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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Fuzzy and I were talking in antitrust class today* 

Okay, we were using GoogleTalk, but it's similar in some respects to talking and less rude to the professor. Anyway. We were talking about a grand counterfactual: what would have happened in Iraq if the United States hadn't invaded? We passed back and forth little snippets of knowledge we had concerning Hussein's sons, the Kurds, what Iran and Turkey would have continenced, and why. Basically, we guessed about the counterfacutal using what two fairly well-read Americans in 2005 would know about Iraq's political history prior to March 2003. And of course we couldn't come to any conclusions because we hardly know anything. But does anyone? (Certainly not in the Administration, that's obvious.)

All of this is just a windy prelude to an interesting blog post by Tim Burke about meeting Juan Cole and what Cole's scholarly expertise means for the blogosphere and in politics. Enjoy.

*Neither of us are very good students in that class. So don't come to us with your price-fixing woes.

-Ziggy Stardust  17:23 EST | |

About us:

This weblog is an ongoing, if periodic, effort by several friends to stay in touch, in reading material, and in ideas.

Lucky Luciano is a former Italian Stallion real estate hustler and Benedict Arnold CEO turned shady lawyer-to-be. He lives in Denver.

Ben is a Paramedic and would-be philantropist who lives in Denver. He knows everything about nothing.

Fuzzy Dunlop lives in Manhattan. He is more than capable of standing up to the stresses of a high crime urban environment.

Jess is a teacher. But have YOU given her an apple? No, you haven't. You should be ashamed of yourself. This crazy feminist currently rests her copy of Awakening in Jersey City.

Matt is a pariah, iconoclast, and professor of gambling living in Oakland.

Miguel Sanchez is not Lionel Hutz.

Daddy Brooklyn lives in Brooklyn. He hates Republicans, though he wouldn't mind being ensconced in the landed elite of New York City.

Paul just smoked my eyelids and punched my cigarette.

Ziggy Stardust has no past.

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