A Few Good Reads…

Highly recommended:

New York Times: Behind Jared Loughner’s Mug-Shot Grin

– Probably one of the best profiles I’ve read on him so far – well researched and written at 7 pages in length.

New York Times: Israeli Test on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay

– Excellent piece about Israeli/American cyber-warfare against Iran.

GQ: The Dubai Job

– Fantastic article from GQ offering an in-depth analysis of Mossad’s operation in Dubai.

Backlog from last week:

Update on Brad Manning’s (The WikiLeaker) conditions…
Accused Soldier in Brig as WikiLeaks Link is Sought

This was an interesting find on emotions invented by the internet…
Thought Catalog: Five Emotions Invented By The Internet

Update on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)…
The Atlantic Wire: Justice Department Fights for the Defense of Marriage Act

Something funny…
Gawker: Panera Tricking Hippies Into Paying ‘What You Wish’ for Sandwiches

Who the hell eats at Panera Bread Co.? That’s a trick question because everyone knows the answer is “Hippie suckers with lots of money.” They’re so hippie and rich that they just pay without even being forced to. Suckers.

Panera just opened its third(!) “pay what you wish” store, which is a fancy way of saying that they hand over a sandwich and they tell you a “suggested” price, and then it’s up to you to pay this “suggested” price, but you don’t technically have to, you could actually pay them a nickel and they wouldn’t call the cops or anything. I know, dumbest business plan ever. But Panera’s brilliance was to place these weird stores in hippie havens such as Portland and, uh, Clayton, Missouri. And also to make them technically “nonprofit” Paneras (another brilliant business plan, sure) and to put their profits into the community and shit to really lay the guilt trip on thick to these hippies who probably can’t think too logically to begin with due to marijuana smoke clogging their synapses and blocking out all of their critical faculties save for one voice inside their head screaming “Get a sandwich now at all costs! Pay whatever they wish!”

And nobody even brings up Panera’s $17 lobster sandwich from smack dab in the middle of the recession. “‘In some ways it is a test for humanity,’ said Ron Shaich, founder of Panera who launched the concept for the company.” Oooo Panera, you and your hippie talk makes me so mad, I am going to steal the hell out of your free sandwich. You won’t get away with this.

Something cool…

Had I not wanted to become a diplomat in this life… I also wanted to be a vulcanologist – and die a spectacular and epic death being consumed by lava after getting too close chasing an eruption.

Gawker: Why Living Next to a Volcano Can Be Awesome

Mount Etna Erupts in Sicily – filmed from Taormina, which oddly was where I visited in Sicily a few years ago.

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