Month: December 2008

Economy, Politics

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 …

Living

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 …

Living

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. …

Foreign Relations

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 …