Thursday, January 25, 2007

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Technorati Profile

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Deviations From the Mean Blog

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Response to Hopeful Bob in Iraq

Bob, I wish you well even thought I suspect that you are in Iraq as a teacher cheerleader for something more bankable than an Iraqi moonlit desert night. Why aren't you more honest about your presence there?

I note that your wife wrote in from Seoul, Korea. It is probably a good decision to leave her behind while you collect your enhanced pay check. I doubt that she would enjoy the day to day pleasures of living in a country that is doomed to chaos for the next one hundred years or so.

I was a finance major in college. Even though that was over 40 years ago I remember well a concept called "sunk cost". Perhaps you should look it up.

No matter how well our troops perform in Iraq the war effort was a sunk cost from day one. No matter how long we stay there we will never recover our investment in lives lost or money spent. In fact the longer we stay in Iraq the worst it will become and the larger the sum of sunk unrecoverable cost.

Yes, Saddam was a brutal dictator, but one we tolerated when it suited our purpose. He was a tribal leader who rose to power because he well understood that it would take a ruthless brutal regime to hold the different factions in Iraq in line. The truth is Iraq has never been a normal functioning country and no matter how hard we try we are incapable of controlling events in Iraq.

Without a political victory there is no victory, a fact that the neo-cons seem to have ignored in their eagerness to put our military to work "liberating" the desert tribes.

Just as in the financial world an expense that is unrecoverable, say money poured into a company that goes bankrupt, our investment in Iraq will never be recovered. The lives lost, American and Iraqi, and the billions spent, are gone forever. Nothing we do can recover the losses.

One thing I fear that you and our government leaders fail to understand is that there are Iraqis in places of power and influence who never want the war to end. These folks are experts at gaming the system.

The Americans who were and who are in charge of awarding contracts and of distributing funds in Iraq are not up to the task of working with a totally corrupt way of doing business in that part of the world. Billions upon billions of American taxpayers dollars (and money borrowed from the Chinese) have simply disappeared into the pockets of clever Iraqis who game our poor administrators with no remorse.

Thinking that you can "stay the course" in an impossible situation is a fools dream. It is not based upon reality.

FYI, I am a Vietnam veteran who has lived overseas in Asia and South Asia (Pakistan) for most of the past 25 years. I know from practical experience that cultural differences make a complete true understanding between Americans and people of other cultures difficult under the best of circumstances.

However, after living in Lahore, Pakistan for 30 months I am very familiar with the word "inshallah"

Inshallah, our government will come to understand the concept of sunk costs and some day soon end the state of ignorance and arrogance that got us into the Iraqi misadventure.

As for you Bob, I hope you safely return to your wife. I'm sure you are a nice guy but like so many folks cheering for the American war team you only see what you want to see. But eventually reality will set in. Be prepared for that shock.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

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Friday, February 17, 2006

Cheap Air Flights Travel Tips

Cheap Air Flights Travel Tips offers a few simple things that you can do before and during your flight that will make life a little easier.

There are a few things that any traveler can do that will make their flight less expensive, more enjoyable, and less stressful. A listing of cheap air flights travel tips for international flights follows.

1. If at all possible plan and book your trip well in advance of your departure date. You will almost always find a cheaper ticket price if you book your cheap flight at least 21 days prior to departure.

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Make sure that you follow cheap air flights travel tips for international flights and apply for your documents early. It's too stressful to be waiting on your documents with just a few days to go before your international flight.

3. If you are traveling to third world countries check with your health care provider about the need for shots. If shots are required be sure to take them well in advance of your departure date. You may have a mild reaction to some shots and traveling about when you don't feel well is no fun at all.

4. If you require medication be sure that you have enough on hand to cover the time you will be traveling. Then be sure to take the medication on your trip. If you are taking prescription drugs it is a good idea to take your prescriptions along as well. Just in case your bags are searched by one or more customs agents and you need to prove that you are not a drug dealer.

