December 31, 2008

Prayer for the New Year


"Lord, help me to love people. For I hate them so much."

December 30, 2008

Walk This Way


I recently realized that I have successfully developed a completely fictional walk.

In junior high, I remember seeing an older kid in the hallway, and noticing how cool he looked when he walked. And then, after watching myself walk by a mirror, I realized how dorky I looked using my natural gait.

The main difference was speed. His casual pace produced an aura of cool. I wanted it. And I consciously remember controlling my walk to match this person's.

I don't remember when I stopped having to think about it, and now it has become natural. But, it wasn't mine to begin with.

How much of my personality, demeanor and aesthetics have I stolen from others who I've admired?

December 29, 2008

Universal Sign for Choking


The idea of asking someone who's choking whether or not they're choking was always a comical idea to me when we learned that first step rule in school.

Until recently. When my wife, during dinner, began to choke.

I sympathetically responded with, "Ugh! What are you doing? Go over the sink!"

I had thought she was trying to spit something out she didn't want to eat. She was merely trying to breathe.

So friends, make the sign. And public education, I apologize.

December 24, 2008

Santa Cat


So, you know how you dress your animals up, and hold them in front of the mirror so they can see how awesome and creative of an owner you are?

It's always disappointing when they don't show interest. And we always think it's a shame that they're too stupid to understand that it's their reflection.

But, maybe they do. Maybe they're just not as arrogant as we are, and are creeped out at the idea of gawking at themselves like we so often do.

On that note, Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2008

Why Bottled Water?


Studies have shown that tap water is as, or even more pure, than most bottled water because of the stricter regulations that public water resides under.

The cost of a bottle of water is about 150 times what it costs to drink the same amount of tap water.

And in terms of environmental damage, those billions of plastic bottles a year have to go somewhere.

So, why on Earth would I buy bottled water?

TASTE! I actually like Lake Michigan tap water, but our home is just outside the zone to get it. So, the taste difference between my tap and a bottle is night and day.

What exactly is the taste that I prefer, you ask? The taste of nothing.

December 22, 2008

The Many or the Few?


My work had been giving out $10 gift cards on a monthly basis, for successfully tracking billable time, on time, as we migrated over to a new system. Nine months ago, they removed this incentive system, and replaced it with a winner-take all $1000 grand prize at the end of the year, with a smaller 2nd and 3rd prize.

Shortly before the drawing, I suggested that whoever wanted to, could go in together as a group, and if any of us won, we would split the money evenly.

I had no takers.

After the drawing, three people left happy. I was not one of them.

I would have been happy with my gift card and think this was a poor business decision.

1) Do you agree? 2) Would you have gone in with me?

December 19, 2008

"Ugh, Beethoven Sucked!"


Let's say that was my response after attending a 4th grade band concert and hearing a bunch of 10-year old miscreants butcher "Ode to Joy". That would be unfair to Ludwig, would it not?

Then why would we blame religion for the perpetrations of the angry who claim to be followers of one?

December 18, 2008

When Do You Learn?


Have you ever learned anything from a period of suffering?

It's times like that where you learn the most, isn't it? Then, why do we try so hard to prevent it?

December 17, 2008

Let's Make Up a Word


I need a new word that fits the definition of "logic gap; unbeknownst hypocrisy."

Let's say someone says, "Torture is horrible! I think we should torture the guys who torture prisoners."

That statement would be a _____.

Seriously, this comes up a LOT, and I need a good word for it.

December 16, 2008

WNBA - The W stands for Why


The Houston Comets, a four-time champion and one of the WNBA's original teams has shut down due to financial reasons.

My biggest question remains, "How are ANY WNBA teams still financially viable?"

Have you ever been to a WNBA game? Do you even know someone who has?

There's a reason the NBA Top 10 ESPN highlights typically consist of 10 dunks. It's because they're awesome. They're one of the main reasons the game is so exciting to watch.

Instead, during a WNBA game, the most exciting play-by-play you get to witness is a block-steal, thrown up court, where a lone woman goes up for a dynamic...layup.

Either lower the hoop to 8 feet, or kiss the league goodbye, ladies.

December 15, 2008

Make a Person's Day Better


My mother has been temping lately, and has grown a new-found appreciation for kind people that make her day a little more fun.

So, when I was visiting the other week, I noticed how she tried very hard to not just be polite, but to genuinely interact with people we met.

