FM newswire for June 6, interesting articles about geopolitics

Today’s links to interesting news and analysis, much of which is catch-up from the past week. If you find this useful, please pass it to a friend or colleague.

  1. Hidden insights to our leaders’ thinking:  Word clouds (wordles) for the Bush and Obama National Security Strategy papers, Charli Carpenter, Lawyers Guns and Money, 28 May 2010
  2. The big word in both the Bush and Obama National Security Strategies: “Must”, Robert Farley (Asst Prof, Patterson School), Lawyers Guns and Money, 31 May 2010
  3. The Millionaire Cop Next Door“, Rich Karlgaard,blog of Forbes, 1 June 2010
  4. Good sense; more than they used on the Deepwater Horizon rig:  “BP, Halliburton, Transocean Build Legal Teams“, New York Times, 2 June 2010
  5. Even smarter, and probably more effective:    “Halliburton campaign donations spike“, Politico, 2 June 2010 — But only $17,000 in May.  Don’t our representatives have any pride?
  6. Underground blowout:  How the oil spill could quickly get much worse, which is why BP has moved so carefully, Daily Hurricane, 5 June 2010
  7. No, you probably cannot correctly guess the answer:  “Can You Guess How Many Studies Financial Reform Requires?“, Daniel Indiviglio, blog of The Atlantic, 5 June 2010
  8. Nicolas Carr on the ‘Superficial’ Webby Mind“,  blog of The Atlantic, 5 June 2010 — Author of The Shallows, discussing thinking in a post-print world.
  9. With U.S. Aid, Warlord Builds Afghan Empire“, New York Times, 5 June 2010

Question of the day

Is the Tea Parties movement a serious political force, or a symbolic (or even quixotic) collective effort of people seeking ceremonial purification for our society?  (Hat tip for the idea to Leslie Savan, blogging at The Nation).

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