Links, 2/7/11

  • “Afghanistan’s Hidden Taliban Government” (nytimes. h/t Josh) – from the article: Similarly, last fall, when the Taliban ordered residents not to vote in the parliamentary elections, the officers said, the order had its intended effect. “There are 110,000 people in Andar,” said Sgt. First Class Jason S. Werts, the battalion’s senior intelligence sergeant. “Three people voted.”
  • Nabokov Theory on Butterfly Evolution is Vindicated (nytimes; h/t – from the article: Nabokov spent much of the 1940s dissecting a confusing group of species called Polyommatus blues. He developed forward-thinking ways to classifying the butterflies, based on differences in their genitalia. He argued that what were thought to be closely related species were actually only distantly related. At the end of a 1945 paper on the group, he mused on how they had evolved. He speculated that they originated in Asia, moved over the Bering Strait and headed south all the way to Chile.
  • Megan McArdle, “SEC’s Own Books are a Mess” – from the article: This is not an issue of malfeasance; it’s an issue of competence. But give that the competence at issue is supposed to be, um, the core competence of the SEC, this is a mite worrisome.
  • Mendelssohn Trio No. 2 in C Minor, performed by the Eon Trio – the sound is gorgeous, even if the camera is a bit static.

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