Monday 23 Jul 2018 | 14:10 | SYDNEY
Monday 23 Jul 2018 | 14:10 | SYDNEY

Tuesday linkage


Sam Roggeveen


12 January 2010 13:03

  • I recently blogged about the geopolitical implications of the electrification of road transport. But a Boston Consulting Group report says don't hold your breath for electric cars.
  • Cyber-security: the South Korean military is banning the use of USB drives.
  • Sensible stuff from Tony Abbott, though it might not help him get elected: 'We don't like whaling. We would like the Japanese to stop...on the other hand, we don't want to needlessly antagonise our most important trading partner, a fellow democracy, an ally.'
  • Secretary of State Clinton poised to announce and end to the US ban on joint military exercises with New Zealand.
  • Two good op-eds about the 'undie bomber' and the failure of intelligence. First, Fareed Zakaria:

...keep in mind that the crucial intelligence we received was from the boy's father. If that father had believed that the United States was a rogue superpower that would torture and abuse his child without any sense of decency, would he have turned him in?

...Obama is fuelling an unrealistic public expectation that all attacks can be stopped. If he chose instead to give one of his masterful speeches explaining the need to remain resilient in the face of a continuing threat, the response to the inevitable next attack might not be widespread panic and overreaction.

  •  Via Sullivan, why even tolerant societies might look intolerant: