Best of the Week
Is The World Too Big To Fail?
Noam Chomsky | TomDispatch | 21 April 2011
Substantial tour d'horizon characteristically critical of US
double-standards, poor intentions. From the Arab uprisings to climate change
deniers, via Goldman Sachs and anti-immigration politics Comments
The Science Of Why We Don't Believe Science
Chris Mooney | Mother Jones | 18 April 2011
Important, fascinating, article on science denial and how our brains have a
tendency to reject threatening information. "Expecting people to be
convinced by the facts flies in the face of, you know, the facts"
The Sharing Economy
Danielle Sacks | Fast Company | 18 April 2011
Are we watching the end of hyperconsumption? Financial crisis has led many
companies to re-evaluate consumers' desire for ownership of products.
Numerous start-ups, fuelled by social media, now bet that sharing is the new
Am I Going To Have To Kill You?
Alex Henderson | AlterNet | 17 April 2011
Shocking article on tactics employed by some US debt collectors during the
downturn. Extreme threats and abusive harassment becoming more commonplace.
One even "threatened to rape a person’s daughter if a debt was not paid"
George Packer | New Yorker | 18 April 2011
Obama has been losing budget battle, because Republicans have fought using
ideology, not just numbers. They want to strangle the government. "In
politics, the side with fixed ends and unscrupulous means always has the
What Lucky People Do Differently
Jonathan Fields | Jonathan Fields Blog | 11 April 2011
Exceptional short post looking at what separates the lucky from the unlucky,
via an appreciation of Steve Jobs. Key point: "unlucky people miss chance
opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else"
Remembering Tim Hetherington
Peter Bergen | Foreign Policy | 20 April 2011
The renowned photojournalist and director of "Restrepo" was killed in a
mortar attack by Colonel Gadhafi's forces. His last tweet: "In besieged
Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign
of NATO" Comments
I Crushed My Million-Pound Violin
David Garrett | Guardian | 16 April 2011
Musician's fatal slip outside concert hall. "Still wearing my flat-soled
concert shoes, I lost my footing and took the entire flight of steps on my
back, riding the violin case like a sledge". Before: 1772 violin. After:
Ian McEwan on Books That Have Helped Shape His Novels
Novelist Ian McEwan talks about the books that have helped shape his own –
from the biography of a scientific genius to a treatise on the end of time
– and the importance of finding ‘mental freedom’
If cooking is your thing, or you want it to be, this is for you. From
interviews with top chefs to articles that range from the perfect appliance,
to food for athletes, to what's in your cappuccino, it's all here. Enjoy
@CorbinHiar The science of why people don’t believe science:
Book of the Week
The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
Erica Jong says: “Germaine has become very bitter and angry. I’m not
sure why. Maybe it has to do with having been a sexy beauty and having to
Video of the Week
State Of The Internet
A post-modern power-point. To tell you that it's big, and getting bigger. In
case you hadn't noticed.
Quote of the Week
Guy Kawasaki, on the iPhone
"$188 worth of parts, manufactured in a plant where workers tend to commit
suicide, hitched to America’s worst cell phone network. But this is not
how Steve Jobs pitches it"
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