Slovenian Guest: It’s a feature, not a bug: Food stamps are the most inefficient, vastly expanding social welfare program in the country, according to a new study. Forty-seven million people participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, and costs have increased over 358 percent since 2000. The increase in recent years cannot be attributed to the economic recession, according to Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, but lax...
Graham: I wonder if I am the only one who thinks the girl [illustrated, to be sure] on the 1937 cover would, being real, be orders of magnitude more attractive than whoever that is on the 2015 cover [Nicki Minaj, I take it]. Even at selling sex, the industry has declined.
James James: The Man Without Qualities, by Robert Musil, translated by Sophie Wilkins: Chapter 13 (“A Racehorse of Genius Crystallizes the Recognition of Being a Man Without Qualities”): “The time had come when people were starting to speak of genius on the soccer field or in the boxing ring, although there would still be at most only one genius of a halfback or great tennis-court tactician for every ten or so explorers, tenors, or writers of genius who cropped up in the papers. The new...
Dan Kurt: Please, why not test for performance-enhancing drugs?
Lu An Li: Canada, too, with the designs of Doctor Bull for the satellite placed into orbit with the mega-gun was feasible, and a nation such as Canada might have well been in the forefront of space exploration. But it was not to be.
Sheldon: Seems that Tailgunner Joe was right after all. Joe did not have access to Venona. If he had, I can only well imagine what his response would have been.
Morris: “Belfrage then wrote a few books. Among them was one published by a major American publisher in 1973, The American Inquisition: 1945-1950, in which the author claimed that he too was a victim of vicious false accusations that he was a Soviet agent.” Brass nerve in English, chutzpah in Yiddish.
Alrenous: ‘Open minded’ means ‘part of my ingroup.’ The limit pushing has been accompanied by limit-pulling on the other side. That is they are a fool or a liar.
Ozlem: Thank you so much for this! I’m translating this novel to Turkish, and it helps a lot!
Slovenian Guest: He is no Gleb Travin though. That’s the guy who circumnavigated the Soviet Union on bicycle between 1928 and 1931. Hundreds of cycling clubs from all over the world are named after him!