The Elusive Obama Doctrine
Leslie Gelb | National Interest | 22 August 2012
Generally friendly essay critiquing US foreign policy under President
Obama. He avoided big errors. Handled tactical challenges fairly well.
But he's lacked strategic thinking, and doesn't understand interplay of
strategy and power Comments
Interview: Richard Dawkins
Anonymous | Playboy | 20 August 2012
And this month's centrefold is... Britain's atheist-in-chief. If only.
"I think a particular god like Zeus or Jehovah is as unlikely as the
tooth fairy, but the idea of some kind of creative intelligence is not
quite so ridiculous" Comments
Follow The Money
David Conn | London Review Of Books | 22 August 2012
How English football became a business. Superb overview from 1980s to
present day. Key moment was creation of the Premier League in 1992, a
money grab by the big clubs that cut funding from the rest of football
Preparing For A Worst-Case Euro Scenario
Miguel Angel Garcia Vega | El País | 20 August 2012
“The euro zone was put together along the lines of a lobster trap: Easy
to get in, but very difficult to get out.” Which is a worry for
companies across the region, who now feel they need to prepare for a
break-up. But how? Comments
Lester Bangs: Truth Teller
Maria Bustillos | New Yorker | 21 August 2012
Short fat alcoholic. Died at 33. Finest rock critic of his generation.
Prose stylist. On Mick Jagger: “A spastic flap-lipped tornado writhing
from here to a million steaming snatches and beyond in one
undifferentiated mass" Comments
Life On Board A British Nuclear Submarine
Stephen Moss | Guardian | 21 August 2012
"Climbing the ladders between decks exhausts me; I am forever hitting
my head on protruding bits of metal; and once in the control room,
while leaning against the periscope, I stumble backwards and
accidentally press a button" Comments
Norman Davies on Europe’s Vanished States
The rise of China means the study of its history is suddenly in vogue.
But, says the historian, there’s as much to learn, if not more, from
looking at states that have disappeared Read on
Featured Special Report
Scientists are experimenting with different ways to enhance humans.
What's possible? And what may be possible in the future? Does messing
with Mother Nature raise ethical questions? Read on
@rszbt Nizhny Novgorod's old city: @ForeignPolicy: The life and death
of a great Russian city t.co/V2vqZfwo" #browsings More like
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Book of the Day
The Mirages of Marriage by William Lederer and Don Jackson
Mira Kirshenbaum says: "People don’t just exchange information.
They do things with words. They issue commands even when they think
they’re just describing reality." FiveBooks Archive
Video of the Day
If you aren't confused by this, you haven't been watching it closely
Quote of the Day
Jay Ulfeder, on legitimacy
"We appeal to legitimacy when we need to explain the persistence of
political arrangements that defy our materialist predictions"
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