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Paul Wolfowitz’s departure from the World Bank was like a shakedown by a panhandler: “Pay me five dollars, and I’ll leave you alone.” It had a proliferation of four-letter words, acts of intimidation, demands for money, and the profound stench of a man who had gone several months without a shower. And when Wolfowitz’s departure was announced, Reuters reports, jubilation:
Bank staff were jubilant to see an end to a crisis that had engulfed the institution, which spends around $25 billion a year to fight poverty in poor countries.
“Everyone ran into the hallways and were clapping and hugging each other,” said one employee who declined to be named.
And now the ball is back in Bush’s court. Who will he appoint to succeed Wolfowitz? Perhaps Rumsfeld?
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Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
I sat in a taxi with Emma and her son, Stak, all three bodies muscled into the rear seat, and the boy checked the driver’s I.D. and immediately began to speak to the man in an unrecognizable language.
I conferred quietly with Emma, who said he was studying Pashto, privately, in his spare time. Afghani, she said, to enlighten me further.
Number of rats specifically bred for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade:
A peanut-shaped asteroid was headed toward Earth.
The Finnish postal service announced it will begin mowing lawns on Tuesdays.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”