Reading List: August 20, 2013

Along the world’s longest border, China and India are still deciding where the border truly lies. But in this game of chicken, an uneasy peace.

The US Post Office says you haven’t received a handwritten letter in seven weeks. If you showed other people you loved them in real life as well as the internet, maybe they’d return the favor.

The Prime Minister he deposed and the judges he attempted to dismiss are now making Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf the first-ever military official to be arraigned.

Former Chinese Communist Party official, Bo Xi Lai, is to go on trial next week. His son, Bo Guagua went to the New York Times to appeal to his homeland.

Are you pissed that the Obama administration has not cut aid to the Egyptian army? It turns out they did.

After 60 years of lying and anti-Americanism in Iran, the CIA finally admits what everyone else has admitted already: the CIA was responsible for the 1953 coup that ousted the democratically-elected, centrist leader, Mohammed Mossadegh.

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thursday reading list

And the nations were angry, and your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should give reward to your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear your name, small and great; and should destroy them which destroy the earth.

Revelation 11: 18

Climate change will cause stress and breakdowns in many of the US’s critical energy and defense sectors. Let’s pray that Congress and state legislatures, such as Kentucky’s, can begin taking a more proactive stance on the issue.

As Congress stagnates on the immigration debate, a reminder that people’s lives constantly hang in the balance as the world  turns.

As the world shrinks, Adventurers shift from pure exploration to the pursuit of the extreme.

With FWD.us and other Silicon Valley-based Political Action groups attempting to take on Washington, techie teens need to realize they’re not politicians.

What sells for $65 per drink and is more difficult to acquire than a Ferari? Pappy Van Winkle (Louisville Magazine, page 66) is rapidly becoming the “unobtainium” of rednecks and red carpet alike.

30 Things You Will Definitely Miss About College

Thought Catalog

1) Unbridled access to food. Dorm food, sure, but also “Campus Dollars,” or whatever your school calls them, that can be used as actual cash all around town.

2) Dorm parties. Maybe you didn’t miss them at the time, and maybe you don’t miss them now, but you still have fond memories of all the liquids and substances and illicit activities you participated in.

3) Library hook ups! The lower PQ section is the best. Nobody’s reading Medieval French literature, so you’ll be alllll in the clear (in case you want to try it out before you graduate).

4) The feeling of accomplishment and pride when you got invited to join a frat, a sorority or a society.

5) Student discounts. Not just on campus but student discounts at the movies, student discounts on plane tickets, student discounts at TOPSHOP. Hang on to those Student IDs, everyone!

6) Putting Nutella…

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track talk: the lexington stakes

lexington stakes

It’s the last race leading up to the Derby Trial. Today at Keeneland, this Grade 3 race will serve as a practice round for a few of the Derby favorites and at least one Philly aspiring to the Oaks. Pure Fun (the Philly) is currently the 2:1 favorite, but Sunbean (3:1) and Winning Cause (4:1) are right there in the running. Sunbean has seen some disappointing finishes in qualifying races for the Derby and must have a strong showing to make the post. Winning Cause has been absent at all previous qualifying races and must win today’s race to have a chance at the Kentucky Derby.

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lessons for gentlemen: understanding american exceptionalism

american exceptionalism

Have you ever wondered to yourself, “What is it that makes America the greatest country on Earth?” You are not alone.

There are many possible answers to this quandary. Our freedom. The Green Bay Packers. Our endless appeals system. Nathan’s hotdog eating contest. All are valiant contenders, but none quite grasp the true nature of America’s greatness.

Simply put, we are great because we know it. And that “knowing it” is called American exceptionalism. This post is a guide to American exceptionalism and, thus, our greatness.

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some thoughts on boston.

boston marathon

“If we are children of God then we must be gods too. Very small children must be God also. We were made in his image. Why don’t we act like it?”

~ Willie Nelson

An 8-year-old child was killed by the blasts on Monday. It’s time we start thinking a little more about how we’re treating each other.

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emancipation day.

Emancipation Day, the day that Lincoln officially freed the slaves, is as tough a time as any to talk about race relations. We find our nation still embroiled in racially charged national debates, mainly immigration (and, in many ways, gun control).

We have come a long way since the Civil War, but as Brad Paisley and L.L. Cool J’s song, Accidental Racist, can attest, we’re still a long way out from being a post-race society. If you haven’t heard the song, think carefully before you choose to. It has received plenty of flack from the 24-hour news networks, been slammed on SNL, and made LL Cool J look like an Uncle Tom. However, for good or bad, its reception among the Brad Paisley crowd has been exceptional.

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