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I Lost My Faith in Humanity.

Friday, August 10, 2012
Category: Odd

From www.mcsweeneys.net

About six years ago a guy keeled over on the smoking patio. There were two women with him. One ran into the casino to get help, but the other one who was still out there—she stole his chips.

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Blurry Glasses=Modesty Police â€" Sisterhood Blog â€" The Jewish Daily Forward

Friday, August 10, 2012
Category: World

From m.forward.com

It’s not a joke, although it certainly seems like one. In some ultra-Orthodox communities in Israel, shops are now selling eye glasses with lenses that intentionally blur whatever the wearer is looking at, the web site ynet reports.

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Jordan′s New Politics of Tribal Dissent

Friday, August 10, 2012
Category: World

From mideast.foreignpolicy.com

Jordan wants the United States to believe that Islamists, headlined by the Muslim Brotherhood′s Islamic Action Front (IAF) party, are the most dangerous opposition in the kingdom. Yet this is pure fiction, a ruse that exploits Western fears of an Islamist takeover while justifying the authoritarian monarchy′s preference for shallow political reforms cloaked in the language of democracy.

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Fault Lines by Raghuram Rajan

Friday, August 10, 2012
Category: Society

From forums.chicagobooth.edu

The more people believe that it is the hardworking and the deserving who have money, the more they are willing to tolerate transactions for money (though some transactions remain beyond the pale). But if people believe that the moneyed are primarily those who are well connected or crooked, their tolerance for monetary transactions falls.

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Bernanke, the Reluctant Revolutionary

Friday, August 10, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.businessweek.com

Few people can appreciate Bernanke’s dilemmas because they’ve never been at the helm of the central bank of the world’s largest economy. Someone who has is Alan Greenspan, who faced a similar challenge a decade ago in deciding how easy monetary policy should be and for how long.

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