Newsletter 13

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[2]Sports From Hell: Hot Box
Rick Reilly | ESPN | 19 May 2010
Quite possibly the world's dumbest sport: the Sauna World Championships.
Nobody but a Finn has made it through to a final. "Slapping backs a definite
no-no among saunists"
[3]Musical Chairs
R.W. Johnson | LRB Blog | 25 May 2010
World Cup in South Africa on point of collapse under weight of incoming
VIPs. 50 heads of state expected, but FIFA has already booked up all the top
hotels—and Joe Biden wants 300 tickets
[4]Liberating NASA
Esther Dyson | Project Syndicate | 19 May 2010
NASA has become too process-ridden, risk-averse. Inevitable for any mature
government agency. Obama right to cut back NASA, encourage private sector to
take lead in space race
[5]Hex Appeal
Graeme Wood | Atlantic | June 2010
Witchcraft prosecutions make up 40 percent of cases in Central African
Republic courts. Lawyer advises defendants to "act normally and refrain from
casting any spells in the courtroom"
[6]All The Dirt That's Fit To Print
Alex Pappademas | GQ | June 2010
Frothy, anecdote-filled profile of National Enquirer. Deeply cheesy and
proud of it. Strong on Elvis, Michael Jackson. But sometimes breaks big
story, as with John Edwards's affair during presidential campaign
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