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I Have an Afghanistan Solution

Oct 20, 10 | 1:52 PM   byScott Adams

If you were wondering when I would apply my vast lack of knowledge to the Afghanistan situation, today is the day. Let's agree that we have a war that can't be won as long as Pakistan is supporting the Taliban, and that situation shows no sign of changing . Let's also agree that if the US military pulls out of Afghanistan, the Taliban will slay everyone who doesn't have a beard or a burka, and create a safe haven for terrorists. So pulling out is risky. What do you do with a problem that is unsolvable? You take a play from corporate America. When your coworker can't solve a problem, he...
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The War in Afghanistan Is Over

Oct 19, 10 | 9:28 AM   byStephen Spain

In simpler times, our wars had clearly defined endings. WWII ended with a bang—two, really, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There were obvious winners and losers, too. The winners redrew world maps, while the losers tried to find creative uses for rubble. It doesn’t work that way anymore. The war in Afghanistan is over. The Taliban know it, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai does, too. Pakistan knows. With their endorsement of talks with the Taliban, even President Obama and his generals have acknowledged it. Don’t expect any ticker-tape parades for returning soldiers, though....
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How to Tax the Rich

Oct 14, 10 | 10:22 AM   byScott Adams

If a well-dressed stranger walks up to you at the mall and asks for a dollar, with no reason given, you're unlikely to hand it over. But if the same person asks for a dollar and gives a specific reason, such as "...because my wallet was stolen and I need gas to get home," you're far more likely to hand over your money. (See the book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Cialdini.) After the US midterm election, the question of raising taxes on the rich, or allowing the so-called Bush tax breaks for the rich to expire naturally , will be hotly debated. You might think...
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Founding Fathers Version 2.0

Oct 6, 10 | 8:54 AM   byScott Adams

I've been thinking about the practicality of a new American revolution, and wondering if there's any way to do it without shooting people. The American government has proven itself unable to govern, as evidenced by the fact that there's no plan for closing the budget deficit. If we had two rational and competing plans from the major parties, or even one imperfect plan, I would consider that some form of government. But no plan means we're effectively ungoverned. You might argue that the government is mostly working, and the budget deficit is just one wrinkle that will get ironed out in time....
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Here's Why Google Needs To Buy Twitter Immediately

Sep 30, 10 | 11:40 AM   byHenry Blodget

Angel investor Dave McClure pointed out on Tuesday what is obvious to everyone but Google: Google needs to buy Twitter immediately. We've been urging Google to buy Twitter for more than 18 months now, and it would have cost the company a lot less if it had taken our advice 18 months ago. But whatever it costs Google to buy Twitter today is worth it. Here's why: * Facebook is emerging as a serious threat to Google's core business, and Twitter is the only "social" company Google can buy that might have a chance of combating this. Facebook will soon be...
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What Do We Do With Barack Obama?

Sep 30, 10 | 8:02 AM   byMichael Wolff

Who likes the president? Rich Democrats aren’t coughing up anymore , the Times reports. The Goldman Sachs crowd has dropped him cold. His inside circle can’t seem to get out of the White House fast enough. Approval ratings suck. Other Democratic politicians don’t want him on the campaign trail. Black people have, apparently, soured on him , too. The people in the backyards he’s visiting don’t seem very happy about having them in their backyards. Obviously anybody the least right-of-center finds him anathema. Who’s left? There...
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Wireless Voice Calls are Obsolete

Sep 29, 10 | 10:20 AM   byScott Adams

Is it just me, or have cellphones become useless for voice conversations? To be fair, cellphones do work in limited situations, such as: "I WILL BE THERE IN TEN MINUTES! TEN MINUTES! I SAID I WILL BE THERE IN TEN MINUTES! HELLO? CAN YOU HEAR ME? FUCK THIS STUPID PHONE, I'LL TEXT YOU! AND I'M DRIVING, SO I MIGHT BE DEAD IN TEN MINUTES!" Generally speaking, a cellphone conversation is a frustrating failure if any of these conditions is true. 1. You have a weak signal. 2. You are using an earpiece or headset. 3. The other person has a weak signal. 4. ...
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Politicians Are Babies

Sep 29, 10 | 7:56 AM   byMichael Wolff

In the UK, there are the Miliband brothers, David and Ed. Both brothers—who, by all reports, have been particularly close—held senior positions in the last Labour government. After the defeat of Gordon Brown, and his resignation as party leader, each Miliband brother decided he ought to be leader. David, at 45, the older of the two, and in government longer, was supposed to have the edge. Ed, at 41, was the upstart. It does seem obvious: We shouldn’t vote for anybody who would run against his own brother. No doubt this is what at least David, the frontrunner, thought...
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Ultimate Food and Exercise App

Sep 28, 10 | 11:32 AM   byScott Adams

Imagine you’re sitting down to eat, but before you take a bite, you whip out your smartphone, fire up a special app, and take a picture of your food. The app identifies the food types by appearance, then calculates the size of your portions, and estimates your intake of calories, carbs, protein, vitamin, mineral, sugar, salt, and so on. Later you can review your data in a variety of ways. You can see your calorie intake for the day, or compare yourself to other people who are your same age, size, activity level, and so on. At the end of a meal, if you have some food left, you can snap...
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Even I Can’t Change CNN

Sep 28, 10 | 9:05 AM   byMichael Wolff

I am waiting for Ken Jautz to take me to lunch. Jautz is the new head of CNN. I helped get him his job. I wrote a column in the August issue of Vanity Fair asking why his predecessor, Jon Klein, who had seen CNN’s ratings fall, still had his.   I answered the question in a way that, I understand, senior executives at Time Warner, CNN’s parent company, seemed to find sensible and accurate: Klein hadn’t been fired because CNN, despite its weak primetime ratings, was still making lots of money and nobody wanted anybody to do very much with it.   Still,...
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