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The Supreme Court Makes The Supreme Sacrifice: Jim Lehrer Goes First

The Supreme Court Makes The Supreme Sacrifice: Jim Lehrer Goes First

Sonogram machines arrive in every town and hamlet in China. The unintended consequence? Female birthrates plunge as parents heed early warnings. Craig Newmark starts his little email list in 1995 about what’s going on for friends in San Francisco. Unintended consequence 10 years later: the death of the American newspaper  (and maybe most of the [...]

Fearless Predictions For 2010 And Other Magical Thinking

Fearless Predictions For 2010 And Other Magical Thinking

William Safire passed away this year and with him the hope for another slew of his year-end prognostications. As an insider's insider he would frequently predict Israeli-Arab detente, Henry Kissinger's return to the State Department and Richard Nixon's final vindication. Of course, since much of his insider's knowledge came straight from Nixon and [...]

A Paucity of Hope

A Paucity of Hope

Turns out that running a political campaign on a vague, all-inclusive slogan like "Hope" can be a dangerous game. For the idealistic among us, Obama's call for us to unleash our hope meant unleashing that latent desire for a new kind of politics. For the needy, hope could mean emergency help right now, on the line. "Hope for me is I'll finally [...]

We’ll Always Have Tara

We’ll Always Have Tara

The current civic war over health care restructuring that’s raging in Congress and across America is instructive to anyone who is interested in improving things anywhere. I often wonder why, 48 years after the establishment of the Peace Corp, or 90 years after the creation of the League of Nations (that held among its goals ending malaria, [...]

The Posse is Not Currently Available

The Posse is Not Currently Available

Ever regret finding a book in a used book store, think about buying it, and then a long time later regretting that you had decided not to? Many years ago I was visiting my hometown, Cleveland, and found a wonderful old bookstore. Suddenly I came across a twenty-some volume set of a complete transcript of the War Crimes Trials at Nuremberg. It was [...]

Dancing with the Obamas

Dancing with the Obamas

I don’t go to the ballet all that often, but when I do the same thing always happens to me. By the time I get to intermission, I’m walking differently. Watching incredible dancers is a little contagious for me. I feel as if I’d like to do a grand jeté and maybe click my heels as I fly through the air. But one thing’s for sure — I’m [...]

How About a Massive Bottom-Up Jobs Program?

President-elect Barack Obama's announcement this weekend of a massive top-down jobs and infrastructure program comes as no surprise, but I had a queasy feeling as I listened to him describe each specific example: build schools, bridges, roads, high speed internet. One word came to mind. Slow. Rebuild our nation's schools? Glorious, of course. But [...]

Perish from the Earth

In the one-on-one Obama Clinton debate in California, Ms. Clinton at one point quietly acknowledged that although "single-payer" was the preferred health system that most Americans wanted and that most professionals who focus on fixing the healthcare system also prefer, it was not practical to even go there at this time given the forces [...]

Welcome to Endleofon

It is a pleasure to welcome you here. This site is where I will be introducing my ideas and methodology about thinking creatively. At the time of this site's creation, my process consists of eleven steps, and although I hope that that number will change in time as we exchange ideas, as I learn, and as our understanding of the thinking process [...]