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Milestones in Political Thought
In the opinion of Arlington, Tenn., Mayor Russell Wiseman, President Barack Obama’s speech on Tuesday night on the war in Afghanistan was deliberately timed to block the Christian message of the “Peanuts” television Christmas special.
The Secret U.S. War in Pakistan
At a covert forward operating base run by the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, “snatch and grabs” of high-value targets and other sensitive action inside and outside Pakistan, an investigation by The Nation has found.
We live at a time when friendship has become both all and nothing at all.
Let Us Now Praise ... Jingles
Until very recently, I regarded the notion of the “meme,” first advanced by Richard Dawkins in 1976, as an example of its originator’s grossly underrated capacity for science fiction.
Why Copenhagen May Be a Disaster
Let me be blunt about what amazes me when it comes to global warming. In the U.S., it’s largely an issue for Democrats, “progressives,” liberals, the left, and I simply don’t get that.
Visualization of Global Social Media Usage
Want to know how many people are microblogging in Australia? Or uploading photos online in Brazil? Or writing blogs in the Netherlands? There’s a map for that—literally.
Attracting Boys to Ballet Still a Challenge
Think “ballet dancer,” and you’ll probably picture a pretty young woman in a tutu. The choreographer George Balanchine saw it that way. “Ballet is the female thing. It is woman,” he famously said.
Hey, Are Those the Real Yogurt Caps?
Earlier this fall, Ann Temkin, the chief curator at the Museum of Modern Art’s department of painting and sculpture, was working on the checklist for the upcoming Gabriel Orozco retrospective (opening Dec. 13) when it occurred to her that one of the pieces she wanted to include in the exhibition might no longer exist.
Let’s Celebrate Works, Not Artists
It’s funny how you learn something, and for one reason or another, promptly forget it. I remember reading a book called “Shark Infested Waters” by Sarah Kent.
Old Books Gassier With Age
Perhaps you can’t judge a book by its cover, but there’s a wealth of information to be gleaned from its scent.
Obstacles Speed Up Exiting Crowds
If you’ve been to a big concert, or a ballgame, with a big crowd, you know what happens when it’s time to leave. No matter how big the exit is, everybody gets jammed up and it goes really slowly.
The Rise and Fall of MySpace
In summer 2005, having spent the best part of four decades building a newspaper, film and television empire, Rupert Murdoch decided that the time had come to get serious about the Internet.