The Kensington Review

8 December 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 145
Iraq Study Group Issues Report -- The Iraq Study Group, led by James A. Baker III and Lee Hamilton, issued its report Wednesday around 11 am Eastern time. Before the White House staff could serve luncheon, the thing was already collecting dust. While there was much in the report that might be helpful (not least a relatively realistic assessment of the Mess-opomatia), the president and his team have refused to embark on a vital proposal, “The New Diplomatic Offensive.” This essentially consigned the report to the shelf before the ink has had a chance to dry.

Former Head of British Army Attacks Ministry of Defence, PM -- General Sir Mike Jackson, formerly Britain’s Chief of the General Staff, gave the annual Richard Dimbleby Lecture on BBC One on Wednesday. Having spent nearly 45 years in uniform, his lecture was a topic for which he is uniquely qualified, “The Defence of The Realm in the 21st Century.” After a discussion of Britain’s military commitments around the world, he turned to a rather uncomfortable truth, Her Majesty’s Ministry of Defence and Mr. Blair’s government have failed, and continue to fail, to give the men and women in the field the support they need.

Richest 2% on Earth Own Half of Everything -- Economists and their fans spend most of their time talking about incomes and their growth. Far less often, they discuss wealth, which isn’t the same thing. Income is what one earns over a given time, whereas wealth is what one owns less debt at a given time. It is possible to be stinking wealthy without an income, and it is equally possible to have a high income and no real wealth. A recent UN study says that the wealthiest 2% of the human race owns half of everything, while the poorer half of humanity has just over 1%.

Danish Study Proves Cell Phones Don’t Cause Cancer -- There’s good news for chattering teenagers and needlessly busy CEO-wannabes addicted to their Blackberries. A new Danish study proves almost conclusively that cell phone usage doesn’t cause cancer. This runs counter to the hysteria in some quarters anytime the word “radiation” crops up, but for those who have even the tiniest inkling of the biology and physics involved, this comes as no surprise.

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