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Protocol Of Barbarity
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
Sarah Palin Could End Up President
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?
Stories Of Hope And Hardship
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,
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
Britain And The World
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
Johnny Has Two Mommies, Four Dads
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 Is the two-parent limit out of date?
Google’s Self-Driving Car
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?
Vainglory Of Economists
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
What Google TV, Apple TV Should Do
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
Who Really Rescued General Motors?
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
How the industry makes money. How to write scripts, by David Mamet. Viacom's
King Lear... Continue reading...
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