February 20th, 2012 | brainjuice
- Remembering Anthony Shadid | Foreign Policy
"Once, on a trip to Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, he purchased a video disc from a tea shop. Unlike Starbucks, which once sold music intended to relax the listener, the offering in Tikrit was titled "Anger." It was a compilation of bloody images of U.S. and insurgent attacks that was sickening to watch. Anthony bought it not because of its shock value, but because he knew he needed to see it to understand how Iraqi public opinion was being shaped."
(tags:writing war culture )
- Where Have All the George Washingtons Gone? – By Aaron David Miller | Foreign Policy
"Lincoln gave four major speeches during his presidency; FDR gave only four fireside chats during his first year. Barack Obama gave over 500 speeches and major remarks during his first 365 days in office."
(tags:pol media )
- Rhizome | Drone Desire
"In the world of robotic warfare, human pilots are apparently still good for something: shooting down wayward drones."
(tags:drones war )
- Researchers resurrect new species of life from ancient Andean tomb
"Carvajal and his team resurrected a number of different yeast strains, but not a one was saccharomyces cerivisiae — the yeast used in contemporary fermentation techniques. In fact, two of the strains were a new species entirely, and beonged to the genus Candida, many species of which are known to cause skin and vaginal infections. Carvajal's team named the new species C. theae, meaning "tea.""