Ted Rose: “The longstanding but chronically underfunded program is finally pressing ahead, fueled by revenue from trade zones like Shanghai and Hong Kong. China's motives are unclear - outside of bragging rights over galactic wannabes like India and North Korea.”
Well, the United States Air Force's expressed desire to control and dominate space might have something to do it.
William Saletan: “Sharon says Palestinian terrorists have been attacking Israel in order to bully him into offering concessions at the bargaining table. Accordingly, he has made the cessation of violence a prerequisite to political talks. By laying down that condition, Sharon thinks he's reasserting Israeli control of the chain of consequences. But the consequence to which he has committed himself—refusing to negotiate—helps the terrorists more than it hurts them.
"Jam On It" by Will Hermes
Easily my favourite rock journalist, Will Hermes does tend to ride DJ Shadow's jock. This is the third time he's made reference to Shadow in an article not about Shadow: the first in a review of Hive's Devious Minds (calling Hive the "DJ Shadow of drum'n'bass") and State of Bengal's Visual Audio, calling it their "Endtroducing....". Yeesh.
"This Train Runs on Time" by Jared Mitchell
I've always had a latent interest in trains. I grew up 3 blocks away from the train tracks in my hometown, had train wallpaper when I was a lad, and absolutely loved the train trip while in China (despite the smelly people!).