Tuesday, November 25, 2008
DRUCKER ON MANAGEMENT MENTALITIES
Among liberals, “progressives,” and especially academics, there is great joy at the prospect of an administration dominated by people who had very high SAT scores and who possess advanced degrees.
At the same point in time, we are experiencing a serious credit crisis, brought about to a substantial extent by naive and inadequate mathematical models–mostly developed by people with very high SAT scores and very often with advanced degrees.
...continued at Chicago Boyz.
Monday, November 24, 2008
MAKIN' IT IN LOS ANGELES
In a globally competitive economy, how to you manufacture clothing in the U.S., at wage rates of $12-$15/hour plus decent benefits, and survive--let alone actually make money?
Evolving Excellence visits American Apparel.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
ASLEEP AT THE THROTTLE
Who is in charge of the clattering train?
The axles creak and the couplings strain,
and the pace is hot and the points are near,
and sleep hath deadened the driver’s ear,
and the signals flash through the night in vain,
for death is in charge of the clattering train
More on this poem at Chicago Boyz.
Andrew Klavan visits Afghanistan and thinks about the movie that Hollywood refuses to make.
Related: A nice tribute to the American soldier, written by a French trooper serving in Afghanistan.
See also this.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
FOUR BAD BEARS
...sounds like the title of a children's book. \
It's not, though.
(cross-posted at Chicago Boyz)
INNOVATION FOR JERK AVOIDANCE
See Rich Karlgaard's new blog.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
EXPERIMENTATION, UNCERTAINTY, AND THE ECONOMY
Some interesting thoughts from Jonah Goldberg.
The key point is that uncertainty about government policy makes private-sector decision making very difficult, and tends to inhibit rational and dynamic investment.
(cross-posted at Chicago Boyz)
Monday, November 17, 2008
Rupert Murdoch on bloggers, the media, and the audience. Excerpts:
My summary of the way some of the established media has responded to the internet is this: it's not newspapers that might become obsolete. It's some of the editors, reporters, and proprietors who are forgetting a newspaper's most precious asset: the bond with its readers.
Regarding the media reaction after bloggers debunked a "60 Minutes" report by former CBS anchor, Dan Rather:
Far from celebrating this citizen journalism, the establishment media reacted defensively. During an appearance on Fox News, a CBS executive attacked the bloggers in a statement that will go down in the annals of arrogance. '60 Minutes,' he said, was a professional organization with 'multiple layers of checks and balances.' By contrast, he dismissed the blogger as 'a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing.' But eventually it was the guys sitting in their pajamas who forced Mr. Rather and his producer to resign.
A recent American study reported that many editors and reporters simply do not trust their readers to make good decisions. Let's be clear about what this means. This is a polite way of saying that these editors and reporters think their readers are too stupid to think for themselves.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
PEACE, LOVE, AND TOLERANCE
As an experiment, a 14-year-old girl worse a "McCain Girl" t-shirt to her school, in which Obama supporters were in a considerable majority. The results were sadly predictable.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
POLITICS AND EDUCATION
Apparently, voters with postgraduate educations supported Obama by 58% versus 40% for McCain. See my post at Chicago Boyz.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
THE WAR WAS IN COLOR
Veterans Day, 2008. Watch the video at Neptunus Lex.
X-BAND TO THE RESCUE?
The U.S. is sending troops to Israel to deploy and operate a high-powered x-band radar system, the AN/TPY-2. This system will extend the range at which a missile launch by Iran or other hostile power can be detected--a data feed from the system will allow Israel to launch its Arrow anti-missile missiles with more leadtime and a higher probability of destroying the intruders.
A discussion of this system, and of other anti-missile and anti-rocket technology relevant to Israel, at Seraphic Secret.
U.S. Democratic Party leaders, together with leftist academics and "policy" types, have of course been very hostile to missile defense. If they had had their way, there would have almost certainly been no such thing as the AN/TPY-2 system.
Barack Obama has spoken out againt the deployment of "unproven" missile-defense technology. The radar-and-communications system that saved Britain in 1940 was of course "unproven" in the sense that it had never been tested in combat--but even Neville Chamberlain had enough common sense to support the deployment of this technology. See my post shooting down missile defense.
Let us hope that the President-Elect, with his new responsibilities, will reconsider his opposition to missile defense and to advanced defense technologies in general. With regard specifically to the x-band deployment to Israel, let's hope that:
a)The Obama administration does not cancel this deployment, and
b)That it does not use threats to withdraw this system from Israel as a lever to force that country into making unwarranted and unwise concessions to its enemies.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
The Anchoress on the elections and on the character and accomplishments of George W Bush.
Reflecting Light on Johnson and Boswell.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
TOO MUCH POLITICAL DOG LANGAGE
...at Chicago Boyz.
Neptunus Lex, in a pensive mood:
I’ve often wished that you could split at each important choice in life. Go both ways, each time a fork in the road came up. Compare notes at the end, those of us that made it to the clearing at the end of the path. Tell it all over a tumbler of smokey, single malt.
Lex remembers a Commanding Officer.
Cara Ellison, on buildings at night.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
"PATRIOTIC GERMANS ARE PROUD TO SHOW HOW THEY VOTE"
See my Chicago Boyz post on the proposed elimination of the secret ballot in union elections.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Some of my reasons for voting for John McCain and Sarah Palin, at Chicago Boyz.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
THE DEMOCRATS' WAR ON ENERGY
Barack Obama, speaking with the San Francisco Chronicle, January 2008:
So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.
So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can.
It’s just that it will bankrupt them.
And in the same talk with the S.F. Chronicle, Obama explicitly stated that, under his plan, “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket."
Full post here.
STOUT-HEARTED MCCAIN VOTERS
...Bookworm has your music.
A SANDWICH STORY
The saga of Barack Obama and Billy O'Grabba.