Paul Pillar has a good piece summarizing Israel's current dilemma. Here are the first paragraphs:
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
NEIGHBOR "Hi, Fred, this is Alan next door. I have a confession to make. I have been riddled with guilt these past few months and have been trying to get up the courage to tell you face-to-face, but I felt I should at least telling you in text as I cannot live with myself a moment longer without you knowing. The truth is I have been sharing your wife, day and night, when you’re not around. In fact, probably more than you. I haven’t been getting it at home recently, but I know that’s no excuse. The temptation was just too great. I can no longer live with the guilt and hope that you will accept my sincerest apology and forgive me. It won’t happen again. Please suggest a fee for usage and I’ll pay you. Regards, Alan" NEIGHBOR’S RESPONSE Fred, feeling so angered and betrayed then grabbed his gun and shot his neighbor Alan dead. He returned home, poured himself a stiff drink, and sat down on the sofa. Fred took out his phone where he saw a second message from Alan. SECOND MESSAGE "Hi, Fred, this is Alan next door, again. Sorry about the typo on my last text. I expect that you figured it out and noticed that darned Auto-Correct changed “wi-fi” to “wife.” That’s today’s technology for you, hey. Regards, Alan"
at 12:54 AM
Sunday, April 08, 2018
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
I've been reading Francis Fukuyama's book Our Posthuman Future. While I don't much care his rightwing slant, he is a good and insightful writer, showing how our society's current use of drugs and other technologies have already allowed us to alter human nature. As he points out, we're in very dangerous territory since this has all been done according to the sort of knee-jerk desires of the marketplace. (Fukuyama, in spite of his right wing bonafides, is an advocate of much more government involvement in constraining our adventure in our posthuman future).
at 7:46 PM