Like many Americans, I am frustrated by the situation in Iraq.
On the one hand, I am eager to see us pull out of the mess Mr. Bush got us into, probably (only time will tell), unnecessarily.
I am sick of seeing naive young people die for what is, at the moment, ultimately no reason. If we had not invaded, many fewer terrorists would be out there. That much is clear. Iraq has become a nest in which terrorist breed.
On the other hand, even though the pretext for invasion has been completely discredited, we are there now and so are a lot of bad people eager to kill American soldiers.
News is now emerging that Iraq, rather than being a battle ground, as it is often described by the White House, is instead becoming a training ground for terrorists to take to other countries.
Basically, we are screwed.
I feel hopeless. I want to protest but, to who? The president is deaf to the whole thing except his narrow vision.
Ultimately, we need to take our medicine and get out. Splitting Iraq into 4 sections makes the most sense. A Shiite dominated South, a Kurdish North, a Sunni West, with Baghdad and a few other pockets as independent regions not governed by any one sect or people.
Basically the U.S. screwed up. Bush screwed up but, we need to take responsibility for it.
Any way we can, we need to stop the killing on all sides. Staying does not seem to be the solution. Our presence only seems to make matters worse (duh!). Short of our eternal presence, we need to find a solution that gives control for the moment back to Iraqis but that also includes the involvement of the various regional powers.
It is a medicine none of us want to swallow but the patient will be sick for years unless we make an effort to end the mess.
“When we started out in 1993 we had a style = fart sign hanging in the studio (it is no more) – we very consciously avoided any stylistic traps. In the meantime I have learned that good (and if necessary even trendy) style (and wonderful form) play an important role in delivering content to the viewer. But I never thought that graphic design has to be timeless. With very few exceptions (say highway signage) I love the fact that design starts to look dated after a while.”—interview with Sagmeister by Heller
“Passion is not enthusiasm. It is not love. It is not enjoyment, and it is not flow. Passion is an unstoppable overflowing of emotion that destroys in its satisfaction, that torpedoes lives and marriages and nations, that shoots husbands or coworkers or strangers in rage. It is the hot lava of the soul, and it burns what it pours over. It is not the positive team-building thing your supervisor would have you believe. Passion causes wars and brutal killings and divorces, and has astronauts wearing Depends and the headmistresses of girls’ schools going to jail, and gets husbands run over in parking lots. To say that a bunch of software engineers or graphic designers are passionate about their work is to try to interject sex and confusion and addiction and desire into a kind of work that is essentially asexual, organized, left brain, and sober.”
“Basically, in type setting, you never use a full return. Other than default leading/line spacing, every paragraphical structure, no matter how small or big, should be looked at as an individual element that must find balance in the total layout of the design in typographic, spacial/structural, color, and information hierarchy.”—For my students on design of a resume.
I apply dog food to form words from different world religious scriptures. I videotape the process of the dog eating words and play backward. This gives a sense that this white dog is releasing religious teachings.
Chinese banks invest in some pretty horrible things that harm the planet. What can we do? Don’t do business with these U.S. banks until they work with China to clean things up.
"But banks like HSBC, RBS, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and Bank of America all own large shares in Chinese banks. They must take responsibility for ensuring that high environmental standards, which they all claim to have, are also adopted by their strategic business partners."