Is This Really The End?
Anonymous | Economist | 24 November 2011
"Mrs Merkel and the ECB cannot continue to threaten feckless economies with
exclusion from the euro in one breath and reassure markets by promising the
euro’s salvation with the next." Attitudes must change. The clock is ticking
Iris Chung | Glimpse | 18 November 2011
American of Korean descent visits South Korea, engages with activists
fighting for human rights in North Korea. Her trip leads to deeper
understanding of complexities, historical background, and reality of
political situation Comments
What Is The Contribution Of The Financial Sector?
Andrew Haldane | Vox | 22 November 2011
Value of financial sector to economy is overstated. High pre-crisis returns
derived from greater risk-taking, didn't boost economic activity or
productivity. You could even argue that banks subtract value from the
Heidegger On Philosophy Itself
Anonymous | A Rigid Designator | 12 November 2011
Lucid essay on Heidegger, and what he thought about nature and utility of
philosophy. Why did he say philosophy was "immediately useless knowledge"
and that "with regard to all urgent matters of daily life, philosophy
The Myth Of The Fourth Reich
Richard Evans | New Statesman | 24 November 2011
Super analysis by Cambridge professor on how Germany's history affects its
attitude to euro plight. It's not a lingering desire to control Europe that
drives German policy, it's fearful memories of Weimar Republic Comments
Libraries: Where It All Went Wrong
Nat Torkington | Ti Point Tork | 23 November 2011
Fine speech to librarians, explains how to succeed in a digital era.
"Libraries are the homes of critical thought, of long-term cultural
preservation, and of democratic access to knowledge. This can’t end with the
Santigold on Musical Influences
The singer-songwriter took an unusual route to becoming a performer. She
tells us how she got started, how to get what you want in the music business
and how an extraordinary range of influences continue to inspire her
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
@andrewjtaggart David Brooks @NYT on life reports of aged. 'Life is
hard. Bad things happen.' Resilience vital. Touching.
#browsings t.co/RoCfQZ8F More like this
Book of the Day
Book of the Day
The Moon and the Bonfires by Cesare Pavese
Tim Parks says: “All his books are about people who, in a sense, miss
the action, as Pavese himself felt he missed the action. This is considered
his masterpiece and is a wonderful book” FiveBooks Archive
Video of the Day
A cinema full of tattoed bikers. What would _you_ do?
Quote of the Day
David Brooks, on Americans
"We are religious, but not doctrinal"
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