“Net Zero” for the U.S. Military

January 23, 2010 / 0 comments

This is a headline that stopped me completely: The U.S. Army’s New Solar Power Plant Reflecting on the US Army’s constant need for energy, I think that solar power makes complete sense. But so do fuel cells and wind power! Imagine the tactical advantage of NOT having to truck in tankers of gasoline. Imagine what…

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Make Detroit our new China

January 22, 2010 / 0 comments

OC METRO> UCI’s Policano: Make Detroit our new China. Difficult times breed novel ideas. I like Policano’s idea of sourcing work back to the American industrial center. But not just manufacturing jobs, I think new incentives could drive a whole range of services back in-country with two benefits: ONE: obviously, we get more people back…

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Free-market Reality for the “Creative Class”

January 22, 2010 / 1 comment

The devastating downturn in the writing market has gotten worse. The need for speed has quickened the flight from quality. Writers have seen their pay reduced from $1.00 a word to a paltry 13 cents! And all in the space of the last five years. That’s one of the reasons I have left the journalism…

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January 2, 2010 / 0 comments

The power of optimism is that it breeds dignity and honor. Without it, people tend to throw over the hood of despair. And what does despair do, but lead us to disillusionment. In its own part, disillusionment has a far more nefarious role. When mixed with the rhetoric of cynicism and anger, it causes people to say and do stupid things.