Saturday, August 22, 2020
Fighting the last war
Thursday, August 20, 2020
If it ain't broke
The former House speaker will serve as chairman of a vehicle known as Executive Network Partnering Corp., which will seek to raise roughly $300 million in an initial public offering, people familiar with the deal said. That figure is subject to change based on demand.
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Claude Rains in Dublin
The Google photo album from Berlin D2, the Dublin "restaurant" that was discovered to be a raucous drinking establishment, is hilarious. Check out the "Soup of the Day."
Friday, August 14, 2020
Donald Trump, explaining his breakthrough agreement with the UAE and Israel yesterday --
This deal will allow much greater access to Muslims from throughout the world to visit the many historic sites in Israel — which the Muslims want to see very badly and have wanted to see for many, many decades — and to peacefully pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is a very special place for them.
There is lots for Palestinians to worry about in this deal, but this particular point is up there. If Israel is able to present the deal as broadening access of Muslims to Al-Aqsa, that could be a useful distraction from the restricted access of Palestinians to Al-Aqsa. Ultimately, it could be a front for isolating the Palestinian capital behind the security barrier: after all, Muslims will have more access to the Old City, right?
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
The sociology of News
Niklas Luhmann, The Reality of the Mass Media (1996) --
I wish it were possible to get TV news to pay as much attention to what Trump does as to what Trump says. https://t.co/e55vyRszEM— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) August 11, 2020
Sunday, August 09, 2020
It's not about language
Saturday, August 08, 2020
Fox offers to rebuild henhouse
Lebanon National News Agency --
the Iranian ambassador said that "the support of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Lebanon will continue, not only through the provision of humanitarian aid in terms of medicine, medicine and foodstuffs, but also will include the restoration of Reconstruction in the port, the damaged buildings, and everything that can be provided to support the people and the government in Lebanon. "
Friday, August 07, 2020
The Beirut unknowns
Ministry of Health. There are still at least 13 unidentified bodies, and that doesn't include the victims not yet found.