While I pride myself on offering a "thank you" to everyone from the Walgreens cashier to the toll booth collector, I have realized that these common pleasantries don't really help make the person's day any better. It simply makes me more cordial than my fellow man.

Let's set the bar higher. Take the time to entertain someone today. It means a lot.

December 12, 2008

Money Better Spent (Part Two)


a continuation from Tuesday.

Let's say a man named John Wilson makes $250,000 a year. And a man named Bill Smith makes $40,000.

Would you be willing to sign a bill that takes some of John Wilson's money and gives it to Bill Smith?

December 11, 2008

Land of Lincoln


So, on TV today, an Illinois government official claimed shock and awe at the egregious acts of the governor, claiming they had no idea this kind of behavior was going on.

Here's my problem with this. If you read the transcripts that have been released, no one who the governor is having these meetings with is yelling out,
"Holy crap! You're a freakin' pyscho! Are you seriously trying to bribe me? Who do you think you are?!?!"

It makes me wonder if these acts are as rare in government as I'd like to believe.

December 10, 2008

The Next Batman Villian


Let's say you have the sole power to appoint someone to one of the most highly sought after political positions in the nation.

Why wouldn't you weigh some offers, and give the appointment to the highest bidder?

See how it must have made sense to him?

Unfortunately, he is not the CEO of a private business. He is an elected official of the State of Illinois.

And he has just reached a new level of super-villain status. It's pretty impressive, to be honest.

December 09, 2008

Money Better Spent


Let's say you see $5 sitting on your boss's desk, and you take that money and donate it to a local hospital who offers free health care to the uninsured.

Did you do the right thing?

And does your answer depend on whether or not your boss makes over $250,000 a year?

December 08, 2008

What a Tease


My wife received a text on her cell phone last night, to the effect of:

"Hey. That was so cool you writing your phone number on my arm last night. You made me feel like a total stud."

Now I know what you're thinking. But, my wife has an alibi...being that she was with me the entire weekend, because we were out in Maryland visiting my family.

So, the lesson we can learn from this story is that on the other side of this exuberant kid was a girl giving out phony numbers to nerds, and laughing about it with her friends.

Ah, to be young.

December 04, 2008

The Cost of Conviction


I had a headlight go out the other day, and I couldn't install a new one myself, because I am obviously, not really a man.

So, I called up Jiffy Lube and asked how much it would cost for them to install a new bulb that I would bring in myself. $29.

So, I called Walmart. $4.50.

Now, let's say you have a moral problem with Walmart's business practices. How high could a Jiffy Lube or other place, provided you liked their business practices, charge you before you decide to cave for the cost?

FYI: I'm traveling this weekend. See you on Monday.

December 03, 2008

Continual Wedding Album


Wedding days are hectic. Photo shoots seem to get squeezed in, and it's hard to get all of the fun shots you'd like.

That's why my wife and I took a post-wedding shoot a full two years after our wedding. We were able to go to an arboretum, relax, play in the leaves, and we love the shots we got.The only problem is, one day my kids might ask why I have more stomach and less hair in those wedding pictures.

But, it got me thinking.

What about a continual wedding album? You bring your wedding dress, or a cheapy replacement, with you on every major trip you take with your spouse. 20 years later, you'll have an amazing album of wedding photos from around the world.

December 02, 2008

Physician's Reference Tool Idea


After reading the book "Wikinomics", I've been on a big kick thinking about the future possibilities for mass collaboration. Here's my idea for a medical device. I'd love your thoughts.

This tool, designed to help physicians and healthcare professionals better diagnosis their patients, is a portable tablet that practitioners can use whether they’re seeing a patient in their office, at the patient’s home, or in an emergency situation.

As one evaluates their patient, they mark the symptoms, vitals and relevant medical history on the tablet within a universalized analysis chart.

When they submit the evaluation notes through a satellite connection, it travels to a wiki database of other physician analyses’ and conclusions, omitting patient names for privacy purposes, and through statistical correlations, offers the physician a list of possible and probable outcomes.

Let’s say a physical therapist completes an evaluation, and the database confirms the therapist’s original diagnosis that these are common symptoms for one who has recently undergone shoulder surgery. The therapist is then directed to the treatment section of the user-created database, where a host of peer-submitted exercise and treatment plans are available for use. These treatments can include in-depth medical illustration charts, audio advice, and video tutorials that can be shown to the patient immediately, as well as e-mailed directly to the patient for reference if being assigned take-home exercises.

