"Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking" - JMK
- Stephen Walt of Foreign Policy reviews the news of vast mineral deposits in Afghanistan with some needed skepticism. One thing he doesn't mention, of course, is the "resource curse" phenomenon which it seems like Afghanistan is ripe for. That having been said, as Walt suggests, there's no good reason to believe the estimates of the deposits are wrong. One thing I'd highlight especially is the lithium, which is very important for a variety of clean energy technologies that rely on batteries. It would just be nice if we could get the stuff out of the ground without imperialism or corrupt government. Time will tell, but I'm guessing we'll see some of both.
- Obama is going to speak to probably the biggest negative externality facing us as a species. Marc Ambinder anticipates the contours of his address.
- A Washington Post article on college educated students going into the trades. I think Jefferson would have approved of the featured experience: a guy that learned theology and French at a university and worked as an electrician.
- "Higgs boson" may need to be amended to read "Higgs bosons"
- The Green Revolution quite possibly delayed the onset of climate change. It's important to remember that modernization isn't the enemy - it's the way out of a lot of our problems. It does create a few of it's own but it has a striking ability to solve the problems it creates.
- Some think that there is considerably more water on the Moon than we had previously thought. I may have to revise my Moon-skepticism. It's still not an adequate place for settlement, but we may be able to have substantial operations there.