Friday, 8 November 2013

Friday news and views noted along the way

The New York Review of Books turns 50 - “Ah, yes. The Review. That tabloid-sized organ of the nation’s intellectual discourse, discussion and harrumphing on art, literature, history, international politics and American society. Home to the essays of Mailer, Didion, Sontag, Havel. Where books and ideas have been pinned and examined like bugs on an insect board since 1963. Hopelessly smart, unapologetically progressive. Clubby. Sometimes called staid, if not dour. Also, unique, unparalleled and often brilliant. Also, it’s been blasted for not having nearly enough women writers.

Where Allah Rocks: Indonesia's Tolerant Take on Islam

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on Why Judges Wear Black Robes - The Supreme Court icon breaks down the tradition

Racism, Gun Ownership and Gun Control: Biased Attitudes in US Whites May Influence Policy Decisions

The forex market is designed to encourage crime - “Lax structure supplies the opportunity, big bonuses create the motive”

Left With No Bad Moves to Make, Yingluck Makes the Right One - “Today Thailand time, after not only the opposition Democrats but also many members of her own coalition expressed fury at Thailand’s proposed amnesty bill, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government finally abandoned the legislation. The government announced that it will not seek to keep the bill alive if Thailand’s Senate rejects it later this week, as is now expected. “

The FDA wants to eliminate trans fats. You can thank Mike Bloomberg for that.

The Rise And Fall Of The Largest Corporation In History - “The Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC), or the United East India Company, was not only the first multinational corporation to exist, but also probably the largest corporation in size in history. … The VOC transformed financial capitalism forever in ways few people understand. Although shares had been issued in corporations before the VOC was founded, the VOC introduced limited liability for its shareholders which enabled the firm to fund large scale operations.

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