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Showing posts from February, 2004

John Kerry Can Burn in Hell

Kerry was in Vietnam.
The Kerry committee's final report, issued in January 1993, delivered the ultimate insult to history. The 1,223-page document said there was "no compelling evidence that proves" there is anyone still in captivity. As for the primary investigative question ?what happened to the men left behind in 1973?the report conceded only that there is "evidence . . . that indicates the possibility of survival, at least for a small number" of prisoners 31 years ago, after Hanoi released the 591 P.O.W.'s it had admitted to.

With these word games, the committee report buried the issue?and the men.

He basically left his comrades, the men that swore to die for each other, behind. What an ass. The author of this article certainly did his research.


Diversity means an end to the Welfare State?

Two part article on the Guardian about how the influx of diverse peoples into the homogenous culture in Britian has resulted in a "progrssive dilmena"

It was the Conservative [British] politician David Willetts who drew my attention to the "progressive dilemma". Speaking at a roundtable on welfare reform, he said: "The basis on which you can extract large sums of money in tax and pay it out in benefits is that most people think the recipients are people like themselves, facing difficulties that they themselves could face. If values become more diverse, if lifestyles become more differentiated, then it becomes more difficult to sustain the legitimacy of a universal risk-pooling welfare state. People ask: 'Why should I pay for them when they are doing things that I wouldn't do?' This is America versus Sweden. You can have a Swedish welfare state provided that you are a homogeneous society with intensely shared values. In the United States you have a v…

16 Points on Outsourcing

Interesting reading. Tom Peters posted 16 observations about outsourcing and the new global economy.

His conclusion: we need to train many, many more creative, risk-taking entrepreneurs. That will require a massive shift in how we educate our youth. The only reliable indicator of whether you will be an entrepreneur: you are the son or daughter of an entrepreneur. If that skillset can't be transferred more generally, most people will be left behind.

Link (via John Robb)

Elections, elections, elections

This article from the O'Reilly Network is a nice, short read why Ralph Nadar's run for President is more important than a Democrat winning the election.

I find it both amazing and unsurprising that the number one response to Nader's entry is not about his ideas and whether they're any good. It's about how his entry impacts the (mostly imaginary) horse race.


India's New Loos Save Lives

I knew about the caste system in India, but I had no idea it was so depraved. And still in action. A Christian Science Monitor story details the Balmikis, or scavengers, who subsist by carrying away, by hand, the body waste of higher castes.

From the story:
"It is one of the astounding contradictions of modern India, and a fact notably missing from the ruling party's current feel-good ad campaign, that this "inhuman" practice continues even today. At a time when growing numbers of urban and even rural Indians own mobile phones and drive expensive foreign cars, where Indian software engineers are busy creating the "next big thing," and where Indian rocket scientists today are planning a joint US-Indian mission to the moon, more than three quarters of the nation's citizens live without access to a simple toilet."


Sit Down and SHUT UP!

"It's a marvelous demonstration by liberals, if you will, of censorship. Now mind you, running for political office is every American's right. Running for political office means free-speech exercise; it means exercising the right of petition, the right of assembly. ... To say `Do not run' to anybody is to say, `Do not speak. Do not petition. Do not assemble. Remain silent.' That's just unacceptable, especially coming from people like the editors of The Nation."
- Ralph Nader, Feb. 4 on National Public Radio

Isn't this what they're spearing Bush et. al. about?


You Mean Detroit's a DUMP?!

The Freep (our favorite Detroit Free Press) has busted the Detroit 2006 Super Bowl committee for doctoring a photo of downtown in their ad. "Doctoring" is a nice term, considering the that they not only added lights to buildings that are abandoned, they actually put roofs back on collapsing buildings. Check out the comparison PDF.

My favorite quote? "It is a picture of the Detroit we hope to show in 2006," [Michelle Fusco, a spokeswoman for the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau] said.

Right. Soon, they'll be importing hipsters to dress up downtown for the festivities.

Columbia Memorial Station

I should have highlighted the Spirit landing site as well, which has been named the Columbia Memorial Station after the crew of Space Shuttle Columbia. Spirit turned and took this picture of the landing site, which will remain in Gusev crater long past our lifetimes, a fitting memorial indeed.


In my travels around the net, it struck me today that, despite all the horrible things that occur in the world, we live in a pretty amazing time. Right now, as I type this on a machine that, when my parents were my age, was unimmaginable, two machines the size of golf carts are moving around another planet, controlled by a person in California. One of these was debugged from over 33,000,000 miles away.

Maybe there's hope for this species yet.