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Social media blast off @NASA - The Globe and Mail

Saturday, August 11, 2012
Category: Exploration

From www.theglobeandmail.com

On CNN, talking heads yammered throughout the broadcast, talking over the one NASA engineer on loan for the night, offering occasional bits of information. Meanwhile, NASA’s own online broadcast on the video site UStream.

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The Border Between Israel and Palestine - NYTimes.com

Saturday, August 11, 2012
Category: World

From opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict involves a very small area of land, only a few million people, and no mineral resources. The reasonable solution has always been obvious: to draw a borderline somewhere between the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea that both sides, however grudgingly, could live with.

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The Golden Dilemma by Claude Erb, Campbell Harvey :: SSRN

Saturday, August 11, 2012
Category: Finance

From papers.ssrn.com

In the past, when the real price of gold was above average, subsequent real gold returns have been below average. As a result investors in gold face a daunting dilemma: 1) seek inflation protection by paying a high real gold price that almost guarantees a decline in future purchasing power or 2) avoid gold and run the risk of a decline in future purchasing power if inflation surges.

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How Google Can Avert the Next Financial Crisis

Saturday, August 11, 2012
Category: Finance

From www.bloomberg.com

Something like PageRank might be just the right thing to cut through it. That’s the argument, at least, made by a team of European physicists and economists in a new study. Their algorithm, DebtRank, seeks to measure the total economic value that would be destroyed if a bank became distressed or went into default.

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Buddhists Behaving Badly Foreign Affairs

Saturday, August 11, 2012
Category: World

From www.foreignaffairs.com

Since the war ended, Buddhist clerics have been at the forefront of promoting punitive triumphalism. The Sinhalese majority widely views its victory over the Tamils as a ratification of its scripturally ordained dominion, with other groups occupying a subordinate position.

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Jina Moore: The White Correspondent’s Burden

Saturday, August 11, 2012
Category: World

From www.bostonreview.net

Ultimately, the problem with journalism from Africa isn’t about professional conventions. It’s about all of us—writers and readers, producers and viewers. We continue a storytelling tradition that hasn’t fundamentally changed since Joseph Conrad slapped Congo with “the heart of darkness” label.

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