October 10, 2010 |
The last seven tortuous months of bickering and bartering to form Iraq's government? It was a garden party compared to the political endgame playing out today, in which the players are like gladiators unleashed in an amphitheater. With the American guardians of the new democratic system fading from the scene, politicians know that this moment is pivotal. To lose now may be to lose forever. Asked about the blood sport of Iraqi politics and the challenges of ruling the country, one politician here suggested only half-jokingly, "The only way to make an Iraqi obey you is to kill him. " For outsiders, it may be difficult to fathom the idea of a political stalemate crippling a government for most of the year, destabilizing a fragile state and raising fears of new strife.
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April 6, 2008 |
Where we left off: TV producer Charlie Bonner, whose trip to Cabo was interrupted by his wife Genie's disappearing act, agrees to meet with Congressman Falco. Meanwhile, Genie has come up empty in her attempt to find a stripper named Carmen. Now she's trying to persuade her driver, with the help of a pistol she carries in her purse, to take her to Falco's house too. -- Today's winning entry was written by Joseph Fink of Camarillo -- Bonner had insisted on sitting at the other end of the long dining table even though the distance was absurd for a personal conversation.
October 4, 2009 |
How does an NBA referee go from a blind, arrogant !@#$%&! to Solomon the Wise, without whom the game of basketball is lost? This heartwarming development happens every 10 or 20 years, when the !@#$%&!s are locked out and replaced with schnooks who have never officiated an NBA game. Replacement officials worked last week's exhibition opener in Salt Lake City without incident. This was good news for the league, since the Jazz was playing the volatile Denver Nuggets. Talks with the National Basketball Referees Assn.
November 8, 2012 |
Revenue sharing and the NHL's "make whole" mechanism to pay players the full value of their contracts dominated six hours of conversation Wednesday when representatives of the league and the NHL Players' Assn. met for the second straight day at an undisclosed site in New York. They plan to meet again Thursday, again avoiding media scrutiny as they try to reach a new collective bargaining agreement and end the lockout the league imposed Sept. 15. People with knowledge of the proceedings who were not authorized to comment said that the sides have reached the stage of real negotiation instead of one side expecting the other to capitulate, and that the process will be slow as they test wills.
October 4, 2013 |
The Nobel Prize-winning game theorist Thomas Schelling wrote in his most important book, "The Strategy of Conflict," that a man who shows up on your doorstep with a knife and threatens to stab himself if you don't pay him $10 is more likely to get the money if his eyes are bloodshot. I translate this important observation to my law and business students this way: In negotiation, the crazy person wins. If your counterpart is willing to act in a way that harms both sides rather than making any concessions, you are outflanked.
April 9, 2012 |
Hackers in Florida? Well, Tony Hacker, reports TechCrunch's Alexia Tsotsis . The story goes that former Facebook engineer Chris Putnam was visiting Lake City, Fla., and spotted a sign for “The Hacker Company.” Facebook's slogan is to “hack,” of course, which means move fast and break things. Putnam, himself a fierce hacker, is also famous for climbing into Dustin Moskovitz's freezer . "I immediately thought, 'Man, this should be on FB's campus,'" Putnam told TechCrunch.