Morning Ed: Asia {2016.06.02.Th}


Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Kolohe says:

    Is the article on cutting corners the one you wanted to link to? The article seems to me about how Japanese construction is somewhat *better* now in quality and durabilty than historical averages, and they’re razing down mostly good enough buildings, because that’s the way they’ve always done things.

    The article on Modi is interesting, but it written by a person that’s always been a fan of Modi and had mostly the same political preferences. (And the authors bio is basically – I’m one of the few bastions remaining in a world dominated by the Liberal Media)Report

  2. Avatar Kolohe says:

    The New Yorker article doesn’t make Ike look all that good – or it takes out of context his statements. A guy that was against nuclear weapons in 1948, then against them in 1961, but then presides over the largest buildup of them in human history – is not a good look.

    Otoh, the author sorta turns inside out Curtis LeMay’s strategic vision and yada yadas the revolt of the admirals in the dynamic between post war defense budgets and nuclear weapons procurement & policy, so Ike might be misinterpreted here as well.Report

    • Avatar DensityDuck says:

      It’s Game Theory. Eisenhower was well aware of what nuclear weapons meant, but also understood the logic that required them to be held by any nation that wanted to maintain its autonomy.

      Like, “do what I say or I’ll nuke you”. What’s the response to that, in a world where you can’t stop them nuking you?Report

  3. Avatar notme says:

    State Dept. admits intentionally altering video of Iran press conference. So Kerry lied when he said it was a “glitch.”

  4. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Insty made a good point today.

    Want to increase economic mobility? Stop tying it to expensive educational degrees and substitute cheap competency testing. And instead of telling employers not to ask people about criminal records, bar them from asking where people went to school. That would be a revolution.


    • Avatar Francis says:

      A libertarian wants a law banning employers from asking questions of prospective employees about educational success?

      Go figure.

      (For every complex problem, there’s a solution that’s quick, easy and wrong. Entry # 100,000,000,001)Report

  5. Avatar Jaybird says:


    • Avatar dragonfrog says:

      Ohhh that is just a sight to bring tears to one’s eyes. I hope they didn’t catch the moonshiners, at least.Report

  6. Avatar DensityDuck says:

    “torn down anyway” Oh hey, look at this, turns out the solution (as usual) is Less Property Ownership.

    “The solution, argues Townsend, is for the government to stop promoting the dream of home ownership for everyone.”

    Because the best situation is for two or three giant corporations to own all the residential property in the country, and everyone else just rents an apartment.Report

  7. Avatar Jaybird says:

    So… the shooting yesterday? That kinda dried up.Report

  8. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    Combat vehicle hull art is a tradition I hope never goes away. I know it violates all kinds of edicts to maintain uniformity of appearance, yadda yadda, but in a way, it’s a touch of humanity in a very inhumane business.Report

  9. Avatar Will Truman says:

    Well, Twitter is lovely tonight.

    Conservatives are retweeting media figures commenting on the San Jose conflict and snarking that media figures are ignoring the San Jose conflict.

    Lefties are indignant that some liberals (and centrists and conservatives) are unhappy about protesters assaulting Trump supporters.Report