Newsletter 138


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[2]Protocol Of Barbarity
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Hans Hoyng et al | Spiegel | 25 October 2010
  Huge cover story on WikLeaks Iraq dump, translated from German. Documents
  reveal America as frightened, confused, demoralised. Incapable of dealing
  with violence, save by adding to it almost randomly

[3]Sarah Palin Could End Up President
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John Heilemann | New York | 24 October 2010
  Interesting scenario. Persuasive case that Palin will run for president in
  2012, get GOP nomination. But would Bloomberg run as independent, splitting
  Democrat vote, giving Palin victory?

[4]Stories Of Hope And Hardship
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Alexei Barrionuevo et al | NYT | 24 October 2010
  Chilean miners, two weeks later. Holding back details of first 17 days in
  captivity for book or film deal. While still underground, they took advice
  from Andes plane-crash survivors about selling story,

[5]Hacker's Challenge
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James Garvey | Philosophers' Magazine | 25 October 2010
  Philosopher attacks neuroscience, using ideas drawn from Wittgenstein. May
  sound like hard work, but this interview with Peter Hacker is a
  scintillating read—illuminating on Wittgenstein, and on neuroscience

[6]Britain And The World
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JBT | Critical Reaction | 17 October 2010
  Commentary on defence spending cuts. Britain can no longer afford to emulate
  US broad-spectrum forces. Must choose between land and maritime power.
  Maritime better, especially if EU can get its act together

[7]Johnny Has Two Mommies, Four Dads
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Drake Bennett | Boston Globe | 24 October 2010
  Assisted reproductive technology, increasing acceptance of same-sex
  partnerships, mean that a child may have three or four de facto parents.
  Should the law recognise this? Is the two-parent limit out of date?

[8]Google’s Self-Driving Car
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      8. http://bit.ly/avSupm

Jean-Louis Gassée | Monday Note | 24 October 2010
  Potentially huge business. Who doesn't want one? Great fit for elderly. But
  there will be accidents. America tolerates 40,000 deaths annually as cost of
  driving. Will it tolerate driverless death?

[9]Vainglory Of Economists
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David Warsh | Economic Principals | 24 October 2010
  Reflections on tenure of Larry Summers as White House economics chief. Made
  some good decisions, communicated them badly, trailed a lot of baggage.
  Short term, he's been costly to Obama

[10]What Google TV, Apple TV Should Do
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Mark Cuban | Blog Maverick | 24 October 2010
  Deeply depressing. But probably right. Most viewers use TV as palliative for
  boredom. Best way for newcomer to grab big share of TV market would be to
  offer interactive games, along the lines of Farmville

[11]Who Really Rescued General Motors?
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Malcolm Gladwell | New Yorker | 24 October 2010
  Review of Steve Rattner's memoir, "Overhaul", on his time as car czar.
  Intelligent, informative, on GM/Chrysler financial restructuring, and on
  Rick Wagoner's efforts to modernise GM's operations

[12]Topic: Television
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How the industry makes money. How to write scripts, by David Mamet. Viacom's
King Lear... [13]Continue reading...
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      13. http://thebrowser.com/topics/television

[14]Today on FiveBooks: Charles de Gaulle and the French Resistance
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