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A Kind Word for Ben
Paul A. McCulley | Pimco | 10 November 2010
"Fed makes policy consistent with its legislative mandate handed down by the
elected government of the United States. The rest of the world should simply
accept this outcome as reality"
David Bromwich | LRB | 11 November 2010
Essay on Obama's weaknesses. Long, but well worth the effort. He made a
string of bad senior appointments, notably Gates and Summers. Haughty. He
wants credit for good intentions that he doesn't carry out
Tom Chatfield | Boing Boing | 5 November 2010
Lovely essay on World of Warcraft. "My wife and I have been playing the game
ever since beta: that is, for over six years. We don't have kids yet, but
when we do, we may well end up playing this game with them"
Ireland's Fate Tied To Doomed Banks
Charles Forelle et al | WSJ | 10 November 2010
Great subject, classic treatment. "The story reads like one of those epic
lyric tragedies of old, where no one ever learns from their mistakes, and
errors compound endlessly", says Felix Salmon
Lines Of Latitude
Jerome Cohen | CFR | 10 November 2010
Lawyer issues verdict on Japan-China clash over disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku
islands. Japan doubly wrong. Wrong in history to claim ownership of islands.
Wrong in law to claim 200-mile zone around them
Can Slate Recover?
Nick Summers | NY Observer | 9 November 2010
Pioneering website, founded 14 ago. Awesome content. But long since lost
appetite for innovation. Traffic plateauing, at roughly one-third level of
Huffington Post. Costs high. Urgently needs to re-tool
Dukes Of Moral Hazard
Jesse Eisinger | Pro Publica | 10 November 2010
Second round of quantitative easing spurs financial speculation, not real
economic activity. "It’s like the exhausted 'Saw' movie franchise. Harder
core, baser and for serious liquidity heads only"
Obituary: Professor Peter Hilton
Anonymous | Telegraph | 10 November 2010
Mathematician. Codebreaker. "In his mind's eye he could unpick streams of
characters from two separate teleprinters". Worked with Turing at Bletchley.
Invented homology theory. Palindrome virtuoso
Creating The Facebook Of Stuff
Ben Popper | NY Observer | 9 November 2010
New York start-up builds database to search, identify every object in the
world, as basis for social network. Says its crawlers add 2m images per
week. Founder of Engadget working on rival project
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