Book of the Night


Don’t laugh when you see the title of a new book that challenges the elite’s view that President Bush is no brainiac: The Leadership Genius of George W. Bush. Really. “We did it,” says coauthor Carolyn Thompson, a leadership expert, “because he’s so widely underestimated and because everybody thinks he’s not what he really is.” That would be Master Leader, she and James Ware conclude in their scholarly study. More in-depth than others like The Rumsfeld Way, it charts Bush’s 10 common-sense leadership lessons, like: Hire smart, build trust, talk straight, and leave aides alone. “General Patton,” they write, “followed the same strategy.” Yet unlike the field commander, Bush gets no respect, à la Rodney Dangerfield. But that, too, says Thompson, is part of Bush’s genius. “He likes to be underestimated.” She’s even copied her two favorite Bush traits. While unpresidential at times, he tells it like he sees it. And he’s religious about sticking to his schedule, which includes two hours of exercise and home by 7 p.m. “I do the same now and it works,” she says. “He’s made a believer out of me.”

(via Improbable Research)

Korean Fan Death

From Wikipedia:

Fan death is a South Korean urban legend which states that an electric fan, if left running overnight in a closed room, can cause the death (by suffocation, poisoning, or hypothermia) of those inside. Fans manufactured and sold in Korea are equipped with a timer switch that turns them off after a set number of minutes, which users are frequently urged to set when going to sleep with a fan on.

(via Endless Parade of Excellence)

Cynical-C Website Problems?

Patrick writes:

A few times today when I go to CC I’ve gotten a warning message from my McAfee virus protection about your site trying to change settings in my computer.

This is the first I’ve heard about this but I’m trying to troubleshoot it so I’ve deactivated some things that may be causing this. If anyone else is having problems, drop me a line. I have a suspicion that a Chitika adstrip is the culprit and that it was attempting to redirect people. If this is the case then bye bye Chitika. I won’t allow ads on my site that do popups or redirects. But it’s possible that there is something else that is happening. Any info is appreciated.