IN WHICH Ross Rheingans-Yoo, a sometimes-poet and erstwhile student of Computer Science and Math, oc­cas­ion­al­ly writes on things of int­erest.

# Reading Feed (last update: July 28)

A collection of things that I was happy I read. Views expressed by linked authors are chosen because I think they're interesting, not because I think they're correct, unless indicated otherwise.

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Blog: Marginal Revolution | How well is Germany dealing with the migration crisis? — "Whatever respite Germany may have gained this week is offset, and then some, by the arrival of a new and frightening political dynamic. Mr. Seehofer succeeded by going nuclear; chances are, he won’t be the last. The politics of fear and menace may be here to stay, undermining the foundations of democracy. In sound democracies, policies are the results of compromise between parties representing a majority of the voters. Through the politics of artificial crisis, minorities take the system hostage. They create policies redeeming fictional problems for fictional

# A Verse for the Armistice

Out there, we’ve walked quite friendly up to Death,—
sat down and eaten with him, cool and bland,—
pardoned his spilling mess-tins in our hand.

We’ve sniffed the green thick odour of his breath,—
our eyes wept, but our courage didn’t writhe.

He’s spat at us with bullets and he’s coughed
shrapnel. We chorussed when he sang aloft,
we whistled while he shaved us with his scythe.

Oh, Death was never enemy of ours!
We laughed at him, we leagued with him, old chum.
No soldier’s paid to kick against His powers.

We laughed,—knowing that better men would come,
and greater wars: when each proud fighter brags
he wars on Death, for lives; not men, for flags.