UP-FRONT AFRICA PHOTO NUGGET!!
The Young Girl Who's Best Friends with African Wildlife (Katie Hosmer) from My Modern Met
The photos and the video here are absolutely AMAZING!!
"Born in Africa to French wildlife photographer parents, Tippi Degré had a most unusual childhood. The young girl grew up in the African desert and developed an uncommon bond with many untamed animals including a 28-year old African elephant named Abu, a leopard nicknamed J&B, lion cubs, giraffes, an Ostrich, a mongoose, crocodiles, a baby zebra, a cheetah, giant bullfrogs, and even a snake."
Arab Spring-Style Protests Take Hold in Iraq from the Washington Post
"In an echo of the Arab Spring protests that have overturned regimes elsewhere in the region, angry residents have been staging weekly demonstrations against the Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, calling, among a host of other demands, for him to step down and for Iraq’s U.S.-brokered constitution to be replaced."
Those INGRATES!! We kill tens of thousands of their citizens to find nonexistent WMDs, then ram a gerry-rigged faux democracy down their throats -- and this is the thanks we get!?!
John Brennan and the Drone Consensus (Daniel Klaidman) from the Daily Beast
"Everyone was waiting for an epic clash between Congress and the White House over the morality of drones this week. Instead, we got pragmatic compromise. Daniel Klaidman reports."
Greetings From Williston, North Dakota (Stephen Roderick) from Men's Journal
"In recession-strapped America, Williston, North Dakota, may be some kind of paradise: a town where oil jobs are plentiful, lap dances are cheap, and desperate - possibly meth-addicted - men can change their luck. On the loose in the new Wild West. "
'Good Guys With Guns' Will Not Stop Gun Massacres from the Huffington Post
"If I had been sitting on that panel I would've emphatically replied, "No. I don't want some other dude with a gun in the room. Generally speaking, the addition of a second gun has effectively doubled my chances of being killed by one of the gunmen, intentionally or not.""
How Republicans Flipped on Sequestration (Jonathan Chait) from New York Magazine
"At least for zealous supply-siders at the Journal who would rather sell the entire nuclear arsenal to Al Qaeda than close the carried interest loophole, this represents a coherent (if not honest) set of issue
preferences. The real mystery is why so many other conservatives seem happy to go along with it."
Sequester Cuts a Time Bomb for GOP? from Politico
"Republicans open to letting billions in sequester cuts go through figure they can blame the president if the economy goes south. But Democrats are betting they can shift that blame right back to the GOP. They’re so confident, in fact, that they’re already eyeing at least 10 Republican-held seats with strong military connections from Florida to California to target in 2014, after sequester cuts have trickled down to local bases where jobs are lost and voters notice."
If There was Ever Any Doubt that Republicans were Bluffing on the Sequester, this Settles It (Jed Lewison) from Daily Kos
"In fact, for a guy who thinks the sequester is such bad news that he'd rather blame it on President Obama than take credit for it himself, the real question is this: Why won't Boehner do the rational thing and agree to repeal it?"
‘Suicide Conservatives’ (Charles Blow) from the New York Times
"There used to be a political truism: Democrats fall in love, while Republicans fall in line. That’s no longer true. Not in this moment. Democrats have learned to fall in love and fall in line. Republicans are just falling apart."
GOP’s Newest In-House Spat (Paul Waldman) from Salon
"The latest flare-up between Karl Rove and pundit Brent Bozell highlights a growing rift within the party."
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE NUGGET!!
On Charlotte Lucas's Choice (Joshua Rothman) from the New Yorker
"Pretty much everyone in “Pride and Prejudice” gets the spouse they deserve, except for Charlotte. Elizabeth’s best friend is a sensible, intelligent person, but because she isn’t young, pretty, or rich, she ends up married to the maddening and empty-headed Mr. Collins."
NEW YORK CITY ENGINEERING NUGGET!!
New York's Newest Cathedral: Inside the Illuminated arches of the City's Latest Rail Terminal as it's Carved Deep Beneath Grand Central from the Daily Mail [of the UK]
I had posted about this earlier in the week -- but I had thought the story was just about the Second Avenue line in Manhattan. It turns out that they're actually building ANOTHER whole train station underneath Grand Central -- and that it extends 16 stories beneath the ground!!
"Buried 16 stories beneath Grand Central Terminal a new commuter rail is being blasted and tunneled out of solid bedrock as part of an audacious $15billion development that will span 14 miles throughout the city. The grand concourse, seen at a massive eight stories high surrounded by dripping stone walls and lapping puddles, will provide more floor space than New Orleans' Superdome stadium when finished."