When Did the GOP Lose Touch With Reality?
David Frum | New York | 20 November 2011
A disillusioned Republican writes. "In the face of dwindling upward mobility
and stagnating middle-class wages, my party’s economic ideas sometimes seem
to have shrunk to just one: More tax cuts for the very highest earners"
The Mystery Of The Five Wounds
Mike Dash | Smithsonian | 18 November 2011
Investigating the phenomenon of stigmata. First case described was Francis
of Assisi in 1224. Several hundred since. Mostly in Catholic Europe; mostly
women. Some stigmatics admitted self-harm. But fraud doesn't explain all
Mattathias Schwartz | New Yorker | 21 November 2011
Creator of Occupy Wall Street is a 69-year-old who lives on a farm outside
Vancouver. Born in Estonia; grew up in Australia where he designed computer
war games for the military. Principal collaborator hasn't seen him for four
Afghanistan: What Anthropologists Say
Alexander Star | NYT | 18 November 2011
American Anthropological Association refused to help US Army when its
expertise might have been useful. Now anthropologists decry America's
failure to understand Afghan society. More from one of history's stupidest
Are Zygotes People?
Mike LaBossiere | Talking Philosophy | 18 November 2011
Conservatives say human life begins at conception. Have they thought through
the practical problems? We'd need death certificates for miscarriages.
Deductions for unborn dependents. Freeze enough embryos and you'd pay no tax
When Did Liberals Become So Unreasonable?
Jonathan Chait | New York | 20 November 2011
Companion piece to Frum article. Obama compromise has alternated with Obama
failure, say liberals. For those despairing of the president who didn't
bring change they could believe in, Chait provides some historical
Tim Parks on Italian Fiction
The author, who’s lived in Italy for 30 years, takes us off the beaten track
through humour, satire and social history to recommend five richly rewarding
works of Italian fiction Read on
Months of anti-government protests; a brutal response by the authorities.
But what's really going on in Syria? It's all here Read on
damienjoyce 'In an iTunes age, do we need the record store'?
t.co/YlTpPCIN @Salon asks if it is too late to save the model
#browsings #Longreads More like this
Book of the Day
Book of the Day
Little Novels of Sicily by Giovanni Verga (translated by DH Lawrence)
Tim Parks says: "Verga wrote a brilliant range of stories which show how
this traditional Catholic community is a terrifying trap, always ready to
destroy individuals" FiveBooks Archive
Video of the Day
The Grandfather Paradox
From a series of animated thought experiments, by the Open University.
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Quote of the Day
John Kay, on obfuscation
"When someone tells you something is too complex for you to understand,
the usual reason is that they do not really understand it themselves"
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