Nice number: Gonzo milestone

100

The number of posts The Gonzo Think Tank reached today.  (Note: It’s OK to buy champagne and party hats to celebrate. Salud!)

In contrast to the big milestone, I will touch on a few small things.

Inspirational speech

Last week, I checked out Randy Pausch’s famous last speech on YouTube. The professor gave the “Last Lecture” on following your dreams as he was dying of cancer.

Here are some great quotes from his lecture:

“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.”

“Freedom is a word for nothing left to lose.”

“Brick walls are there for a reason: They let us prove how badly we want things.”

“Don’t complain, just work harder.”

“It’s not about your dreams, it’s how you lead your life.”

Speaking out

Air Force prosecutor Morris Davis recently spoke out against the corrupt military “tribunals” at Guantanamo Bay. He said colleagues told him to cook evidence to make sure the illegally detained suspects don’t see fair trials.

We need more people like Pausch and Davis. Noble people who stand up for what is right when it isn’t easy.

Noxious numbers: pounds of paunch

In 2003, U.S. soldiers lost an average of 15 pounds during their tours of Iraq. Now, they put on 10 pounds.

Burger King has replaced MREs and C-rations.

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