A beautifully told story with colorful characters out of epic tradition, a tight and complex plot, and solid pacing. -- Booklist, starred review of On the Razor's Edge

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Passing Thoughts

1. When a company's financial performance fails to measure up to the predictions of the analysts, why does the company's stock go down and not the stock of the financial analysts?

2. If the Soviet attempt to stage missiles in Cuba provoked an international crisis, why is it no big deal if Russia actually does so?  And what does this tell us about JFK, or Obama?

3. Why is the IRS among the best-loved government agencies?  And what does this decision mean for outsourcing?

4. Everything old is new again.  In a two part article for ANALOG entitled "An Introduction to Psychohistory," I included a chart showing the number of US race riots by year.  Now it seems that my "cliology" has become "cliodynamics".  Does this mean I was ahead of my time or that the authors are behind the curve?

5.  If the purpose of contraception and abortion was to reduce the rate of unwanted babies, why hasn't it worked?  (At least as of 1996.)  And why are there serious proposals to have shotgun weddings without the weddings? (first item)

6. So does bad music cause global warming, or does global warming cause bad music?  And see also this.

7. If a program has demonstrably failed, why is the solution always to intensify the program? 

8. So now the US military will be involved in Syria as well as Uganda.  Good thing we didn't elect that rabid interventionist, eh? 

1 comment:

  1. Number 5: the purpose of abortion was to reduce the size of the underclass brought into being by government programs intended to reduce the numbers of poor people. It failed as a solution because those government programs have failed, by largely supplanting the horizontal relationships that unite people into self-regulating communities, with vertical relationships that bind atomized individuals to the state, thus maintaining the underclass as a self-perpetuating corollary to the government programs that engendered it.


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