Newt Gingrich apparently spends part of his time filing reviews on Amazon.com. Two things struck me about these reviews: how much pulp fiction he reads (along with the more expected military histories and futurist thinking) and how seemingly uncritical his judgements are. Newt doesn’t seem to read anything of less than four-star standard.
I’m startled by how profoundly The New York Times does not understand protest movements like the anti-globalisation activists. Today’s Times reports that Jose Bove’s star has fallen because he is being sent to prison. As Bove and his followers are keenly aware, imprisonment will ensure his star rises. That’s part of the reason he engages in violent acts of destruction.