Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Knowns Better Left Unknown

Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - - the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones.
Donald H. Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense

A couple of news items that caught my eye

Naked hikes
Hiking naked in the Swiss Alps! Traipsing around in the altogether seems daffy and not particularly safe. What if you slip and fall? it could make sitting rather uncomfortable. I am not going to even discuss other issues.

Good ol’ fashion hidden prices
Starbucks has opted to change its strategy from being a ubiquitous coffeehouse to little ol' fashion coffeehouse by leaving Frappuccinos and prices off its menu board. A spokeswoman for Starbucks said the changes were aimed at making the store feel more like a coffeehouse. Well, this will surely do that trick because when you can’t see the price, you don’t mind overpaying for coffee and coffee milkshakes.

Ignore right-wing talk show hosts
John McCain’s daughter Meghan has a message for conservative talk-show host Laura Ingraham: “Kiss my fat ass.” Last week, Ingraham mocked McCain on her radio show after the daughter of former GOP presidential nominee John McCain urged Republicans to seek compromise with Democrats. Ingraham called McCain “a Valley Girl gone awry” and a “plus-sized model.”

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