Placeholder: AF 447, Alec Baldwin, Filibuster, Civil War, Beer, Armageddon, Etc

I am busy juggling quaintly "non-online" deadlines and obligations -- long and overdue magazine article, edits for a book. Here is a list of topics that many people have (graciously) written about, at least one of which I'll try to address this evening and then move down the list:

1) Latest allegation of gross pilot error in the Air France 447 crash. Much more (informed) commentary has arrived than I have posted or shared, including some interesting dispatches from Airbus and Boeing pilots, and I'll circulate as much and as soon as I can.

1A) Latest TSA scanner reasons-for-despair.

2) Latest Alec Baldwin eruption and what it means on the "any device with an on-off switch must be switched OFF" rule.

3) The granddaddy of all "false equivalence" stories, and what the past few years' abuse of the filibuster will mean when the Republicans are back in control of the Senate.

4) The latest issue of the Atlantic, now on newsstands (remember those?) which features writers from Walt Whitman to Barack Obama and is one of the best in our 150+ years.

5) More on the latest atmospheric hell -- not just in China but for us all.

6) Great beer!

7) Great software.

8) How to create a good password.

9) More on the evils of leaf blowers.

And some other stuff. As a one-man operation I work out triage day-by-day. In some other life I would devise a system for delegating the re-posting of very interesting reader mail. For now, I leave this marker and return to my other chores.   

James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne. More

James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.

Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His recent books Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards From Tomorrow Square (2009) are based on his writings for The Atlantic. His latest book is China Airborne. He is married to Deborah Fallows, author of the recent book Dreaming in Chinese. They have two married sons.

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