Month: October 2014

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Backfire!

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In Robert Farley
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On October 31, 2014
My latest at the Diplomat highlights some recent work on how the Tu-22M Backfire affected US and Soviet naval doctrine: The Tu-22M Backfire bomber entered service in 1972, with the Soviets eventually producing almost 500 aircraft.  Theories about the plane abounded (some argued that it represented the USSR’s most serious foray into a strategic nuclear bomber […]

The First Look Mess

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On October 31, 2014

I never really understood what Pierre Omidyar was doing with his non-Intercept project, which seemed to involve hiring interesting writers and not letting them write anything. Now we know: Matt Taibbi

Heroes of the day

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On October 31, 2014

Kaci Hickox and Judge Charles LaVerdiere. LaVerdiere: “We would not be here today unless Respondent generously, kindly and with compassion lent her skills to aid, comfort and care for individuals st

A Conservative Halloween

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In General
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On October 31, 2014
Conservatives are such fun people. They can’t let a holiday go without turning it into part of the culture war. The American Spectator clearly planned this one for awhile: Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers kill kids rushing to become adults. Is it too much to ask of the ghoulish trio to apply their […]
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It’s hard to argue against the point that Frank Gehry is a terrible architect: Gehry long ago stopped pursuing any interesting material or tectonic experimentation—and he used to be an interesting architect!—to become the multi-billion dollar equivalent of a Salvador Dalì poster tacked to the wall in a stoned lacrosse player’s dorm room, an isn’t-it-trippy […]

The Roots of a Disaster

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In General
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On October 31, 2014
Path dependence in Mississippi: Where they existed, public services were sparse and utterly segregated. Anything public had to be kept separate from blacks, or degraded, if that wasn’t possible. To get a sense of the scale of white resistance in Mississippi, consider this: During the civil rights movement, white supremacists built a network of state […]

Jon Dee Graham

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On October 30, 2014

Last night, I went to see the great Jon Dee Graham at a bar in Newport, Rhode Island. I used to see Graham all the time when I lived in Austin. The gravelly-voiced songwriter is maybe the not greatest

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