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“As happier men watch birds, I watch men. They are less attractive but more various.”
~ Evelyn Waugh, A Tourist in Africa (courtesy of Patrick Kurp)
From daredevil to chicken: Scientists find off-switch for risky behavior ars technica. “There could be a big payoff from this research if it’s applied to Wall Street traders and keeps them from blowing up the economy.”
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Humor impairment is a lifestyle, not a crime! White-Collar Crime Watch: Polygamists, Fixed Tennis Matches, An Unfunny Accountant (Leona May, Going Concern)
The startling new banking records have been obtained as part of a Four Corners program that aired last night, and which resulted in the arrest of two members of its team, Linton Besser and cameraman Louie Eroglu
Michael Davey, a Rebels bikie member who was shot dead in the driveway of a Western Sydney home overnight, had spent time in jail over the killing of a 19-year-old in 2002 Bikie
Listen to the Victims of the Free Market Bloomberg McArdle largely makes sense.
The story of Karadžić's manhunt is found in Julian Borger's new book, The Butcher's Trail: The Secret History of the Balkan Manhunt for Europe's Most-Wanted War Criminals. Borger works for the Guardian as well, and lends his gravitas to the novel-like story of the investigation of three of the worst war criminals in our time.
A startling fact was relayed in the foreword: "Two civilians were killed for every three soldiers who died in battle. The whole conflict was characterized by random brutality. Psychopaths were made masters of the life and death or their former neighbors" (Borger xxv).
After five years of legal fighting, theInternational Criminal Tribunal in The Hague has convicted Radovan Karadžić of 10 of the 11 war crimes he was charged with. He got a 40 year sentence.
Wait. What? Forty years? For the massacre of somewhere between 6,000 to 8,000 men and boys in his efforts to ethnically cleanse the Balkans? Sure, he'll die in prison. But even a token sentencing of 6,000 years of prison would feel more appropriate.
You won't find this on CNN today, or much of anywhere. The Guardian carried the article below, but it was one of the few outlets that did. The media has a short-term memory problem.
The Guardian's article on Radovan Karadzic
Water, water everywhere, And all the boards did shrink: Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.Coleridge
Scope maker Olympus sought price hike amid superbug outbreak Los Angeles Times
Controlled chaos: How the U.S. empire infects other nations in its pursuit for total control South Front
In 1970, Kate Millett filed the dissertation that would become Sexual Politics. Reading it, an adviser complained, was like “sitting with your testicles in a nutcracker"
“A large majority of Americans seek extra knowledge for personal and work-related reasons. Digital technology plays a notable role in these knowledge pursuits, but place-based learning remains vital to many and differences in education and income are a hallmark of people’s learning activities.
“One of our most difficult tasks was to find a good substitute for coffee. This palatable drink, if not a real necessary of life, is almost indispensable to the enjoyment of a good meal, and some Southerners took it three times a day. Coffee soon rose to thirty dollars per pound; from that it went to sixty and seventy dollars per pound. Good workmen received thirty dollars per day; so it took two days hard labor to buy one pound of coffee, and scarcely any could be had even at that fabulous price.”The alien becomes familiar with an understanding of the details. Coffee is a medicinal necessity. Life without its curative powers is unimaginable.
post, Professor Bain argued that you can explain much of the Donald Trump phenomenon as a counter-revolution by what Peggy Noonan aptly called the "unprotected class" against what Christopher Lasch called the "new elite" (a.k.a., the "protected class," to use Noonan's terminology).
Few folks exemplify the new elite better than the tech folks of Silicon Valley:
In The New Class Conflict, Joel Kotkin argues that the socially and politically ascendant groups in contemporary America are the oligarchs of Silicon Valley and a complex of elite journalists, think-tank pundits, and academics that he dubs the clerisy. The nouveaux riches of the tech world are increasingly intent on remaking society in accordance with their own passions .... The clerisy, meanwhile, promotes and provides ideological legitimation for elite goals. The effect of the two groups' efforts, he concludes, is to concentrate wealth and power in a shrinking number of hands, leaving the middle class stranded and subject to ever more evident economic decline. Our tech overlords are unhappy that the proles are revolting against the new elite
Terry Teachout: “When you consider how completely the pundit class failed to get the primaries right, I’d be more inclined to seek political wisdom in the pages of a novel written by a poet-professor who looked 70 years into the future and foretold the coming of a populist demagogue who spoke the language of the plain people.” Wall Street Journal
“There are listicles of books or about books: there was even one recently about ‘The Top Ten Squirrels in Literature.’ There are interviews and aspirational how-tos. There are publicity statements, which are circulated and regurgitated into light critical opinion – as much as any book review. There is the relatively new phenomenon of the author self-testimonial: upon publication of his novel, the author will write a piece about writing the novel.” Flavorwire