Tondar's Daily Rant

Prepare yourself for the writings of Tondar the Destroyer, Baron of Atlanta, Rightful Heir to the Throne of Spain, from whom all babies come. As his will be blogged, so let it be done.

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

FOLLOWING THE JOBS

Check out this article from MSN Money that talks about where the future of the American economy will be. Hope you're not in computers otherwise you may have to brush up on your Hindu.
MILK DOES A BODY very GOOD

From Seth...

"It comes as a great shock to us all, but Yukichi Chuganji died
yesterday. Chuganji, a robust 114 years of age, had looked sprite and lively yesterday morning, before ingesting a glass of apple juice instead of the milk he usually drank.

Chuganji's death was especially shocking for Borden Milk Products, who had used the retired silkworm breeder in their 1980s "milk it does a body good, pass it on" commercials. "That ol' Jap has no clue how much he screwed us!" said Borden CEO Michael Richardson. "We gave the bastard a lifetime supply of Borden 2% in 1980 figuring, 'the guy's already 90, how much milk can he actually drink?"

Chuganji's neighbor,112-year-old woman Kamato Hongo, was also surprised by Chuganji's sudden death. "He was always that big kid up the street to me, you know, the one I learned swear words from."

"We'll miss him and what he brought to the team," said Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland. "It's tough replacing someone on our roster with the kind of experience that Chuganji brought to the table but I'm sure we can find an over-priced 90-year-old somewhere on the free agent market. Say, what's Bobby Orr up to these days?

...okay, I'm done. I just find life's little ironies like the Oldest Man in the World actually dying kind of funny."


HOW BAD IS IRAQ?

According to the media things are a mess. However, if you take a look at the data, you find that things are improving. Check out this graph that shows the number of allied deaths over time. You can see that the resistance is steadily decreasing.

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

SITUATION IN IRAQ

IF you happen to turn on the news there are many gloom and doom stories about Iraq. Well unfortunately things aren't as bad as the media says. William Safire has a great rundown of the current success and how the Iraqi's really feel about their American liberators/occupiers.

Money quote...
"The startling finding: despite all the hardships — the early looting, the explosions and killings afterward, the publicized lack of power and worry about water, fear of the bands of criminals that Saddam released and of terrorists that Syria and Iran exported — despite it all, two out of three residents of Baghdad believe that they are better off today under occupation than they were in the "orderly" times when Saddam was butchering his opposition."

That's pretty convincing coming from the Suni Triangle, the hotbed for the remnants of pro-Saddam forces. Don't tell the liberals, but the Iraqi people actually prefer American "chaos" to Saddam's orderly reign of terror.
READING THE REVERSALS

When you are traveling down the river of history it is hard to know where you will end up. Lately there have been quite a few reversals in domestic and international politics. But how many are permanent and how many are just slight adjustments along the current coarse? Michael Barone of USNEWS has some answers.
SHIFTING POLITICAL DISCOURSE

Ever wonder why Seth is so eager to attack President Bush? David Brooks of the NYTimes has an interesting column on how political discussion and debate has changed over the last 20 years. Things have changed from a focus on culture and policies to attacks on the president's character. Hopefully somebody passed this article onto Seth, Paul Krugman, and Maureen Dowd.

Monday, September 29, 2003

NOT ALL OF THE FRENCH SUCK

Check out this blog about France. It seems that at least some of the French are questioning the direction of their own government. Probably the biggest indicator of trouble is the fact that France is about to bust through the EU deficit ceiling for the third straight year. If the Euro crashes be ready to book your flight to Europe kids! Merci :)
CULTURE OF DEATH

I think this is exactly what the Holy Father was referring to when he talks about the "culture of death."
EUROPE'S UTOPIAN HANGOVER

Check out this column by Paul Johnson on the looming spector of failed socialism. With a declining birthrate and shrinking workforce, Europe is heading towards a financial crisis like we have never seen. These countries will not be creating enough tax revenue to support all of their government funded benefits. From universal healthcare to government funded unemployment and pensions, the system cannot take in enough money. This is important because as much as I would like to see the French economy collapse, globalization has tied the world economy together. If the EU collapses there is a good chance their depressed economy would drag down the American economy too.

In historical terms, this is one of the biggest tests for modern democracies. Plato and St. Augustine both thought democracy was a chaotic form of government and feared giving people too much power. Social democracies will soon face this crisis. To get elected leaders like France's Chirac or America's Howard Dean must promise to continue heavy social spending in spite of whether or not their economies can support this. Since human nature inherently forces man to be greedy they will naturally vote for a system that rewards them for working less. This is truly a crisis for democracy because it will force the public to reject their benefits, healthcare, and pensions for long term prosperity or face massive depressions and possibly even revolution. Europe has dove headfirst into social democracy but will an increasingly hedonistic society be willing to suffer in the short term to save itself in the longrun? Even in America we have a similar (but much smaller) crisis with social security. Funding socialism will be one of the great questions and tests of democracy in the coming decades as the baby boomers move toward retirement and their promised benefits. Hopefully the Western world will find the courage to deal with this spector before it is too late.
THE LAST BASTION OF DISCRIMINATION

Ever wonder why college campuses don't have a diverse range of opinions? Well this is because conservative professors are often not hired and thus forced into the private sector. Check out this piece from the NYTimes on conservative students facing discrimination in the world of academics.