Saturday, February 12, 2011

HOT5 Daily 2/12/2011

1. "Egypt's revolution succeeds in removing Mubarak. A win for Democracy or Socialism?" Interesting perspective and analysis.

Representative Sample: Some estimates suggest that 40% of the economy is owned or run by the military. According to ZeroHedge, 70% of all Egyptians work for the Government. Therefore one can assume that a military takeover was the inevitable outcome.

2. "This Week at War: Lost in Space" National security space strategy.

Representative Sample: U.S. adversaries may view attacks on U.S. satellites as a high-payoff/low-risk strategy. By attacking U.S. satellites, an adversary could hobble U.S. military forces without the usual indications of warfare, at least in the public's perception. For example, without any images of explosions, burning buildings, or wounded civilians, U.S. policymakers might find it difficult to generate political and diplomatic support for a military response.

3. "“Toyota: The Media Owe You an Apology”" I wouldn't be holding my breath if I were Toyota.

Representative Sample: Ed Wallace at Bloomberg Business Week tells why the Toyota sudden-acceleration debacle merely replays a long and sad history

4. "Shocker--Men know (and care) more about what's going on in the world than women do" Not politically correct.

Representative Sample: Pew frequently conducts "News IQ" surveys, randomly quizzing 1,000 people on current events. The most recent results are from November 2010. As is always the case, men outperformed women by more than a full point on the 12-item test.

5. "Egypt: Uninstalling" Pretty good.

Representative Sample: It's a graphic.

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  1. @4: Given the extent to which women are still expected to play home maker in parts of our country, not surprising. Depressing, but not surprising.

  2. Also, from what I've observed most people in general -- male or female -- are pretty uninformed about current events. So women being somewhat less informed on average than men is probably less significant than it might seem.