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February 19 & 26, 2007 

The article on the TV show “24” about how popular the show is with the military was enlightening. I’ve never watched it, but it seems to feature a lot of torture, and not just by the ‘bad guys.’ What I found most interesting is that a delegation of Army officers and WEst Point instructors actually sat down with the creators of the show to urge them to not portray torture as a positive and necessary part of defending America. In fact, many experts say that torture is not really that efficient as a way of getting information. Of course, the show is wildly popular, so why should they change anything?

I also enjoyed the story (by Peter J. Boyer) of the Physicist turned Origami artist, the Poetry magazine article and the one about Hewlett Packerd’s board of directors.

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