>After I posted "Diagnosing the US national character" on another list the same day (April 27) that I posted it here, I received the following comments that I think worthy of your attention. BillI'd say that Americans are addicted to picking fights with people in a weaker position than they are (cf the so-called Powell … Continue reading >Comment on "Diagnosing the US national character"
>A modest proposal for understanding President Bush's policiesby Charles Davis, Staff WriterThe Vista, University of San Diego (April 20 2006)No matter where one turns these days, it seems impossible to avoid negative news stories about President Bush and his mission to bring peace and freedom to the people of Iraq. All too often the liberal … Continue reading >Patriotism requires faith
>by Alister BullReuters (April 26 2006)America may still think of itself as the land of opportunity, but the chances of living a rags-to-riches life are a lot lower than elsewhere in the world, according to a new study published on Wednesday.The likelihood that a child born into a poor family will make it into the … Continue reading >America’s rags-to-riches dream an illusion: study
>Narcissistic Personality Disorderby Robert JensenZNet (April 22 2006)Politicians and pundits in the United States love to talk about our "national character", typically in rapturous tones of triumphalism.Often that character is asserted as a noble force but not defined: Earlier this year, for example, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said our national character - presumed to … Continue reading >Diagnosing the US ‘national character’
>If we're to have a hydrogen economy, we have to secure our supplies of natural gas.by George MonbiotPublished in the Guardian (April 25 2006)My timing could scarcely be worse. To announce, in this of all weeks, a Damascene conversion to natural gas is to invite ridicule from every quarter. The price of oil has hit … Continue reading >A Fondness for Fossil Fuels
>by Charley ReeseKing Features Syndicate (April 21 2006)What follows are some rules for how to live the rest of your life. They're from an article by Janet Sternberg in ETC: A Review of General Semantics. Most of them she attributes to a New York University professor, Neil Postman.Now, these are rules to help you live … Continue reading >Rules To Live By
>Taking aim at the Sleeping Dragon by Michael T Klare Salon.com (April 19 2006) The Bush administration's containment strategy for China may herald the next cold war. "... Preparing for war with China, in other words, is to be the future cash cow for the giant US weapons-making corporations in the military-industrial complex ..". Slowly … Continue reading >Imperial and imperious