US generals say Iraq outlook ‘bleak’. CSM rounds up many news sources for this assessment; not just leftwards leaners.
Off for early morning work.
The economy booms, the trees vanish. The Amazon rainforest is disappearing, ever faster.
Do you have an ‘E85’ flex-fuel vehicle?
North Korea plays a waiting game on nuclear talks. Multi-party talks aren’t going anywhere till everyone gets on the same page.
Cold war chess. I find I must mention this time and again; John Von Neumann put the chess/war strategy comparison to bed decades ago. Chess gives you complete knowledge that isn’t reflected in reality; theoretically, you can play to a win or a draw every time (knowing strategy, seeing the whole ‘battlefield’, seeing every move of the ‘enemy’). In poker, the cards are hidden. There is the variability of the deal. The need to bluff. The concept of min/max. Read Strategy in Poker, Business and War, a concise overview of Von Neumann’s theories.
Bottom line is, if others wish to strategize via chess, we can use the uniquely American game of poker to surmount their best strategies.
Celebrating 70 years of Penguin paperbacks. How many are on your shelves?
NY Times Letters to the Editor:
A Portrait of Class in America. The last, in particular.
As Vote Nears, DeLay Attacks Bill Expanding Stem Cell Research. “‘Once people understand the issue,’ said the majority leader, Representative Tom DeLay of Texas, ‘more than 70 percent are against embryonic stem cell research.’” Now there’s a new method for quoting stats: “Once they understand.” But the GOP has a conflict; actual poll numbers say 57% of their own party are OK with embryonic stem cell research.
Those Who Outgrow Foster Care Still Struggle, Study Finds. Is there a college fund specifically for foster children? If not, we need to start one.
SF New Mexican:
Vandals mar new murals on highway. The photo server is apparently not working on this article; I hope the photos represent the garish nature of the new murals. I’m not condoning graffiti as a cure for misapplied public art, but the ‘murals’ on the retaining walls north of Santa Fe are technicolor, cartoony and, well, just not my aesthetic taste. This will likely not be the last time these creations get ‘tagged’ with graffiti; they’re just begging to be made less cloying.
Happy 100th, to the El Tovar.
Can hybrids save us from foreign oil? There are some negatives to that, such as: “For every 1 percent decline in the cost of fuel, Americans drive 1.85 percent more. Another factor working against hybrids’ overall impact on cutting oil imports is the rising number of vehicles on American roads. The fleet grows about 1 percent a year.” Still, any [expensive] port in a storm ...
Want to win? Wear red.
Except in Pamplona, I would imagine.
Perhaps nothing more until the morrow.
Inside Higher Ed:
Book review, Buster Keaton.
I disagree strongly. Don’t militarize space. Spare me the semantic wrangling. This was an interesting comment, given the b.s. we’ve been fed about missile defense: “The Air Force’s drive into space has been accelerated by the Pentagon’s failure to build a missile defense on earth. After spending 22 years and nearly $100 billion, Pentagon officials say they cannot reliably detect and destroy a threat today.”
to the NY Times announcement about making their Editorial page pay-only, I realized my weblogging style would be significantly hampered if the Times put their Letters to the Editor behind a pay-for wall. They don’t specifically mention it in their press release, so I’m hoping that published public submissions to the paper will remain ‘free.’ It had crossed my mind that the Times is making a foolish move, diminishing their influence in the Internet ‘market of ideas’, but I did not comment because I knew others would be more eloquent on the subject than I could ever be.
I can’t help but wonder, if this descent into desperate capitalism will not signal the real rise of weblogs-as-journalism. As we’ve seen in other situations such as this, the masses beat a hasty exit to the free services ... whatever the quality. As long as AP, UPI, Reuters, etc. continue to feed the public straight news from the wires, our content is not limited ... just the ability to editorialize on the primary editorializers. The public will begin to weight more heavily the ‘free editorials’ of weblogs, rather than the MethylSulfonylMethane (brings visualization of pay-for arthritis).
Concerned over quality, integrity and ‘authority’, something that’s been discussed here before.
Chronicle of Higher Ed:
Rhyme and Litigation, should be the title. Lessons for webloggers here; before you “J’accuse ...”, be sure of your sources ... and above all, stay objective.
Book Review, Poetic vistas of eternity. “... it is tiresome and philistine of us to say ‘Hitler’, and no one else, when challenged to come up with the name of a famous German. For almost two centuries, the name that would have come up everywhere in civilised Europe would have been Goethe. He is the German Shakespeare, Dante and Pushkin rolled into one ...”
A culture of performance. On the decline of classical music.
The Morgan car returns, somewhat cross-eyed.