New York Times correction ouroboros

[ by Charles Cameron — irresistible but sad, sad, sad ] . Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party presidential candidate, flubbed a question about Aleppo in an interview: That’s not great. The New York Times then corrected him: Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor and Libertarian Party presidential nominee, revealed a surprising lack of foreign policy […] Read more »

Religions clash over Temple Mount / Noble Sanctuary

[ by Charles Cameron — not that that should be news.. also Egypt, Israel, Saudi ] . The bomber described in the upper panel, above, has a somewhat strained notion of revenge, it seems to me, though no doubt it makes sense to him. And you can tell that the button ad in the lower […] Read more »

Whole lot of DoubleQuoting going on..

[ by Charles Cameron — compare & contrast is a very basic mental practice, and one I’d like to sharpen into the cognitive tool or mental app I term DoubleQuotes ] . This may well be the most significant DoubleTweet of the day — the very fact of its doubleness placing the issue into the […] Read more »

The Shoehorn — two into one won’t go

[ by Charles Cameron — these things are multi-factorial, and can’t truthfully be shoehorned to fit two categories — “terrorist” or “deranged” — as realtors might say, it’s nuance, nuance, nuance ] . Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt have an interesting piece in the NYT today, titled In the Age of ISIS, Who’s a Terrorist, […] Read more »

Meanwhile, back in Nice..

[ by Charles Cameron — from blessed peace to brutal war ] . Yesterday: Promenade des Anglais, Nice by Edvard Munch 1891 (Private Collection). — Dr Liv Gibbs (@DrLivGibbs) July 15, 2016 BREAKING: Dozens reported dead after truck drives into crowd on #BastilleDay in Nice — The Hill (@thehill) July 14, 2016 […] Read more »

Sunday surprise the second — the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God

[ by Charles Cameron — wishing you all blessings on the Fourth ] . My eye was caught today by yet another disaster — which in turn reminded me of tomorrow, the Fourth of July. It’s just one example among many: Flood hits mosque in Pakistan, dozens feared dead — Mike Walker (@New_Narrative) July […] Read more »

Orlando Tweets Two

[ by Charles Cameron — on a variety of other perspectives ] . Once again, my point is that there’s a whole lot of going on going on, and it’s worth getting a wide-angle view.. which means multiple perspectives, including those not your own: Good column by @sulliveiw. Before we knew much about #Orlando, every […] Read more »

Victory for Putin, or Skewed Reporting?

Even during the darkest days of the Cold War, leaders of the US and the Soviet Union met to discuss areas of agreement and disagreement to keep international conflicts from escalating out of control. Such was Secretary John Kerry’s recent meeting with Vladimir Putin in Sochi – the intent of which, I think, was badly mischaracterized in Dale Herszenhorn’s report in the New York Times May 16, 2015. The headline of that article was “Kerry’s Visit Marks Diplomatic Victory, and Affirmation, for Putin.” Herszenhorn’s sources? Spokesmen – or quasi-spokesmen – for the Kremlin. Only many paragraphs down does he describe the reason for the visit from the US government perspective. . . Read more »

There Are Ways to Address Radicalism Early

A new piece as part of a Room for Debate conversation on the New York Times opinion pages. This one looking at the phenomenon of radicalisation in the west and how to counter it. Honoured to be in the company of friends and distinguished academics on the topic. The surge in attention around Brits in […] Read more »

Serpent logics: the marathon

[ by Charles Cameron -- oh, the sheer delightful drudgery of finding patterns everywhere ] . I’ll start this post, as I did the previous one to which this is a sort of appendix, with a (deeply strange, tell me about it) example of the… Matrioshka pattern: Truly weird Matrioshka Barbie image — hipbonegamer [...] Read more »