Newsletter 178


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[2]Torn Apart By Childbirth
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Joanna Moorhead | Guardian | 10 December 2010

Daunting accounts of suffering caused by obstetric fistulas, a consequence
  of difficult childbirth. Not the sort of thing many people find easy to
  discuss. Strong piece, even more remarkable comments thread

[3]Elizabeth Edwards
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Elizabeth Wurtzel | Atlantic | 9 December 2010

Harsh, shrewd obituary. "And so, one political wife passes away, but
  somewhere right now, another one is busy being born, because every woman is
  sure the glass slipper will finally fit her dainty foot"

[4]Three-Way Split
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Editorial | Economist | 9 December 2010

Succinct, pessimistic outlook for world economy in 2011. America prints
  money, risks bond crash. Europe struggles to save Euro. Emerging markets
  grow but overheat. 2010 was easy by comparison

[5]Yes, But
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William Zinsser | American Scholar | 10 December 2010

A classic. On the clichés of hesitant headlines. "Risks are seen, fears
  stoked. Losses are predicted, also delays and obstacles, setbacks and snags.
  Questions linger. Misgivings are expressed. Legislators balk"

[6]Eyeless In Cairo
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Leon Wieseltier | New Republic | 10 December 2010

Should America want democratisation in Egypt, at risk of bringing Muslim
  Brotherhood into government? Yes, because trying to prop up Mubarak's regime
  only makes it more likely that radicals will take power

[7]Worst Bathroom In New York
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Elizabeth Dwoskin | NYT | 8 December 2010

Reporter's notebook. Criss-crossing the Bronx in search of New York's most
  run-down residential buildings, for a project on derelict landlords. "Let’s
  just say this was a hugely depressing assignment"

[8]The Orwellian Present
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Anna Raccoon | 6 December 2010

Heartbreaking. Autistic Brit of 20 cared for by father. Father gets flu. Son
  goes into hostel for three days. Taps people on shoulder for attention. That
  counts as "assault". A year later, he's still locked up

[9]Academics And Net Neutrality
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Bruce Gottlieb | Atlantic | 9 December 2010

Essay on internet regulation, pegged to Tim Wu's "The Master Switch" which
  argues that each wave of disruptive innovation yields a new monopolist.
  Answer isn't to break up these monopolies, but to contain them

[10]E-Type Jaguar: The Difference Engine
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Nick Valery | Economist | 10 December 2010

Fast. Beautiful. The most innovative piece of automotive machinery of its
  age. And half the price of anything remotely comparable. A petrol-head's
  hymn of praise to the E-Type Jaguar, on its 50th anniversary

[11]State Of Statelessness
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Henry Farrell | American Interest | 10 December 2010

Political scientist reviews books on anarchism and the state. Interesting
  throughout. Nation-states have become too strong to destroy. Anarchists have
  lowered their sights, from revolution to agitation

[12]What I Found In North Korea
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Siegfried Hecker | Foreign Affairs | 9 December 2010

Scientist reports on tour of Yongbyon nuclear complex. "I was stunned by the
  sight of 2,000 centrifuges in two cascade halls and an ultramodern control
  room". North Korea well equipped to build, export nukes

[13]The Treader
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Michael Barry | Le Métier | 9 December 2010

Lovely vignette. Pro cyclist recalls building his first bike in his Dad's
  shop, aged 11. It started with a twisted frame discarded by a customer. Then
  came the tearing around town, the hiding of torn pants from his Mum

[14]
Topic: Stieg Larsson's Sweden
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Essays on the Millennium trilogy, the man who wrote it, the country in which
  it is set, the murder... [15]Continue reading...
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[16]Today on FiveBooks: Adam Hart-Davis on Popular Science
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