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* Afghan Votes Come Cheap
Ron Nordland | NYT | 17 September 2010
And you can buy them wholesale. Brokers collect voting cards within a
community, auction them. For next parliamentary election, typical price
is $5-6 per vote.
* Our Man In Palestine
Nathan Thrall | NYRB | 17 September 2010
Well-informed report on work of US military mission supporting
Palestinian security services in West Bank, as means of countering
Hamas, propping up prime minister Salam Fayyad
* How I Sexed-Up "The Lady"
Rachel Johnson | Daily Mail | 17 September 2010
New editor tries to modernise venerable "journal for gentlewomen". Cast
of characters includes Boris Johnson, Joan Collins, Antonia Fraser,
Dowager Duchess of Devonshire
* Dominican Republic Or Bust
Claire Berlinski | City Journal | 17 September 2010
Postcard from Haiti's other half, "an oasis of heaving bosoms, tropical
breezes, brightly colored birds, salty food, beer, merengue, and the
happiest-looking German sex tourists I’ve ever seen"
* Tales From Melbourne Writers' Festival
Brad Dunn | Outlet | 16 September 2010
Beautiful piece of informal writing, on a reading by DBC Pierre.
"Melbourne is the hipster capital of Australia. The audience was made up
of equal quantities of irony and fixed gear bicycles"
* Lars Johnson Has Goats on His Roof
Justin Scheck & Stu Woo | WSJ | 17 September 2010
Wisconsin restaurant keeps goats on roof, registers trademark, sues
look-alike. "Defendant has willfully continued to offer food services
from buildings with goats on the roof"
* Common Misconceptions
Anonymous | Wikipedia | 17 September 2010
Napoleon was not unusually short. Mussolini did not make the trains run
on time. Marie Antoinette didn't say "let them eat cake". Vikings didn't
wear horns. And dozens more
* Secret Messages In Industrial Design
Frank Swain | Guardian | 17 September 2010
Short, entertaining post explaining what all those lines and
crosshatches signify on television test-cards, printer test-sheets, bar
codes. And how to find your way across London by looking at satellite
* Topic: God And The Vatican
Essays and interviews on the economics of sainthood, the pope and
globalisation, child abuse, and... Continue reading...
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