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Memo to the neocons: WaPo needs ideas

So, several of us picked up the Washington Post Outlook section yesterday morning, as we usually do. There, we happened upon a piece by AEI conservative Joshua Muravchik, a self-described "dyed-in-the-wool" neocon, on how the neocons can, as he says, "get their groove back." What an interesting idea...

...that we published almost six weeks ago - by the same author. In fact, Muravchik's piece on how the neocons can save themselves appears in the current issue of FP and graces the homepage of ForeignPolicy.com. What's more (and we're going to pull back the curtain a bit here), it was an idea that was first dreamed up by the editors of FP. In fact, we shopped it around to several neocons (none of whom were eager to make the case) before Muravchik signed on to write it.

Guess the editors at Outlook liked the piece so much they thought it should be published twice. We'll just keep in mind that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Be sure to check out these stories for future Outlook fodder.

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Google Earth goes back in time

spinning globe Google Earth might be the single most interesting piece of software ever developed for the home PC. And it's useful, too. If you've never tried it, and you've got a broadband connection, download it now. You won't be disappointed. But beware: You probably won't get any work done for the rest of the day.

In the most recent update, users can apply any one of a collection of historical maps to the Google Earth globe, giving you the ability to navigate the Cape of Good Hope using a map from 1787, or walk the streets of Paris in 1716. Some of the map overlays include:

  • World Globe 1790
  • New York 1836
  • Tokyo 1680
  • Middle East 1861
  • Australia Southeast 1844
  • And many more

More nuts and bolts of Google Earth after the BREAK

Google Maps LayersIf you want to access these new maps,  you can find them on the Layers palette, under "Featured Content/Rumsey Historical Maps." See the image to the right. For more help, read Google's documentation at the Google Earth homepage.

Also, don't miss these great blogs that highlight places to visit in Google Earth: