What is your outlook?
Question: What is the legacy of the Bush Administration?
Jim Woolsey: It will all hinge on what happens in the war. If the war is ultimately a disaster, not just a temporary disaster that it’s been here and there … But if it’s an ultimate disaster, that’ll be President Bush’s legacy. If we work around to defeating Al Qaeda and the remaining Sunnis in the insurgency, and hand over a structure in which maybe the Sunnis, and the Kurds, and the Shiites aren’t real happy together, but they have a constitutional structure and they’re distributing oil in some reasonably fair fashion – oil revenues – his legacy will look good because people will at the point emphasize other positive things. For example, his commitment to moving against AIDS in Africa. It’s really quite excellent. And there are things that he’s done like that that I think will get a hearing if the war also comes out halfway decently. If the war comes out in terms of total collapse, no one will remember any other good things that he did.
Bush's legacy will hinge on the outcome of the Iraq war, Jim Woolsey says.
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Research by neuroscientists at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory helps explain how the brain regulates arousal.
The big day has come: You are taking your road test to get your driver's license. As you start your mom's car with a stern-faced evaluator in the passenger seat, you know you'll need to be alert but not so excited that you make mistakes. Even if you are simultaneously sleep-deprived and full of nervous energy, you need your brain to moderate your level of arousal so that you do your best.
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
When these companies compete, in the current system, the people lose.
- When a company reaches the top of the ladder, they typically kick it away so that others cannot climb up on it. The aim? So that another company can't compete.
- When this happens in the pharmaceutical world, certain companies stay at the top of the ladder, through broadly-protected patents, at the cost of everyday people benefitting from increased competition.
- Since companies have worked out how to legally game the system, Amin argues we need to get rid of this "one size fits all" system, which treats product innovation — "tweaks" — the same as product invention.
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