Monthly Archives: January 2006

Historical Counterfactuals

What if … Zheng He’s Chinese fleets had sailed to the Americas before the Europeans? What if … Quebec were a US state? How would the world and subsequent world history have changed? FYI: Historians are strongly skeptical of the … Continue reading

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Economic Inefficiencies in Health Care

From the front page of nytimes.com: BAD BLOODIn the Treatment of Diabetes, Success Often Does Not PayBy IAN URBINADoctors and hospitals profit by treating complications of diabetes but lose money when they try to prevent them. The article has two … Continue reading

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Natural Resources and Natural Monopolies

Backgrounder:Beijing eases oil, coal grip – Wu Zhong in The Standard There are growing indications that the Chinese government, alarmed by last year’s “oil crisis” – which actually may have been manufactured by state- owned oil companies – is finally … Continue reading

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Congratulations Chad & Maria!

on the occassion of their wedding….

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Bias

Going Nucular compiles essays by the linguist Geoff Nunberg. Each essay focuses on a linguistic oddity that provides some insight into our ever-changing world. In an essay originally published in the New York Times Week in Review (2002.12.22) entitled “Some … Continue reading

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Migration and Language

While Syriana’s claims about the ties between the CIA and Big Oil are questionable, there is a quick scene that relates to my research. The young Pakistani teen, after being fired from his oil company job in Saudi Arabia, is … Continue reading

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Cinema

Syriana’s politics is intriguing if not exactly believable. King Kong is a three hour movie: a very nice two hour movie with an hour of nausea-inducing, horror-esque gore in the middle.

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