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March 10, 2013 2:42 PM Afternoon Reads

By Ryan Cooper

That’s it for me, folks, Ed will be back on Monday. Here are some choice cuts from around the web:

1. Richard Feynman explains the difference between the mechanisms of metal springs and rubber bands.

2. Guardian report on General Petraeus and Iraqi torture centers and death squads.

3. Zack Beauchamp on why progressives need a sane opposition party.

4. Against all odds, Jerry Brown seems to have turned things around in California, with some help of course.

5. Lovely story on Hank Williams’ final days. (ht @elongreen)

6. Now here’s a historically contextualized criticism of Hugo Chávez.

Finally, a Japandroids joint:

As always, thanks for reading and commenting.

Ryan Cooper is a National Correspondent at The Week, and a former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @ryanlcooper

Comments

  • angler on March 10, 2013 6:05 PM:

    nice music link

  • Ron Byers on March 10, 2013 11:02 PM:

    Richard Feynman was a genius with a playful side that made his life joyful.

    If you get the chance read his biography. While he was working on the atomic bomb he amused himself by breaking into safes all over Los Alamos.

    His explanation of quantum mechanics for regular people is both entertaining and as understandable as quantum mechanics

  • Ron Byers on March 10, 2013 11:04 PM:

    The end of my last sentence was left off. "quantium mechanics can be described."