Milan

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After [redacted by the CIA] left, Boris had to keep introducing harsher and harsher methods, because Abu Zubaydah and other terrorists were trained to resist them. In a democracy such as ours, there is a glass ceiling on harsh techniques that the interrogator cannot breach, so a detainee can eventually call the interrogator’s bluff. And […]

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Spirals

2019-01-22

in Photo of the day

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I’ve been knocked out by a cold for the last couple of days which is unfortunate as I have tutorials on an unfamiliar topic (“political culture”) to prepare for, along with readings for my contentious politics course, and a great many thesis tasks and a fellowship application. I’m operating on the logic that resting as […]

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I have written before about the cognitive and emotional (and insomniac) downsides of checking the news too often. It seems worth re-emphasizing how twitter is a worst-case scenario in this regard, at least for people more interested in developments in matters of public interest than developments in the lives of friends and acquaintances, where facebook […]

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Several recent analyses have found that America’s contribution to climate change worsened in 2018: There are a number of factors behind the rise in US emissions in 2018, some natural, mostly economic. Prolonged cold spells in a number of regions drove up demand for energy in the winter, while a hot summer in many parts […]

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