When the Bradley Manning verdict came down yesterday, I was trolling around the Senate, asking for reactions. Here's what I came up with—general satisfaction that Manning would go to jail, some disappointment that he wasn't convicted of "aiding the enemy." Had he been, and had the precedent been established that merely leaking information that terrorists could use was treason, national security journalism would have changed forever.
In other news, the Taiwanese news team had its way with this issue.
That about covers it.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.