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Throught a Glass Darkly

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over 3 years ago

I've said this before, but sometimes things bear repeating. Plus, I don't always have new ideas. But I think an incident from today in Shabwa illustrates the difficulties of assigning blame for violent acts in Yemen and determining what exactly is going on in the country. Through the luck of the ...

As I Please

A Final Salute To One Of the Finest Englishmen

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over 3 years ago

The Lyric Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue, London was packed to overflowing last night with a galaxy of stars - and ordinary footsoldiers - who had all come to pay tribute to the late Michael Foot, bibliophile, writer, campaigner and politician who died earlier this year. A former editor of the ...

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In Defense of Facebook

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While I’m sympathetic to many of [Zadie] Smith’s critiques of Facebook—the site is easy to eviscerate—I think she’s making a similar mistake, and is obsessing over the incidental details of the technology (the upholstery of the carriage, so to speak) while ignoring what really matters, which is that ...

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George Bush's Memoirs

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Bush's memoir should prompt renewed reflections upon his catastrophic presidency. It is really a saga of how a dauphin could take the leading power in the world and leave it crippled. Today the Wall Street Journal features no less than two articles in which German and Japanese leaders condemn ...

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The Cell Phone as Tracking Device

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New services are popping up that track people in real time to give businesses a more detailed picture of consumer habits than ever before. The new tracking services go beyond location-based apps such as Foursquare, which require users to actively check in. Rather, these startups connect the dots of ...

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Noam Chomsky on Gaza

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That the Israel-Palestine conflict grinds on without resolution might appear to be rather strange. For many of the world's conflicts, it is difficult even to conjure up a feasible settlement. In this case, not only is it possible, but there is near-universal agreement on its basic contours: a two ...

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Laboratory Big Bang

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Miniature versions of the Big Bang which gave birth to the universe almost 14 billion years ago have been created within the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the giant machine probing the nature of matter near Geneva. British scientists working on the LHC's "Alice" (a large ion collider experiment ...

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The Power of Quantum Computing

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In 1981 the physicist Richard Feynman speculated about the possibility of “tiny computers obeying quantum mechanical laws.” He suggested that such a quantum computer might be the best way to simulate real-world quantum systems, a challenge that today is largely beyond the calculating power of even ...

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A Path to Permanent War

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If indeed counter-insurgency, or armed nation-building, is the new American way of war, and if we are engaged in what the Pentagon calls a “long war” in order to deal with the problem of jihadism—well, how many other counterinsurgencies are we going to be required to undertake after Afghanistan ...

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Shrinking the Pentagon

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Republicans shouldn't be trying to slash government spending in a weak economy with low interest rates in the first place, but given that they are, they should be looking at the 20% of the federal budget that goes to the Pentagon. So it's encouraging that a few Republicans have been willing to say ...

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Introducing RockMelt

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RockMelt’s browser works differently from Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari. It is more than just an application on a PC or Mac. For one thing, it presumes users are on Facebook and offers a number of features to simplify the Facebook experience. Integrated with the app is an online service, or ...

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The Grind of Blogging

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The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder on why he is leaving blogging: I loved the freedom to write about whatever I wished, but I missed the discipline of learning to write about what needed to be written. I loved the light editorial touch of blogging , but I missed the heavy hand of an editor who tells you ...