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Friday linkage


Sam Roggeveen


9 July 2010 11:12

  • Afghanistan: New Yorker journalist George Packer says no one 'has been able to come up with an alternative to the current strategy that doesn't carry great risks.' Democracy Arsenal lists several alternatives.
  • Newly released Nixon tape transcripts will make uncomfortable reading for Henry Kissinger.
  • No soup for you! Military-themed blog Danger Room recently posted an item about al Qaeda that obliquely referenced Seinfeld's Soup Nazi. You won't believe what happened next...
  • The WSJ's China blog reports on the scams and scandals surrounding Shanghai's World Expo.
  • Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein warns about the dangers of confirmation bias (h/t Wilkinson):

Fairly few political commentators know enough to decide which research papers are methodologically convincing and which aren't. So we often end up touting the papers that sound right, and the papers that sound right are, unsurprisingly, the ones that accord most closely with our view of the world.