Sunday 1 August 2010

Randomness, etc.

Surprisingly, only seven banks failed the test that was supposed to determine how safe banks in the European Union are. Also surprisingly: While Greek banks did pretty well, five Spanish ones didn't make it.

Dissent Magazine notices a shift in German discourse concerning the involvement of troops in Afghanistan.

This Congressional Testimony of "Center for A New American Security" fellow Richard Fontaine sums up the importance and dangers of contractors for the American military.

Brigitte Schwaiger, author of "Wie kommt das Salz in Meer", died last week. I found the personal essays on depression that were published in "Spectrum" extremely haunting.

pop culture...

The Westboro Baptist Church, infamous for their anti-gay protests, chose to target the San Diego Comic Con this year, and were met with very creative reactions from the geeks and nerds who've had years of highschool terror to learn how to deal with stupid bullies. 

Probably one of the best thing to come out of comic con (apart from shots from "Super" that united Ellen Page, Nathan Fillion, Rainn Wilson and Liv Tyler): Joss Whedon was officially confirmed as director for The Avengers movie, and the cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson,  Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo. Gasp.

The A.V. Club interviews Leonard Nimoy, who quit acting a couple of months ago, about his work as a photographer.

The new cast (the third generation) of "Skins" will be revealed next Thursday. I fear for them, I really do.

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