Daily Links for November 14th through November 16th

All excerpts are quoted from the respective link(s).

  • Take me back to Constantinople, by Edward Luttwak | Foreign Policy – Economic crisis, mounting national debt, excessive foreign commitments — this is no way to run an empire. America needs serious strategic counseling. And fast. It has never been Rome, and to adopt its strategies no — its ruthless expansion of empire, domination of foreign peoples, and bone-crushing brand of total war — would only hasten America's decline. Better instead to look to the empire's eastern incarnation: Byzantium, which outlasted its Roman predecessor by eight centuries. It is the lessons of Byzantine grand strategy that America must rediscover today.
  • Phenomenon – The Price of Free – NYTimes.com – My new viewing habits must make Brian Roberts very nervous. The more I play movies and TV shows from the Web, the less I use my cable TV service. I almost never order pay-per-view movies anymore. And I recently canceled my premium Showtime subscription. Most of Showtime’s best programs, including “The Tudors,” “Weeds” and “Dexter,” are available to stream through Netflix, as are a lot of the movies currently playing on Showtime’s Starz network. Why pay $23 a month when I can get the stuff for almost nothing?
  • The Missing Pages in Palin’s Book – Page 1 – The Daily Beast – But, according to a source at the book’s publishing house, Palin has a surprise for Washington’s self-important set: Going Rogue has no index.
  • Steadfast frugalists here to stay thanks to recession – Research company Decitica has a study out about the four types of consumers in the recession and beyond. It’s a US survey but it’s probably more widely relevant.

    Essentially the stats (via marketing charts) confirm that a more frugal mindshift has set hold among many consumers with almost half being either classed as ’steadfast frugalists’ or ‘involuntary penny pinchers.’

  • More Than Ever, You Can Say That on Television – NYTimes.com – Ever since George Carlin laid out the “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” in 1972, television writers and broadcasters have been digging more deeply into the thesaurus, seizing on new ways to titillate, if not offend. And while the word “douche” is neither obscene nor profane — although this usage is certainly offensive to many people — it seems to represent the latest of broadcast television’s continuing efforts to expand the boundaries of taste, in part to stem the tide of defections by its audience to largely unregulated cable television.

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