Newsletter 157


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[2]An All-Time Great Marine
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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

[3]Israel's "Shabbas Goy"
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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
  craven deal"

[4]Make The Dollar Sound Again
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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"

[5]Internet Quarantines
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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

[6]Triumph Of Moral Authority
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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?

[7]Margaret Thatcher's Final Cabinet Meeting
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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"

[8]Bush, Torture And Freedom
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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

[9]Greedy Geezers
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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

[10]How Obama Should Curb Deficit
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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

[11]Terrorism Existed Before 9/11
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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?"

[12]Advice For Tina Brown
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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"

[13]How I Became An Oligarch
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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... [14]Continue reading...
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[15]Today on FiveBooks: Meteorites
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