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We’ve slightly changed our posting process at Miller-McCune.com 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: http://www.miller-mccune.com/article/588)
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: http://www.miller-mccune.com/article/585)
“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: http://www.miller-mccune.com/article/589)
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: http://www.miller-mccune.com/article/586)
My column (which deals summarily with confident, incompetent political toadies-in-charge) and other fine examples of journalism will grace Miller-McCune.com between now and September. You’re invited to look in, as you have time.
The August issue of Miller-McCune magazine is on the Web site (www.miller-mccune.com) and sailing through the postal system to 92,000+ smart people. A few highlights:
- Duquesne University’s Mark Haas explains why an unprecedented era of aging in major countries around the world makes it likely the 21st century will once again be American. (If link doesn’t work: http://www.miller-mccune.com/article/497).
- The University of Naples’ Bruno Siciliano explains why the world needs a complete book of robots. (If link doesn’t work: http://www.miller-mccune.com/article/483).
- Syracuse University’s Mark Obbie explains why an engaged Congress is needed to put U.S. anti-terror policy on sound legal footing. (If link doesn’t work: http://www.miller-mccune.com/article/485).
- James L. Gibson of Washington University in St. Louis explains why encouraging judges to act like politicians is good. (If link doesn’t work: http://www.miller-mccune.com/article/495).
- And I explain why John McCain and Barack Obama should both support a truth commission on the human rights abuses of the war on terror. (If link doesn’t work: http://www.miller-mccune.com/article/487).
All that, and: why Oprah caused the downfall of American society; how environmental contaminants become hereditary illness; problem-solving courts that work; managing water, carbon and energy together in a time of climate change; biophilic design that brings the outside in; and an innovative whale warning system.
— Livingston Award finalist Ryan Blitstein on well-being research and whether the government can use it to make us, yes, happy.
— AAAS award-winner Michelle Nijhuis on the fight against business-funded campaigns to manufacture scientific doubt where little exists. (Think tobacco, , asbestos, so on.)
— I take off from the British best-seller Flat Earth News to ask (and partly answer) the age-old question: Why are the news media so repetitive and dumb?
This is the start of what will likely be a very occasional blog that keeps friends and colleagues up to date with me and occasionally goes off on a tangent suggested by the news. If you are looking for background about me, you can go to my Web page, johnmecklin.com, and if you are looking for the Web site for the national policy magazine I edit, Miller-McCune, you should click here. If you’re just trying to catch up with me or see what’s bothering my mind at the moment, you’ve come to the right place.
Details at 11.