Weekly Round Up March 30 – 2011

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 CollapseMust Read – It’s a matter of time now.

China in the Global Financial Crisis: Rising Influence, Rising ChallengesMust 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

Number of the day: “China at 60% Risk of Banking Crisis by mid-2013

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  1. Paul says:

    How can I comment a specific article?

  2. Wang S. says:

    i think this place is a good background to exchange different voices from all over the world. but it is really a shame that people are too busy to offer their ideas.

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