Found some really good reads today:
1.) Chris Mooney at Mother Jones discusses the radical success of the British Columbia carbon tax, and all the side benefits to the populace.
2.) Great, and I mean great, writing on the sociopath Don Rumsfeld in the NY Times. This is part one of a four part series. A teaser:
When I first met Donald Rumsfeld in his offices in Washington, D.C., one of the things I said to him was that if we could provide an answer to the American public about why we went to war in Iraq, we would be rendering an important service. He agreed. Unfortunately, after having spent 33 hours over the course of a year interviewing Mr. Rumsfeld, I fear I know less about the origins of the Iraq war than when I started. A question presents itself: How could that be? How could I know less rather than more? Was he hiding something? Or was there really little more than met the eye?
Many people associate the phrases the known known, the known unknown and the unknown unknown with Rumsfeld, but few people are aware of how he first presented these ideas to the public. It was at a Pentagon news conference on Feb. 12, 2002. Reporters filed in to the Pentagon Briefing Room — five months after 9/11 and a year before the invasion of Iraq. The verbal exchanges that followed provide an excursion into a world no less irrational, no less absurd, than the worlds Lewis Carroll created in Alice in Wonderland.
Part two is here. Worth your time.
3.) A radical new medical breakthrough (if I am overstating this Tim F. can write a post telling me I am a moron) looks to redefine dead.
4.) Another good one from Mother Jones- the impact of our sustained bombing campaign on Laos during the Viet Nam era when we dumped 2.5 million tons of bombs and the problems our unexploded ordnance are continuing to cause.
5.) There was a number five but I can’t remember what it is.
Shawn and I apparently have come down with a cold, and I feel like death.
*** Update ***
I remember number five. I just wanted to say that it has been fun watching LGM grow and it is really one of my first reads every day. Good stuff. And this comes from the guy who normally is just linking people to flame them, so, umm, I guess I really mean it.