Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Sad Face/ Happy Face

So I thought I'd present you a little food for thought in terms of things I've stolen from other people's blogs.

First, Sad Face:

Read this great article on contractor corruption in Iraq. I guarantee you'll be pissed off once you finish reading it. I especially love the last paragraph which I've excerpted below:

According to the most reliable ­estimates, we have doled out more than $500 billion for the war, as well as $44 billion for the Iraqi reconstruction effort. And what did America's contractors give us for that money? They built big steaming shit piles, set brand-new trucks on fire, drove back and forth across the desert for no reason at all and dumped bags of nails in ditches. For the most part, nobody at home cared, because war on some level is always a waste. But what happened in Iraq went beyond inefficiency, beyond fraud even. This was about the business of government being corrupted by the profit motive to such an extraordinary degree that now we all have to wonder how we will ever be able to depend on the state to do its job in the future. If catastrophic failure is worth billions, where's the incentive to deliver success? There's no profit in patriotism, no cost-plus angle on common decency. Sixty years after America liberated Europe, those are just words, and words don't pay the bills.

Thanks to Chris of Some Guy's Blog for this one.

Now, Happy Face.

I generally don't like the whole ironic t-shirt thing, but this is perhaps THE GREATEST T-SHIRT. EVER. It's modeled by the adorable Justin of Seven Is The New Green. It can be purchased here.

Also, as a staunch supporter of booze, I must commend The Idea of Progress on his recent wine articles. The first installment is How To Order Wine In A Restaurant followed up with Pairing Wine With Food. Recommended reading for everyone who wants to order wine like a badass instead of a yuppie douchebag.

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