A very random roundup. One of the things that I’ve been complaining about to friends is that there is nothing, absolutely nothing in the news. My blogosphere friends have been trying to correct me on this, but I feel – no, I know – that blogging can make you feel like everything you write is important, so since you’re writing on the news constantly, everything in the news is important.
- Megan McArdle, “Dismal Jobs Report” – the best case for deregulation and less government doesn’t involve yelling about the stimulus (yelling which I do plenty of, and am sometimes wrong on). The best case is that we’re in a bad situation where our entrepreneurial talent has to be trusted and invested in, because that should be the long term hope. It’s going to take some time, because an overall loss of confidence in the market is a loss of confidence in making money generally.
- Bill Roggio, “Suicide assault team targets development office in Kunduz” – from the article: But despite the Taliban’s losses in the north, the group remains in firm control of several districts. The Taliban have launched an assassination campaign and have also been accused of releasing poisonous gases in girls’ schools in Kunduz. Scores of Afghan schoolgirls have been hospitalized over the past several months due to the gas attacks.
- Shane Vander Hart, “My Second Call for Michael Steele to Resign” – Steele is utterly incompetent and needs to go. This call is firmly seconded.
- Michael Bellesiles, “Teaching Military History in a Time of War” – from the article: I have been guilty to a degree of accepting the view of my student veterans that the nonveterans are soft and generally spoiled, unfamiliar with both service and sacrifice. Yet the reality of teaching in wartime, most particularly at a working-class college such as Central Connecticut State University, is that war has touched the families of many of our students, and it is a tragic error to think that they have not experienced the staggering blow of loss and personal sacrifice.
- Mirjan Rooze has delicate, quietly dreamy photography: “you choose.” is one of her latest creations that is most certainly worth a look, but her landscapes have a depth all to themselves (i.e. “being in the moment.”) . Her website is mirjanrooze.com, but you can (obviously) find her work at deviantart.
- Zhong Chi, “12:44” – Chinese trip-hop a friend recently introduced me to. Probably the best indie I’ve heard recently.
- “Twilight death not suspicious, police say” – the headline for this thing at reddit was something like “man literally bored to death by Twilight.”