Today's image is a Japanese rice field designed to look like Hokusai's famous wave! Thanks to Robin of Victoria.
Commentary on the geography debate, having it both ways, the prison guru dies but his terrible legacy remains, and the dangerous Tom Mulcair.
Is it about geography or something else?
Why Nations Fail – What Does Geography Explain? 
The view that geographic factors such as climate, natural resources, disease burden or soil quality directly explain why some countries are poor still has many proponents.
Tight or loose?
Financial Times -- Electorates cannot have it both ways 
Does the relatively calm bond market response to François Hollande’s victory in the French presidential election mean that even bond vigilantes have come round to the idea that more growth and less austerity in the eurozone might be a good thing?
Telegraph -- Crisis escalates as insurrection breaks German control of Europe 
The political dam has broken in Europe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel no longer has enough allies in the club of EU prime ministers to impose her hairshirt agenda.
Lock’em up and throw away the key.
Boston Review -- Much to Answer For: James Q. Wilson’s Legacy 
The esteemed political scientist and criminologist James Q. Wilson died in March.
Atlantic – Raising Kids 
"When I met him, he was six and a half years of age. There was nothing about his appearance that identified him as the boy who had set the record."
LBJ and RJK really really hated each other.
New York Review of Books -- America’s Nastiest Blood Feud 
Robert Caro’s epic biography of Lyndon Johnson—this is the fourth volume of a planned five—was originally conceived and has been largely executed as a study of power.
Is Tom Mulcair more dangerous than Stephen Harper?
Globe and Mail -- Brad Wall could tell Tories what's scary about Mulcair 
Thomas Mulcair needn’t worry about the picayune Tory attacks on his caucus.
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