Fouad Ajami on the U.N. and a Palestinian State

Fouad Ajami wrote the opinion piece below for the Wall Street Journal back in June. It’s still timely a couple months later as Palestine seeks a declaration of statehood from the United Nations this week. While it’s high time that the Palestinian people join the international community and adopt the responsibilities of statehood, Ajami makes a crucial point that achieving statehood takes much more than declarations. >> Link: The … Continue reading Fouad Ajami on the U.N. and a Palestinian State

Japan’s Post-Quake Nuclear Energy Troubles Explained

The Economist presents a thorough primer on what’s going on at Japan’s failed nuclear energy facilities–the science, technology, obstacles, crises, and solutions are all explained well. A good read if you want a high-level overview of the terrible situation there. >> Link: The post-earthquake nuclear crisis: The Japan syndrome | The Economist Continue reading Japan’s Post-Quake Nuclear Energy Troubles Explained

Google’s response to Japan’s earthquake and tsunami

While the news media has been brining us incredible and sad accounts of what’s happened in Japan, the response from Google has been different–and incredible in its own right. Within hours of the earthquake and tsunami, Google had compiled a special site with information about local municipalities, a person finder that you can embed on your website, maps with overlays of all kinds of geological … Continue reading Google’s response to Japan’s earthquake and tsunami

A Vintage L.A. Crime Novel in Real Life

Headlines from today’s L.A. Times include the story of mummified remains of two babies found in a trunk in the basement of an apartment complex in mid-city. Grim–yet also fascinating, considering the remains are perhaps 80 years old. They were found along with newspapers from the 1930s and a ticket to the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. This seems like exactly the kind of … Continue reading A Vintage L.A. Crime Novel in Real Life