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How Is Keith Richards Still Alive?
Anonymous | BBC | 28 October 2010
Rolling Stone ingested vast quantity of illegal drugs, including the
terrifying "breakfast of champions". To have survived he must have an
unusually strong constitution and greater restraint than he lets on
In Praise of Irrational Exuberance
Virginia Postrel | Big Questions | 28 October 2010
Economies ossify when investors get too canny, too calculating, too
risk-averse. As with Britain in early 20th century. Better to retain
appetite for high, even crazily high, risk/reward projects
I, Too, Have Shot A Stag
Ruaridh Nicoll | Guardian | 27 October 2010
Reflections on the death of Exmoor Emperor, Britain's largest wild animal,
presumed shot by a trophy-hunter in recent days. Legal, but tragic too. Why
should someone want to kill a beast for its beauty?
Afghanistan's Icy Tip
Edward Wong | NYT | 27 October 2010
Informative sketch of life in Wakhan corridor, part of Afghanistan cut off
by Hindu Kush. Population 12,000, mostly Ismailis. Primitive barter economy.
No burkhas. No Ramadan fasting. No Taliban. No war
Germany Takes Centre Stage
Anonymous | Economist | 21 October 2010
Fine essay on resurgent Germany. Strongest European economy. Atonement for
Hitler over. Out of love with supranational EU. New foreign policy still
evolving. Operating on "instincts rather than policy"
Run, Turkey, Run
Bill Gross | Pimco | 27 October 2010
Manager of world's biggest mutual fund calls "the end of a great 30-year
bull market in bonds", says public debt was always a bit of a Ponzi scheme,
plans to move his own money offshore into non-$ markets
Topic: Rupert Murdoch
Last great old-media mogul. Best recent writing on his newspapers, his
politics, his life, his wife... Continue reading...
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