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The daily Minyanville take on news, commentary and opinion from around the world:

"There is an interesting and, for outsiders, rather amusing spat raging in Washington between neo-conservatives past and present. Francis Fukuyama, once a celebrated cheerleader for the muscular interventionism that led the US into war with Iraq, has recanted. The invasion was a mistake. The US cannot remake the tyrannies of the world in its own democratic image. But democracy requires patience," according to Philip Stevens in the Financial Times.

  • Good News: Democracy requires patience.

Ben Franklin, Very Patient Man

  • Bad News: Democracy requires patients.

Army Medics, Carrying Patients.


"The U.S. Army, which missed its recruiting goal last year, has relaxed its policy banning certain types of tattoos in a bid to attract new soldiers who otherwise would have been barred from serving," according to Reuters.

  • Good News: Some tattoos helpful in combat.

Soldier getting tattooed before mission.

  • Bad News: Some tattoos not so helpful in combat.

"I did four 'Nam tours in the Smurf unit. It was rough."


A company in Russia says it can make cultured diamonds out of human hair. Your human hair! "Just imagine wearing a ring with a diamond in its deepest structure related to someone you love," the company says on its Web site, newagediamonds.com.

  • Good News: Someone gave you a diamond made from their hair!

Happy human hair diamond recipient!

  • Bad News: You gave someone a diamond made from your hair.

Unhappy human hair diamond giver.

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