Welcome to Must Read, where we single out the best stories from around the automotive universe and beyond. Today we have reports from The Washington Post, The Federalist and Esquire.
These aren't all car-related today, but they are interesting. And that's important, isn't it?
After billions in U.S. investment, Afghan roads are falling apart — The Washington Post
They look like victims of an insurgent attack — their limbs in need of amputation, their skulls cracked — but the patients who pour daily into the Ghazni Provincial Hospital are casualties of another Afghan crisis.
The Death Of Expertise — The Federalist
(Hat tip to former Jalop Sam Smith for the link to this one!)
I am (or at least think I am) an expert. Not on everything, but in a particular area of human knowledge, specifically social science and public policy. When I say something on those subjects, I expect that my opinion holds more weight than that of most other people.
Danny DeVito lives high on a hill, on a street that could be called nondescript if there were such a street anywhere in Beverly Hills. I guess you could say it's an unpretentious street, in the context of a neighborhood where streaming caravans of tourists still pay forty dollars a head to be driven around to gawk at the tall shrubs and locked gates blocking any street view of the homes of the stars. Every few minutes, another one crawls by. One guide's talking about some motorcycle that once belonged to Elvis Presley—there's no motorcycle visible—and another points out the house where Brad and Jennifer lived when they were still together. Could be. I wouldn't bet on it.