Newsletter 148


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[2]Yang's Stove Fires World Copper Market
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Fan Wenxin | Bloomberg | 3 November 2010

Smart, colourful piece on Chinese growth. Copper consumption has tripled in
  a decade. Will go on rising, as millions of rural families move to urban
  apartments, each containing 45 kilos of copper wiring

[3]2010: What Happened
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      3. http://b.rw/9p3jrY

Andrew Gelman | Statistical Modeling | 5 November 2010

Obama's stimulus was prudent. He didn't want to inflate yet another bubble.
  But he did a bad job of levelling with the American public. He let hopes
  rise, and paid the price of voters' disappointment

[4]Shape Of The Beast
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      4. http://b.rw/bA9zOU

Shoma Chaudhury | Tehelka | 5 November 2010

Why middle-class India hates Arundhati Roy. She challenges their narrative
  of modernity, prosperity. "If you are underclass, tribal or Muslim, your
  continent is much darker. Roy crossed over to the dark side"

[5]Does Britain Really Need The Military?
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      5. http://b.rw/9twQIq

Simon Jenkins | Guardian | 5 November 2010

"Our defence spending is misdirected and extravagantly out of date. To guard
  me from unreal foreign attack the government spends £45bn, but to guard my
  home and hearth from crime it spends just £6.4bn"

[6]A Painful Remedy
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      6. http://b.rw/bR0y3I

Editorial | Nature | 4 November 2010

Top science journal notes that more published papers are being retracted:
  four so far this year, versus one last year. No single cause. But sloppiness
  at least as much to blame as malfeasance

[7]George And Sparky
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      7. http://b.rw/9asatX

Joe Posnanski | Sports Illustrated | 4 November 2010

Remembering George "Sparky" Anderson, irascible, mediocre baseball player
  turned youngest manager, three-time World Series winner. Ruthless with
  pitchers, not always liked, great at coaxing best out of players

[8]Lift-Off For Geoengineering
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      8. http://b.rw/aLLGex

Anonymous | Economist | 4 November 2010

Early signs of political traction for big-science schemes to get greenhouse
  gases out of atmosphere, cool earth. Some favoured options: inject sulphuric
  acid into stratosphere; dump quicklime into oceans

[9]Futile Attempt To Save Eurozone
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      9. http://b.rw/9lI4Hp

Samuel Brittan | FT | 4 November 2010

Disintegration inevitable. "Likely to be a messy process, and it will take
  time to clarify whether there will be a reversion to national currencies, or
  whether two or three successor zones will emerge"

[10]News Corp And The Times Paywall
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      10. http://b.rw/9FJGLA

Seamus McCauley | Virtual Economics | 3 November 2010

Paywall at London Times doesn't makes economic sense viewed in isolation. It
  makes much more sense if you see Times subscription as marginal attraction
  that News Corp can bundle into cable/broadband packages

[11]Silliness
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Stephen Fry | New Adventures | 4 November 2010

For fans of Stephen Fry. In which he explains why he didn't say that women
  don't like sex. Or did say it but didn't mean it. Or didn't mean to say it.
  Or something. Anyhow, a lovely, long, from-the-heart piece.

[12]How Political Was Picasso?
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      12. http://b.rw/bhc4zy

John Richardson | NYRB | 4 November 2010

Skip the opening two or three paragraphs, cut to Richardson's compelling
  account of Picasso's shallow and shifting political views. More than
  anything else, artist wanted to be honoured in Spain, by any government

[13]Generation Why?
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      13. http://b.rw/dymvQV

Zadie Smith | NYRB | 4 November 2010

Thoughtful essay criticising reductivist world-view of Mark Zuckerberg and
  Facebook, as portrayed in "The Social Network"; praising Jaron Lanier's
  arguments for individualism, in "You Are Not A Gadget"

[14]Necessity And Competence In Government
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Al Martinich | Philosophers' Magazine | 5 November 2010

Interesting short discussion of what makes government rational, legitimate.
  Boils down to fact that we need government for reasonably comfortable life,
  and usually there's only one government to choose from

[15]Alms Dealers
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Philip Gourevitch | New Yorker | 11 October 2010

For all its intrinsic virtue, humanitarian aid can worsen underlying
  conflicts by rewarding violence, driving up cost of peace, prolonging war
  (as in Biafra). Much-discussed piece, just now ungated

TOPIC: 2010 MID-TERMS

Obama rebuffed. What happened, why it happened, what happens
  next. [16]Continue reading...
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      16. http://thebrowser.com/topics/2010-mid-terms

[17]Today on FiveBooks: the Secret Service
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      17. http://fivebooks.com

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