The weathervanes of conventional wisdom are registering another round of angst about America in decline. New theories, old slogans: Imperial overstretch. The Asian awakening. The post-American world. Inexorable forces beyond our control bringing the inevitable humbling of the world hegemon. ...
by Ted Roberts
Diamond Sky Institute, 6/2/2009 2:43:26 AM
Willy, the manager of the new Globe Theater in London was frustrated.
Tickets were priced alluringly cheap, however he made a nice profit on
ale at 2 shillings a mug. But the customers insisted on smuggling in
their own ale, a violation of the rules posted plainly on the big
front door. ...
by John O'Sullivan
National Review Online, 8/26/2005
[Further down the one-way street to the U.N.]
In less than a month's time — the 16th and 17th of September — the world's great and good will be gathering at the U.N. building in Manhattan for what is officially called the High Level Plenary Meeting of the U.N. General Assembly. This meeting, attended by the heads of government of most countries, including the major powers, has become a regular event in recent years, but one of ceremonial importance rather than of substance. ...
by Kyre Austin
New Scientist, 7/30/2005
Whenever you surf the web, send emails or download music, an unseen force is at work in the background, making sure you connect to the sites, inboxes and databases you want. The name of this brooding presence? The US government. Some 35 years after the US military invented the internet, the US Department of Commerce retains overall control of the master computers that direct traffic to and from every web and email address on the planet. ...
by Sandy Szwarc
Tech Central Station, 6/30/2005
The UN's World Health Organization has declared obesity a crisis of "epidemic proportions" in the developing world, with 300 million people globally deemed "obese." The UN has listed it among the world's top ten 'preventable risks,' along with unsafe sex. The reality of life in the developing world makes this agenda nothing short of genocidal. ...
by Gail Jarvis
In a recent discussion of the problems our country is facing, someone suggested that we need a "benevolent dictator" like Abraham Lincoln. A comment like this is usually made by a person who, like many Americans, has neither the time nor the inclination to look beyond the establishment’s portrayals of history. And court historians, with the help of a complicit media ...
by Brian Doherty
[The WHO could save 11 million lives per year (90% of all infectious disease deaths for people under 44 years) by spending less than 20% of its annual budget. Instead, it spends its money on itself (70% of its budget to administrative overhead and its Geneva headquarters) and the balance on things like traffic safety and anti-smoking campaigns.]
Paul Dietrich was visiting Mozambique’s capital city, Maputo, during its civil war in 1984, when an educational billboard taught him a lesson he never forgot. ...