I'm apparently doing "twitter essays" now, and, apropos gruesomely hilarious NJ NG story, did one re odd history of the institution as a whole.
Simpson, Hedwig Maurer, "Herr Hitler: At Home in the Clouds." The New York Times [Magazine] Aug 20, 1939; p. SM3
Highlights available here. "Larchwood shingles, which are just taking on a pleasant weathering". . . . If nothing else, NYTMag writers breed true. Read more about "Herr Hitler: At Home in the Clouds" (New York Times Magazine, 8/28/1939)
On reading this bit
But in setting up non-nationals as parasites, as a burden, as usurpers of national resources, and so on, European governments and their loyal media are generating a dangerous political fantasy.
from Jacobin's piece on Europe's migrant crisis, my reaction was "well, yes, but they also treat their own nationals as 'parasites and a burden' if they happen to be on welfare," and then it hit me. Read more about A Modest Proposal, 2015
"First Schäuble came for Greece, and I said nothing, because the ECB still accepted my government bonds as collateral..."
From Frances Coppola post on Forbes, commenting on German news story. Read more about "First Schäuble came for Greece, and I said nothing, because the ECB still accepted my government bonds as collateral..."
Mark Blyth: "Actually, what we're really doing is bailing out Commerzbank. How do you feel about that?"
From the excellent if horrible-90s-web-design-flashback Militarycorruption.com:
The latest blot on West Point's once-sterling reputation has come with a guilty plea from Bobbie C. Ryan, trusted employee in the Dean's office, who admits she embezzled almost $3 million for her own personal use.
The 51 year-old Highland Falls, New York woman admitted she diverted payments from West Point to a dummy corporation she set up - CWG Enterprises of New Windsor, N.Y. - for "training" that never took place.
Something about the contemporary US military that should be better known is its Central-American-army degree of generals' bloat.
And this only follows the best traditions of the American corporate sector: Read more about Generals and "the grotesque top-heaviness of the American corporation"
"The 'U.S. military’s marathon, 30-year, single-elimination, suck-up tournament' OR 'How America selects its generals'"
Mentioned this piece by a former officer and Vietnam vet to lambert, but thing might be of wider interest. Read more about "The 'U.S. military’s marathon, 30-year, single-elimination, suck-up tournament' OR 'How America selects its generals'"
It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail. --Gore Vidal
A few years spent dinning the virtues of free trade agreements and supra-national organizations into the undergraduate minds of America's future elite left me with a small but abiding obsession with "the curve." Read more about Elites: Markers and Makers
Below the break is something I copied out the other day, from Hugh Trevor-Roper's letters, for a mentor of mine who recently lost an election in a State where one'd think a very soft social science shouldn't risk putting safe nonentities in leadership positions.
Since the cost of reproducing my labor in this regard is zero, I copy-paste it case any academic types find it funny. Read more about An Academic Election