Newsletter 173


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[2]Why Amazon Caved
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Ethan Zuckerman | CJR | 3 December 2010

Harvard researcher discusses Amazon's decision to boot Wikileaks. Highlights
  contradiction that, whereas we think of internet as public space, it's owned
  by private companies, who can do what they like

[3]China's Past On Kenya's Coast
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Virginia Postrel | WSJ | 4 December 2010

China funds research in Kenya, to find evidence of African-Chinese trade in
  15th century. As China gains stature, it wants new historical narrative
  showing that it has always been an advanced global power

[4]Suhaag Raat: Then And Now
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Subhangi Swarup | Open | 4 December 2010

How Indian newly-weds spend their wedding night. "Shobha wasn’t aware that
  the groom’s friends had bugged the room with audio recorders. She happily
  criticised her husband’s family while removing her jewellery"

[5]Obituary: Frank Lewis
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Anonymous | Telegraph | 3 December 2010

American, codebreaker at NSA, wrote cryptic crosswords for "The Nation" for
  60 years. "When he clued 'Doth thith make the heart grow fonder?', the
  solution—'Absinthe'—brought groans from coast to coast"

[6]Arsenic And Old Life
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Sam Kean | Slate | 3 December 2010

Short, clear backgrounder on recent discovery of bacteria which thrives on
  arsenic, where other known life-forms on Earth need phosphorous. Implies
  that planets which appear toxic to us might yet support life

[7]Elaine Kaufman, Who Fed the Famous, Dies
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Enid Nemy | NYT | 3 December 2010

Obituary for owner of New York literary bar, Elaine's, beloved of Woody
  Allen. "Once, when a newcomer asked directions to the men’s room, Ms.
  Kaufman replied, 'Take a right at Michael Caine'."

[8]Afghan Graft Starts At Top
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Scott Shane et al | NYT | 2 December 2010

Depressing account of ubiquitous criminality in Afghan government, sourced
  from Wikileaks cables. US diplomats wonder plaintively "how to fight
  corruption when the key government officials are themselves corrupt"

[9]Farmers Flock To Manure
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Gene Logsdon | Atlantic | 2 December 2010

Chemical fertiliser prices are rising. Supplies of potash from Canada are
  dwindling. Farmers may be forced back to using "something so repugnant that
  the word itself was scrubbed from polite conversation"

[10]Topic: Soccer
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How did Qatar get the World Cup? Why do we root for underdogs? Is it OK to
  cheat? How can we make... [11]Continue reading...
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[12]Today on FiveBooks: Matthew Syed on Champions
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