I've been watching the difficulties of Arab Spring countries in creating new traditions of governance, most notably in Egypt and Libya. The thing that characterises both of them, as far as I can tell, is a sense of disillusionment ( Collapse )
Tonight I listened to an interesting recent Radiolab podcast on epidemics. The second segment was particularly interesting in that it described the almost antimiraclous way that a precursor to AIDS is believed to have been formed in another primate; the biochemistry described sounds pretty amazing.
The first segment of that same show was also interesting in that it highlights an area where (I think) rule of law can and should reasonably be suspended ( Collapse )