Friday, February 25, 2011

HOT5 Daily 2/25/2011

1. "Russia launches $650 bn military spending drive" We'll see how much they actually get for their money.

Representative Sample: The programme revealed by Deputy Defence Minister Vladimir Popovkin sees Russia building 100 new ships and acquiring 1,000 helicopters -- figures that would dramatically swell the number of modern and battle-ready craft.

2. "Building the Perfect Politician" If that's not an oxymoron.

Representative Sample: For politicians who make important legislative decisions, there is a constant tension between ideology, politics, and pragmatism. These three political tensions exert force on one another, and often one will overpower the other two. If I were to design the perfect politician from the ground up (stop laughing), I think I would strive for perfect balance among the three political tensions.

3. "Average Joe: The Return of Stalin Apologists" I actually had a Stalin apologist for a professor in graduate school.

Representative Sample: A mirror image of Nazi apologetics—including Holocaust denial—but without the moral and intellectual stigma, Stalinist revisionism has a long pedigree. Its initial, primitive version was actually offered up by Nikita Khrushchev in his “Secret Speech” at the Twentieth Party Congress in 1956. The most recent incarnation is the growing body of work suggesting that the time of Stalin was neither evil nor dark but, to the contrary, wholesome and enlightened.

4. "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People With Email: 10 Easy Points" Things not to do.

Representative Sample: follow these ten tips and you might end a marriage or two, lose your livelihood, or look like a complete and utter fool, but that won't be your fault. It's e-mail, where anything goes, you can do what you want, and so-called 'netiquette' doesn't apply. Right?

5. "India Finds The Ways" Successfully suppressing terrorism.

Representative Sample: India, despite numerous rebel and terrorist groups operating in many parts of the country, has managed to steadily reduce the violence (or at least the number of deaths from rebels and terrorists) over the last decade.

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