Agreeing to maybe agree again at some point in the hopefully not-too-distant future

When last we left Libya, its two competing “national” governments were in talks to try to form a national unity government, but it wasn’t going so well, mostly because the Tripoli government was dragging its feet. Yesterday came reports of a breakthrough, maybe: Libya’s rival governments have reached a “consensus” on the main elements of… Continue reading Agreeing to maybe agree again at some point in the hopefully not-too-distant future

Tony Abbott’s loss may be the environment’s gain

Australia’s Liberal Party, which is actually its biggest conservative party because the world outside of America is a land of many contrasts (I kid!), changed leaders today, which also means that Australia changed prime ministers. Tony Abbott, who had led the party since 2009 and the country since 2013, was replaced by the guy he… Continue reading Tony Abbott’s loss may be the environment’s gain

A losing argument

I agree with Kevin Drum; there’s little to be gained from liberal/center-left groups like CAP arguing that today’s Republican Party has moved far to Ronald Reagan’s right. Yes, it feeds an argument that the current Republican Party is tiptoeing out on the radical right-wing fringe, but it’s a hollow way to make that point. Here’s… Continue reading A losing argument

So much for resting in peace…

Via io9, it appears that archaeologists in the Irish town of Collooney have a bit of a mystery on their hands, as they examine a human skeleton that was unearthed when a 200 year old birch tree blew over in a storm. To add injury to insult, the skeleton, which appears to have been buried… Continue reading So much for resting in peace…

Republicans rebooting an old classic

It’s no “it’s been pretty well confirmed that [Mohamed Atta, the leader of the 19 9/11 hijackers] did go to Prague and he did meet with a senior official of the Iraqi intelligence service in Czechoslovakia last April, several months before the attack,” which was really a masterful display of lying in the service of… Continue reading Republicans rebooting an old classic

Today in European history: the Battle of Vienna (1683)

So yesterday, when we talked about the Great Siege of Malta, I mentioned toward the end that the Ottomans, despite losing that siege, were still one of the preeminent military powers in the Mediterranean region (if not the preeminent military power) for another century plus. Well, by 1683 it had been a century plus, and… Continue reading Today in European history: the Battle of Vienna (1683)

Saturday Night Tunes: Juju

Last time out, we listened to The Lester Young Trio because it had been Lester Young’s birthday earlier in the week (August 27). Wayne Shorter also celebrated his birthday that week, though (on August 25), so here’s something of his to make up for missing his birthday. We’ve already listened to what’s probably Shorter’s best… Continue reading Saturday Night Tunes: Juju