Tag Archives: Project for the New American Century

The Dangers of Extrapolation

We’re all gonna die! Watch enough Fox News, listen to enough Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, or to what John McCain and Lindsey Graham are saying, or anyone on the right, and you know this is true. Ebola will kill … Continue reading

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Containing the Problem

This October has started out badly here in Los Angeles, with two successive heat waves that have broken all records – day after day of ninety-nine by noon, and rising, with the blazing sun and all that. The air is … Continue reading

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Imagining American Leadership

Almost one hundred million American households can watch Hitler lose that war, again, every single day, thanks the Hearst-ABC-Disney History Channel (now just called History) and Discovery’s Military Channel (now called the American Heroes Channel) – that’s their default programming. … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Abandoning Hope

There’s always hope. That’s what everyone wants to hear when everything has gone wrong and it all seems utterly hopeless. Teenagers are told that all the time, even if they seldom believe it – awkward young girls seldom turn into … Continue reading

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Preparing for the Pathetic

Summer is over. It’s a quiet Sunday evening here, just off the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, as the first weekend of professional football is wrapping up. Yes, the giant mutant millionaires-on-steroids were smashing into each other all day on television, … Continue reading

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Managing Reality

Ernest Hemingway was a bit of jerk, always making bold and manly pronouncements that probably got on everyone’s nerves. Yeah, courage may be grace under pressure, but bullfighting is kind of stupid – and one doesn’t talk about manly manliness. … Continue reading

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Facing the Impossible

There’s no shame in failing to do the impossible. You’re not going to travel faster than the speed of light and you’re not going to be the one who invents the perpetual motion machine, and you’re certainly not going back … Continue reading

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