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These Knock-Down, Shrinkable Olympic Games

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Monday, July 30, 2012
Category: Sports

From online.wsj.com

Recession or no recession, national pride is at stake. But while there are a few architectural showpieces, London has not tried to compete with Beijing. Compare the main stadiums for the two Games and that is very apparent: Beijing′s lavishly overengineered "Bird′s Nest" stadium, designed by the architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron with artist Ai Weiwei, was built purely to impress and with no long-term role in mind.

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Europe’s impossible dream

Monday, July 30, 2012
Category: Europe

From blogs.reuters.com

European politicians must now attempt something for which they are wholly unprepared â€" and thus have never prepared their electorates. They must tell peoples who wave tricolors symbolizing freedom and sing anthems glorying the national spirit that this is all very well, but it is to be brought out with an indulgent wink, signifying very little if anything at all.

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Another Summer of Discontent: The Four Factors that Explain Why What We’re Doing Isn’t Working

Monday, July 30, 2012
Category: Finance

From www.economonitor.com

It is time for creditors throughout the developed world to finally take the write downs that have long been coming their way in connection with the trillions of dollars of truly un-payable household and sovereign debts that resulted from the credit bubble of the 2000s.

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Do higher speed limits cause more accidents?

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Monday, July 30, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.slate.com

What a raised speed limit probably won’t do is inflate the number of collisions. It’s often assumed that higher caps will make roadways more dangerous, because motorists will exceed whatever ceiling is in place.

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Buying Malt Liquor With Nickels: Welcome to the Porn Industry!

Monday, July 30, 2012
Category: Society

From www.mcsweeneys.net

It was weird. Everything had to go through a switchboard there. You couldn’t get a direct call.

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