Newsletter 927


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Obituary: Jungleyes Love

Anonymous | Telegraph | 12 February 2013

Old Harrovian hippy. Born Charles Gibaut Bissell-Thomas. Changed his name to Charlight Utang, Soma Love, Jungleyes Cism Love. Asked to worship the devil when at primary school. Neurobiology graduate. Apprenticed to a witch-doctor in Indonesia. Sold runic jewellery in Kew. Built pendulum that picked winning horses. Fruitarian

The Shooter

Phil Bronstein | Center For Investigative Reporting | 11 February 2013

New account of Osama bin Laden's assassination, provided by retired Navy Seal who pulled the trigger. That's half the story, anyway. The other half is the shooter's grumbling about how America has neglected him since he retired from the army six months ago: no pension, no benefits, no protection, no glory. Interesting if true

The Importance Of Excel

James Kwak | Baseline Scenario | 9 February 2013

Excel is a powerful tool, but a dangerous one. "While all software breaks occasionally, Excel spreadsheets break all the time. But they don’t tell you when they break: they just give you the wrong number." J.P. Morgan used Excel spreadsheets to monitor risk on the London Whale trading account. They were wrong. Nobody noticed. Cost: $6bn

Imagine The Worst Possible Scenario

Jess Bravin | Atlantic | 11 February 2013

Book extract. Dilemma of Guantanamo Bay military prosecutor. Detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi spent years organising al Qaeda's network in Europe, culminating in recruitment of Hamburg cell that supplied hijackers for 9/11. But the CIA tortured Slahi to make him talk, so under international law his evidence is inadmissable. Gripping

Video of the day: Ten More Bets You Will Always Win

Thought for the day:

"Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats" — Howard Aitken

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