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achughes  ·  2308 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Global Conflict Tracker

CFR is one of the biggest foreign relations think tanks in Washington. As far as I can tell they don't have too much of an imperialistic standpoint, most of the analysis is from a higher worldview, not just US-centric.

achughes  ·  2352 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Russia Won't Invade Ukraine

Thats what I like about Foreign Affairs, some of the things they post are wrong, but they post them anyway, and will usually post a followup later.

Here's the authors follow-up article if your interested.

achughes  ·  2353 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Russia Won't Invade Ukraine

Yea, this was written before Russian forces showed up in Ukraine and I thought the reversal was interesting

achughes  ·  2406 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Snapchat CEO Reveals Why He Rejected Facebook's $3 Billion Offer

Probably the best response I have to that is (and possibly the rational for the offer), it doesn't matter of "The Facebook" fails if Facebook the company owns the alternative that people start using.

achughes  ·  2411 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cold Turkey Isn't the Only Route

Thanks didn't see it the other day, will delete

achughes  ·  2412 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cell Block Four - Mikhal Khodorkovsky

I feel really conflicted about the whole thing. On one hand he exploited the system and made a bunch of money on the backs of the Russian people. But on the other hand it's very obvious that he was a better businessman than the other oligarchs who did very little to improve their assets. If not Kodorkovsky, someone else would have bought Yukos and just sat on it, and I wonder if that would be any better.

achughes  ·  2412 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cell Block Four - Mikhal Khodorkovsky

Funny you should mention that, first I time heard about him was through the documentary "Kodorkovsky".

Can't find a youtube link, but it is on Netflix

achughes  ·  2424 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 10 architects were told to create their fantasy home. This is what happened

con·tem·po·rar·y

1. living or occurring at the same time.

2. belonging to or occurring in the present.

How the hell did you come to the conclusion that contemporary is a buzzword? If anything its the proper name for current architecture. Every architectural movement you named is historical, thus the name. Can't have a name that sums up the movement if it hasn't run its course yet can you?

All the designs were done probably done for free, like every other architectural competition, so I agree that they are shit, but your complete ignorance of the realities of the projects just to put down the post doesn't help anybody.

achughes  ·  2426 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 10 architects were told to create their fantasy home. This is what happened

While money is obviously an issue (most architects really don't make that much money) its interesting that none of these architects actually bought their own dream home (and very few architects live in houses they designed)

achughes  ·  2427 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Leading Thinkers of 2013 according to Foreignpolicy.com

I wouldn't exactly call that a list of important thinkers, its more like a list of the years important or pivotal people. Edward Snowden and John Kerry may have made important statements this year, but neither of them have revolutionary world views that could change the way people see the world.

That is to say, Snowden doesn't say anything new about libertarian-socialism or state surveillance, he was just a pivotal figure in publicizing the US domestic spying program.

achughes  ·  2427 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Scientists say vitamins and minerals are a "waste of money"

But at the same time I wouldn't go change my whole lifestyle over an blog post that only lists secondary and even tertiary sources.

achughes  ·  2429 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Canada Post ends home delivery: The postman won’t ring at all | The Economist

At most I see this happening to the USPS within the decade, or sooner if it becomes politically advantageous to do so.