Thursday, December 14, 2006

Three Links A'Linkin'

  • "World's Tallest Man Saves China Dolphins." The Associated Press says, "The long arms of the world's tallest man reached in and saved two dolphins by pulling out plastic from their stomachs."
  • Slate wonders why there have not been more protests of the Iraq War. Some reasons the article suggests: there is no draft to create a sense of urgency, there is a lack of detailed media coverage (especially photographs), there is no sympathy for the enemies or their causes (unlike during Vietnam), and the American Left has refused to vilify the US Armed Forces. However, the most interesting reason the article suggests is that "opposition to Iraq doesn't fit into any powerful political vision or paradigm coming from the left. In the 1960s, a number of transformative ideologies came together in opposition to Vietnam—the civil-rights movement, feminism, Christian pacifism, democratic socialism, sexual liberation, and so on. On campuses today, there is plenty of altruistic sentiment but little in the way of revolutionary consciousness. Greens and anti-globalizers are the exception, but Iraq isn't central to their concerns, since its environmental catastrophe must get in line behind all the others, and Baghdad has no Starbucks windows to smash. Moreover, hippie styling and methods seem painfully outdated. is no more likely to take its cues from SDS than SDS was to look to the 1930s-era League for Industrial Democracy for inspiration."
  • The Washington Post reports on Hasidic Jews that attended the Holocaust Denial Summit in Iran last week. This is so interesting.


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