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Not Alone Anymore

My two friends are getting married this weekend so there won’t be any updates. Here’s some reading to tide you over along with some prudent advice on marriage by Bertrand Russell. I probably won’t recommend the best man use this in his speech.

Many husbands and many wives will forgo their own pleasures out of jealousy of the pleasures that they imagine their partners as desiring. It is much more harmful to object to other people’s pleasures than it is to be a trifle selfish in pursuing one’s own, and a certain amount of social separateness of husband and wife is necessary if they are not to become dull and incapable of finding anything to say to each other. “Marriage” 13 November 1931

Brad DeLong on the economy and economics.

Matthew Yglesias in The American Prospect on the US-Israel relationship.

Tedy Bruschi on climbing Kilimanjaro.

In anticipation for our bachelor party festivities, Jacob Sullum on “The Most Dangerous Drug.”

Sean Carroll on “Physics and the Immortality of the Soul.”

Buy Christopher Hitchens’ essay on Osama Bin Laden.

Pam Belluck in The New York Times on testing’s effect on learning.

In continuing a recent theme here on the blog, David Weiman on buddhism and neuroscience.

Plus, an appropriately awesome picture from a cool tumblr:

Categories: Personal
  1. Jack
    May 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Interestingly I have had a recent long debate regarding Israel-Palestine-US relationships over Netanyahu’s anger regarding Obama’s reference to “1967” borders. I have both Jewish & Palestinian (including a Palestinian Christian) friends who have kindly shared their views over the years with me. I still believe a 2 part state may be the best bet (US Policy. Although the palestinians have voted Hamas into power and I am against terrorism, I have to admit that I sympathize with the common palestinian’s every day existence. Would it be legal in the US if we oppressed certain people because of their religion or color of skin? Does not Israeli policy/strategy not encourage terrorism? Can Hamas/Fatah not do what Sinn Fein has done? I also wanted to share a link here regarding the following joint statement from Sec. Clinton & PM Netanyahu from Nov 2010:
    The Secretary reiterated that “the United States believes that through good-faith negotiations, the parties can mutually agree on an outcome which ends the conflict and reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state, based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps, and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israeli security requirements.” Sound familiar? Apparently Obama’s speech was not the 1st time this has been stated openly. It also seems at this point that fatah/hamas feel that their best strategy is a UN vote which they feel that they may win the 2/3 vote. This would apply heavy pressure upon Israel and lead to further Israeli isolation. Perhaps this could be a future post for this blog?
    Full link: http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Government/Communiques/2010/Joint_statement_PM_Netanyahu_US_Sec_Clinton_11-Nov-2010.htm

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