Newsweek February 1, 2013

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'GUN LAWS AND THE FOOLS OF CHELM’ David Mamet‘s cover opinion piece, particularly the statement "The individual is not only best qualified to provide his own personal defense, he is the only one qualified to do so" is absurd. Why not substitute "medical care" or "food production"? I can agree that the individual is the last resort in his own defense, but even as a combat veteran who fought in Vietnam, there are others better capable of defending me, not to mention my 90-year-old mother-in-law. And I have yet to figure out what a civilized nation feels it is defending itself against on a daily basis, particularly in a way that requires assault weapons. Dan Russell, via email The government works for us. We tell them what we need, they do not…

knotty boys

LAST JULY the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed its longstanding policy of excluding gays from being Scouts or Scout leaders, arguing that the prohibition was still "in the best interest of Scouting. " As America continued its inexorable march toward legal equality for gays, the Scouts' stubborn resistance to change provided a source of inspiration for Christian, conservative activists. Writing in The Washington Times, Rebecca Hagelin, proprietor of, huzzahed that the "Boy Scouts will continue to stand, on principle, behind timeless moral values." Well, not exactly timeless. This week the Boy Scouts of America announced that it was reversing its 2012 injunction, issuing a new rule that would decentralize decisions on gay membership: no national policy will be promulgated, the group said, but local chapters could establish their own standards…

barbarism at the bolshoi

RUSSIAN HISTORY books are thick with sinister plots and assassination attempts. But the acid attack on the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet shocked even the most jaded Muscovites. On Jan. 17, Sergei Filin, whose aristocratic features and virtuoso technique as a dancer had earned him the nickname the Prince of Ballet, was walking up to his apartment building when a hooded man emerged from the shadows and threw sulfuric acid into Filin’s eyes and face. As the man ran off, the desperate director grabbed clumps of snow to quell the burning in his eyes. Having undergone an intense round of surgery to save his sight and his face, Filin spoke to Newsweek by phone from the intensive care unit at a Moscow hospital. Though no arrests have been made, he…

dan pfeiffer

IN A town of shameless self-promoters, President Obama's newest senior adviser might strike some as bizarrely low profile. Dan Pfeiffer, until recently the White House communications director, doesn't often pop up on the Sunday shows, or get profiled by the political media, or schmooze it up with Beltway establishment types. Colleagues and reporters alike describe the 37-year-old Delaware native as a highly disciplined, intensely focused workaholic with a quick wit, sharp tongue, and a horror of being the center of attention. "He's very low key and doesn't try to call attention to himself," praises veteran Obama counselor David Axelrod. West Wingers note that Pfeiffer's new title is a nebulous one that means different things depending on who's in the job. They struggle to explain it using vaguely empty phrases like "big…

the $55,000 backpack

DURING THE couture shows in Paris in January the runways featured feminine dresses by Raf Simons for Christian Dior and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. But there was one name you wouldn't expect to see in the middle of all of it: Damien Hirst. "I'm wearing one in Paris, the one with all the pills," said Paola Russo of her Hirst-decorated backpack. "And people are freaking out." Russo is the mastermind behind Hirst's collaboration with The Row, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's fashion line, which commissioned the contemporary artist to decorate 12 black patent, Nile crocodile leather backpacks for retail. The bags, covered in miniature versions of Hirst's famous spot paintings or in painted pills, debuted at Russo's new Los Angeles store, Just One Eye, and online at They went on sale for…

animal planet

THE WORLD was caught off guard when the Iranians announced that they had successfully shot a monkey 72 miles into space. With justification, some analysts claimed this was likely a thinly disguised effort to cover up their ambitious military plans to fire long-range missiles across the Middle East and beyond. However, this supposed feat calls attention to the role animals have played in blazing the trail for space exploration. We owe a tremendous debt to the animal kingdom, whose assistance is vital to every aspect of science. Back in 1948, the U.S. placed a rhesus monkey called Albert I aboard a modified German V-2 rocket. The following year, Albert II was sent 83 miles into space. In 1951 the U.S. sent a monkey named Yorick into the heavens; he was the…