Saturday December 07, 2013
August 1st, 2013
They’re found in M&Ms, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jell-O pudding, and even Pop-Tarts. Scientists don’t know if they’re safe to eat. The government doesn’t regulate these things. Even food manufacturers often don’t know this technology is in the food they sell. You probably don’t either.
I’m talking about nanoparticles.
The Hollywood version of American military leadership has often cast it in bombastic terms, like the hot-headed Air Force general played by George C. Scott in "Dr. Strangelove" or Burt Lancaster's ambitious power-seeker in "Seven Days in May." More recently, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld toted that image.
We who live in other cities ask what drove Detroit into bankruptcy. What we really want to know is whether it could happen to us.
Since 2010, five other cities and two counties, plus almost 30 special districts such as utility authorities have filed for bankruptcy, according the Detroit News.
I am beginning to think a royal family might come in handy.
True, the endless, action-deprived run-up to the birth of George, Prince of Cambridge, might have reminded the dispassionate observer of the wait for the arrival of a new baby panda. (What do you think they'll name him? Do you want to buy a souvenir T-shirt?)
The Declaration of Independence says nothing about a right to cheap labor, but not everyone has noticed. Companies routinely pay market rates for electricity, real estate and legal services. But many find great injustice in market economics, as applied to wages they must pay to attract unskilled labor.
Presidents are judged not only by the things they do but also by how successful they are in influencing the actions of the presidents who follow.
Leaders who want their achievements to endure know their task includes changing the terms of the national debate and leaving behind an intellectual legacy that shapes how future generations see the country and its possibilities.
In the midst of President Jimmy Carter's economic doldrums in 1979, he sought to restart the nation's engines with a speech in which he essentially accused the American people of losing confidence. Although he never used the word, it was widely called his "malaise" speech, and he caught public hell for it, getting swamped the next year in his bid for reelection.
The bad news is that approval ratings for both the president and Congress are sinking, with voters increasingly frustrated at the bitter, partisan impasse in Washington. The worse news is that in terms of admiration for our national leaders, these may come to be seen as the good old days.
Long after the American colonials broke away from the British monarchy, long after George Washington refused to take the title of “king,” Americans are still fascinated by anything British and royal.