Newsletter 9

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[2]Regard The Scuttlebutt As True
Paul Mariani I First Things I 15 May 2010
Sympathetic profile of Michael J Astrue, head of US Social Security
Administration, classical translator, poet. Selfless, serious public servant
with day job to wither the soul. Verse reveals sensitivity and Swiftian wit.
[3]Status Quo Of Electric Cars
Kris De Decker I The Oil Drum I 19 May 2010
Long, detailed explanation of why electric cars little better than a century
ago. Acceleration eats up battery improvement. Can have speed, or range, or
size but not all three, maybe not even two
[4]Keep The All Souls Exam
Harry Mount I Daily Telegraph I 19 May 2010
Engaging lament for Oxford college's one-word exam question. Terrifying
prospect for most, infinite room for genius or stupidity. AL Rowse won
fellowship for essay on "Possessions". Author failed to impress on
[5]In Pursuit Of Football's Fixers
Simon Kuper I The National I 19 May 2010
Gripping review of brave, mostly ignored book on football match fixing.
Includes basic rules for fixing matches without people knowing, even at
World Cups. Match fixing industry now mature, stable, global.
[6]Deterring Arab Democracy
Khaled Hroub I Project Syndicate I 17 May 2010
Pessimistic account of relations between the West and autocratic Arab
rulers. Both sides use excuses, threats to entrench the status quo. Little
change since Obama took office and little hope for peaceful change.
[7]When Energy "Nudges" Don't Work
Dora Costa and Matthew Kahn I Vox I 19 May 2010
Energy-saving tips and energy-usage data sometimes backfire. Below-average
users may increase consumption. Registered Republicans particularly prone to
do so
[8]Mocking Muhammad: Shallow Enlightenment
Brendan O'Neill I Spiked Online I 19 May 2010
Well-judged jibe at unthinking critics of Islam. "Muhammad-baiting is
shallow and theatrical. It is not barbarians at the gates but institutions
inside the gates that have denigrated Enlightenment values."
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