These treatment plans can also be rated by the community, so that the highest quality and most informative diagnosis treatments will be featured.

This collaborative reference tool will help apply group-think to each and every patient, making sure that the physician makes their diagnosis with the best possible information. This tool will prevent misdiagnoses, and most importantly, will serve as a great research tool that will help practitioner’s to better understand the possible treatment options for their patients.

December 01, 2008

Plan for the Worst


If you live in Chicago, how many people at your work were late this morning due to the traffic?

That's because we tend to makes plans based on the best-case scenario. If I have a 9:00 appointment and I know that I can get there in 20 minutes, I'm not leaving until just before 8:40.

And that is why we often run late for things, because snow happens, among other things.

When our current administration was playing around with the idea of an Iraq War, the best-case scenario thrown around was probably something like this: 1) remove one of the most evil and savage dictators in the world 2) secure a near-eternal supply of oil at an amazing price that will allow the U.S. to indefinitely remain the global economic leader 3) catapult Iraq into a thriving democracy which domino effects to bring peace throughout the Middle East 4) which ends Islamo-facism and makes the world a much safer place for everyone.

Perhaps we need to start planning for the worst.

November 26, 2008

The Most Powerful Person in the World


This honor is typically given to the President of the United States.
But, why?

Our President definitely has the widest sphere of influence in the world. But, take Kim Jong-il for example. While his sphere of influence is fairly limited to North Korea, his dictatorial position has led to the absolute control of the entire country, socially and economically.

Another example.

Let's say I write a TV comedy show that the entire world watches. My scope is huge. But, the President of Zimbabwe slaughters 10s of thousand Zimbabweans. Smaller scope, but much more powerful.

So, while the President of the United States's sphere of influence gives him/her the most potential power, as long as they're at the head of a relatively free state, I don't think they're going to win the contest.

November 25, 2008

I Can't Trust Myself


Ever hear stories about people who have repressed traumatic experiences in their lives to the point where they literally don't even remember them anymore?

It's almost as if, in self-defense, they have subconsciously hidden information from themselves. How is this possible? How do we not even play the role of omniscient narrator within our own lives?

November 24, 2008

I'm Allergic to Lions


And if you're allergic to cats, you probably are, too.

So, lead with that next time your pharmacist asks you what you're allergic to. Way cooler.

(idea submitted by frequent contributor Emily's lion-suffering father)

November 21, 2008

The Pregnancy Test


A prospective employer hands you a form to fill out. One of the questions on it says, "Are you pregnant or do you plan on becoming pregnant in the near future?"

You'd be outraged, right?

But, why is it wrong for an employer to find out if a prospective employee is going to have to take a significant leave of duty in the near future when making a hiring decision?

Because you might not give her the job?

Ok. But, hiring her over someone without those ambitions is arguably bad for the company, bad for the rest of the employees, and bad for the clients the employee will be responsible for.

Isn't it sillier not to ask?

November 20, 2008

Sabai Says:


"The best way to avoid hypocrisy is to determine there is no such thing as right and wrong."

November 19, 2008

Universal Health Care (Part Two)


(a continuation)

Everyone wants to improve health care in this country. And regardless of whether you think universal health care or a more privatized system is the answer, success with either plan depends on one thing: lowering the cost of care.

Because if you like universal health care, it's not going to to succeed politically unless we can do something about the costs. And what's the point of privatized health care if noone's able to afford it?

So, let's work toward price transparency and increasing patient choice. Both to increase competition among health care providers, which is historically, the easiest and quickest way to lower costs. And something that everyone can agree on?

November 18, 2008

GM + Chrysler = Safe From Extinction


A couple of weeks ago, I was talking with one of my friends who works at GM about the merger talk that was getting some news, that would turn the Big Three of Detroit's automakers into the Big Two.

I asked my friend why either company would be interested in obtaining more debt, more failing business models, or more failed product lines. My friend couldn't figure it out, either.

But, I realized something today. What have businesses learned in the last few months with this financial crisis? The keys to financial success have nothing to do with fiscal responsibility or developing marketable products. The key to financial longevity is being "too big for America to let fail."

November 17, 2008

I Don't Want to Grow Up


"Kids are growing up too fast these days. We need to let kids be kids."

Here's my problem with this idea. I think we just don't like the idea of kids growing up, because we don't like some of the things grown-ups do.

