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July 15, 2011

Most of these great items come from my Twitter feed or Facebook news feed. Follow me on Twitter and on Facebook for more fascinating videos, articles, essays and criticism. Read past recommendations from this series here.

1. Did CIA’s Fake Vaccine Drive Undermine Global Health Efforts?
The Takeaway | July 13
“Reports are emerging that the C.I.A. used a fake vaccination drive in Pakistan to gather intelligence on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, prior to the May 1 raid where the Al Qaida leader was killed.”

2. Where Would Hemingway Go?
Room for Debate :: The New York Times | July 13
“Which city is the dynamic center in Europe?”

3. What It Means: the Debt Ceiling and You
By Robert Ray | Associated Press | July 13
“If you think the last few days have been tumultuous for markets, just watch as August 2 approaches. The United States faces a trove of issues if the debt ceiling isn’t raised.”

4. Hit ‘Print’ for Solar Panels
Egocentric :: Time | July 13
“According to a paper published in the journal Advanced Materials, it’s now possible to print photovoltaic cells on paper almost as you would a document — and almost as cheaply too.”

5. The Navy’s Green Devices: Coming to a Store Near You?
By Lucy Flood | The Atlantic | July 11
“As the military commits itself to going green, it’s supporting innovations that could ultimately help American consumers save energy”

6. ‘Treme,’ a winning show, suffers Emmy neglect
By Lynette Rice | Inside TV :: Entertainment Weekly | July 14
“‘Treme’ is easily among the best drama series on the air, and takes a backseat to no show for the breadth and excellence of its cast. One more thing that makes ‘Treme’ praiseworthy: its uniqueness.”

7. Egypt: How to build a camp in Tahrir Square
By Jon Jensen | The Casbah :: GlobalPost | July 14
“A day in the life of Cairo’s Tahrir Square sit-in – which is now entering its seventh day.”

8. Vive la Similarité
By David McCullough | The New York Times | July 13
“Though we will probably never see a Bastille Day when French flags fly along Main Street and strains of ‘La Marseillaise’ fill the airwaves, July 14 would not go so largely unobserved here were we better served by memory. For the ties that bind America and France are more important and infinitely more interesting than most of us know.”

9. Afghanistan’s dangerous power vacuum
By Ben Brody | GlobalPost | July 14
“The most powerful man in Kandahar is gone. But Afghans say their real worry is the departure of US troops.”

10. Prince Charles and Princess Diana in the USA
Witness :: BBC News | July 5
“In 1985 the Royal couple made their first joint visit to America. The highlight of the tour was a gala dinner at the White House where the young Princess danced with John Travolta.”


Tonight I’m spending some time with the blues, specifically with the Texas Blues Café. Check out the line-up and then listen here.

1. Bluessmyth — Rosemary’s Blues
2. Michael K’s Rumble Pack — Black Cadillac
3. Los Lonely Boys — Dime Mi Amor
4. Delbert McClinton — Standing On Shaky Ground
5. Billy Joe Shaver & Son Eddy — Step On Up
6. Susan Tedeschi — Voodoo Woman
7. Delta Moon — Lap Dog
8. Too Slim & The Taildraggers — The Fortune Teller
9. Bleu Edmondson — 50 Dollars & A Flask Of Crown
10. Carolyn Wonderland — Misunderstood
11. Frank Gomez — In The Moon Light
12. Allan Haynes — Here In The Dark
13. Jewel — Sweet Home Alabama

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