5. If you will be flying on a long haul flight be sure to get plenty of rest the night before departure. You will have a long day in front of you and you will better cope with it when you are well rested.

6. Limit your alcohol consumption before and during your flight. At high altitudes the effect of alcohol is enhanced so just a couple of drinks may impair your judgement. These days a wrong word or two uttered in flight can get you in a lot of trouble. Stay sober and don't joke around.

7. Drink plenty of water and or fruit jucies on your flight. Dehydration can be a problem at high altitudes so your body needs the intake of fluids. Alcohol will contribute to the dehydration process so again take it easy and if you drink at all drink alcohol in moderation.

8. In preparing for your flight be sure to pack light. Dress is more causal these days at most locations so do not overpack with a zillion different outfits. Smart travelers will leave enough room in their bags so that they will have room for purchases made on the trip. At many destinations you will find nifty clothing and accessory items. Leave some spare room for them. You will have more fun and be safer when you blend in with the locals rather than standing out as an overdressed tourist.

9. Do not bring along oversized luggage. The fun of cheap air flights travel will be diminished if you have to tote around some huge oversized and ridiculously heavy monsterous bag from airport to hotel and back again.

10. An important cheap air flights travel tip is to be sure to get up and walk around a bit every now and then. Your blood tends to head for your feet during a long flight and it is a good idea not to let it get too settled in. You should also do some little toe wiggling exercises, move your arms about, extend your legs, and the like while seated. You may look a little strange and get a few glances but you will feel better during and after the flight, so go for it.

11. Be sure to wear some comfortable not too tight shoes during your trip. It is a really BAD idea to be breaking in a new pair of shoes or hiking boots during your journey. As said earlier; blood tends to settle in your lower extremities during a long flight. Your feet will expand and push against those too tight new shoes. It's not a pretty picture. Of course, you can take off your shoes during your cheap air flights travel but then you may not be able to get them on again to properly exit the aircraft. Beware.

12. Don't use the pillows and blankets offered to you by the flight attendents. They have probably been repacked into those nice clean looking plastic bags without being cleaned. If the person, or more likely people, that were using the pillow or blanket before you were ill --- well, the results could be unpleasant and your trip and/or vacation ruined.

13. Wash your hands frequently and well. Modern aircraft are in the air flying about most of the time and a lot of people use the common facilities. While hopefully you will have a pleasant flight thanks to the good services provided by the airline, the crew, and by following the cheap air flights travel tips, you do need to be aware that being in close promixity to a lot of people from all over the world for an extended period of time exposes one to all sorts of little critters, some which can harm you. Carefully wash your hands with soap and water. Often.

One more important item for cheap air flights travel tips.

If you are searching for a cheap international flight try the fast search engine offered by Travelocity. It has a huge data base of flights orginating from most countries of the world and can find connections all at one place that many flight search engines just can't handle.

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A service that will save you money and possible trouble on your cheap airfare trip is Travel Advisor.

Fellow travelers who probably share your own interest in getting the most value at the lowest cost out of trips write unbiased reviews that tell it like it is as to their experiences with hotels, restaurants, sightseeing trips, car rental agencies, and tourist attractions.

This is valuable information when you are planning your trip. For example, it can steer you away from an over priced over the hill, over rated hotel and lead you to a real jewel of a hotel that has just been refurbished and is a true bargain.

Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor One of the top cheap air flights travel tips is to read the trip reviews at Trip Advisor before making final bookings.

Following a few simple guidelines for traveling can save you time, trouble, and expense on your trip. Have a fantastic and safe time on your next trip.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Something to Smile About

The Travel Cheap Flights Finder website is shaping up.

Not that it will ever be finished. The subject matter is huge. As big as the world.

The encouraging thing is that it beginning to show up in the top ten results at MSN. I'm still waiting and hoping that the Google results will be as good. So far most of the site has been spidered but not indexed.

Thank you all for your support and for using the services. Any suggestions for future topics and web pages will be appreciated. You can reach me at the email address shown in my profile.

David Greene
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