We wouldn't have any problem with a child growing up too fast in terms of brilliance or creativity.

So, I want kids to grow up fast, because I want them to get smarter and stop doing stupid things faster. I just don't want them to lose their love for life in the process, or worse yet, turn into grown-ups.

November 14, 2008

Man vs. Foreign Man vs. Machine

As usual, this blog is ahead of its time. But don't take my word for it, ask Drew Carey. What's worse than foreigners taking away our jobs? Machines. But, just to be safe, let's ban both.

November 13, 2008

Sabai Says:


"The difference between happiness and joy is circumstance."

November 12, 2008

Universal Health Care


Universal health care is, in its purest form, obviously, a proposal to give everyone in the universe health care coverage.

It has recently been watered down to only apply to Americans. Why is this?

If you think we should have universal health care in this country, why do you think it should only apply to Americans? And if you say it's because Americans are the ones paying into it, do you approve of our progressive tax system that requires the wealthiest Americans to pay for much more of it, while people who pay no income tax could potentially get healthcare benefits for free.

If they can, why shouldn't wealthy Americans be forced to fund it for people outside America, too?

November 11, 2008

Chef Boyareyoucrazy


Why does spaghetti cost $16 at Italian restaurants? I know they're using Barilla, and I can buy a serving for $0.30. Do they think we're dummies?

Secondly, shouldn't Italian restaurants be serving fresh, handmade pasta anyway? 'Cause I'd pay $16 for that.

Don't fall for it. Next time you go out, stick to veal. Morally, it's a bigger victory.

November 10, 2008

Why Wait 'Til Love To Have Sex?


That's the common TV show advice, right? The parent finds out the kid is thinking about having sex, and sits the kid down to tell them that "sex is something very special, that should only take place within a loving relationship, and you should wait until you're sure you're ready."

Why?

Is it because sex depends on a high level of trust?

Is it because if sex is dependent on love, a commitment to the other person is the greatest example of that love.

Is it because sex creates an emotional attachment with the other person that can only be healthy when there is already a commitment there?

Is it because taking the risk of having a child is a big leap if the other person hasn't promised to stick around?

For all these reasons that waiting 'til love before sex makes sense, doesn't waiting 'til marriage make even more?

November 07, 2008

If Obama Wins, I'm Moving To....


You know how Democrats used to joke about moving to Canada or France if Bush won the last election? Escaping to a country that offers more comprehensive social welfare programs for its citizens.

I didn't hear many Republicans threaten to leave the country if Obama won. Is it because there aren't any alternatives that offer freer markets or less government rule?

November 06, 2008

Bring Back the Duel


On Tuesday, the state of Washington legalized physician-assisted suicide, making it only the second state after Oregon to do so. This, obviously, just a slippery slope on the way to giving citizens back control of their lives.

The only good thing that can come from this is that perhaps we'll decide duels are okay again, or what I call, faster-man-to-turn-around-assisted suicide.

And I can't wait. I've been demanding satisfaction for quite a while now.

November 05, 2008

The Union Lives On...

For the joyous:

Do not stop. Continue to pursue the ends of the social injustices that caused you to vote the way you did. There are non-profits around the world doing amazing things. Join them. Help them. Do not wait until others are forced by legal mandate to fund these social programs you desire, but pick your priorities, and work toward them yourself as well. And continue to enter conversations with the intention to persuade, and with the humility that you may be wrong.

For the despondent:

Do not stop. If Obama was elected in some European country, you’d probably like him, right? Well, that’s how the world is looking at us today. They’re happy. And there are major benefits that come from global optimism. For all the financial woes you fear will stem from Obama’s policies, there truly will be offsets from this increased stability. Plus, he promised to put the entire budget online, and make it accessible to the public. That’s pretty awesome. Be encouraged as we enter into a new age of accountability. And continue to enter conversations with the intention to persuade, and with the humility that you may be wrong.

November 04, 2008

Before You Vote...


Ask yourself one question.

How does Renee Zellweger keep getting cast in movies? I don't know ANYONE who likes her. Guys don't think she's cute, and therefore, do not like her. And she's no Meryl Streep, whose acting makes up for that aesthetic lack. And since she's neither talented nor pretty, girls don't admire her.

Who keeps putting her in movies???

