Monday, 20 January 2014

Amanda gives Cory a serve and other news and views for 20 January

From this morning’s Australian papers.
Some links to other things I’ve found interesting today.
19-01-2014 comics
  • When the Yellow Press Got Color – “The comics were the high-tech weapon of the great newspaper circulation war and tumult, if not violence, was the new medium’s stock-in-trade. The term “yellow journalism” itself derived from the first comic-strip star, a denizen of the teeming, single-image slum tableaux Hogan’s Alley, who became known as the Yellow Kid.”
  • U.S. lawmaker investigates whether Russia behind Snowden’s leaks
  • 60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History- “Written in the frenzied, emotional days after 9/11, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force was intended to give President Bush the ability to retaliate against whoever orchestrated the attacks. But more than 12 years later, this sentence remains the primary legal justification for nearly every covert operation around the world. Here’s how it came to be, and what it’s since come to mean.”
  • IMF warns on threat of income inequality – “Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, is concerned that the fruits of economic activity in many countries are not being widely shared… ‘Business and political leaders at the World Economic Forum should remember that in far too many countries the benefits of growth are being enjoyed by far too few people. This is not a recipe for stability and sustainability,’ she told the Financial Times.”
  • Indonesia’s Upcoming Elections – “Indonesia’s presidential elections, scheduled to be held in July, will be crucial to cementing Indonesia’s democratic reforms. As many developing nations around the world, like neighboring Thailand, actually have regressed from democracy in recent years, Indonesia has stood out as one of the clearest recent examples of successful democratization.”
  • Why, in 2014, are first ladies still expected to behave like 1950s housewives? – “Open your mouth and identify yourself as a human being while daring to be married to a high-powered politician, and the media is unlikely to look kindly upon you.”
  • The challenges of changing the culture of dying - “David Clark’s Transforming the Culture of Dying explores the historical context of the development of palliative care in the USA and is an essential read for all those concerned with the improvement of end of life care in any country.”
  • Are you a lark or an owl? – “Whether you prefer being up at dawn or burning the midnight oil depends on your genes, experts have found. Some of us leap out of bed each morning, raring to start the day. Others need at least one alarm clock – preferably one with a snooze button – to ensure they get to work on time. And some of us happily stay up chatting until the wee small hours, while others prefer to be tucked up listening to ‘Book at Bedtime’ with the lights turned out. We really are divided into larks and owls. And this is set by our genes, says neurogeneticist Dr Louis Ptacek of University of California.”
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