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May 14 2007 6:26 PM


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The unrest confirmed the fears of columnist Joe Klein at Time's Swampland: "With Al Qaeda Central operating in the the hinterlands and, more important, with some of the generals who run the intelligence (ISI) radical Salafist sympathizers, it's been clear for years that Pakistan is one bullet away from becoming an unstable extremist government with a nuclear weapon. … A people's movement for justice may well compel a military backlash. ... Which is why we need a serious discussion about the rebalancing of U.S. foreign security obsessions north and east from the I-countries (Iraq and Iran) to the stans (Afghani and Paki)."

Read more about the unrest in Pakistan.


Immodest proposal: Nudist colonies are struggling to attract young naturalists; Solair in Connecticut has a median age of 55. The camps are reaching out to the under-30 crowd with discounts and young ambassador programs, but bloggers doubt that money is the problem.

Many young'uns react with a measure of disgust at the thought of old bodies unclothed. At Pre-Marital Sax, D.C. paralegal Mike Forster isn't drawn to the discounts: "[I]f we wanted to see that many naked old people we'd just rent Cocoon."

MRLD II, a 46-year-old woman,senses some aesthetic motivations from the boomers: "I can NOT – for the life of me – figure out why old men and women, age 50 and older, would want to have more young people, 20 – 30, at their nudist camps...Why – on earth – would I want to see young, attractive, taut, rippling, muscled, tanned, sinewy, firm bodies on full display???"

But conservative The Random Yak sees a cultural issue, too: "[M]aybe the next generation has already grown up enough to realize that sports - and all other forms of public activity and discourse - are a lot more comfortable (not to mention a lot less gross) with your clothes on. Maybe they figured out you don't have to take your clothes off to prove you're free and interesting. Maybe they realized there's a time and a place for naked … but it's not on the volleyball court."

Read more about nudist camps.

Laurel Wamsley, a former Slate intern, is a writer living in Washington, D.C.