalanne when I was about 6 years old (this was back in 1962). I stumbled across LaLanne’s name today and wondered whether he was still alive. Indeed he is. Now 94, Lalanne has lived long enough to transform his media presence from his original black [...]