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[2]Guide To Arthouse Clichés
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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"

[3]Sam Harris's Moral Landscape
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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

[4]Modernisation In Russia
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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

[5]Sacramento Über Alles
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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

[6]How It Feels To Want To Kill Yourself
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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"

[7]When Tourette's Took Over My Life
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      7. http://b.rw/9uTLvf

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

[8]Ley Lines Of Globalisation
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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

[9]House That Murdoch Bought
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      9. http://b.rw/9iEPwH

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"

[10]Police Academy
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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."
  [11]Topic: Microsoft
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Essays on cloud computing, anti-trust, corporate culture, and Bob the animated
paper clip. From James Fallows, John Heilemann, Ray Ozzie and
others... [12]Continue reading...
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[13]Today on FiveBooks: Edwidge Danticat on Haitian Literature
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