November 03, 2008

Adjustable Brake Lights


Ever been driving behind someone on the highway, and you see their brake lights go on? So you lay off the gas a bit to slow down, and then...AH! They're actually braking to a stop on the highway??! So, you slam on the brakes and sort of steer the nose of your car toward the shoulder as you whiplash yourself to a stop 6 in. from their bumper, because you didn't see the traffic jam ahead.

Bright brake lights can mean anything, so we make our best guess subconsciously based on where we are. Coming up to a red light? Yeah, they're probably stopping. On the highway? They're probably just slowing down for some reason I can't see.

Let's end the guessing game, and create adjustable brake lights that adjust intensity based on the amount of force given to the brake pedal. That way, we'll know for sure. And have less accidents because of it.

(idea submitted by frequent contributor, Matt)

October 31, 2008

Global Warming: A Generational Mission?


(a continuation)

Global warming is a big problem, with many consequences. The question is, where should this fall on our priority list?

Many people devote themselves to causes because they stumble upon them. Like a ballplayer who starts a diabetes fund because their kid gets it. The problem becomes real, because we see it. Global warming became real to us through news stories, celebrity spokesmen and movies. But, are there other problems, bigger than this, that we simply haven't stumbled upon yet?

The 2004 Copenhagen Consensus sought to develop a comprehensive list of global challenges and opportunities, prioritized based on the amount of good that can be accomplished per dollar spent.

Topping the list are HIV/AIDS control, providing micronutrients to the impoverished, making trade free, and malaria control. Climate control bottomed out the list, simply in terms of the amount of good done with the amount of resources required.

For example, $1 spent toward HIV/AIDS treatment does about $40 worth of good in terms of fewer dead, fewer sick, and less social disruption. For every $1 spent on the Kyoto Protocol, we will do about 30 cents worth of good.

Perhaps this a callous way to look at it? But, if our desire is to truly accomplish as much as we can with the resources we have, shouldn't we look to prioritized lists like these as our starting point for discussion, and prioritize our spending percentages to match these lists?

So, that's where I'm at. Help me out. What do you guys think?

October 30, 2008

Global Warming: Kyoto Protocol?


(a continuation)

If every country not only participated in the signing of the Kyoto Treaty, but actually adhered to it, we would delay the 4.7 degree Farenheit increase expected over the next century by five years. Instead of getting there at 2100, we'd get there at 2105.

Some people argue that the treaty is more symbolic than practical, and that it's a great opportunity to get universal buy-in on this global problem, to start doing SOMETHING.

So, that begs the question, is there a better something we should be pushing for?

Proponents of Kyoto talk about how the treaty will encourage eco-friendly technology investments, while cutting down heat deaths, malaria outbreaks and floods. This is all true. At the estimated cost of an estimated $180 billion a year.

If these are the real consequences we're trying to prevent, is there a way to be more efficient with our resources, and fight these fights directly? Preventing malaria through vaccinations and mosquito nets, preventing flooding through improved levee systems, preventing carbon-emissions by increasing eco-friendly R&D? All for much, much less money, and with much, much better results.

Isn't a wealthier world going to be better prepared to tackle the real problems of global warming? For instance, in the 1920s, one of the malaria hotbeds in the world was Missouri. Today, it's gone. Wealth killed it.

October 29, 2008

Global Warming: Carbon Tax?


(a continuation)

Companies aren't legally allowed to dump toxins in the ocean, because of the third-party costs associated with it. They'd be getting free disposal, while poisoning the water, affecting fish, other wildlife and humans.

So, if carbon emissions are destructive in a similar way, shouldn't this bear a financial responsibility? A $2/ton carbon tax roughly estimates the damage caused by carbon emissions. Yet, some people suggest instituting a $140/ton tax on carbon emissions because this would help curb global warming faster.

This is true, but:

A) is it right to arbitrarily tax someone that much higher than what their output is causing?
B) are the benefits worth it? for instance, we could lower the speed limit to 5 mph and drastically decrease traffic accidents, but there are costs associated with this
C) how much easier will it be to get countries around the world on board with a $2/ton carbon tax as opposed to the larger one? Because frankly, not many countries are going to be willing to accept an economic penalty when countries they compete against aren't?

October 28, 2008

Global Warming: Prevent Warming?


(a continuation)

Is our goal to maintain a consistent average global temperature? What should that number be?

