Saturday, June 05, 2004

I will be in London tomorrow and Monday, so blogging will be light. Also since I posted the image of County Durham, the side bar with all the links have been displaced to the bottom of the page.

I am a big fan of P.J. O'Rouke and his latest work in the Wall Street Journal is classic. What would happen if America said screw the world, we are leaving.

One thing to whine about will be the fate of Israel. Without American safeguards that nation is certain to be militarily attacked. To judge by previous Israeli wars, in 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973 and 1982, the result will be serious headaches for Israelis as the Knesset furiously debates the status of Jewish settlements outside Damascus and on the west bank of the Euphrates.

The threat of nuclear proliferation will abate as dangerous stockpiles of atomic weapons are quickly used up. The loss of life will be regrettable. But this will be counterbalanced by the welcome disappearance of long-standing international flashpoints when the India-Pakistan border is vaporized, Tehran disappears in a mushroom cloud, and whatever is left of the Korean Peninsula becomes reunited.

Read the whole thing and have a good laugh.

The Disposable car. The price of cars are now on a trend to be inverse to the price of maintenance. This will start another trend of return of the backyard mechanic who will be heading to the junk yard to get spares in the DIY spirit. If you screw it up, just bin it, as the Brits would say.

I have a lot of respect for Jane Jacobs and I have read her books years ago and her new book “Dark Ages Ahead” is not the most uplifting, but Francis Fukuyama in Wired says life will not be as bad as Jane Jacobs paints it.

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