In an interview Paul Krugman notes that many of those who got it right on Bush and Iraq lost... those who weren't bright and aggressive enough to figure things out are now changing their tunes, but being right early proved costly.
Sadly true .. it was very clear the whole W push for war was a fabrication. Too bad so many in the media were so intellectually lazy.
A very negative, but interesting, article on Noka chocolate (read all 10 parts ... each is short. the last has a list of alternatives)
(a tip of the hat to Jim for the link)
note (see the comment section)
Although I have tasted many chocolates (including many that are incredible) I have not tried this chocolate and only offer the reference as information. I am more than willing to objectively try it is a free sample is provided (I have been given many free samples of chocolate at the NY Chocolate show by other marques, so this only seems fair)
There are times when pieces are randomly paired by my iPod's shuffle mode become even more interesting.
First there was Iga Bani by Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabte on their album In the Heart of the Moon. Nearly anything by Ali Farka Touré is amazing and this is no exception. And then Heartbeats by José González (Veneer) played.
Both are excellent by themselves, but the combination was wonderful tonight.
It is funny how recommendations flow ... I first encountered Ali Farka Touré when some friends at Oberlin were discovering Malian music. Jessica noted José González long before others started mentioning him. Having people whose taste you trust is a great luxury - I'm lucky as I have several (lately Fernando has caused me to depart with some money).
Ernest Sparks says: "The problem with "atheism" is the "ism" suffix. It automatically suggests something brewed up in a mind, with social consequences to follow."
Actually, the problem is that the order of operations in English prefix and suffix parsing isn't clear. "Atheism" is composed of three parts. The base is "theus" for god. The prefix "a-" means "without or lacking". The suffix "-ism" means a an ideology. The meaning is different depending on which order you pull those apart in:
1: (a-theus)-ism : Taking the lack of god and making an "-ism" out of it.
2: a-(theus-ism) : Lacking the "-ism" that there is a god.
Meaning 2 is more accurate at describing actual real-world atheists, but Meaning 1 is how most people view it, and it represents the false boogeyman version of atheist that most people envision.
Several folks have commented on loopholes in the AT&T offer to the FCC to push the merger through - David has a good summary.
Basically a very slow service is allowed to be "neutral" while the walled garden (with content and device control) is the high bandwidth flavor. This works if you don't have any real competition or if your duopoly competitor offers something similar. The guess is AT&T is betting the Internet being largely uninterested compared to -- well -- television. (this squares with chats I've had with some (not all) AT&T folk). In this model the huge content providers sign up with AT&T for exclusives.
I've heard some chatter among content providers about this and three have independently floated the idea of ranking or certifying Internet providers. If you were a WoW or Google user, you might be more interested in getting their seal of approval on an ISP rather than going with a walled garden with mostly "fixed" channels.
In the long term (say 2-3 years out) this may be a very risky move for AT&T as local duopolies may have seriously better bandwidth (via fiber or higher speed cable) and may offer real Internet connectivity rather than an artificially scarce flavor. Long term investors should demand a "plan b"...