Let's focus specifically on human life. If the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is right, if we do not change our habits, the average global temperature will increase by approximately 4.7 degrees by the end of the century. In Britain, this would cause an estimated 2,000 more deaths in Britain, annually, through excess heat.

It would also prevent an estimated 20,000 deaths from excess cold.

This factor of 10 times more lives saved is slightly greater than the current factor of 7 times more people in Europe who currently die from excess cold over excess heat.

So, what am I saying? Should we speed up the warming process in order to save more lives? Well, global warming isn't just about saving lives in a pure, numerical sense. It's about preserving a better quality for all life now and in the future. Not to mention that warming will surely affect people living near the equator more negatively than people living further away from it.

But, we need to understand the consequences, and yes, even the benefits of global warming before we even try to determine our best solution for solving the problems caused by it.

October 27, 2008

What To Do About Global Warming


This week, we will be discussing the consequences of global warming, what our goals should be when determining solutions, and weighing the costs of these proposals in terms of the benefits gained from instituting them.

We will begin from a standpoint that global warming is real, man-made, and will have serious effects on both humanity and the environment.

Feel free to comment with any thoughts that can lead off our week.

October 24, 2008

A Valuable Hour


While you've probably read enough single-page articles, and watched enough television blurbs to be familiar with the vocabulary being used to explain the current subprime mortgage / credit crisis, do you really understand why it happened?

Chicago Public Radio's This American Life has a terrifically sticky hour-long audio presentation that explains it with real-life examples of the people involved.

Listen to this while at work today (click on the Full Episode button), and once you're done, see if your thoughts have changed regarding whether or not you thought the bailout was a good idea, or on what actions you think should take place now.

Report your findings. Show your work.

October 23, 2008

Social Justice High


In Chicago, there is a proposal for the development of a gay-friendly high school that would ensure gay students have a safe place to learn.

Shouldn't our focus be to reform anti-gay attitudes at our current high schools? If gay kids are feeling threatened at their current schools, I understand the desire they have to escape these harmful environments. But if the problem is the stigma, are we just prolonging the problem by separating ourselves?

(post idea submitted by frequent contributor, Emily)

October 22, 2008

Unlearn Everything


If you go to a golf range, you'll see a lot of people with horrible swings they learned from their father.

They've read some books, taken some lessons, and tried to emulate Tiger Woods, but there's still that base foundation of terribleness that's ingrained in their muscle memory because of the ignorant teaching of their father, who learned from his similarly ignorant father. And they can't get past it.

Knowledge is the same way. You have to make a point to unlearn the garbage you've obtained over the years. Whether you know it or not, we all have faulty paradigms stuck in our head that influence our current decisions.

Make it a point to assume you're wrong on everything. And start over.

October 21, 2008

Juneau? Of Coure I Know.


Let's say Alaska decided they wanted to secede from the Union.

As Americans with a similar history of claiming independence from a country who controlled us from far away, wouldn't we have to be at least sympathetic to the argument?

Choose a side and list your reasons.

October 20, 2008

Practice Does NOT Make Perfect


Example: golf

Golf is something that many men play their whole lives, and don't get any better at it. Practice only makes perfect if you're practicing correctly. Repetition of horribleness does not create anything beneficial.

October 17, 2008

"He Really Gets It."


Ever catch yourself saying this when watching politicians speak?

I've said it about people from both parties. "This guy gets it. He understands how the economy works." "This guy gets it. He understands what's really going on with the war."

I'm realizing that these are faulty statements. The truth is, when I say, "He gets it," what I mean is "He gets me."

He's saying the things I believe. We share a worldview, at least when talking about a certain aspect of governance. It's not that one of these guys gets it, and the other doesn't. It's that one of their voices sounds a little bit closer to our own.

October 16, 2008

We Didn't Learn a Thing


I had hoped that one of the best consequences of a George W. Bush administration would be a future unwillingness of the populace to blindly trust the government.

No more would we follow the cries for immediate action without first hearing the pros, the cons and the alternatives.

This latest financial debacle proved me wrong.

The government called fire, claimed themselves as savior, and we immediately yelled for them to act. No real debate. No real discussion. Just a blind yell to save us all and write the check.

We didn't learn a thing. And it's absolutely tragic.

October 15, 2008

Water Over the Bridge


What are the incentives for a State to investigate infrastructure failure, such as bridges and roads, and pay for their replacement?

What would the incentives be for a private company with ownership rights to those bridges or roads, funded by tolling?