The New York times a story (20 Apr 2013) with this headline: "Toyota Expansion Reflects a Push for U. S. Lexus Sales"
This may sound to some of you like a good thing, and to others like a paranoid pipe dream --but let me assure you-- this is NOT more good news about the re-birth and return of high paying manufacturing jobs to…Continue
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[Background: this essay is fall-out from a discussion group, "Architecture for Humanity." It grew from a topic that asked, "What about pouring our soul and heart as architects & humanitarians into projects right in our own backyard." It caught my eye for two reasons. First, I started this blog shortly after the Haiti earthquake largely because I saw the initial emergency response as massive and futile; leaving the island and its people in a mess no better than it was…Continue
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It is oxymoronic to combine the words "energy" and "profitable." It's no less asinine than claiming to save money by "buying" things you neither want nor need simply because they are 'on sale'.
The thinking gets worse when people link descriptors like "carbon based fuels" and "profitability." Such a phrase is a complete contradiction in terms. Such fuzzy thinking leads us to make bad choices like committing ourselves to fossil fuels leading us to even more moronic…Continue
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Imagine you are on a large, modern, ocean liner. Curious about such a huge vessel, you decide to go on a unsupervised tour. Wandering the labyrinth of decks, holds, hallways, and stairway, you are surprised to step in a puddle of water. You think, “What the hell is?” You look about. There’s no one in sight, no crew, no passengers. Maybe you’re lost. You spot a sign on a bulkhead, it says, Galley #1.
“Ah, the galley,” you think, “No wonder. Some waiter probably spilled…Continue
Obama, in 1998, says he favors “some redistribution” (presumably of ‘wealth’).
Really? The clear implication is that government has a proper role in reallocating resources to meet emerging needs and changing conditions. Romney’s view (circa May 2012) is “wealth” –like water- seeks its own ‘natural’ level, and the natural level is for holders of wealth to get more (i.e. ‘wealth’ should be pumped uphill, where it naturally resides in large reservoirs where the right people can use it…Continue
Added by David Hawthorne on September 20, 2012 at 2:46 — No Comments
(This was way too long for me to post on the LIving Bridges Facebook page, so I figured I'd try provide a link to it instead.) In any event, I like Living Bridges and it nests quite comfortably within our Trade & Transportation Research Institute project.
I started this post because Living Bridges does seem to be have a workable action plan, one that…Continue
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I like to think The Singularity (TS) will happen but I’m inclined to think it will be caused by some huge mysterious asteroid from deep space passing close to Earth; disrupting the electromagnetic field so severely that every molecule on the planet will suddenly be restructured and whatever emerges will just be so much…Continue
Added by David Hawthorne on June 27, 2012 at 20:59 — No Comments
The US now has the highest corporate tax rate in the world at 39.2%. Of course, almost no U.S. corporation pays that rate or anything close to it.. Lest we forget, however, pity them the huge sums they pay to influence regulators and politicians, not to mention the millions more spent on PACs to delude and confuse voters (i.e. sheep).
On the other hand, the US ranks 37th for the highest marginal tax rate –the tax rate that most people pay after qualifying for their…Continue
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Fahreed Zakaria, wrote in a Washington Post blog today that President Obama’s decision to rule out ‘containment’ as a US policy option on Iranian nuclear weapons, “might prove a serious error: It boxes in the United States, limits Obama’s options and forces him on a path that could push him into an unnecessary, preventive war.”
He is generally such a thoughtful person, looking at issues from every perspective before deciding which…Continue
Added by David Hawthorne on March 15, 2012 at 22:34 — No Comments
If I weren't thoroughly disgusted, I'd be happy.
Lest we forget, in the end, G.W. Bush will go down as democracy's "Phlegyas" - the ferryman who escorts souls across the Styx to Hades. With an ersatz crusade against non-existent WMD, and the appointment of zombie jurists to the Supreme Court, "Phlegyas" W. Bush delivered the soul of democracy (personhood) to a stateless, soulless cleptocracy. "Mission accomplished!"
"There is something unholy about them," said Guy P. Wyser-Pratte, a prominent longtime Wall Street trader and investor. "that is what cause this tremendous volatility. They make a fortune whereas the public gets so whipsawed by this trading." ("Clamping Down on High-Speed StockTrades," …Continue
I published a number of reports in the aftermath of the Three Mile Island disaster in Pennsylvania (USA), examining the crisis response that surrounded nuclear accident. The response in Japan, given the utter chaos that ensued from cascading multiple events, was an outstanding performance. It was not perfect, but it incorporated many of the lessons learned from earlier, less well handled, catastrophes. Ultimately, these lesson will help us cope with the next set of chaotic events whether…Continue
Egypt, is a study in the dynamics of chaos. First, it seems to have been a ‘surprise’ to everyone. Second, ‘no one knows what to do about it.’ Third, everyone is thrashing around grasping at straws in a windstorm.
Chaos is a form of disorder that produces more patterns than human reason can cope with. Nonetheless, the solution is somewhere in those emerging patterns and structures (sometimes called fractals). At this moment three residual structures are crumbling into chaos…Continue
One year ago, I blogged a moderately despondent and pessimistic essay about the likely outcome of 'emergency relief' efforts then being marshaled by the outside world on behalf of Haiti. This is a follow-up.
At the time, I had very little faith that the massive response would lead to anything other than a repetition of prior patterns. 'Please, sir, I want some more (gruel)' I know this bit is Dickens' "Oliver Twist," and not Swift's…Continue
It was interesting to see, in our recent election, a thunderous rejection of ...what? ...for which alternative? ...to what end? People voted against things that don’t affect them (gay rights) and support things that don’t benefit most of them ( really small government).…
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