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Writing Worth Reading
Michael Bywater | New Humanist | 15 December 2010
L. Ron Hubbard, science-fiction writer, launched the last really successful
religion since Islam. Crazy but clever. "It doesn’t pose a Creator. Just a
bunch of clever aliens. Whom we can turn back into if we have enough money"
Is It Bad That I Wanted My Kid Aborted?
James Altucher | Altucher Confidential | 19 December 2010
On fatherhood. Brutal. Honest. Moving. "Suddenly there was this tiny US
citizen lying in bed, who looked like an ugly midget, who didn’t speak
English, would cry all the time, and would occasionally shit on the floor"
Silencing Speech Is Easy, Protecting It Is Hard
Ethan Zuckerman | My Heart's In Accra | 20 December 2010
New-media scholar discusses denial-of-service attacks as threat to free
speech. Best advice prior to Wikileaks would have been to move vulnerable
sites to Tier-1 internet players such as Amazon. That has to be rethought
Finding The Facts About Mao’s Victims
Ian Johnson | NYR Blog | 20 December 2010
Interview with Yang Jisheng, historian of China's 1958-61 famine. "When I
started I didn’t say I was writing about the Great Famine. I said I wanted
to understand the history of China’s rural economic policies and grain
More Bullion Than The Swiss Central Bank
Cam Simpson | Business Week | 19 December 2010
Story of the SPDR Gold Trust. Invented by mining companies to broaden market
for gold. Succeeded beyond wildest dreams. Holds more bullion than Swiss
central bank. Has helped drive gold price up fourfold. Will it end in tears?
In Pursuit Of The Perfect Brainstorm
David Segal | NYT | 16 December 2010
Extreme outsourcing. If you're a company without an idea, in this age of
innovation, then consultancies such as Jump Associates will do your thinking
for you. Cost for brainstorming new products: $200,000 a month and up
Dana Priest and William Arkin | WP | 20 December 2010
Major investigation into "vast domestic intelligence apparatus", developed
by US since 9/11 in name of fighting terrorism. Police use military
surveillance technologies. Privacy erodes. US becomes more like UK, Israel
Unreal Genius Of "Football Manager"
Brian Phillips | Deadspin | 10 December 2010
"It's clearly the greatest video game ever created. At every moment there's
something odd or wrong, and yet the hours melt away like you're in an
anaesthetic sleep. It generates a weird, squabbly, unpredictable world"
Words Fail Them
Lucy Kellaway | Economist | 17 December 2010
Corporate communications, especially internally, is shifting from email to
video. That's going to change business, just as television changed politics.
Successful managers will have to be more charismatic, appeal to emotions
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