>If you are trying to lose weight, I suggest you read Broken Ground: The Hole in the City’s Heart by Deborah Sontag. The obscene amount of time and money (and remember, time also equals money) that has gone into the “rebuilding” of World Trade Center site will make you so sick you will either not want to eat in the first place or you’ll want to puke up whatever you did ingest. No one involved in this process comes out clean. It is the filthiest, vilest, lowest level of politics this side off the Bush administration.

The utter levels of self-interest are stunning. Somewhere along the way, the people involved forgot that there is a whole public out here whose needs differ from what the narrowly interested want, and who ultimately are going to pay for whatever is built. It is a must read.