Monthly Archives: August 2006

How Preventable was the Katrina Catastrophe?

One year after the massive failures around Katrina, this is still worth looking at. According to investigative reporter Greg Palast–who has broken some of the most important stories of the past few years–responsibility to develop, duplicate, distribute, and execute an

Posted in Ethics in Government, Uncategorized

And Speaking of the Military-Industrial Complex–Who's Getting Rich Now?

War profiteers are at it again.The Boston Globe reports, The estimated costs for the development of major weapons systems for the US military have doubled since September 11, 2001, with a trillion-dollar price tag for new planes, ships, and missiles

Posted in Business Ethics, Ethics in Government, Uncategorized

A Tyco-type in Baghdad

extortion of “cash, cars, premium airline seats, jewelry, alcohol and even sexual favors” in order to throw massive contracts toward those bribing him.

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What IS the Justification for "Re-secretizing"?

Surely there are better uses for $21,998,320 than to obscure information from a public that already has access, but now has to work much harder

Posted in Ethics in Government, Frugality/Frugal Fun, Uncategorized

Vacation Shrinkage: This Makes Me Very Sad

The average American expects his or her longest summer trip to last only six nights. And it takes three days just to begin to unwind.

Posted in General Commentary, Uncategorized

Bush and Torture: More Self-Protective Rules Changing

They still don’t get it! No matter how many times the courts and Congress tell them that torture is not OK, the Bush “do-it-my-way” Executive branch continues to duck, to twist, and to cause shame for thinking Americans. The latest,

Posted in Ethics in Government, General Commentary, Uncategorized

Kyle MacDonald: Inspiring Story of Creating Abundance without Money

Montrealer who traded a single paperclip, and then traded the resulting trades, until he ended up–in only 14 steps–the proud owner of a house

Posted in Abundance and Prosperity, Frugality/Frugal Fun, General Commentary, Uncategorized

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Censored in the 60s?

Sainte-Marie is someone who I don’t believe would make this accusation unless she truly believed it–she has always struck me as a person of great integrity. But she’s got her dates wrong.

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Ethics in Government, Uncategorized

BP: Does the Emperor Really Have New Clothes?

Sigh. I should have known it was probably too good to be true. For the last few years, I’ve been praising oil giant British Petroleum’s many environmental initiatives, and suggesting to my friends that BP, or Venezuelan-sourced Citgo, are better

Posted in Business Ethics, Uncategorized

The NORAD 9/11 Tapes: Shocking but Not Incriminating

For several years, I’ve wondered about the failure to scramble fighter planes on 9/11 to intercept the hijacked jets. I’ve ready all the conspiracy theories, and agree that the series of coincidences is not plausible, and probably not random. However,

Posted in Ethics in Government, Events, General Commentary, Uncategorized

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