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In The Rise of China vs. the Logic of Strategy , published last year, Edward Luttwak introduced the concept of “great state autism,” a collective national lack of situational awareness that reduces a country’s ability to perceive international realities with clarity. While the U.S. and Russia each suffer from obvious cases of the condition, Luttwak labels China’s autism an “especially virulent” strain, due to its ancient development in relative isolation and its sheer size, among other factors. Luttwak sees the affliction when, say, China flexes its military muscle in the face of a neighbor one day and then is surprised by the rebuff of a trade delegation to that same neighbor the next. “In all great states,” writes Luttwak, “there is so much internal activity that leaders and opinion-makers cannot focus seriously on foreign affairs as well, except in particular times of crisis.”
In 1996, two grad students at Stanford University began an ambitious – some said crazy – new project: Index the sprawling new phenomenon known as ‘the internet.’ The fundamental driving principle of this platform? Open access to information. Sixteen years later, Google still believes in open technology and the tremendous possibilities it can still deliver. ‘Innovation, value, and freedom of choice for consumers,’ are just a few of the fruits of openness. While a web that enables ‘a vibrant, profitable, and competitive ecosystem for businesses’ unleashes unlimited opportunities.
Ah, spring. What a wonderful time of the year. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, terrified college students are graduating, and dudes on the internet are pondering that age-old philosophical question: “But whyyyyy can’t I tell that random girl on the street that she looks hot?”
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Jordan wins in Fayetteville, Benton County goes wet | Business, Political, and Cultural News in Fort Smith and Northwest ArkansasFayetteville voters chose to stay with Mayor Lioneld Jordan for another four years, instead of returning to challenger and former Mayor Dan Coody, who preceded Jordan’s first term. Benton County voters overwhelmingly approved of countywide retail alcohol sales, in an effort to keep dollars from flowing north and south where off-premise alcohol is sold. This bold change will wipe away nearly 70 years of ‘dry’ history. Springdale voters decided to usher in Sunday off-premise alcohol sales and Bella Vista residents handily repealed the commercial rezoning ordinance that has divided the city over the past few months. FAYETTEVILLE The Fayetteville Mayor’s race was over fairly early as incumbent Lioneld Jordan jumped out to large lead with the early counts. By 9:45 p.m.