Friday, March 04, 2011

Bits and Pieces - March 4, 2011

More on women's issues:
Summary of South Dakota's attempts at socialization of wombs.

An Orgasmatron won't help female desire. Honesty will.

The Disposable Woman

More on no-fly zones:
President Obama's statement

The Russians don't like the idea.

Checklist for military intervention.


Looks like the Russians are wary of Iran's ability to operate the Bushehr nuclear power plant. But, let me repeat once again, there will be no "Iranian Chornobyl."

The New York Times has been running a series on the lead-up to the Civil War, with accounts approximately corresponding to the date 150 years ago. Today's is a group of four essays on Lincoln's first Inaugural Address. One of the things that I find most mind-bending on reading the series is the contrast in what "Republican" meant then, and what it means now. The descriptions of the secessionists sound more like today's Republicans than their first president does. Lots of other good stuff too.

Added later: Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev is honored with Russia's highest medal. Gorbachev is criticized in Russia for having dissolved the Soviet Union. This might be seen as one more action by current president Dmitry Medvedev to distance himself from the old-line thinking of Vladimir Putin.

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