September’s Up

We’ve slightly changed our posting process at and are rolling out the September print issue over the last half of August.

The cover story, “Derailing the Boondoggle,” deals with a Danish researcher’s innovative program for reducing multibillion-dollar cost overruns on major government projects (think the Big Dig, the Chunnel, and almost any recent metro rail endeavor). The story went live today and includes a rogues gallery of recent big-money boondoggles. Based on Nobel Prize-winning research, this boondoggle-avoidance approach is already in use in the U.K. Why not the U.S.? (If the link doesn’t work, put this in your browser:

Other highlights posted so far:

“Burning Down the House to Keep Warm,” which explains why expanding domestic oil and gas exploration — offshore or elsewhere — would be an absurdly damaging enterprise, given the Bush administration’s dysfunctional energy policies. (Emergency URL:

“Earthship Trooper” looks at New Mexico architect Michael Reynolds, who has been building low-consumption, off-the-grid house for decades – but is now suddenly in high demand around the world. (Emergency URL:

By one estimate, if all 6.7 billion people on Earth consumed like Americans, the present population would feel like 72 billion. “A Future of Less” looks at realistic ways the U.S. government can help Americans begin to address their collective consumption problem. (Emergency URL:

My column (which deals summarily with confident, incompetent political toadies-in-charge) and other fine examples of journalism will grace between now and September. You’re invited to look in, as you have time.

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