Monthly Archives: August 2013

Thinking Aloud: Philippines Invites US Back

August 31, 2013 by Darius During World War II, US General Douglas MacArthur famously vowed to return to the Philippines after being forced off the islands by the Japanese.  He did indeed return, and the US continued to have a … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Obama Backs Off Imminent Military Action Against Syria”

“Obama Backs Off Imminent Military Action Against Syria” Reuters, Aug. 31, 2013 http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/31/us-syria-crisis-usa-idUSBRE97T0NB20130831 “President Barack Obama on Saturday backed away from an imminent military strike against Syria to seek the approval of the U.S. Congress, in a decision that likely … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: So What, Exactly, Is the Point?

August 30, 2013 by Darius After forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad deployed chemical weapons and killed more than 1,000 people last week, the US and (some of) its allies are gearing up for a military response.  What, exactly, … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Study: Daily Stresses of Poverty Take Mental Toll”

“Study: Daily Stresses of Poverty Take Mental Toll” The Washington Post, Aug. 30, 2013, p.A3 http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/poverty-strains-cognitive-abilities-opening-door-for-bad-decision-making-new-study-finds/2013/08/29/89990288-102b-11e3-8cdd-bcdc09410972_story.html “Poverty consumes so much mental energy that people struggling to make ends meet often have little brainpower left for anything else, leaving them more … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: (Even) More Books You Might Enjoy

August 29, 2013 by Darius I recently read (well, in one case, reread) three excellent fiction books.  They’re all very different but I found them all to be well worth the read. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.  This … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “China Plans Its First Unmanned Moon Landing This Year”

“China Plans Its First Unmanned Moon Landing This Year” The New York Times, Aug. 29, 2013, p.A7 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/29/world/asia/china-plans-first-unmanned-landing-on-moon.html?ref=todayspaper “China plans to land an unmanned exploratory rover on the moon by the end of 2013, a step forward in the country’s … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Lethal Stupidity in Syria

August 28, 2013 by Darius The US has officially concluded that an attack that killed more than a thousand people in Syria this week was (a) a chemical attack, using some kind of nerve agent like sarin, and (b) that … Continue reading

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