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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wednesday Reading

Start with Fred Fry's Maritime Monday 179 for a week's worth of maritime news and bits - including the tale with photos of a couple of Royal Marines who rowed the Northwest Passage (that's above Canada)because, in the finest tradition of people who do such things, it is there.

The man who saved a billion people. Next time you cheer on some highly paid entertainer, let a little thought wander his way. His name? Norman Borlaug:
Paul Ehrlich gained celebrity for his 1968 book "The Population Bomb," in which he claimed that global starvation was inevitable for the 1970s and it was "a fantasy" that India would "ever" feed itself. Instead, within three years of Borlaug's arrival, Pakistan was self-sufficient in wheat production; within six years, India was self-sufficient in the production of all cereals.


A carrier deployment reshuffle. There's a reason to have more than 10, but it doesn't affect many voters, so. . .

When these ships get moving, economic recovery is underway. Until then? Not so much.

The mess that is Yemen.

Like the "debates" over health and other policies? Might be a good time to review debate tricks here and here.

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