“Sometimes, on the way to an appointment, he’ll check his reflection in the mirror and declare, ‘That’s good enough for the girls I go with.’” https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/04/25/kuwait-on-the-prairie
From this week’s New Yorker
“But if, in the debt-limit scramble, the President has been a less effective educator and negotiator than many of his supporters wish he would be, his Republican opponents, in thrall to their Tea Party Jacobins, have been reckless and irresponsible beyond imagining.” Hendrik Hertzberg, Talk of the Town.
DoD tolerates human trafficking and foreign national abuse on US bases
I’m reading Sarah Stillwell’s article in the June 6th issue of the New Yorker. She spent months interviewing foreign workers on American military bases abroad. The Pentagon issues logistics contracts to big companies like Halliburton and Fluor that subcontract to smaller foreign companies. These companies then contract with recruiting firms in poor countries in Africa and South […]
Up your work rate and quality will come
“A genius is a genius, Simonton maintains, because he can put together such a staggering number of insights, ideas, theories, random observations, and unexpected connections that he almost inevitably ends up with something great. ‘Quality,’ Simonton writes, is ‘a probabilistic function of quantity’” Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker.
A quote no-one in D.C. has ever heard:
“Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one.” – Voltaire