Tag Archives: terrorism

What I’m reading today

The Arts & Letters Daily (featured on my blog already) is a good way to find new knowledge.  Today I’m pushing my way through Martin Amis’ piece for the WSJ titled “Terrorism’s New Structure“.

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“A Truman for our Times”?

Prospect is leading its current issue with an article by Edward Luttwak in which, among other things, he argues that the Bush presidency will be seen as something very much akin to that of Truman–derided and worried over during its time but soon enshrined as one of the periods of great American statesmanship.  This sentence from the article just about sums it up:

So the bien-pensant commentators have got the two big questions about the US’s place in the world completely back to front—they believe that Bush has failed in the very field where he has been most successful, and that China adds to American problems when the opposite is true.

The subject of Bush’s legacy will get more and more play as his presidency draws to a close, and the foregone conclusion that was his administration has proven itself remarkably resilient (cf. how well things are going in Iraq right now for the American occupation). Continue reading

The Dark Knight: A Nightmare for Civil Libertarians, Game Theorists

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger as The Joker

I went and saw a 3 a.m. showing of The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to the wildly popular Batman Begins.  I’m still in the post-show awe that leaves you with little critical reasoning capabilities, so writing a review (especially considering my extreme lack of sleep) is probably not the best of ideas, but there are a few thoughts I had about the movie that I wanted to get down.

Like most people have said, Heath Ledger’s role as the Joker makes the movie.  Absent the haunting, surreal experience of seeing a ‘dead man walk’, as it were, Ledger obviously put in a huge amount of work for this role and it pays off handsomely (at least for Warner Brothers, maybe not so much Ledger’s family).  Instead of talking about Ledger’s role (which has gotten so much play in both blogs and rags that it’s almost irritating to see a role that is almost perfect debated to the point that it loses its lustre).  I’m going to mention a few political allusions that Nolan decided to write into the movie. Continue reading