The Huffington Post has an interesting article up about the generational gap between elderly realists of the old Republican school and young, possibly mad neocons who are currently advising the McCain campaign. As much of a crafty scumbag as Kissinger was and is, he likely doesn’t believe in the reverse domino theories and only supports the war on terror to further his own ends. Newsweek‘s Fareed Zakaria has some more thoughts on the matter.
It’s about damned time. Though Rogers hasn’t said much else, so we don’t know if this is the rumoured 3G model, or whether they’ll reduce their ridiculous data rates to something civilized. Since I already have an iPhone, I’m waiting to see just how much better the new phone will be…and then we’ll see.
The Three Who Rule spent a mind-shattering 40-odd minutes conversing about the “Sontaran Stratagem,” a fine return to form for the Doctor’s beloved potato-headed enemies (unless you ask Chris, he thought the episode was a bit crap.) And good thing too, since there was very little in the news for your intrepid hosts to ponder, though that didn’t stop the usual digressions, tangents and nonsense.
Internet smart guy Clay Shirky recently gave a lecture about how big changes are masked by a calming influence until societies are ready to adapt. He points to gin as the dampening effect of the Industrial Revolution, with most Britain drunk and surly until they stopped seeing urbanism as a threat and started seeing it as an asset. Same with television, which narcotized a public faced with one-way communication and nuclear deterrence. Now we’re in a two-way age, with blogs and Wikipedia and Youtube, and we’re growing into a world where participation will be the norm, not the exception. Neat stuff.
I cant say any of this is off the mark.
“Nixonland,” a new book by Rick Perlstein, looks like an interesting tome about how Nixon was both a reflection of and answer to the state of America in the late Sixties. It also points out that Nixon did succeed in calming an incredibly tumultuous time in the US, when the country was tearing itself apart from within. Compare that to today, when we have an arguably worse president but a relatively stable social and political atmosphere.
Mystery, pathos, and some seriously freaky looking spaghetti mouthed Oods…not a bad episode this week, according to the RFS crew. The Third Guy’s (momentary) visit to Edmonton meant a clear signal not muddled by Transatlantic cables or time zone hijinks, but near the end of the podcast Chris managed to slip into a space-time wormhole and only just survived by hanging onto his wireless connection by the skin of his fingernails. Still, japes all round and a fine time was had by all. And next week, the Sontarans return!