Never underestimate the power of a well-wielded umbrella

Hyper-Competitiveness in China

Michael Murry “Never trust your interpreter. He’s the one selling your secrets to your competition.” So said a Chinese business acquaintance I met while employed for six months in the People’s Republic of China during the fall and winter of 1994-95. I worked for a Thai-Chinese company that installed bowling centers at airports and amusement…

A grieving Laura Christian (far right) appeals to GM and America for justice (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

The GM Ignition Switch Crime

W.J. Astore Truthout has a powerful story on the GM ignition switch design flaw, the one that killed at least thirteen people, and possibly as many as 29 (or more).  If many are so eager to support capital punishment for mass murderers, why not the death penalty for GM?  GM knew about the problem with…

Burundi: Is the west truly helping?

Front Blew In: Western Arrogance toward Africa, American Ignorance toward Allergens, and the Peril of Questions Left Unasked

Daniel N. White Front blew in Sunday in Texas, a dry norther, and once again I’m allergy sick.  Physically debilitated and mentally impaired too.  I know better than to operate power equipment on allergy days.  I minimize my driving, and mostly I do things indoors and breathe the HVAC filtered air.  Most of the work I…

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Abolish the Air Force?

W.J. Astore Back in January, James Carroll had an op-ed in the Boston Globe that called for eliminating the Air Force as a separate service.  He claimed that the Air Force’s strategic components (its nuclear ICBMs and manned bombers) were now largely irrelevant, that the Air Force’s tactical mission could be folded into the Army…