Buttressed perhaps by the oft demonstrated perspicacity of you, gentle readers, who continue to grace me with your presence, I have dared to consider myself a man of at least average intelligence. But try though I might there are things that I nevertheless have a problem trying to grok. When, for example, confronted with [...]
NYT litbomb thrower Michuo Kakutani snuggles up with Silicon Valley aristo Andrew Keen’s recent book – “The Cult of the Amateur” – to find much common cause with his underlying thesis: The rest of us are too dumb to know what’s good for us, and it’d be best to let our betters tell us [...]
The use of terror as a tactic can have multiple strategic objectives. One of the goals of political terrorism can be to cause the state to crack down across the board, infringing upon accustomed freedoms and liberties and isolating the people from their own government. It is for this reason that so many well-intentioned [...]
It’s still far too early to know the full intentions of the man who ran a car loaded with explosives and accelerants into a set of rubbish bins in central London last night, before running away. This was in the Haymarket district – a night club and theater district that would have been full [...]
For those who don’t keep track of comments, this read by J.D. Johannes is well worth your time:
In his Senate-floor speech Monday, Senator Richard Lugar announced,
Got done early – yay! Hit the airport at 1400 to see if maybe I could catch an earlier flight – denied!
The OR guys are doing some pretty good work these days for the majors. I can’t recall a time in the last six months where I’ve seen an empty seat on a [...]
Skippy-san’s down under, and – having made the best of cross-cultural exchanges in his own, personal… idiom – saw fit to tug an old man’s beard:
If I were younger by about 15 years, I might consider coming here to fly. Lex \, if you are listening, they say they short about 40 Hornet [...]
Pace Chris Hitchens, I don’t think the Srinigar Steamer is really angry – I just think he’s misunderstood:
Rage Boy keenly looks forward to anger, while we worriedly anticipate trouble, and fret about etiquette, and prepare the next retreat. If taken to its logical conclusion, this would mean living at the pleasure of Rage [...]
Think for yourself.
I like this guy:
These operations are qualitatively different from what we have done before. Our concept is to knock over several insurgent safe havens simultaneously, in order to prevent terrorists relocating their infrastructure from one to another, and to create an operational synergy between what we’re doing in Baghdad and [...]