Wednesday, July 21, 2004


Weekend Reading

Elephant Migrates North

I'm set for a super-busy Thursday. A full set of meeting on Capitol Hill then fighting rush hour traffic to make the long journey to Dulles. It will be worth it though, I'm heading back to Middle America for a weekend with my family. Cookouts, baseball games and many questions for the locals on how they see the issues. So, it's unlikely that I'll be posting much, if anything through Monday. Thus, Dear Reader, your weekend reading comes a day early. Enjoy!

Shaqsourcing: Lakers' ex-center joins the exodus of jobs from America

Reason Mag makes an attempt to discuss the benefits of outsourcing jobs through a somewhat belabored basketball metaphor.

Welcome to the Traffic Cone Preservation Society

Until the late 20th century, traffic cones were not thought worthy of scientific study. It is the Society's mission to counteract these centuries of neglect. By preserving and studying these "Helpers of Humanity," we hope to allow future generations the opportunity to enjoy these magnificent creatures in their natural habitats.

Why the Japanese Can't Afford to Perserve Traditional Marriage

Marriage in Japan is on the rocks and the downward spiral is leading to economic stagnation and a population crash. What's going on? Well for one thing, Japanese women are increasingly rejecting the burden and limits that "traditional" marriage places on them. It's given rise to one of my favorite terms, Parasite Singles." Sometimes tradions need to change.

Swing states: Florida Enter at your peril
The Economist's series on swing states looks at the biggest prize of all. Once again, everything is not quite as it seems in Florida

Inside Look at Birth of the IPod 

Ben Knauss is a former senior manager at PortalPlayer, the company Apple Computer approached to help develop an MP3 player that would eventually become the wildly popular iPod.,2125,64286,00.html

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