Another drama by the kitchen sink tonight:

— Minority obstructionism driven by far-right surge plays out quite differently in Australia, where they have different political institutions.

— Maybe we should send Fred Kagan to Kabul for the duration.

— Nobody seems very clear on what these extra troops will actually do.


Streetcar lobbying in DC.

Benford’s Law is really really weird; put this in the “don’t listen to ‘common sense’ file.”

— Sweden cutting aid to Uganda over appalling new Ugandan anti-gay law.

— Vodka advertising and defensive masculinity.

— A look ahead at the World Cup draw.

The Long Blondes, “Once and Never Again”.