Wednesday, March 30, 2011


China’s HSR past and future.

A massive New Yorker article about a murder in Guatemala.

Is Mexico really a failed state?

Vanity Fair has an excerpt of that Paul Allen memoir, focusing on his relationship with Bill Gates.

Introducing Iran’s next president? And where’s the outrage about the ongoing Iranian oppression?

Rortybomb on financialization and the white collar fear of uselessness.

NYT on the disgraceful mortgage modification program. One of the Obama administration’s biggest screwups.

Does algae hold promise for nuclear cleanups?

A case study on escalating pay packages (for CEOs and head coaches).

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about free throws.

How computers may or may not beat the market.

Seems Michelle Rhee’s testing program looks more flawed by the moment.

This is good:
The rise of generic distinctions [in music] has lately reached a climax of absurdity, such that we can name off the top of our heads: house, witch house, dub, dubstep, hardstep, dancehall, dance-floor, punk, post-punk, noise, "Noise," new wave, nu wave, No Wave, emo, post-emo, hip-hop, conscious hip-hop, alternative hip- hop, jazz hip-hop, hardcore hip-hop, nerd-core hip-hop, Christian hip-hop, crunk, crunkcore, metal, doom metal, black metal, speed metal, thrash metal, death metal, Christian death metal, and, of course, shoe-gazing, among others. (Meanwhile, 1,000 years of European art music is filed under "classical.")

The best report on media piracy.

ESPN had a front-page article about Sachin Tendulkar, the cricket star, and his relationship with India. I know nothing about cricket, but it seemed like an interesting, informative article, but cannot vouch for its perfect accuracy (as if I could in general.)

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