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* Rex Ryan: Bringing It Big
Nicholas Dawidoff | NYT | 8 September 2010
Admiring portrait of New York Jets’ head coach. Unrestrained
personality, innovative tactician. "Ryan’s game plans are designed to
create confusion and anxiety in opposing backfields"
* Backlash Against World Landgrab
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard | Telegraph | 12 September 2010
Sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds buy up farmland in developing
countries. It may look like a good economic play, as global food supply
tightens. But absentee landlords are politically vulnerable
* Pope Benedict Courts Irrelevance
Stephen Wall | FT | 12 September 2010
Shrewd view of Vatican strategy, from ex-diplomat. "A Church that saw
itself under attack made the classic political error of looking to its
core support rather than trying to reach beyond it"
* Face Of Facebook
Jose Antonio Vargas | New Yorker | 13 September 2010
To judge from this painstaking profile, if he hadn't founded Facebook,
Mark Zuckerberg would be a boring, rude young man. But great wealth and
latent power make him very interesting
* Second Helpings
James Surowiecki | New Yorker | 13 September 2010
Obama's stimulus worked pretty well. But voters think it was a failure.
Why? Because money trickled out slowly, people didn't see where it went,
they got it mixed up with bank and auto bailouts
* Basel III Arrives
Felix Salmon | Reuters | 13 September 2010
If you care about bank-capital ratios, here's a quick, readable gut of
Basel III. "It’s a bit more complicated, but it’s also more intelligent,
and should be much more effective as well"
* The Limits Of Science
Anthony Gottlieb | Intelligent Life | 12 September 2010
Science prides itself on making progress by falsifying past theories. So
why do scientists keep on insisting that they are right, when history
may very well prove them wrong?
* Topic: Tea-Party Politics
A voyage through unhappy America, in essays and interviews, with Karl
Rove, Mitch Daniels,... Continue reading...
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