Science, General Knowledge & Environment – “So next time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that may be a good thing. Because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist” – Stephen Hawking
Caught in a BEAR hug - Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robots are being tested in the US Army.
In Which We Learn That It Is Unwise to Drink and Handle Snakes – A 1852 enlightening (?) story.
Low testosterone linked with financial risk-taking – Compensating ?
‘Worst song ever’ tops 30 million YouTube views – It’s a sad, sad musical industry we’ve got today…
Religion may become extinct in nine nations – Life without a meaning.
It’s Tracking Your Every Move and You May Not Even Know – Your cellphone is a potentially dangerous device with Big Brother 2.0.
World – “Politics are almost as exciting as war, and – quite as dangerous … In war, you can only be killed once. But in politics many times” – Winston Churchill
One World, Divided – We’re all in the same boat now !
Who’s Crusading Now? – Russia’s internal tensions.
The Greatest Country on Earth – “What the United States can learn from the tiny island nation of Mauritius” – Managing a city state and a continent is probably not the same, but the point is that people are country’s main asset.
Where Fukushima meets Stuxnet: The growing threat of cyber war – Cyber warfare and connected infrastructures.
Sadat’s Dat – From Adam Curtis’ blog, a 1982 documentary on Sadat, produced right after his death.
How the US Got in the Torture Business – … and societal parallels in the wake of the crisis.
Sarko’s Dreams of Grandeur – Pictures – “Four years of le petit prince’s proud and wayward foreign policy”
Finance & Economics – ““Tough love” is just the right phrase: love for the rich and privileged, tough for everyone else” – Noam Chomsky
Credit rating agencies: the alchemists of the 21st century – (Hat Tip Thomas) – Interesting article on credit rating agencies troubles, however, I do not agree with the conclusion.
Will Ireland Threaten to Default? – No way out for the Irish.
How Sustainable is Microfinance, Really? – (Hat Tip Tecumseh) – As sustainable as their owners want them to be.
The Great China Bubble and Why It Will Collapse – Must Read – It’s a matter of time now.
China in the Global Financial Crisis: Rising Inﬂuence, Rising Challenges – Must Read – A January 2010 article that is still very relevant in the aftermath of the crisis.
China’s Housing Market Nears U.S., Japan Bubble Levels – “It’s evident that property prices are no longer sustainable once the residential investments achieve above 8 percent of nominal GDP, and China may not be an exception”
The ghost towns of China – “Amazing satellite images show cities meant to be home to millions lying deserted”