Thomas Sowell on Outliers

I bought “Outliers” the day it hit the bookstores for one reason: 1.  Malcolm Gladwell is the best researcher-writer alive today. I declared the book the most important in a generation.  People made fun of me.  Well, Thomas Sowell comes close to echoing my reaction: This book is an outstanding achievement in itself, and its…

Free Madoff!

In a just world where all men are created with equal rights, Bernie Madoff would be a hero.  More than any other private sector figure, Bernie Madoff perfectly embodies the new American ideal.  What Madoff Did Bernie Madoff admitted to investigators that he created an enormous Ponzi–or pyramid–scheme.  He promised investors very high returns.  He…

The Look of 2009

Sometimes decades start early; sometimes they start late. The 1960s started with JFK’s assassination–until then, they were a lot like the 50s except with a young president whose economic policies were to the right of his Republican predecessor’s.  The 1970s culturally started with Woodstock in 1969.  As Hunter S. Thompson pointed out in Fear and…

Zen to Done: The Next Challenges

Several weeks ago, I posted about Leo Babauta’s Zen to Done method for Getting Things Done.  I apologize for not keeping up my blogging on my progress.  But one habit at a time.  Habit One:  Capturing Everything More than a month later, I can proudly say I’ve mastered the first step in the program.  I…

The Most Important Book of 2009

I just finished “The Power of Less” and its companion ebook, “Thriving on Less.” I hope everyone–and I mean everyone–reads these books before the end of January. http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=hennesssview-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=1401309704&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr Why are these books so important? Because life changed in 2008. The commitments we’d made as individuals, families, communities, nations, and the world received a margin call….

Predictions for 2009

After a 2 year hiatus from annual predictions, here’s what I see happening in the precarious Year of our Lord Two-thousand nine: The Dow:  The Dow trades within a range of 1,000 points with a daily average closing of 8,500. GDP and Economy:  By July, everyone pretty much calls the situation "Great Depression II."  Unemployment,…

Israel Continues Assault on Terrorists

Israel’s assault on Hamas terrorists in Gaza continued for a second day.  As if reading from a script, the UN Security Council called for an immediate stop to Israel’s self-defense.   As the air strikes continued, Israel has moved more troops and tanks to the border, possibly in preparation for an incursion into the area…

Global Warming Disproved!?

Hey, folks, I haven’t read the whole thing.  But in the second paragraph we seem to find the answer to whole global warming problem:  ignore it. First, all over the world, temperatures have been dropping in a way wholly unpredicted by all those computer models which have been used as the main drivers of the…

Lake Superior Freezing Over

Even as CO2 levels rise, western Lake Superior is freezing over for the first time years. The western tip of Lake Superior has frozen over in December for the first time in recent memory, and that could mean a long season of ice angling that hasn’t been seen in years. “We were just talking that…

Jennifer Aniston Wins at the Box Office

No, I’m not a celebrity freak; I’m just a red-blooded American male who thinks Jennifer Aniston is about as gorgeous as a celebrity can be.  (She’s almost as beautiful as my wife.)  I have no idea what she’s like in real life.  I have no knowledge of her politics.  I don’t know whether she’s fallen…

Retaliation in Gaza

The most important fact in this story:  retaliation. Israel attacked dozens of terrorist targets in Gaza today, killing at least 145.  The Arab world (yawn) reacted predictably, condemning Israel (yawn) and staging street protests (yawn).  I’m sure many a rifle was fired into the air. The left–and I suspect Barack Obama is included–will decry Israel’s…