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Monday 07 October 2013 The Forest Road Reader, No 92

Kenso Shirai's historic quadrupal twist. The most amazing example of athletic achievement you'll see this considerable time period. It is, as they say, one for the ages.

Amazon's chaotic warehousing. I worked on a fully automated laboratory store that used this system, although I suspect if we'd called it "chaotic warehousing" the sale would never have been made.

In a merciful twist of fate, Juan Linz did not quite live to see his prophecy of the demise of American democracy borne out. Linz, the Spanish political scientist who died last week, argued that the presidential system, with its separate elections for legislature and chief executive, was inherently unstable. In a famous 1990 essay, Linz observed, "All such systems are based on dual democratic legitimacy: No democratic principle exists to resolve disputes between the executive and the legislature about which of the two actually represents the will of the people." Presidential systems veered ultimately toward collapse everywhere they were tried, as legislators and executives vied for supremacy. There was only one notable exception: the United States of America. Unless we're entering the end times of the USA, that is.

Andrew Rilstone's Doctor Who essays in one handy volume? Make it happen!

Make it so.


Tagged gymnastics, and doctor-who


Jez Higgins

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