Smart Links 26 March 2012

Commentary on visit parking, brain in a box, US defence spending, Black while walking, and what Harper and Mulcair have in common.

Where can you park around here?

New York Times – When a Parking Lot Is So Much More
NO ONE loves a parking lot.


Economist -- A dearth of parking places riles the new middle class


Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi

There is more to us than brains in a box. Thanks to David of London.

Spectator – Brain Drain
There are many reasons for believing the brain is the seat of consciousness.

The military industrial complex.

The old problem.

Independent -- Rupert Cornwell: The murderous demon of race still stalks this land
Out of America: The killing of Trayvon Martin has again ruthlessly exposed the faultlines that underlie Obama-era America.


American Interest -- A Conversation with Peter Thiel
Francis Fukuyama talks with the renowned entrepreneur.

Shoot to kill.

CBC -- Mulcair, Harper allies in plotting Liberals' demise
NDP's new leader looks to reshape Canada's political landscape.

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