Newsletter 172


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[2]Breaking Up The Euro Area
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Anonymous | Economist | 2 December 2010

Legally and technically, a country could leave. But restoring a national
  currency would be a highly demanding operation, probably requiring capital
  controls, frozen bank deposits, travel restrictions

[3]Murder That Inspired Stieg Larsson
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Julie Bindel | Telegraph | 30 November 2010

Superb revisiting of murder case that shocked Sweden in 1984. Prostitute
  strangled, dismembered. Two young doctors convicted, partly on evidence of
  small child. Verdict overturned on technicality

[4]Close The Washington Monument
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Bruce Schneier | Schneier On Security | 2 December 2010

US government wants airport-style security for visitors to Washington
  Monument. Here's a better idea. Close it—until America gets over this
  post-9/11 panic, regains its appetite for risk and freedom

[5]Unauthorized, But Not Untrue
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      5. http://b.rw/hziRPV

Kitty Kelley | American Scholar | 2 December 2010

Celebrity biographer defends genre of celebrity biography. Publicises her
  latest book, about Oprah Winfrey. Compares herself with Seymour Hersh,
  Robert Caro. Shameless. But fun, readable, full of nuggets

[6]Isale Lines
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Amy Ernst | The King Effect | 2 December 2010

Diary of an aid worker in Congo. Today, counselling a roomful of rape
  victims, one with a broken arm, and trying to persuade a mother to take her
  dying baby to hospital. Amazing writing. Amazing writer

[7]Bin Laden’s Lonely Crusade
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Peter Bergen | Vanity Fair | 3 December 2010

Al-Qaeda's aim at time of 9/11 was for Islamic revolution in Saudi Arabia,
  or another Middle Eastern state. Instead, it has lost the state it once had,
  Afghanistan. Contain Al-Qaeda, and it will fade away

[8]
Glory Of The Rails
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Tony Judt | NYRB | 2 December 2010

Who knew the late Tony Judt was a train buff? In this, the first part of
  two-part essay, he establishes (and perhaps overstates) the transformational
  effect of the first railways on 19th-century society

[9]
The Road to "Ten Unknowns"
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      9. http://b.rw/i8l5yD

James McMullan | NYT | 2 December 2010

Artist describes creating theatre poster, from concept through sketch to
  final proof. Drawing process quite similar to writing: when you get stuck,
  edit out your favourite bit, see where that takes you

[10]
Hajj Journal: How I Fell in Love
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      10. http://bit.ly/gA6FyG

Amina Wadud | Religion Dispatches | 2 December 2010

Pilgrim recounts visit to Mecca. Beautifully. "Imagine there is a string.
  One end is tied in knot inside your heart, the other end is tied to the
  Ka’abah ... You are dizzy, drunk with the joy and ecstasy of it"

[11]Fall Of Niagara Falls
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Andrew Rice | Business Week | 2 December 2010

Portrait of American town "hollowed out by four decades of job loss, mafia
  infiltration, political corruption, failed get-fixed-quick schemes ... a
  history in miniature of wrongheaded ideas about urban renewal"

[12]Qatar's Questionable World Cup
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Nate Silver | Five Thirty Eight | 2 December 2010

Statistician runs slide rule over FIFA's award of World Cup franchises to
  Russia, a mild upset; and Qatar, a stunner. No proof of bribery, but all
  contenders had the means, the motive, and the opportunity

[13]Google Maps & Label Readability
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      13. http://b.rw/h0hhVs

Justin O'Beirne | 41 Latitude | 2 December 2010

A long and very precise answer to a small question, illuminating of lots of
  bigger things. The question: Why are Google maps so much clearer than their
  competition? The answer: mostly typographic
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  Topic: Soccer
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      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/soccer

How did Qatar get the World Cup? Why do we root for underdogs? Is it OK to
  cheat? How can we make the game less boring for foreigners? [15]Continue
  reading...
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      15. http://thebrowser.com/topics/soccer

[16]Today on FiveBooks: Simon Brett on Whodunnits
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      16. http://fivebooks.com

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