Nervous feet and heart of stone:

— Ahmed Rashid on the Soviets in Afghanistan.

— Gershom Gorenberg on the disintegrating Israeli left.

— In America, most hip replacements are financed by Medicare.

— How off-peak discounts for NYC transit might work.

— Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans’ car-centric mentality is out of touch with his constituents.

— 36 moderate House Democrats theaten to vote no on health reform.

Going to see Gaslight Anthem tonight, so your song of the day is “Casanova Baby”.