What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Time to clear out some open tabs in the web browser. There have been a bunch of interesting, provocative, and controversial stories and articles this week, on everything from gun control to medieval manuscripts. Here’s what’s been occupying my spare reading time:

Anonymous, “It’s Very Hard To Prosecute Rape In The Military — Trust Me, I Know.” Worth reading carefully.

Dakota Wood, “Military Should Focus on Solving Real-World Problems.” Interesting.

Douglas A. Ollivant, “Iraq After Ramadi: Saving the Anti-ISIL Strategy.” Posted without comment, save that the third objectives listed here smacks very much of the 2003 neo-con talk.

Thomas Bickford and Albert Willner, “The Role of the U.S. Army in Asia.” Ah, the good old “Pacific Pivot.” Some very relevant issues here.

Carl Forsling, “McChrystal’s Plan To Shake Up The Service Shouldn’t Stop At Senior Ranks.” Interesting.

Christian Beekman, “Banning Federal Weapons For Police Doesn’t Solve the Cultural Problem.” Most likely true, though if I’ve heard correctly the language of the bill doesn’t actually stop most hardware that police have acquired anyway.

Matt Valentine, “Texas Just Made College Less Safe.” To my mind, if Jefferson and *Madison* thought guns had no place on a college campus, case closed. And no, I’m not getting into an argument with folks about this [trans: combative comments will be removed].

“Edward Schlosser”, “I’m a Liberal Professor, and my Liberal Students Terrify Me.”  Some valid points, though the critique below zeroes in on some major problems with it.

And its counterpoint by Amanda Taub, “I was a liberal adjunct professor. My liberal students didn’t scare me at all.” Many good points here.

And another counterpoint from James Taranto at the WSJ, “Varsity Calvinball” (for once not behind a paywall). Blech.

 And, on the medieval front: “Why the Medieval Fragments Project Nolonger Exists: and when crowdsourcing doesn’t work.” Not sure what to make of this.

I’ve also been enjoyably reading Ambroise’s Estoire de la Guerre Sainte, and the Royal Frankish AnnalsIt’s good to get back into the sources.