Most Interesting Thing You've Read This Past Week

Howdy! Welcome to the our weekly open thread on interesting reads! This is where to post links to those great things that made you say "Ah!" when you read them, so the rest of us can read them too!

So what is the most interesting thing you've read in the past week?

It can be anything - a book, a news article, a blog post, a recipe, a cartoon, anything goes...

And please - if there's a link, link it; if it's a recipe post it. :D

 

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Kangaroo justice

traveler's picture

Due process be damned:  Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans - NBC News

The White Paper (pdf), which is not a formal legal reasoning, tries to explain that the United States can kill a citizen if:

(1) an informed, high level official of the U.S. government has determined that the targeted individual poses an imminent threat of violent attack
against the United States; (2) capture is infeasible, and the United
States continues to monitor whether capture becomes feasible; and (3)
the operation would be conducted in a manner consistent with applicable
law of war principles.

More details in this article at MOA

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I'll have to go with a movie this week

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And I'll choose two for most interesting.  It's really an impossible choice.  But as for interest specifically, the Iranian film Modest Reception has left me thinking and thinking about the things they did.  Really stimulating and interesting, impossible pin down, hilarious and creepy, left me feeling vaguely that there's a problem with humans.  True art.  The opening scene is classic.  Seeing such things has a huge impact on unconscious attitudes about Iranians.

The other would be Charles Lloyd:  Arrows into Infinity.  What a beautiful person, quite stimulating.  In these music films, when the life story is juxtaposed with the music, the music is much more accessible--it makes sense with the life.  I probably would have missed the exquisite tenderness of Lloyd's playing.

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