Archive for November, 2006

What would the Middle East look like with more sensible borders?

November 9th, 2006

From the Armed Forces Journal is this article Blood borders that looks at how the Middle East would look if you drew the borders based on ethnicity, rather than the arbitrary borders drawn by the Europeans:

Middle East redrawn

It’s pretty interesting (and obviously politically impossible now). But the article mainly talks about the winners and losers in terms of land: but what about in terms of oil?


US Elections

November 8th, 2006

Great stuff in the US elections…

As expected, the Democrats are going to easily get control of the Houes. But it’s looking more and more like they’ll get control of the Senate too. Well, Lieberman willing.

As of this moment (10:10pm AEST) the Iowa Electronic Markets are suggesting a 60-95% chance of winning the senate. The most liquid market is suggesting at least 80%. But it’ll be the lawyers who decide this one in Virginia I think.


Book finds

November 4th, 2006

Found a couple of treasures in a second hand bookshop in Mogo near Batemans Bay today:

  • Diaries of a Cabinet Minister, Vol I-III. The diaries of Richard Crossman are one of the great classics of politics, and are the direct inspiration for Yes, Minister. We’ve been looking for this for years, so were very happy to find it.
  • Paul Clifford, by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. By all accounts a thoroughly dreadful book. But important for its first line: “It was a dark and stormy night.” That’s right, the worst opening sentence in literature.