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“I was born for soccer, just as Beethoven was born for music.”
President Nixon meeting with Edson “Pele” Arantes do Nacimento, professional Brazilian soccer player and Director of the International Soccer Program. 05/08/1973
Pele is the only soccer player to hold three World Cup championships. He has been honored by the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame, and has served as an ambassador for sports in Brazil, for ecology to the United Nations, for UNESCO, and UNICEF.
It’s National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. This May, we’re featuring fitness and athletes at the White House, Camp David, and more.
Isao Hashimoto, 1945-98
This ingenious and deeply disturbing film shows every nuclear explosion between 1945 and 1998 as a blip and a sound on a world map. The result is a piece that reaches levels of both frenzied cacophony and disquieting silence. Please watch.
- Stephen King (via fuckyeahsexyatheists)
Did you know that the leading cause of death in the United States, Latin America, and Australia is heart disease? Do you think it’s a coincidence that the United States, Latin America, and Australia also lead the world in meat consumption per person?
- Derrick Jensen. Dreams, Page 26
The senior leadership of the Chinese government increasingly views the competition between the United States and China as a zero-sum game, with China the likely long-range winner if the American economy and domestic political system continue to stumble, according to an influential Chinese policy analyst.
China views the United States as a declining power, but at the same time believes that Washington is trying to fight back to undermine, and even disrupt, the economic and military growth that point to China’s becoming the world’s most powerful country, according to the analyst, Wang Jisi, the co-author of “Addressing U.S.-China Strategic Distrust,” a monograph published this week by the Brookings Institution in Washington and the Center for International and Strategic Studies at Peking University.
Mr. Wang, who has an insider’s view of Chinese foreign policy from his positions on advisory boards of the Chinese Communist Party and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, contributed an assessment of Chinese policy toward the United States. Kenneth Lieberthal, the director of the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings, and a former member of the National Security Council under President Bill Clinton, wrote the appraisal of Washington’s attitude toward China.
In a joint conclusion, the authors say the level of strategic distrust between the two countries has become so corrosive that if not corrected the two countries risk becoming open antagonists.
The United States is no longer seen as “that awesome, nor is it trustworthy, and its example to the world and admonitions to China should therefore be much discounted,” Mr. Wang writes of the general view of China’s leadership.
In contrast, China has mounting self-confidence in its own economic and military strides, particularly the closing power gap since the start of the Iraq war. In 2003, he argues, America’s gross domestic product was eight times as large as China’s, but today it is less than three times as large.
World map of human migrations, with the North Pole at center. Africa, harboring the start of the migration, is at the top left and South America at the far right. Migration patterns are based on studies of mitochondrial (matrilinear) DNA.
Numbers represent thousand years before present.
The letters are the mitochondrial DNA haplogroups (pure motherly lineages); Haplogroups can be used to define genetic populations and are often geographically oriented. For example, the following are common divisions for mtDNA haplogroups:
- African: L, L1, L2, L3
- Near Eastern: J, N
- Southern European: J, K
- General European: H, V
- Northern European: T, U, X
- Asian: A, B, C, D, E, F, G (note: M is composed of C, D, E, and G)
- Native American: A, B, C, D, and sometimes X
- Hopes and Prospects - Noam Chomsky (via noam-chomsky)