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  1. “Activist Left Gets Putin Critic’s Scalp”

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    April 22, 2017 by AK

    Three headlines, all about Bill O’Reilly’s getting fired from Fox News. All translations are mine. The BBC Russian Service: The Fox host who called Putin a killer has been fired because of a sex scandal. RT news in Russian: The journalist who insulted Putin has been fired from Fox News. Breitbart: the first version of the headline, removed …
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  2. “Sometimes pace _is_ argument”

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    April 16, 2017 by AK

    Ada Palmer, who teaches history at Chicago, writes science fiction and composes music, reminisces on her early encounter with Thomas Carlyle’s prose: My cohort and I were wolfing down a book a day in those months, looting each for thesis and argument, so we could regurgitate debates, and discuss how our own projects fit with the larger questions …
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  3. Way too much credit for someone else’s work

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    April 14, 2017 by AK

    More details in the curious case of Turovsky & Meduza vs. Kramer & the Gray Lady, by RuNet Echo at Global Voices. “Take one text by Turovsky on Meduza, then take a second text by Turovsky on Meduza, stir, stir, and POOF you’ve got a New York Times article,” Gorbachev [editor of Meduza] wrote on Facebook …
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  4. Andrew Kramer’s Pulitzer-winning piece: plagiarized or not?

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    April 11, 2017 by AK

    The New York Times won three Pulitzer prizes yesterday, one awarded… …for international reporting for a series on Russia’s surreptitious assertion of power. The series, a collaboration among The Times’s international, Washington and investigative teams, explored how Russia was expanding its influence at home and abroad. One report from the Times’ Russia’s Dark Arts series is How Russia Recruited Elite Hackers for …
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  5. The global guillotine

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    April 8, 2017 by AK

    NBC reported this last Friday: The National Security Council has presented President Donald Trump with options to respond to North Korea’s nuclear program — including putting American nukes in South Korea or killing dictator Kim Jong-un… The second option, “decapitation,” is not limited to removing the one man at the helm of the slave galley: Another …
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  6. The Lord’s refuse

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    April 5, 2017 by AK

    Christopher Caldwell’s speech at Hillsdale College, How to Think About Vladimir Putin, suggests an angle and a point of view symptomatic of a certain strain of thought on the American right. I believe it rests on error. No matter what perspective the observer chooses, mistaking myths and half-truths for verifiable facts will distort his view …
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  7. What’s a “Putin critic”?

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    April 1, 2017 by AK

    Googling “Putin critic” turns up reports of a Russian defector assassinated in Ukraine; of a memorial to a Russian opposition leader killed near the Kremlin; of the current opposition leader jailed for a street protest; of a Russian investigative journalist who barely survived a poisoning – and so on. As a one size fits all descriptor, …
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  8. If Trump is after big stakes…

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    March 26, 2017 by AK

    My latest two cents considering Obama the Cunctator and Trump the (hopefully) Knot Cutter. One Manufacturing regime change out of stagnant air is not, generally speaking, a sound suggestion. Smartly supporting a groundswell of discontent is a different matter. On a side note, the United States was the first major power to recognize the Russian provisional …
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  9. (The) Burgess-Kubrick Squib

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    March 11, 2017 by AK

    In Prospect Magazine, Kevin Jackson writes that Stanley Kubrick’s “slick and meretricious film” was an “ambiguous triumph” for Anthony Burgess… …since he regarded the book, most of which he had dashed off in three weeks, as a squib. It’s not clear to me whether Jackson put “squib” to mean a witty tour de force – …
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  10. Trump did not invent unprofessionalism

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    March 1, 2017 by AK

    Australian children’s writer Mem Fox reports on getting mistreated by an American immigration officer at the Los Angeles international airport: When I was called to be interviewed I was rereading a novel from 40 years ago – thank God I had a novel. It was The Red and the Black by Stendhal… I was buried …
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