Global Temps Continue to Sizzle...Welcome to Hot....Open Thread


The average temperature of Earth’s surface last month exceeded all other Mays before it, since recordkeeping began in 1880, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.


The monthly temperature was 1.33 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the average May. That may not seem like much, but on a planetary scale, it’s huge. It ties the highest departure from average for any single month, in weather records that predate electric lights in Manhattan.


Summer solstice open thread

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Summer solstice begins tomorrow at 3:58AM PST. In my neck of the woods, sunrise is at 5:12am and sunset is 9:14pm, getting light around 4:30am and getting dark by around 10:00pm. I love this time of year.

June 6, 1944

We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field,

as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.

It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

Save The Margins Open Thread (with added basketball)

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ATTN: BlaiseP and Jordan: much as we appreciate your discussing petrodollars and reserve-currency issues in our hallowed confines, the discussion on the "Strategery" thread is crashing up against the RH margin at a rare clip: so here's a wide-open new thread to hash it out in!


Systemic [Update: Shinseki out]

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The latest IG report on the VA concludes, in part, the following:

Allegations at the Phoenix HCS include gross mismanagement of VA resources and criminal misconduct by VA senior hospital leadership, creating systemic patient safety issues and possible wrongful deaths. While our work is not complete, we have substantiated that significant delays in access to care negatively impacted the quality of care at this medical facility.

But it ain't just Phoenix.

Bharat Bhakti: Narendra Modi Analysis from an American.

While Congress is immersed in Bhakti of one family after 1947, BJP is immersed in Bharat Bhakti, the Bhakti of 125 crore * Indians!

For BJP, India's youth are not just voters but they are the Nation's power & strength. I appeal all youngsters to register to vote and

understand their strength in the form of vote.


-Narendra Modi, stump speech, probably earlier than 1 Oct 2013.


* 125 * 10,000,000 = 1,250,000,000


SummaryBJP's astonishing dominance of the last elections will allow Narendra Modi to do exactly as he wishes for the next five years,

by my reckoning.  An era has come to an end:  the Congress Party and its devotion to the Nehru/Gandhi dynasty have been sent packing. 

Congress Party were so soundly defeated they don't even lead the opposition.  Half of India is under the age of 25: they're in open revolt

against the establishment figures.  Yet India is more than the sum of its parts. Emerging from a still-relevant ancient history, its political figures

emerge from mythic roots, not wedge issues, as do American politics.


Modi-ji has little foreign policy experience.  That doesn't much matter: India's critical issues are internal, chiefly corruption.  I think he'll do just fine,

even with the USA.  Modi will find allies in odd corners of the landscape: I believe India's bureaucracies are sick of being mismanaged.  The Indian

expatriate community will reappear, to invest in a modern India.




Some really terrible ideas from the Obama Administration

So my summer online section of World Civilization to 1650 is just about done, and now that I have space, I should be working on my monograph. 


Strategery diplomatique

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Peter Beinert has a pretty good piece on what U.S. diplomatic strategy should be. The three key nuggets:

Memorial Weekend Open Thread

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Blow up the Mississippi Tea Party. Four people, so far, have been arrested for their involvement in the videotaping of Thad Cochran's wife. I would say blow up the entire Tea Party, but they seem to be doing it themselves without outside help.

If Being Stupid is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right: A Study on the Persistence of Dumb Ideas

Brendan Nyhan, Asst. Professor of Government at Duke and creator of Spinsanity, one of the internet's original fact-checking outfits, last month released a study about a systematic attempt to correct false beliefs about the connection between vaccination and autism.

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