Entries from September 2009

Monday, September 21st, 2009

A Missile Defense That Didn’t Work, A Threat That Didn’t Exist

The Obama Administration has announced the end of another  W. Bush-era boondoggle: A missile system that didn’t work, for a military threat that did not exist.  The anti-missile-missile system to be deployed in Poland the Czech Republic didn’t work. (Think we could move the savings into healthcare?) The alleged threat was Iranian ICBMs . . […]

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Recession Over: Bernanke Says It, Times Style Confirms It, I Believe It

Pay no attention to the dismal (and rising) unemployment rate.  Fed chair Ben Bernanke has announced that it is likely that the Great Recession has ended. And now last Sunday’s New York Times Style Magazine (Men’s Fashion Fall 2009) has confirmed it. Among the luxuries available to us: Gotho-Edwardo-Victorian frock coats and top hats. Sheer […]

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Powers of 10

The Times recently reminded us of one of the timeless films from the 1070s, Charles and Ray Eames’s Powers of 10, a representation of the macrocosm and microcosm. The film begins with a camera hovering over a couple’s picnic on the Chicago lakeside, a frame 1 meter wide (10 to the power of 0 meters), […]

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Who Is the Liar?

“Who is the liar . . .?” queries the First Epistle of John, which came to mind last night during President Obama’s speech to both houses of Congress and to the nation, when it was interrupted by at one point by House Republican from South Carolina, Joe Wilson, who shouted quite audibly, “You lie!” Ah, […]