Be Nice To Someone… For No Good Reason

The Cowboy has spent a lot of time over the last few years trying to do good things for people with no expectation of anything in return.  It’s easier said than done, but the effort alone can have a positive impact on you and the beneficiary.

And the best part is that when it clicks, it’s a real kick.

Try it.  You might like it.

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Revolution? Discuss.

The New America Foundation had a good discussion of the Iranian situation today.


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Instant Messaging

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How Does A Revolution Begin?

Things have gotten very interesting over the last few days in Iran.  Here are some good resources to follow the developments:

Andrew Sullivan (dedicated Iran coverage)

Twitter #IranElection

The Lede Blog at NY Times

LiveBlog at the Guardian

Cyberwar Guide for Beginners

Al Jazeera


BBC Persia (in Farsi)

Nico Pitney (HuffPo)

This is how revolutions begin.  But more often than not, revolutions fail.  One can’t help but think about the basic prescriptions for taking power:


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Rebel, Rinse, Repeat.

The Cowboy stumbles into a wrinkle in the space-time continuum.

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Only Words

The March 14 Coalition won a majority of seats in the Lebanese Parliamentary elections on Sunday.

A few excerpts from the Times:

“There were many domestic reasons voters handed an American-backed coalition a victory in Lebanese parliamentary elections on Sunday — but political analysts also attribute it in part to President Obama’s campaign of outreach to the Arab and Muslim world.”

“It is hard to draw firm conclusions from one election. But for the first time in a long time, being aligned with the United States did not lead to defeat in the Middle East.”

“Washington is now proposing talking to Hezbollah’s patrons, Iran and Syria, rather than confronting them — a move that undermines the group’s attempt to demonize the United States. The United States is also no longer pressing its allies in the Lebanese government to unilaterally disarm Hezbollah, which, given the party’s considerable remaining clout, could have provoked a crisis.”

“The results in Lebanon may also make it more difficult for Israel to capitalize on fears of Hezbollah dominance and shift the conversation away from the peace process with the Palestinians…”


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Linguistic Frippery

"What will I accomplish in my life?" wondered a young Cowboy vividly.

Courtesy of Schott.

“Here’s the source, and the progeny,” the Cowboy posted swiftly.

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