Lesenswertes 2

Die Tragödie des amerikanischen Militärs, eine Reise durch die USA 1947, der Anti-Tolkien, das Ende der Welt bei CNN und wahnwitzigste Lüge der Geschichte.

The Tragedy of the American Military via The Atlantic

At enormous cost, both financial and human, the nation supports the world’s most powerful armed force. But because so small a sliver of the population has a direct stake in the consequences of military action, the normal democratic feedbacks do not work.

Martha Gellhorn’s Revelatory Road Trip Across America June 30, 1947 via New Republic

 There is no moral to driving through America. There probably isn’t any conclusion. Except the obvious one: America is not what it sounds, Americans are not those people you read about in newspapers and magazines. I know what a disgust America seems to those who read its own report of itself and are too far away to check the facts against the truth. America sounds greedy, righteous and afraid, and full of threatening sounds. We are not loved abroad and I see no reason to expect love, but our exported picture of ourselves is a disaster.

Hell is other People via GQ

The Central African Republic is in the grip of a crisis in which acts of extraordinary cruelty have become commonplace. From the outside it looks like a war about competing faiths: Muslim against Christian, the old story. But religion – or at least, theology – is a sideshow. This is not a conflict about contesting interpretations of scripture. There are no crusaders here, no jihadis. Not yet at least. No, this is a war about names – which kinds of names belong in the country, and which do not; about who deserves a name, and who does not. In the Central African Republic, these questions have been answered in blood.

Michael Moorcock: The Anti-Tolkien via The New Yorker

Michael Moorcock once wrote, “I think of myself as a bad writer with big ideas, but I’d rather be that than a big writer with bad ideas”

Cara Ellison on: The Poetics of Space via Eurogamer

How many children learned to read by typing into a text adventure on an early computer? And not to ‚win‘, just to explore and to read a response? To stretch into the abyss, alone, and throw a stone in? To look? To peer? Were we gamers then, when text adventures were new? Or just flirting in the dark?

 This Is The Video CNN Will Play When The World Ends via Jalopnik

 It’s kept behind its own proverbial glass case. Angry, bold red letters are rendered on the computer screen of anyone who comes near it on CNN’s intranet video database, reminding whoever accesses it that there is a grave restriction: HFR till end of the world confirmed. Hold for release. CNN, once ever so thorough in its factchecking, knew that the last employee alive couldn’t be trusted to make a call as consequential as one from the Book of Revelation. The end of the world must be confirmed.

The Most Amazing Lie in History via Mentalfloss

 Without leaving Portugal, Pujol bought a map of England, a tourist guidebook, and a list of railway timetables—and began lying through his teeth. The Abwehr had told him to recruit subagents for help. Pujol had a better idea: He’d make them up. If something went sour, he could blame it on his imaginary employees. When something went right, he’d take the credit. With that, ARABEL started fabricating sources, spies, and stories. Using newspapers and telephone books as inspiration, Pujol wrote sprawling, baroque letters to the Abwehr that contained practically no useful information at all—they were just meant to waste the agency’s time.