Wednesday, June 2, 2010

HOT5 Daily 6/2/2010

1. "Is Brazil Nuts or Does it Understand America's Self-Proclaimed Weakness"A prime example of just how badly the Obama administration has screwed up U.S. foreign policy.

Representative Sample: if the United States doesn’t defend its own reputation and interests, make its foes worry and its friends feel secure, it can expect no quarter from enemies or those who decide that being a rival is going to be more profitable than being an ally.

2. "The BP Oil Spill’s Lessons for Regulation" Interesting analysis and perspective.

Representative Sample:The finance industry already is warning that new regulation may overshoot – that is, have the unintended effect of sharply impeding growth. Now, we may soon face the same concerns over energy policy, and not just for oil.

3. "How Do You Say "Frenemy" in Turkish?" Even mainstream sources are taking note of the increasing hostility of Turkey. And this article understates the case.

Representative Sample: It is hard to admit, but after six decades of strategic cooperation, Turkey and the United States are becoming strategic competitors -- especially in the Middle East. This is the logical result of profound shifts in Turkish foreign and domestic politics and changes in the international system.

4. "Donald Berwick: the $1 trillion health care disaster in waiting"Another terrible nomination by Obama. Big surprise.

Representative Sample: Berwick has written lovingly of Britain's bankrupt NHS: "I am romantic about the National Health Service; I love it... All I need to do to rediscover the romance is to look at healthcare in my own country [which is governed by] the darkness of private enterprise."

5. "Is it possible to be fully rational and have faith in a god in the same time?" Sort of.

Representative Sample: A human mind just works in a way in which it picks and chooses things from a complicated and wide-ranging thing like a religion according to his or her preferences without even realizing it. A modern rational Christian may pick and choose only rationally acceptable bits and parts from his or her religion and may come to eventually see his or her personal religion and god as a quite rational construction.

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