The earth will be fine, after we're gone.
Multi-tasking: If Obama had waited a week he could have announced the expansion of the war in Afghanistan as part of his acceptance speech in Stockholm.
Nonsense: Pending sales of previously owned U.S. houses rose more than expected in October, reassuring investors about the economic recovery. Such reassurance rests on exaggerating the economic stimulus provided by changing mortgage holders on an existing house, which is very little.
Icebergs: What if, like sub-prime, sovereign default isn't 'contained'? What if Dubai is not a outlier but a forerunner? Who goes next? What manner of sovereign defaults may lay ahead? Will bailing out the bankrupt banks (and car manufacturers and house builders and on and on) lead to bankrupt governments? Or more accurately, to recognizing bankrupt governments as bankrupt?
Ooops: In 2006/7, so little was know about melting ice sheets in Greenland and the Antarctic that the IPCC's 2007 report did not even factor them into its forecast for sea level rise. Turns out that the West Antarctic ice sheet, in particular, is losing large amounts of ice and the 100+ scientists on the Committee on Antarctic Research now project a sea level rise of at least 4.5 feet by 2100.
Consequences: Once upon a time, American workers believed they could improve their lot through their own efforts. That optimism is being crushed under endless months of unemployment and underemployment. As the chance for self-improvement diminishes, do the odds of social change increase? How hungry and tired and dispirited do you have to be before 'doing something' becomes 'doing something radical'?
Unintended Consequences: One of the results of Bush's 'reform' of bankruptcy law (making it harder) was to increase the number of foreclosures today. Because it was much harder (and more expensive) to file for bankruptcy, homeowners who might have freed up money to pay the banks by discharging their credit card debt couldn't do so. Now they get to stiff the bank and the credit card company.
Wonderland: Goldman Sachers are getting permits to carry handguns so they can defend themselves from the public. What does the public get to protect themselves from Goldman? And how can Goldmanites get gun permits when part of the process requires that they be of good character?
Early and Often: A five year study shows that intervention for toddlers with autism found applied behavioral analysis (ABA) teaching methods combined with developmental 'relationship-based' approaches yield significant positive results with autistic children starting at 18 months old. There is no known cure for this neurodevelopmental disorder, but early age brain adaptability appears to permit amelioration of the debilitating effects.