What Makes A Rogue Trader?
John Gapper | FT | 2 December 2011
"Like the cycles of financial speculation and crashes that have occurred
throughout history, rogue traders are always with us." Fascinating on what
drives us to gamble recklessly. Helps to know your bird-watching, says
A Monster Among the 'Frum'
Matthew Shaer | New York | 4 December 2011
When an eight-year-old Jewish boy disappeared in an orthodox neighbourhood
of Brooklyn in July, the community mobilised to find out what had happened.
What came next was unexpected. That they were looking for a killer from
Rick Perry Has Three Strikes Against Him
Bryan Burrough | Vanity Fair | 1 December 2011
"When you become the object of laughter and pity, you're done." Right?
Maybe, but the Republican contender has money, organisation, and has emerged
from the "oops" gaffe better than might have been expected. Enjoyable
Toward A Gentler, Kinder German Reich?
Tony Corn | Small Wars Journal | 29 November 2011
German elites are leveraging the eurozone crisis to change Europe's
institutional fundamentals and ensure Germany's dominance. But not to worry.
This "Merkelian Reich" would be a "benign, metrosexual, post-modern polity"
Our Microbiomes, Ourselves
Carl Zimmer | NYT | 3 December 2011
Every human body is home to 100 trillion microbes. What if one of your
microbes is unique—and yields a powerful new antibiotic? Do you have a claim
on the profits? Are your parasites your property, or are they just visiting?
Upheaval At The New York Public Library
Scott Sherman | Nation | 2 December 2011
Trotsky, Nabokov, Kennan worked in NYPL's Slavic and Baltic room. But you
can't, because it's just been closed. Due to megalomania. Library plans
$350m renovation of its central building, while cutting back on staff and
Anthony Seldon on British Prime Ministers
It's their frailty that makes politicians such interesting characters, says
Tony Blair's biographer. He tells us about the art of political biography
and the writers who've best captured leaders such as Churchill and Thatcher
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Book of the Day
Book of the Day
On Tolerance by Frank Furedi
Claire Fox says: “Furedi looks at how the spirit of John Stuart Mill has
been destroyed in the contemporary era, despite our paying lip-service to
tolerance” FiveBooks Archive
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An Atheist's Guide To The 2012 Election
Penn Jillette on religiosity in politics. Not just a Republican trait.
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Quote of the Day
Anonymous, on bankers
"Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank and he can rob
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