Monday morning roundup

| March 9, 2009

Links worth reading:

Democrats try to rebrand earmarks as good government. Not a surprise, since they’re also trying to rebrand trillion-dollar deficits as good economics.

And speaking of good government, Rep. Charlie Rangel responds to direct questions about his tax issues.

Robert Samuelson weights in on Obama’s approach to the economic crisis:

Confidence (too little) and uncertainty (too much) define this crisis. Obama’s double talk reduces the first and raises the second. He says he’s focused on reviving the economy, but he’s also using the crisis to advance an ambitious long-term agenda. The two sometimes collide.

Laura Tyson (former Clinton administration economic advisor), on the other hand, tries to defend the indefensible. Looked at the Dow recently, Laura?

American Express is now the sixth DJIA component to trade below $10/share. Sort of redefines “blue chip”, doesn’t it?

For some saner voices on the continuing crisis, here’s Victor Davis Hanson and Thomas Sowell.

Warren Buffet, in the meantime, notes that the barn door was left open somehow.

The New York Times reports on its own financial struggles. Meanwhile, the Seattle P-I chronicles its own circling of the drain (seriously? the column is titled “Who will speak truth to power”?), and the folks at Ace of Spades could be more gleeful heart-broken. Finally, someone with perspective weighs in.

More diplomatic fallout from the “overwhelmed” Obama White House. Of course, the mainstream media is trying its best to ignore this kerfuffle. And in case you think the snub of British PM Gordon Brown (and his family!) was a fluke, think again. Maybe Obama could use one of these greeting cards. In the meantime, he could certainly use better political advice than he’s been getting. And more people to help him out, as well.

Didn’t we see these in the first Transformer movie? And I think these are showing up in the next film. And maybe this as well.

Today’s site-you-should-be-reading-daily: Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood.

True fact: I lived in Orem, Utah for a few years; in fact, Sandra and I married there. Truer fact: we left Utah a year and a half later and have not lived there since. Wonder why?

I can hardly wait for the very special episode of “Dora the Explorer” on menstruation:

“Girls really identify with Dora and we knew that girls would love to have their friend Dora grow up with them, and experience the new things that they were going through themselves,” wrote Gina Sirard, vice president of marketing for Mattel.

Headline of the morning: It’s Easier to Observe the Failure of Local Realism than Previously Thought. Folks must have been to Washington DC lately. (Seriously, it’s an interesting article.) Still, this other article gave it some strong competition for best headline: Eco-Burial: Not Just For Athiest Hippies Any More.

Is global warming part of a natural cycle? Enquiring minds — at MIT this time — want to know. Here’s a hint (the graph reads right to left):

In the meantime, it appears that Al Gore’s magical ability has rubbed off on new US Energy Sec’y Steven Chu.

It sounds as though some software companies may re-discover the implications of a free market.

Did I mention that when Sandra and I left Utah, we moved to the Santa Cruz area? This quote, in the aftermath of a sonic boom, makes me nostalgic:

The mystery has spurred its share of conspiracy theories. On the Sentinel Web site, readers comments suggested the boom was E.T.’s return, an intercontinental missile that North Korea, or test runs of new, secret U.S. Navy jets.

“It was a chemtrail weather modification program jet making rain for you,” a reader going by the handle “sameold” wrote.

A Connecticut Yankee (well, Redneck Texan, really) visits Stonehenge.

In case you don’t feel sufficiently inadequate: 9 Child Prodigies (Who Actually Ended Up Doing Something).

Remember: March 15th is EATAPETA Day! And speaking of which:

Movie recommendation of the day: “The Lives of Others“. Yes, it’s in German and subtitled; deal with it.

I’ve got work to do. Don’t you?  ..bruce w..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at bwebster@bfwa.com, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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