Khalid al-Hammadi writes about the arms deal with Russia in al-Quds al-Arabi. (Speaking of Khalid, I would recommend his 1999 interview with Tariq al-Fadhli in al-Quds al-Arabi, which I re-read last night mainly because I remembered al-Fadhli having some harsh words for Abu Hasan al-Midhar and Abu Hamza al-Masri. This is much in keeping with our running discussion about the alleged truce and the individuals al-Wahayshi mentioned in his February speech. There were many good parts to the interview - including where al-Fadhli calls al-Midhar a "parasite" - but my favorite was al-Fadhli's last line when he described al-Midhar and al-Masri's ideology as one of pronouncing takfir on everyone they didn't like It was much better in the original Arabic, trust me.)
On the truce, I have yet to see Faysal Mukrim write anything about it in al-Hayat, even though he is the editor of al-Ghad, so depending on how one reads this it could be yet another nail in the coffin of the story.
News Yemen reports on a shooting in Mukalla, but has no information thanks to the refusal of the security head. There isn't really anything reported in the story, but I just like the way News Yemen writes about the story with no information.
Abdu 'Aysh has a report in al-Jazeera that features comments by Said Ali 'Ubayd al-Jumahi, whose book on al-Qaeda I'm currently reading. It is worth checking out. I first came across a link to the report on the al-Faloja forum this morning, so it is being read by a number of people.
Finally, blogging will be a bit light over the next couple of days, as I head to DC for fun in the snow or something like that.
Step inside the unlikely friendship of a former ACLU president and an ultra-conservative Supreme Court Justice.
- Former president of the ACLU Nadine Strossen and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia were unlikely friends. They debated each other at events all over the world, and because of that developed a deep and rewarding friendship – despite their immense differences.
- Scalia, a famous conservative, was invited to circles that were not his "home territory", such as the ACLU, to debate his views. Here, Strossen expresses her gratitude and respect for his commitment to the exchange of ideas.
- "It's really sad that people seem to think that if you disagree with somebody on some issues you can't be mutually respectful, you can't enjoy each other's company, you can't learn from each other and grow in yourself," says Strossen.
- The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of the Charles Koch Foundation, which encourages the expression of diverse viewpoints within a culture of civil discourse and mutual respect.
Learn how to redesign your job for maximum reward.
- Broaching the question "What is my purpose?" is daunting – it's a grandiose idea, but research can make it a little more approachable if work is where you find your meaning. It turns out you can redesign your job to have maximum purpose.
- There are 3 ways people find meaning at work, what Aaron Hurst calls the three elevations of impact. About a third of the population finds meaning at an individual level, from seeing the direct impact of their work on other people. Another third of people find their purpose at an organizational level. And the last third of people find meaning at a social level.
- "What's interesting about these three elevations of impact is they enable us to find meaning in any job if we approach it the right way. And it shows how accessible purpose can be when we take responsibility for it in our work," says Hurst.
Erik Verlinde has been compared to Einstein for completely rethinking the nature of gravity.
- The Dutch physicist Erik Verlinde's hypothesis describes gravity as an "emergent" force not fundamental.
- The scientist thinks his ideas describe the universe better than existing models, without resorting to "dark matter".
- While some question his previous papers, Verlinde is reworking his ideas as a full-fledged theory.
TuSimple, an autonomous trucking company, has also engaged in test programs with the United States Postal Service and Amazon.
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- This week, UPS announced that it's working with autonomous trucking startup TuSimple on a pilot project to deliver cargo in Arizona using self-driving trucks.
- UPS has also acquired a minority stake in TuSimple.
- TuSimple hopes its trucks will be fully autonomous — without a human driver — by late 2020, though regulatory questions remain.