Intelligence for Democracies

According to Michael Hayden, the only man ever to hold both the posts of CIA and NSA director, 9/11 was a seismic event for the U.S. intelligence community, and its effects still reverberate today. Hayden begins this excellent and very personal narrative by describing in the run-up to the attacks how the NSA, like the CIA, had suffered major budget and personnel cuts through the 1990s triggered by belief in a “peace dividend” that had accrued from the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Baseball’s Unsolved Epidemic of Elbow Injuries

baseball

It’s not fun to sit near me at a baseball game. Unless, of course, you have a good sense of humor and happen to enjoy watching a good-looking dude in a Mets jersey drink a lot of beer and criticize, loudly, everything my team decides to do. I cheer even louder than I criticize—a quality that has gotten me kicked out of my fair share of stadiums.

As a Mets fan, the criticism has typically outweighed the cheers. My criticism gets especially vocal when our manager, Terry Collins, slowly trots out to the mound to take out one of our stud pitchers because of his pitch count. Pitch counts don’t matter—I think—and if Matt Harvey is still striking everybody out, he should stay in the game.

Channeling Testosterone

men

According to Jack Myers, the future of men in the twenty-first century is bleak. And he thinks men know it. He quotes men to whom he explained his book project asking, wryly, “You mean we have a future?” Women are on the ascendant, and men are being eclipsed: the male dominance that has been the norm for millennia is a thing of the past. Hooray?

That’s the part that’s never clear. It’s hard to figure out in this book, a sweeping jog through advertisements, TV shows, statistics about college students, and Mars/Venus generalizations, how Myers feels about the changes he insists have occurred.