Category Archives: How Things Work

We don't need no stinking recipes

It drives my wife insane. But I’m not real diligent about following recipes (let’s not even get into instruction manuals). It does have an upside. My wife gets to savor the smug satisfaction of asking, “you didn’t read the directions, … Continue reading

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Hard-wired to hate AIG

Human beings are hard-wired for fairness. That’s the way we’re designed. Scientists have found that when we’re treated fairly, our brains are rewarded with the equivalent of mental chocolate. And if it comes down to a choice between what’s fair … Continue reading

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Stuck at a job you hate?

How many people do you know who hate their jobs – but stay at them because they don’t want to lose their health insurance? The Economist notes that a traditional strength of the American economy has been the mobility of … Continue reading

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Why America is going down the tubes

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Requiem for a Spy Ship

What do you with a spy ship past its prime? The Wall Street Journal has a piece on how the Navy is trying to find someone to take an experimental stealth ship and a barge that was used by the … Continue reading

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Bad Economy = Good Times for Army

The recession is bad for you and I, but it’s great for the U.S. military. The Pentagon reports that it’s been meeting its recruitment goals. Post-9/11 patriotic fervor has dissipated and the prospect of long, grueling counterinsurgency duty usually isn’t … Continue reading

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What's Your Pizza?

One thing I do miss about the East Coast is pizza. In the Northwest, pizza is a five-letter word. Minimal sauce. Minimal cheese. Cardboard crusts. Lots of weird toppings like pineapple to cover up the embarassing lack of sauce, cheese … Continue reading

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