By: Derek Thompson
When I woke up this morning, I had one goal: Finish this article by 11 a.m.
So, predictably, by the time it was 10 a.m., I had made and consumed two cups of coffee, taken out the trash, cleaned my room while taking a deliberately slow approach to folding my shirts, gone on a walk outside to clear my head, had a thing of yogurt and fruit to reward the physical exertion, sent an email to my aunt and sister, read about 100 Tweets (favorited three; written and deleted one), despaired at my lack of progress, comforted myself by eating a second breakfast, opened several tabs from ESPN.com on my browser … and written absolutely nothing.
What’s the matter with me?* Nothing, according to research that conveniently justifies this sort of behavior to my editors. Or, at least, nothing out of the ordinary for writers, as Megan McArdle has explained on this site. I’m just a terrible procrastinator.
A group of five Muslim American men included on the watchlist of suspected terrorists maintained by the United States government filed a federal complaint on Thursday this week contesting their placement.
“The federal government has unjustly and disproportionately targeted American Muslims by routinely adding their names to the Terrorist Screening Database without affording them their rights to due process,”Lena Masri, a staff attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said in a statement announcing the legal action. ”The lawsuit will challenge the government’s broad and unchecked power to secretly label individuals as ‘known or suspected terrorists’ without concrete facts, but based on only a vague standard of ‘reasonable suspicion.’”
A lust for vengeance blind the most reasonable people in the world.
Una sed de venganza ciega a las personas más razonables en el mundo.
Een lust voor wraak blind de meest redelijke mensen in de wereld.
Un désir de vengeance aveugle les gens les plus raisonnables dans le monde.
Ein Rachelust blenden die meisten vernünftigen Menschen in der Welt.
Yīgè yùwàng fùchóu méngbì zuì hélǐ de rén zài shìjiè shàng.
En lust för hämnd blinda de mest förnuftiga människor i världen.
Zhazhda mesti oslepit’ naiboleye razumnyye lyudi v mire.
Intikam için bir şehvet dünyanın en makul insanları kör.
Un desiderio di vendetta cieca le persone più ragionevoli del mondo.
Sebuah nafsu untuk membalas dendam buta orang-orang yang paling masuk akal di dunia.