How To Land a 737
Here, except that it’s kind of hard to see (at least on my screen) some of the red circles they use to indicate where the controls are.
Nobel Peace Prize Update
There’s speculation that Russia is going to go to war with Turkey. Here. I suspect this is inflated, though. Still, if it happens, it was something not predicted by those who assumed that weakening the U.S. would mean peace would bust out all over.
Another Job for Art Historians!
I talked about jobs for people with art history degrees here (scroll down), but now another job has emerged: foreign policy advisor to presidential candidates. Yes, Ted Cruz’s advisor is an art historian with expertise in art of the Italian Renaissance. See here. My wife, incidentally, interviewed this woman when she was looking for a job at Kenyon College, though they ultimately hired someone else. Kenyon’s loss, apparently.
A Couple Items on Muslims and the Left
The other day a letter appeared in the local paper complaining about Americans who hated Iran and how they really shouldn’t hate Iran, that the Iranian people make great films, etc. I found the letter very annoying and thought I would try to send the writer my own thoughts in response, if I could find his address. When I searched for his name, it turned out he was a professor of film studies at a local university, so getting his email address was easy. In my email to him, I pointed out how many leftists had been murdered under the current regime. His response suggested he had never heard of these murders before.
Here’s another incident. After hearing a liberal friend complain about someone on the “far right,” I asked her where she placed ISIS on the political spectrum. (Yes, I know, lots of people on the right would put them on the left, but it would be embarrassing for leftists to do that, given how revolting they are.) She and another listener were confused. They hadn’t even thought about placing them on the political spectrum because they didn’t think of ISIS as political. This is a bit strange. ISIS is not just a harmless and apolitical religious organization, but a group that has captured its own territory, enslaved people, thrown gays off of buildings, etc. These are all political acts. Anyway, it was clear that they had never really thought about how to think about ISIS politically. Massive amounts of ignorance of the facts and just plain not thinking things through seems to be typical of the left these days.