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Politeia

A Country Divided

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over 4 years ago

President Obama's poll numbers slipped dramatically over his first year in office. Since last February, the percent of Americans who say they approve of his performance has fallen twenty points. Just about half of us say we approve of his performance today. According to recent Gallup polling, Obama ...

Picture This

All in the Family

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“My pictures are like a family, each one has a special niche in my heart,” renowned art collector Chester Dale once said. “Does anyone ever place a dollars-and-cents value on a son or daughter? If they do, they don’t deserve them.” With his first wife Maud, Dale amassed perhaps the greatest ...

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An End to All That

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over 4 years ago

A little less than a year ago Brian and I started this blog. What for me began as an amusing diversion has, nearly 12 months later, become an unhealthy distraction. I work slowly, preferring a day researching tribal genealogies to writing about al-Qaeda. The work I love to spend my time on rarely ...

Mind Matters

The War Over Ebooks: Update

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over 4 years ago

Now that Amazon has shown it can and will cut off access to its stock of books whenever it pleases, the Authors Guild has created this tool for writers. Register at whomovedmybuybutton?.com and you'll be alerted when Amazon abruptly stops selling your work. It's a clever move, which shows the ...

As I Please

Bringing North Korea In From The Cold

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over 4 years ago

It was announced this week that the United Nations Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Lynn Pascoe, and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser, Kim won-soo, will shortly travel to North Korea in a potentially ground breaking mission designed to ease the recalcitrant North back in from ...

Mind Matters

Black Swans, Male Strippers and Uncertainty

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over 4 years ago

"This too, shall pass." Folk tales say this was engraved on a ring given to King Solomon, who had demanded a gift that would make him sad when he was happy, and happy when he was sad. I recall it whenever I'm confronted with the claim that history has a positive direction--that, by and large, we ...

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Really easy tea leaves

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over 4 years ago

GENEVA - The United Nations food agency said on Friday a lack of funds had forced it to cut back rations for around one million people in Yemen, despite growing chronic hunger. How this plays out will go a long way in telling you how closely rhetoric and reality will match up.

IdeaFeed

Terror Teller

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over 4 years ago

The Christmas Day bomber has reportedly given up intelligence about a radical Muslim cleric hiding in Yemen who is believed to have been involved in orchestrating the attack.

IdeaFeed

Macrobenthos

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over 4 years ago

A new study of creatures that dwell on the seabed, known as macrobenthos, of the Straits of Magellan and Drake is helping scientists understand the biodiversity and ecology of the region.

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Literary Justice

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over 4 years ago

Google's controversial plan to create a digital library has been dealt another blow by the Justice Department, which has criticized the plans for having "significant legal problems" despite recent rewrites.