Four years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, politicians are still working hard to define success in Iraq as . . . well . . . nothing in particular. According to many (though not all) Republicans, many thousands of deaths and injuries, lack of basic infrastructure, massive displacement of Iraqis and many billions of lost dollars […]
As reported by Newsweek, on May 11 Barack Obama told Detroit that it could do much better. This scolding came at a time that American automakers “lost more than $16 billion last year, while Toyota earned a record $14 billion and surpassed GM as the world’s largest automaker.” Obama castigated Detroit for driving our dependence […]
After reading Erich’s post, I thought I’d put this up. I wrote it–most of it–some time ago, for a different venue, but I’ve added to it since, and, well, along with Erich’s it might add more flavors to the stew of memory. So. I have friends who thought it was a great thing when Reagan […]
I listen extra closely whenever an organization dedicated to skeptical inquiry investigates a claim that is characterized as bogus by a loud minority. A new detailed report on global warming was published in the May/June issue of Skeptical Inquirer Magazine. Here’s the primary conclusion: This paper will offer compelling evidence from a large body of researh […]
Reason’s review of a new book, Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom, and the Making of History, by John Patrick Diggins makes a strong case that Reagan was no George W. Bush. The review was well-written and persuasive on several fronts. Diggins sets out to write an intellectual biography not just of Reagan but of his times, […]
Jane Fonda succeeded, using some rather unusual techniques. I’ve really enjoyed watching Colbert toy with his guests, but I’ve never before seen him fall so far out of character. BTW – It appears that Colbert’s videos have been removed from sites like YouTube. Many of them are available at Colbert on Demand.
Check out Sony’s 1975 promo for Betamax. More specifically, this is a seven-minute vintage promotional video for the Sony Trinitron/Betamax console You probably know at least part of the Betamax story: Betamax, a superior video product, was beat out by VHS. I am sharing this video because it serves quite well as a time capsule. It takes us […]
This is the proposal by Dave Johnson of Huffpo: “If the COSTS of the occupation were actually being paid by the public-at-large — instead of borrowing the money and making our kids pay it off — it would end tomorrow.” Here’s the plan: 1) A huge-ass whopping tax on everyone to pay the costs of […]