From The Hairpin, Nicole Cliffe and Edith Zimmerman debate Amazon and other blog affiliate programs (and part 2). Christiane Hoffmann and Rene Pfister on Germany and Israel, a relationship full of misunderstandings. How close are we to Doomsday? The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says we’re five minutes to midnight. Christopher Matthews on the economics of immigration: Who wins, who loses and why. From FDL, a book salon on How Sex Became a Civil Liberty by Leigh Ann Wheeler. Luc Christiaensen and Lorraine Telfer-Taivainen on measuring poverty over time. Will machines ever master translation? Language translation is proving to be one of the hardest tasks to automate — and one of the most important. Jane Shilling reviews The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves by Stephen Grosz. Holy crap! 27 percent of Americans believe God will determine the Super Bowl’s outcome.

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