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* Selling Liverpool Football Club
David Conn | Guardian | 14 October 2010True value or "epic swindle"? The
bid that fractured Liverpool's boardroom. Now a court in Dallas is
involved in deciding the future of one of Europe's greatest sports
clubs. How did it ever come to this?
* Behind Har Sin's Story
Adrian Florido | Voice Of San Diego | 12 October 2010
Journalist tells of befriending young deaf Burmese refugee with no
language skills. "We'd sat down with him, opened a newspaper, and tried
to get him to understand that we wanted to put him in the newspaper"
* How Marriage Survives
Justin Wolfers | Brookings | 13 October 2010
US marriage rate bounces around a bit, but no evidence of major decline.
On the other hand, nature of marriage has changed. Elite husbands want
elite wives, meaning poorer prospects for less-educated women
Ben Zimmer | NYT | 13 October 2010
Stephen Colbert talks about "truthiness", which he coined (or re-coined)
in 2005. Included in this year's New Oxford American Dictionary. “I
wanted a silly word that would feel wrong in your mouth”
* How Bureaucrats Stalk Celebrities
G.W. Schulz | Mother Jones | 13 October 2010
Low-level government employees use official databases to stalk
celebrities online. They just do. Curiosity and power get the better of
them, even when they know that they are likely to get caught.
* Can You Give My Son A Job?
Slavoj Žižek | LRB | 13 October 2010
Informative review of Richard McGregor's book on Chinese Communist
Party, explaining how party has kept control of China despite
discrediting of Maoist ideology, by redefining itself as guarantor of
* Baseball's Breaking Curveball "An Illusion"
Randolph Schmid | MSNBC | 13 October 2010
Curveballs do curve, but scientists say their arc is smooth, gradual.
What batters see as a sudden "break" is just an illusion. It's to do
with switching between central and peripheral vision
* Topic: Steve Jobs
Interviews, profiles, parodies, and even an obituary, tracking the life
of America's greatest... Continue reading...
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