Who Runs Russia?
Charles Clover | FT | 17 December 2011
Criminal leadership and government, always close, have merged completely.
"The basic functions of organised crime—protection rackets, narcotics,
extortion and prostitution— have increasingly been assumed by the Russian
Can Tides Turn the Tide?
Tom Murphy | Do The Math | 13 December 2011
Tidal power "is virtually inexhaustible on relevant timescales, is less
intermittent than solar/wind, and uses old-hat technology to make
electricity". Sounds promising. Physics professor runs the rule over its
Mark Pagel | Edge | 15 December 2011
A bit of innovation goes a long way. One person has an idea, many can share
it. The better our communications, the faster ideas can travel. In the
modern age it's much more profitable to be a copier than an innovator
The Girl With The Father Tattoo
Michele Pridmore-Brown | LA Review of Books | 15 December 2011
How fathers shape their daughters. "The girlish power to redeem men has a
long tradition. But the bar on committed or 'good-enough' fatherhood has
risen radically in recent years, and especially so with respect to girls"
Marines Promoted Inflated Story For Medal Of Honor Recipient
Jonathan Landay | McClatchy | 14 December 2011
US military has been under pressure to award more medals of honour to those
who've served in Afghanistan and Iraq. But account of actions by one recent
recipient doesn't stack up. How much does embellishment of war deeds matter?
The Rise And Fall Of The Recipe Card
Katie Arnold-Ratliff | Slate | 12 December 2011
Charming article on history, allure of recipe cards. Early examples included
wonderful non-descriptions: "Enough flour to make a stiff dough" or "Bake
until done". More than instructions, they were tangible memories, traditions
Lev Grossman on Fantasy
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