Wednesday, January 13, 2010

HOT5 Daily 1/13/2010

1. "Why Can’t Western Policymakers Believe There are Actual Revolutionaries in the World?" Wishful thinking is just more attractive.

Representative Sample:These kinds of ideas, produced by well-paid, highly credentialed and honored “experts” are just nuts, showing absolutely no comprehension of the situation. It is even more daunting coming from people who are mainstream foreign policy thinkers one would expect to know better.

2. "Islamic Intolerance"An interesting look at some of the causes.

Representative Sample: In the last few months, Moslems have attacked Buddhists in Thailand, Jews everywhere, Baha'is in Iran and Christians in Egypt, Iraq, the Philippines, Pakistan, Malaysia and elsewhere. This is not a sudden and unexpected outburst of Moslem violence against non-Moslems.

3. "#118 Skeptics & Charlatans" Tree Lobsters. I just discovered this series.

Representative Sample: It's a cartoon.

4. "If European Countries Became U.S. States....." Let's keep European social democracy in Europe.

Representative Sample: Belgium, Finland, U.K. Germany and Spain would rank in the bottom 20% of U.S. states by per capita GDP, just barely ahead of Arkansas but below Kentucky.

5. "“Interesting Times” and New Developments for Chinese Missile Defense" Implications for U.S. policy.

Representative Sample: Much as China tested an anti-satellite system even as its diplomats claimed that China was not interested in “militarizing space,” it would seem that Chinese concerns about US missile defense developments are more a reflection of concerns about being outpaced by American technological capability than foregoing a capability. Moreover, like the ASAT test, the anti-missile test reflects a steady, ongoing program that has reached a development milestone suitable for testing systems.

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