1. From Time: “U.S. Diplomat Slams U.N. Colleagues for Drunken Debates”: “Joseph Torsella, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. for management and reform, has complained that delegates from other countries have been turning up drunk for delicate budget negotiations.” Hat tip to Katie Renee, who says, “I want this job. I can get completely wasted and do nothing but still get paid for it and be important.”
2. Clarissa is traveling in Spain and has some posts with interesting photos from Madrid, including examples of architecture both good and atrocious. Here’s a post with her general observations about the city. And here’s a post about the House of Sepharad.
3. In connection with the House of Sephard in Madrid, Samuel Arbesman in Wired looks at the long-timescale data sets for European Jewish expulsions. (H/T: Tyler Cowen.)
4. On the Internet, Old Debates are New Again: Was The Irish Famine Genocide?
5. Heroines in Gaming. A snippet on the new Lara Croft: “If Angelina Jolie represented the Lara Croft of the past then Jennifer Lawrence’s performance as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games has surely influenced the new gritty direction Square-Enix are taking with this reboot.”
6. Back to Time: Nate Rawlings and photographer Yuri Kozyrev on “America’s Long Withdrawal from Afghanistan.”
Image Credit: Afghan girls in Guzara District, Herat Province, Afghanistan, wait as the Afghan National Police unload a shipment of humanitarian aid at their village. Photo by TSgt Laura K. Smith, USAF, February 2009. Via Flickr and Wikimedia Commons.