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An All-Time Great Marine
Max Boot | WSJ | 13 November 2010
"When he entered the Academy he was 5'4'' and 116 pounds". And Jewish, and
previously married, though he concealed both. Persuaded the Marines to adopt
landing craft, helicopters. Died at 95
Israel's "Shabbas Goy"
Christopher Hitchens | Slate | 15 November 2010
Powerful denunciation of US offer to Israel on settlements. "Why does
America acquiesce so wretchedly in its own disgrace, tearing up
international law, UN resolutions, election promises? We will regret this
Make The Dollar Sound Again
James Grant | NYT | 13 November 2010
"Let economists gasp. The classical gold standard, the one that was in place
from 1880 to 1914, is what the world needs now. In its utility, economy and
elegance, there has never been a monetary system like it"
Bruce Schneier | Schneier On Security | 15 November 2010
Should infected computers be quarantined so they don't spread viruses or
worms to the rest of us? An attractive idea perhaps. But it wouldn't be easy
technically. And social, political ramifications would be huge
Triumph Of Moral Authority
Isabel Hilton | Independent | 15 November 2010
Aung San Suu Kyi follows path of Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel. Lone
dissidents can humble bad governments if they have the "exemplary catalysing
force of personal courage and moral purpose". China next?
Margaret Thatcher's Final Cabinet Meeting
Iain Dale | Iain Dale's Diary | 15 November 2010
Account of British leader's resignation in 1990. Well-sourced, great detail,
gripping read. "The Prime Minister then called a halt, saying she could deal
with routine matters but not sympathy"
Bush, Torture And Freedom
Boris Johnson | Telegraph | 15 November 2010
Mayor of London, leading Conservative, denounces George Bush for condoning
torture. Advises Bush not to promote memoirs in Britain. He might get
arrested. Unlikely? That's what Pinochet thought
James Surowiecki | New Yorker | 14 November 2010
Mid-term elections were "revolt of the retired". Elderly turned against
Democrats, largely in protest at health reform, which they fear will divert
cash from Medicare. In hard times, voters get more selfish
How Obama Should Curb Deficit
Clive Crook | Financial Times | 14 November 2010
Bowles-Simpson ideas for deficit reduction are intelligent, reasonable. They
get a knee-jerk rejection from left and right. Time for Obama to defend
them, show some of the centrist leadership he promised in 2008
Terrorism Existed Before 9/11
Patrick Smith | Ask The Pilot | 10 November 2010
"I remember the underwear bomber. But where do we draw the line? Do we turn
airports into fortresses, surrender our freedoms and privacy, in the name of
something that is ultimately impossible: total safety?"
Advice For Tina Brown
Jack Shafer | Slate | 12 November 2010
She's a good editor, a great publicist. "Yesterday, nobody cared squat about
Newsweek. Today, the press is filled with jabber and curiosity about a
magazine most of us had given up for dead"
How I Became An Oligarch
Mikhail Fridman | OD Russia | 14 November 2010
Speech from Russia's third-richest man. Life story, reflections on business
environment, what it takes to get ahead. "Of all the types of human
activity, entrepreneurship is in some sense the closest to war"
Topic: Front-Line Detroit
Charlie LeDuff, Blogger John and others report on a collapsing city. "If
you're not capable of... Continue reading...
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