I have just realized that FOIB and ianbell.com passed their 10-year anniversary some time in 2009 without me really marking the event.Â During that time I’ve authored thousands of articles, missives, and comments that have been shared from my online pulpit and you, dear reader, have astonishingly tolerated it all with few complaints.Â Thanks! Lately […]Read more "The 10 Most Disappointing Technologies of the 2000s"
While there is much kvetching and hand-wringing of late regarding impending demise of the dead-tree business (sic) that is the newspaper industry, there is another dead-tree business that is descending quickly toward irrelevance:Â The Yellow Pages. Every year, beginning around this time, trucks shunt around cities and visit every household in North America, and indeed […]Read more "The Yellow Pages: Adapt or die?"
The law of unintended consequences can be a bitch. When you meddle with the natural order of things, imbalances inevitably occur. Regulators (because that’s what they do) observe the imbalances and add more meddling regulations in an attempt to counteract them — creating yet further imbalances. The end result is what you have today: an […]Read more "Ethanol is Sparking an Agribubble"
I am reading with increasing dismay about the steady march of Ethanol into the North American psyche as an alternative to buying fuel in the form of light, sweet crude oil from those mean, nasty Arabs. On the surface the idea behind biodiesel and ethanol is appealing and touches all of the perceived pain points […]Read more "Ethanol is an addiction we can do without…"
http://www.baselinemag.com/article2/0,3959,1261487,00.asp September 10, 2003 A Letter to President Bush ByÂ Tom Steinert-Threlkeld Dear President Bush: You probably don’t know Joel Phagoo. He is a 21-year-old college student who decided to go fishing in New York’s Jamaica Bay with his kid brother and a cousin. They ended up washing up just off Runway 4 Right at […]Read more "Insecurity Amid Massive Security Spending.."
http://politics.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,9115,1022027,00.html Arrogance of empire Paul Foot Wednesday August 20, 2003 The Guardian In hospital last month for a (literally) nerve-wracking operation on my back, I was lucky enough to have with me an advance copy of Robert Harris’s novel Pompeii. At one level, the book is a thriller that kept me going through the entire […]Read more "Arrogance of Empire…"
Peace in the Middle East, Bush Family-Style. The UN Security Council vetoed the invasion of Iraq and thus the UN did not support it, yet it realized its mandate and went into Iraq anyway hoping to help restore order… Actually, the UN already had an envoy and an HQ in Iraq which went surprisingly unscathed […]Read more "New World Disorder"
> From: Jeff Pulver > Date: Fri May 16, 2003 7:48:00 PM US/Pacific > http://www.trnmag.com/Stories/2003/021203/ > Teleportation_goes_the_distance_021203.html Teleportation goes the distance February 12/19, 2003 By Eric Smalley, Technology Research News You can’t get from one place to another without passing through every point in between. This is true for all matter and energy, whether planets, […]Read more "Beam Me Up, Jurgen"
Okay, I’ll admit to skimming this, however this might explain why EU resistance to this action in Iraq was so fierce.. and is yet another perspective on the overly-simplistic “War is about oil” mantra. -Ian. —-Read more "News Flash: War in Iraq Is About Oil?"
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,859133,00.html Fast food in the cradle of civilisation We need to understand what we will really be fighting for in Iraq Jonathan Glancey Friday December 13, 2002 The Guardian And it’s one, two, three What are we fighting for? Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn – Next stop is Vietnam Remember Vietnam? More […]Read more "Fast Food War in Mesopotamia…"