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Well it looks awfully like Paul Taylor bailed to me, at least until next week when we'll also have Andrew Napolitano who I'm surprised dares show his face after the raking he got this week.

Our last minute substitute (at great expense) is Kimberly Marten (get a Wiki page!), who might be talking about her book Warlords: Strong-arm Brokers in Weak States which is interesting because the release date was in June, 2012.  Perhaps there is a new paperback edition.

Amazon blurbs thusly-

Warlords are individuals who control small territories within weak states, using a combination of force and patronage. In this book, Kimberly Marten shows why and how warlords undermine state sovereignty. Unlike the feudal lords of a previous era, warlords today are not state-builders. Instead they collude with cost-conscious, corrupt, or frightened state officials to flout and undermine state capacity. They thrive on illegality, relying on private militias for support, and often provoke violent resentment from those who are cut out of their networks. Some act as middlemen for competing states, helping to hollow out their own states from within. Countries ranging from the United States to Russia have repeatedly chosen to ally with warlords, but Marten argues that to do so is a dangerous proposition.

Drawing on interviews, documents, local press reports, and in-depth historical analysis, Marten examines warlordism in the Pakistani tribal areas during the twentieth century, in post-Soviet Georgia and the Russian republic of Chechnya, and among Sunni militias in the U.S.-supported Anbar Awakening and Sons of Iraq programs. In each case state leaders (some domestic and others foreign) created, tolerated, actively supported, undermined, or overthrew warlords and their militias. Marten draws lessons from these experiences to generate new arguments about the relationship between states, sovereignty, "local power brokers," and stability and security in the modern world.

She's also an expert on Russia's relationships with the former states of the Soviet Union so actually the smart money is on the situation in the Ukraine.

Theaster Gates seems to be a Chicago version of Banksy, only more mainstream and performance oriented.  He's currently with the University of Chicago, an institution the John D. Rockefeller ideas about Law, Economy, and Politics of which make me deeply suspicious.

The rest of the week looks like this (for now)-

The Daily Show

* Monday 3/10: Paul Taylor
* Tuesday 3/11: Andrew Napolitano
* Wednesday 3/12: Jason Bateman
* Thursday 3/13: Anita Hill

The Colbert Report

* Monday 3/10: Neil DeGrasse Tyson
* Tuesday 3/11: Ronan Farrow
* Wednesday 3/12: Maria Shriver
* Thursday 3/13: Simon Schama

Another puzzling re-appearance next week is Ronan Farrow which made me look twice to see if we weren't in repeats, but evidently not.

The week after next is March Madness and for the first two weeks I will be insanely busy.  I'll not have much time, if any, for TDS/TCR, even to watch the shows.  It may work out better than that but probably not.  Anyone can help, really.

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