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Bo Xilai: The Unanswered Questions

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Category: China

From www.nybooks.com

For about five years, Bo Xilai, mayor of Chongqing, a city of more than 30 million, had been manipulating nostalgia for Mao as a means to convert popular resentment of corruption into political capital; Bo was widely believed to covet a place on China’s elite Standing Committee of the Politburo.

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Horse owners are the one percent: How social inequality was born

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Category: History

From www.slate.com

The association between horses and wealth was forged millennia ago. In fact, the first people known to celebrate hierarchies of power, whose inequalities of wealth were integral to their society and culture—the people you could call the first 1 percent—were the first people to ride horses.

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Testing wayward penguins in Brazil

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Category: Nature

From blogs.aljazeera.com

While it happens every year, about twice every decade more than the usual amount end up in Brazil. "Every four or five years there is an increase in the penguin population in Patagonia and the competition for food amongst them increases," Heliodoro said.

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Science on crack: the chemistry of illegal drugs, 1 Puff the Mutant Dragon

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Category: Crime

From puffthemutantdragon.wordpress.com

What most people call cocaine is actually the hydrochloride salt, cocaine HCl. Crack cocaine, by contrast, is the freebase form. When crackheads cook up their narcotic drug of choice, they’re mixing some cocaine HCl with a weak base in water, and so they end up with pure freebase cocaine (aka crack) which forms an oily slick.

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