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If Chinese Growth Slows
Michael Pettis | China Financial Markets | 18 November 2010
Rest of world may suffer much less than feared from possible Chinese
slowdown. If China's trade surplus contracts, this gives expansionary boost
to other countries—as with Japan's stalled growth in 1990s
Hitler’s Real First World War Story
Thomas Weber | OUP | 19 November 2010
Historian recounts discoveries in German archives that overturn Hitler's own
version of his WW1 service. "Was Hitler a hero of his Regiment? No. Was
anti-Semitism rife in the Regiment? No"
Dogs Don't Understand Moving
Allie Brosh | Hyperbole And A Half | 17 November 2010
Beautifully illustrated account of moving house across America with two
dogs—one simple and one neurotic. A delightful read, if you have a weakness
for dog psychology. Otherwise, just enjoy the pictures
Google And Money
Charles Petersen | NYRB | 18 November 2010
Review of books by Ken Auletta and Nicholas Carr. Useful one-stop read for
catching up on net neutrality and online privacy debates. With a short
history of Google and its business model thrown in at start
Laura Spinney | Intelligent Life | 18 November 2010
American missionaries in Mexico founded "Ethnologue" as a ten-page
mimeograph in 1951. Now it's the world's top database for 7,000 languages,
many dead or dying. Still run by religious foundation
Interview With Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Anonymous | Stern/IMF | 18 November 2010
IMF boss on financial crisis. It's not nearly over. "The next crisis is sure
to come. When the banks have to be bailed out again, will taxpayers be ready
to fork over the money once more? I have my doubts"
Jonathan Elphick | Five Books | 19 November 2010
Ornithologist discusses birds in science, art, literature, history,
folklore, and recommends his favourite books in the field. Funny,
surprising, often lyrical conversation, interesting throughout
Estudando Tom Zé
Robert Christgau | B&N Review | 19 November 2010
In praise of Brazilian music's spiky elder statesman. "There's no one like
him. The vaguely similar Captain Beefheart is a big baby having a tantrum by
comparison. Zé is so much kinder, wiser, saner"
Suzy Hansen | Business Week | 17 November 2010
America was humbled by reckless securitizing of subprime mortgages, Greece
by burden of misrepresented government spending. Irish have taken simpler
road to ruin: enormous, unregulated bank lending
Religious Excuse For Barbarity
Johann Hari | Independent | 19 November 2010
Halal and kosher butchery made sense in the sixth century when you needed to
be sure your meat was fresh, No excuse for it in modern times. Just plain
cruel. If this is religion, it doesn't deserve respect.
Russia’s Cyrillic Cybernauts
Charles Clover et al | FT | 18 November 2010
No need for a Chinese-style "great firewall" to contain Russia's internet.
Kremlin can just pick up the phone, and talk to Mail.ru, which went public
this month, and which controls 70% of Russian page-views
Topic: Airport Security
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