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My excuse these last weeks is my schedule, work about 11 hours, drive (60 minutes round trip) to swim, swim (about 90 minutes total), eat, sleep and so on leaves, will no time for much. Anyhow, I’ve been reading (audio tapes driving to/from Illinois to Ohio has included a Vaclav Havel biography, a Dan Simmons Sherlock Holmes story, and the Zombie book “Warm Bodies” which made for a fun film and an ok book). As for Mr Havel, I might have to read a play or two, but I thought his observation regarding foreign policy apropos for the recent Iran “treaty” (scare quotes required, oddly enough). Mr Havel pointed out that if a government lies consistently to its own people you can’t trust it not to lie to foreign powers, in fact it is less likely to be honest with foreigners. Oh, and Katie Ledecky is completely amazing.

Links?

  1. Some guy killed a lion. I think I overheard that lawmakers were suggesting new laws. Wonder if they realize prize hunting in much (most/all?) of Africa normally goes to supporting their habitats, so making that illegal will be less good, not better for lions and such.
  2. Convenience is not always your friend … as long as you really trust everyone you come in contact with the unimportant things like continued living.
  3. Saving money or not … A question asked and another answered.
  4. And our government remains clueless about so so much.
  5. Why exercise is necessary.
  6. Public schools do indeed waste stupendous amounts of money.
  7. Ok. Fine. He wasn’t a “hero” but he was the most interesting character in the story.
  8. If this statement “Does the fact that every US ally in the Middle East, Arab and Jew, opposes this deal mean anything ?” is true, the deal should die. (more here)
  9. What makes an author great?
  10. Ms Clinton and her bad investment advice.
  11. Displaced humans, not just in abundance in Syria.

Question? Why do people think this Iran deal is going to be part of Obama’s legacy if, because it is not a treaty, it will only survive on the forbearance of his predecessor (as it is sustained only by Presidential executive order). To be a treaty which would in fact bind future Presidents it would require ratification by two thirds of the Senate.

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3 comments

  1. Boonton says:

    #1. Some people want to pass laws against the underground pedophile tourism market to places like Bangkok. Don’t those people realize that all the hard dollars spent by child molesters pulls more kids out of poverty than are victimized?

  2. Mark says:

    Boonton,

    Don’t those people realize that all the hard dollars spent by child molesters pulls more kids out of poverty than are victimized?

    Likely not.

  3. Boonton says:

    How do you know? Costs a lot of cash to go from the US to Asia. Supplying the tourist market no doube creates many jobs which is good for families in Asia. So say it is the case that molestors are in fact unintentionally helping many with their tourist dollars. By your logic, we should hold off on trying to inhibit the industry since your standard of morality here is clearly pure utilitarianism.