Update: China’s Grand Project, The Economist August 5, 2017 p. 49-50. In 2013, Zhengzhou, a business and logistics center in Central China, became the starting point for rail transport service to Hamburg, Germany and other European ports. The trip is a 6,436 mile (10,214-kilometer) run taking 15 to 18 days — twice as fast as shipping goods by sea. ChinaContinue reading “Rail Link from China to Germany :: Silk Road Revived”
Jihad Stamps from Yemen FDR collected stamps. Has any president since? Maybe philately should be a required hobby for NSA types. Stamps are miniature works of art, symbols of national identity, achievement and aspiration. If Bush I or Bush II had been stamp collectors, they might have noticed evolving political sentiments expressed on theContinue reading “Jihadi Stamps ?”
I’ve been to Asia again and it sucks. You know those places on the Lonely Planet beat? They’re crowded with brusque, loud travelers from places where respect for other cultures wasn’t taught or the current bunch of road-killers didn’t learn. Here we are in South East Asia, where the overland hippies from Europe andContinue reading “Touristville, Asia”
Water privatization hasn’t been explored much in the general consumer media in the US, although there are articles in the scientific and water industry press. Water privatization generally refers to private contract operations of water systems owned by public utilities, however a few municipal water systems are moving to private ownership, usually when a corporationContinue reading “Who owns your water?”
During a totally unrelated search, I came across my short article about Charles Green III, a slight of hand magician who I interviewed for a piece that ran in the Washington Post Magazine a few years ago in 1993. Part of the article appears in this High Beam abstract which collects a fee from readers. AsContinue reading “Magician : Attention”
Resume for November Hire.
[Photo too disturbing to publish goes here] Flesh, cells and protein rot. You’ve seen vegetables disintegrating into piles of squashed odor and off-beat color. You’ve smelled rancid milk. You didn’t eat that meat or the fish that seemed a little off. You know that wounds are risky sites. Social niceness keeps us in the dark aboutContinue reading “Iatrogenic Disease :: Hello Hospitals?”
In Gaston Hall, on the evening of April 2, 2012 Margaret Atwood mused on debt, payback, revenge and what might the world be like now if the events of September 11, 2001 has been forgiven (after a period of thoughtful mourning) by the affected nations and their political leaders instead of a trigger excuse to bombContinue reading “Margaret Atwood at Georgetown University”
Huff Post illuminates Koch Kapture Kontrol tactics.
Organizational Culture shows us how governments, corporations, associations and other organizations manage their story and proactively shape their message. Al-Qaeda has an organizational culture just like any other entity and hey, it’s run by a guy in the construction business with a bunch of sub-contractors who deliver their trade which happens to be self-inflicted mayhemContinue reading “Reality Check”