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[2]The Myth Of Ellis Island
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Dara Horn | Azure | 7 October 2010
  Contrary to widespread belief, US immigration officers didn't write down or
  change names of Jewish immigrants. Idea that they did so is another example
  of diaspora myth making, common throughout Jewish history

[3]Will You Stop That Infernal Racket?
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Justin Ross | Indiana University | 19 October 2010
  Scholarly paper "illustrating the concept of externalities in economics by
  drawing on the Simpsons". Or, why C. Montgomery Burns dumps his nuclear
  waste in public parks, causing mutation in squirrels

[4]Vote For Political Incorrectness
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Fiammetta Rocco | Economist | 18 October 2010
  Man Booker judges read short-listed novels three times before they vote.
  "Not so much a test of literary merit as of indestructibility. The winner is
  the book that takes the longest time to fall apart"

[5]Palestine Diary
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Karma Nabulsi | LRB | 18 October 2010
  Palestinians as victims of colonialism. Historically, the remedy was
  revolution. But the world has moved on. "The language the situation demands
  had life only inside an ideology which has now disappeared"

[6]Getting People In The Door
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Nina Simon | Museum 2.0 | 18 October 2010
  Successful retailers know how to draw people inside. It's mainly simple
  things—such as good signage, open doors, clean pavement, clear lines of
  sight, convenient opening hours. Museums could learn a lot

[7]Evolutionary Theory Of Suicide
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Jesse Bering | Scientific American | 11 October 2010
  Speculative inquiry into suicide as an adaptive behavoural strategy. Do we
  kill ourselves for the good of the greater gene pool? Possibly. But if so,
  why does the practice seem limited to humans?

[8]I Refused To Help My Father Die
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Christina Odone | Telegraph | 18 October 2010
  Arguments for doctor-assisted suicide are seductive, in many ways decent and
  reasonable. But they have to be resisted, otherwise we start off down the
  slippery slope towards involuntary euthanasia

[9]Dramatic Turn In West Virginia
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Clive Crook | FT | 17 October 2010
  Fine report on Senate race pitting Democrat governor Jim Manchin against
  Republican outsider John Raese. Should be safe Democrat seat. But to stay
  ahead, even Manchin has to run an anti-Obama campaign

[10]Sovereignty In South China Sea
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Neal Conan | NPR | 18 October 2010
  Highly informative interview with Marvin Ott, political scientist, about
  China's growing sea power, and its claim to sovereignty over all South China
  sea, including global trade routes, oil and gas deposits

[11]Making Over McDonald's
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Ben Paynter | Fast Company | 1 October 2010
  Fast-food giant prepares first total makeover since Carter administration.
  Big reach up-market, in decor at least. Inspiration from Paris, where French
  designer lifted Louvre branch from cheesy to cool

[12]Topic: Suicide
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How and why we kill ourselves. Seppuku in Japan, a youth suicide epidemic in
Wales... [13]Continue reading...
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[14]Today on FiveBooks: Rural Women in the Developing World
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