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Friday Morning Linkage

June 28, 2013

sitting ducks

  • Paypal has just launched PayPal Galactic “to figure out what currency can be used and how commerce should be regulated off Earth” once all the space travel and tourism picks up.”  
  • More from  “…serious challenges such as space law — an uncertain legal area still in its infancy — concerns about pollution and the lack of government regulations could slow the commercialization of space, said Jill Tarter, of the SETI Institute.”


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Jon Western has spent the last fifteen years teaching IR in liberal arts colleges at Mount Holyoke College and the Five Colleges in western Massachusetts. He has an eclectic range of intellectual interests but often writes on international security, U.S. foreign policy, military intervention, and human rights. He occasionally shares his thoughts about professional life in liberal arts colleges. In his spare time he coaches middle school soccer, mentors the local high school robotics team, skis, and sails.