Wednesday, February 06, 2008

World's Most Dangerous Airports

I think this speaks for itself.

Middle Class Dreams, Arab World Failure

As images of Gaza Palestinians crossing border with Egypt are broadcast around the world, it hard to distinguish them from the images of Gazans ‘celebrating’ by going on an orgy of destruction after the Israelis left in 2005. Fires, violence and mayhem were the order of the day then as they are now. The Egyptian police are having a hard time maintaining order and resealing the border.

Why are Gazans reacting and behaving this way? Simply put, it is because Gazans (and the Arab world who lives vicariously through them, seeing themselves as ‘martyrs’ and as heroic figures) understand self expression through destruction. That should be no surprise- for centuries, the Arab world has been devoid of any kind of meaningful creation, endeavor or enterprise.

A ghost town buried in the sand

Kolmanskop is a ghost town in southern Namibia.It became popular in 1908, when people rushed into the desert hoping to make money out of the diamond fever. At the time the diamonds were very easy to find, they would lay fully exposed on top of the sand. This caused a diamond rush from all over the world and the once desolated desert was full of fortune seekers.Within two years a town was established in the desert with some 700 families living in it.But after the drop in diamond sales, everyone left and the place became deserted again. The dunes began to reclaim what was always theirs.A couple of old buildings are still standing, but the rest are just crumbling ruins.

The Law of Unintended Consequences

Dubner and Levitt have an article in the NYTimes with three examples of the law of unintended consequences, the Americans with Disabilities Act made it more costly to hire people with disabilities and reduced their employment, ancient Jewish sabbatical law intended to help the poor has made them worse off, and the endangered species act has resulted in habitat destruction.