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August Links Dump

Teaser: the hypocrisy of praising sex, Noynoy’s follies, the entertaining Koreas, nuclear Japan, and Tyler Cowen defending Bruce Cumings

Red Links, 7-31-10

Jon BerkeleyYes, I missed last week – apologies. This week brings disappointment leavened with hope – for carbon taxes, CCT’s, and sorting out the banking system and the world economy in general. I am, however, partial to a counter-terror strategy in Afghanistan. But, maybe I should read the WikiLeaks’ trove of documents now.

The Most Dangerous Man in America (Video)

I had to remember how much I despised intelligence-gathering. I can’t decide if Dana Priest and William Arkin are fools, serviceable or otherwise. There are moral limits to human perfectibility, beyond which lies something that is incomprehensibly other than human.

I had another chance to watch the excellent documentary about Daniel Ellsberg, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers – Trailer

A German Kind of Conservatism I Could Support (Video)

Read this shirt (The Economist)The Economist takes to task with a scalpel Congressional opponents of extending unemployment benefits.

There are two main reasons why Republicans oppose extending benefits: because the country cannot afford it, and because benefits, they believe, have given the unemployed an incentive to stay out of work. Neither reason is well founded.

The Truth about Tax Cuts and Deficits

Social Security Is NOT a Pyramid Scheme, Penn! (Video)

Easy Money” is a Penn & Teller Bullshit! episode with all the trademark gimmicks and attitude, but with a screaming flaw – Penn Jillette’s Social Security tirade.

Trinity Atomic Bomb Test

Red Links, 07-10-10

KAL's Cartoon, 07-08-10This week’s editorials admonish the various culprits, i.e., President Sarkozy, IPCC, justly. I chose the quickest summary of the East Anglia emails scandal conclusions because brevity accentuates how ridiculously tedious the slander campaign really was. But, The Economist missed a chance to admonish another culprit in every case: US. I mean, how long can readers of The Economist, for one, persist in such blithering naivete? I can forgive non-subscribers. But, most educated readers with at least two years of elementary school on their resume should know the difference between the bluster of public life and the earnestness of the private.

Red Links, June 11, 2010

Sarah in Righty-Tighty LandI decided it was time for another feature. Since The Economist is my one remaining subscription, which means it’s my newspaper, I should be more forthcoming and deliberate about my opinions toward it. I’ve read the weekly newspaper since March 1985, and here’s a record of my comments. So, here are this week’s leaders:

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