Thursday, July 30, 2009

Health Care

In my desire to remain topical:

- Megan McArdle, at The Atlantic, explains why she is opposes National Health Care

- Dr. Bala Ambati outlines an alternative plan to the current public option that is on the table

More to come. I don't know what the best option is, but the current situation is unacceptable. If you haven't already, read McKinsey's report on U.S. health care (the full report, not the synthesis). You'll be more knowledgeable than almost anyone you come in contact with on the topic.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Change of Heart

As I continue to try and walk the path that my Father would have me walk and I feel the sanctifying effects of Christ's grace on my life, I draw closer to understanding how I could turn the other cheek. James Olsen's eloquent post on "The Question of Pacifism" struck a chord with me, as did the discussion it engendered.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


HBR tells us to take a breath. To amygdala or to not amygdala. That is the question.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Afghan War

Have I mentioned that Stratfor is one of my favorite sources of geo-political information? If not, let me state it again. Stratfor's analysis is outstanding.

Its latest piece on the calculus in the Afghan War and how the insurgent and counterinsurgent military, intelligence, and political interests complement and collide with one another is very good.



Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"Never Let Me Go"

This book took me approximately 4.5 hours start to finish. However, the science and morality tale that this book spun have stayed with me for weeks. I'm not going to be a spoiler, you can do that on your own, but I will say that the slow dawning horror of what is really going on beneath the cheerful prose caused me to shut the pages a few times and remind myself that it was only a novel.

"We Bring Fear"

A great piece in Mother Jones about the drug violence in Mexico.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

More Than Meets The Eye

Zane loves Transformers, but hates it when I sing the song.
"Stop it DAD!", he says. And of course being the childish man-child that I am, I continue, "...robots in disguise." This only makes him more mad, which makes me chuckle a little bit. Then his face turns red and Liz gives me a look and I stop.

As you can tell, Zane and I love Transformers. He, because of the cheap plastic toys, and me, because of the mental torture I'm able to inflict. What?? CPS has already been notified I'm sure.

Anyhow, we went to see the movie on opening weekend. Here's the best review I've seen. CAUTION! Contains profanity.

Monday, July 06, 2009


From Harvard Business School, "Don't Quit the Way Sarah Palin Did". I would have left this story alone, but I was more than a little surprised to see HBS use her as an example of how not to do something. After the past 10 months, maybe I shouldn't have been.