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The Dumbest Fucking Guy on the Planet

Is back, and Politico thinks that he’s worth quoting on Iraq: “This is the education of Barack Obama, but it’s coming at a very high cost to the Syrian people to the Iraqi people [and] to the American national interest,” said Doug Feith, a top Pentagon official during the George W. Show More Summary

I Don’t Know Is Not An Answer

Justin Wolfers gives David Brat a pass on a confession of ignorance: When an MSNBC interviewer asked David Brat, the economics professor at Randolph-Macon College who toppled Eric Cantor in a primary challenge Tuesday, whether he opposed...Show More Summary

The Forgotten War (aka Spot the Errors!)

Chillicothe, Ohio unveiled a memorial to the Korean War this last Memorial Day. Unfortunately, the creators do not seem to have had the best historical sense in the world: The mistakes kind of confirm Korea’s status as “The Forgotten War,” sadly enough. List of the problems.

Premature antiformalism

I checked out a study score of Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony from the local public library. It’s an early edition, maybe the first American one: © 1945, in the Leeds Music Corporation “Am-Rus Orchestra Scores series.” There’s an introduction by one Harold Sheldon, short but deeply bizarre. Show More Summary


Michael Beschloss, criticizing the penchant for commemorating the D-Day anniversary, and talking about Eisenhower avoided the 1954 anniversary, because: Self-celebration was mostly alien to the men and women of World War II’s “greatest generation,” starting with the supreme commander. Show More Summary

The Day-to-Day Handshake of Empire

Imperial powers gain much of their strength from their global networks. The British – by owning the oceans in the 19th century – controlled how much of the world’s commerce moved. In that same century, much of the world’s information moved over British telegraph networks. Show More Summary

Random Friday Notes: Jobs Reports, Benghazi, and Evil Plane Seat Booking Behavior

In no particular order: Job reports. In the latest form of blog posts/newspaper articles, we have the “The jobs report is good/bad on the surface, but bad/good underneath” genre. We got a bumper crop of it after today’s release. Yes,...Show More Summary

Putin and Rationality

Who’s a nice naval base, then? Shorter John Cassidy: Putin may have a set of motivations that are rational by his lights, but I think he’s crazy: Putin is a Russian nationalist[] through and through, and, historically, an important part of Russian nationalism has been expansionism. Show More Summary

Signposts of the New Gilded Age, No. 309

The Department of the Navy is advertising a summer internship as a “Student Trainee Laborer.” It is paid, admittedly, but doesn’t strike me as a particularly educational experience: This position is that of a Student Trainee (Laborer) assigned to perform a combination of tasks requiring little or no special skill, experience or training. Show More Summary

In A Continuing Series On Things That Might Still Go Boom.

World War II will not be entirely over for a long while: Tens of thousands of city residents and U.S. Army soldiers here will evacuate their homes, offices and barracks Thursday as military explosives experts, seasoned by duty in Afghanistan,...Show More Summary

Your Random Human Rights Reminder

Given today’s xkcd cartoon: I wanted to reiterate the point in this post. “Free speech rights” and “the First Amendment” are not synonymous with each other. The First Amendment is the American legal manifestation of the right to free speech, but the right exists outside the United States and existed before the first amendment. Show More Summary

First Emoticon: 1648?

Everything is older than you think it is: We interrupt our blogging of Daniel Deronda to share breaking news: In reading some of Robert Herrick’s poetry last night, I discovered what looks to be the first emoticon! It appears at theShow More Summary

I, the Gentry

A year ago, Rebecca Solnit write a “Diary” item for the London Review of Books titled “Google Invades”, complaining of the influx of moneyed Silicon Valley types, from Google, Apple, Facebook, Genentech, etc., into San Francisco. I sent in a short response, and the LRB published it (it’s appended to the piece online). Show More Summary

Brain Rewires Itself, Panic at Eleven.

Neuroscientists are discovering that online reading rewires the brain in favor of high speed sorting and filtering, rather than deep concentrated reading: To cognitive neuroscientists, [the rewiring] is the subject of great fascination and growing alarm. Show More Summary

This Blog Was In London, By The Way

And, at times, over London: Thus the radio silence. I’m back!

The Ron Rand Paul Revolution Aims For 2016

Rand Paul, Lifting Off Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is putting together “a network in all 50 states” to jump-start his Presidential run in 2016. This is a warning shot across the bows of Republican rivals like Chris Christie, MarcoShow More Summary

I Don’t Think You’re Clear On What “Ultimate Authority” Means

The National Football League is moving to a centralized replay system. That will enable referees at games to consult with the NFL’s Officiating Command Center in New York on controversial plays. Asked Monday how the system would work...Show More Summary

Pedal for the Living

(Guest Post! Ian Lekus is a lecturer in LGBT Studies at the University of Maryland and an LGBT Thematic Specialist for Amnesty International USA. He is writing Queer and Present Dangers: Sexuality, Masculinity, and the Sixties, to be published by the University of North Carolina Press. Show More Summary

The Transfer of Knowledge

Political campaigns are giant startups that flare into existence in campaign season, hire thousands and spend millions, and then mostly wink out of existence. Others have made this point. What’s interesting me at the moment is what happens...Show More Summary

Founder of Blog Makes Good

Ari Kelman, who co-founded this here blog, manages to make good: Columbia University announced today that two acclaimed works will be awarded the 2014 Bancroft Prize: Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time by Ira Katznelson (Liveright Publishing Corporation / W.W. Show More Summary

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