"I've never been a fan of global conferences to solve problems," writes floating mustache Thomas Friedman in his newspaper column today. Really?
"I've never been a fan of global conferences to solve problems," writes Thomas Friedman—right there in the very first sentence! Right there in the paper of record. Can we confirm that?
"Time For Plan B," by Thomas Friedman, 8-4-2006: "I think we need to try a last-ditch Bosnia-like peace conference that would bring together all of Iraq's factions and neighbors."
"Iraq Through China's Lens," by Thomas Friedman, 9-12-2007: "I heard China's prime minister, Wen Jiabao, address an international conference here in Dalian..."
"Losing Weight in the Gulf," by Thomas Friedman, 12-12-2007: "I've been at a security conference in the tiny Gulf state of Bahrain..."
"It's Too Late For Later, by Thomas Friedman, 12-16-2007: "The negotiators at the United Nations climate conference here in Bali came from almost 200 countries and spoke almost as many languages..."
"Yes, They Could. So They Did," by Thomas Friedman, 2-14-2009: "So I am attending the Energy and Resources Institute climate conference in New Delhi..."
"Invent, Invent, Invent," by Thomas Friedman, 6-27-2009: "I was at a conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, a few weeks ago..."
"Never Heard That Before," by Thomas Friedman, 1-30-2010: "As a political barometer, the Davos World Economic Forum usually offers up some revealing indicators of the global mood, and this year is no exception."
"Facebook Meets Brick-and-Mortar Politics," by Thomas Friedman, 6-9-2012: "I had just finished a panel discussion on Turkey and the Arab Spring at a regional conference here..."
"India Ink Is Taking Your Questions for Thomas Friedman," 1-30-2013: "This week, Mr. Friedman... will be a keynote speaker at the Sustainable Development conference in New Delhi on Friday."
"The Professors' Big Stage," by Thomas Friedman, 3-5-2013: "I just spent the last two days at a great conference convened by M.I.T. and Harvard on 'Online Learning and the Future of Residential Education.'"
"The Man With Pink Hair," by Thomas Friedman, 9-17-2013: "I was at a conference in Bern, Switzerland, last week and struggling with my column."
"Let's Make a Deal," by Thomas Friedman, 11-19-2013: "I attended a Gulf security conference here in Abu Dhabi that included officials and experts from all over the Arab/Muslim world."
****Thomas Friedman also hostshis own annual conference.****
Thomas Friedman loves conferences even more than he loves being hyperconnected.
[Photo of Thomas Friedman on stage at a conference: Getty]