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Guide To Arthouse Clichés
Joe Queenan | Guardian | 20 October 2010
"Sexually unfulfilled musicians are a fixture, particularly pianists. So are
miserable Scandinavians and emotionally repressed Japanese. The only
arthouse movies that end happily are the ones with yaks"
Sam Harris's Moral Landscape
Troy Jollimore | Barnes & Noble Review | 20 October 2010
Crisp, clear account—and critique—of neo-atheist argument that morality
falls within the scope of science, not religion. Faults Harris for
over-simplification, and a wilful ignorance of moral philosophy
Modernisation In Russia
Fiona Hill | Brookings | 21 October 2010
Round-up of discussions, lessons-learned at this year's Valdai conference.
Pretty downbeat. Government talks up modernisation, but no serious intention
to reduce state dominance, improve rule of law
Sacramento Über Alles
Tim Cavanaugh | Reason | 20 October 2010
Pithy backgrounder on California governor's race, pitting "one candidate who
knows nothing about government versus one who knows nothing except
government". With the latter, Jerry Brown, to win
How It Feels To Want To Kill Yourself
Jesse Bering | Scientific American | 20 October 2010
Six stages that can take a vulnerable person from setback to suicide.
Fascinating. And useful, if, as Bering says, "this information helps you to
meta-cognitively puncture suicidal ideation"
When Tourette's Took Over My Life
Michael Barthel | Salon | 19 October 2010
"It starts at the center of your body and radiates out until it reaches
public view, announcing to the world what you'd hoped to keep hidden".
Relaxation helps a lot. Failing which, tranquilisers
Ley Lines Of Globalisation
Ethan Zuckerman | My Heart's In Accra | 20 October 2010
World trade routes revealed by Maersk's online shipping calculator. Send
20-foot container of “umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking-sticks, seat-sticks,
whips, riding-crops” from Auckland to Dubai for $2451.02
House That Murdoch Bought
Conrad Black | National Interest | 20 October 2010
Killer review of three books on newspapers, from a man who's owned a few of
them himself. "Almost all studies of Murdoch are mosquito explorations
around his shins, which are all he cares to reveal"
Christopher Beam | Slate | 20 October 2010
Best piece yet from excellent four-part series. US military reservists train
Afghan National Police. First problem: "Y'all need to change your names
around ... Too many of you have the same names."
Essays on cloud computing, anti-trust, corporate culture, and Bob the animated
paper clip. From James Fallows, John Heilemann, Ray Ozzie and
others... Continue reading...
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