Monthly Archives: August 2011

China’s Hold on Water Supplies

Interesting piece on China’s increasing leverage over river water flows to its neighbors and its refusal to abide by United Nations procedures for resolving water disputes. By Brahma Chellaney China has aroused international alarm by using its virtual monopoly of … Continue reading

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The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive

Really interesting book coming out for free on Creative Commons that re-considers the use of markets in a very different way: In his new book, The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive, Dean Baker argues that progressives hurt their cause … Continue reading

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Dick Cheney and Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Good poetry posting on 3 Quarks Daily today: http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2011/08/ozymandias.html And here are the words, which for some reason made me think of Dick Cheney’s memoir that is due out this week, and which sounds like a testament to the old … Continue reading

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Imagining the Downside of Immortality

Interesting piece in immortality in the New York Times. I am not sure what implications this might have for conflict, but we would have a lot more time for it! Both to have conflict and to sort it out. And … Continue reading

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‘Hail Freedonia’ from the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup: Our 500th Posting!

In 1933 when Hitler was coming to power, the Marx Brothers were making Duck Soup including this memorable anthem, parodying our tendency to rush to war, and not be quite sure why:   And here is the photo still of … Continue reading

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Potential Impact of Sea Level Rise on Bangladesh

We welcome some readers of this blog from Bangladesh with a posting about the likely effect of sea level rise caused by climate change on Bangladesh: Potential impact of sea-level rise on Bangladesh. Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest nations … Continue reading

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Republicans for Voldemort Versus Republicans for Harry Potter?

I saw this bumper sticker locally this week, which I assumed was a parody: And it made me think: where are the moderate Republicans? Where are the Republicans who would meet their opponents half way? Where are the Republicans who … Continue reading

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