August 17, 2013

The man makes a good point…


You can cancel a summit with Putin over Edward Snowden and you can’t suspend military aid to Egypt over serial massacres?- David C. Unger

April 13, 2013


Seventy years ago today on April 13, 1943, the Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC, on the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth (4/13/1743). 

I swear to you all: There is a typo in the Jefferson Memorial. On the wall, etched in stone, as you can see from these photos, it says, “Governments are instituted among men. We…”

The quote from the Declaration of Independence is, “Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just power from the governed.”

Tell me I’m wrong.

June 27, 2012
Secretary Panetta’s Call to Egypt’s Field Marshal Tantawi


America’s democracy-loving government at work….David C. Unger

We love democracy! Except when we don’t.

April 4, 2012
What was Obama’s biggest blunder?

In an excerpt from The Emergency State: America’s Pursuit of Absolute Security at All Costs, David C. Unger makes the argument that “The defining mistake of Obama’s first-term foreign policy was his decision to escalate American military operations in Afghanistan.”

What do you think is Obama’s biggest mistake?

(You can also follow The Emergency State blog that I set up.)

March 20, 2012


New Podcast: Andy Zaltzman, comedian and co-host of The Bugle podcast, reads anecdotes from the pages of LQ about the ancient Roman emperors Nero, Caligula, and Commodus that would put any Berlusconi, Putin, or Turkmenbashi to shame. 

Subscribe to the LQ podcast on iTunes

You can follow the Bugle on Twitter @HelloBuglers or listen to it here. Follow Andy on Twitter @ZaltzCricket or read his cricket blog here.

Who knew Nero was such a freak?

By the way, Andy Zaltzman: Pitch perfect.

March 19, 2012
Knight News Challenge: UNICEF GIS - Youth Led Digital Mapping


1. What do you propose to do? [20 words]

Scale a UNICEF branded mobile and web application which allows young people to report community risks and hazards to local duty bearers.

2. Is anyone doing something like this now and how is your project different? [30 words]

There are other mapping…

Wow. Another cool Knight News Challenge entry.

(Source: newschallenge1)

March 18, 2012
I love this so much.

I love this so much.

(Source: dandelionbreaks, via swirlspice)

March 18, 2012
"Monogamous marriage was a great historical step forward; nevertheless, together with slavery and private wealth, it opens the period that has lasted until today in which every step forward is also relatively a step backward, in which prosperity and development for some is won through the misery and frustration of others."

1844 / London - An Alternative Reality - Lapham’s Quarterly

Oh Friedrich Engels

February 14, 2012
BOSTON REVIEW: How Will I Know If He Really Loves Me?

Osama kept coming back to Whitney Houston. He asked if I knew her personally when I lived in America. I told him I didn’t. He said that he had a paramount desire for Whitney Houston, and although he claimed music was evil, he spoke of someday spending vast amounts of money to go to America and…


February 11, 2012
"As the person who drafted the 1981 Reagan tax cut, I think Republicans misunderstand the premises upon which Reagan’s economic policies were based and why those policies can’t — and shouldn’t — be replicated today."

Why the GOP should stop invoking Reaganomics - The Washington Post

And with that, they were left speechless.