I’ve said it before and I’ll say it many more times: If you have a problem with Edward Sharpe, you have a problem with yourself.
3/5/2014 POST EDIT: Apparently this is a cruel and elaborate hoax. As a science man explained to me, if this technology were available we “would likely see commercial/industrial applicayshes first”…whatever. Chris Lloyd in tears at the end had me fully duped. That being said, if the rumors are to be believed and this is a ploy to drum up excitement for a new Back to the Future film, well then we’re all winners.
From The Dish, a swathe of opinions on what economic sanctions could mean to Russia. From an amateur energy analyst’s point of view, it seems they have much more to lose than gain from the gas pipelines being shut off…
It is much easier for the United States to push hard for sanctions, as it would be more insulated from any immediate economic fallout than Europe, but the potential effectiveness of sanctions in quieting Putin’s jangling spurs should not be understated. In this strange new “global economy” and with emerging market economies mired in growing pains, despotic and resource-rich Oligarchies (let’s not kid ourselves–this is all Putin’s Russia is) that rely heavily on energy exports for income can be hit hard by forced isolation from established, Western economies. While most of Europe favors some type of punitive measures, the case against sanctions is being led by Germany, from their ivory tower of dithering, austeric pacifism and still bristling about the recent NSA spying scandal. Thanks for the input, Merks, we’ll take it under advisement.
While steps will almost certainly be taken to punish the Russians’ pocketbooks in some capacity, for the time being it seems prudent to tread carefully and see what Putin, still without his hockey gold medal, does next. To echo David Ignatius of the Post who blithely quoted Napoleon on Sunday, “When the enemy is making a false movement we must take good care not to interrupt him”.
New track from Real Estate
A mind-bending interactive tool showing the size and scale of the known universe.
Neon Indian, “Halogen (I Could Be a Shadow)”