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All An Ayn Rand Hero Really Wants Is Love

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Sunday, October 19, 2014
Category: Literature

From thefederalist.com

Spoiler Alert: This is an excerpt from my forthcoming reader’s guide to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. The book is intended to be an adjunct to the novel and assumes that you have already read it.

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A Company Man

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Category: World

From www.fsgworkinprogress.com

When the San Jose mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. The entire world watched what transpired above-ground during the grueling and protracted rescue, but the saga of the miners’ experiences below the Earth’s surface—and the lives that led them there—has never been heard until now.

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Marilynne Robinson: the Pulitzer Prize winning author on her new book - Telegraph

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Sunday, October 19, 2014
Category: World

From www.telegraph.co.uk

“I thought Housekeeping was far too private a novel ever to be published,” says Marilynne Robinson. “And with Gilead, if I had gone to my editor and said, ‘I have a great idea for a book, about a minister dying in Iowa in 1956…’” She trails off, laughing.

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On Gottland by Mariusz Szczygie?

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Sunday, October 19, 2014
Category: Literature

From quarterlyconversation.com

Gottland is not a novel, but that proves difficult to remember. The book, playfully subtitled Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechoslovakia, is technically a work of reportage, and its author, Mariusz Szczygieł, one of Poland’s best-known journalists.

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You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story - The Daily Beast

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Sunday, October 19, 2014
Category: Innovation

From www.thedailybeast.com

When he launched the Web in 1991, Tim Berners-Lee intended it to be used as a collaboration tool, which is why he was dismayed that the Mosaic browser did not give users the ability to edit the Web pages they were viewing.

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Ebola and the Epidemics of the Past - WSJ - WSJ

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Sunday, October 19, 2014
Category: World

From online.wsj.com

In the winter of 1947, an American tourist arrived in New York City on a bus from Mexico, feeling feverish and stiff. He checked into a hotel and did some sightseeing before his condition worsened. A red rash now covered his body.

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The Political Marketplace: Analyzing Political Entrepreneurs and Political Bargaining with a Business Lens

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Category: Politics

From sites.tufts.edu

Memorandum prepared for the WPF’s seminar held 12 -- 13 June, 2014: "The Political Marketplace": Developing a Framework for Addressing the Real Politics of Coercion and Corruption. Memo also available as a pdf: Political Marketplace_de Waal.

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Unenumerated: Transportation, divergence, and the industrial revolution

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Category: Mathematics

From unenumerated.blogspot.co.uk

Side note: Oats and barley grains are staples for horses. Ease of transportation of sacks of high-energy density grains for the horses would be a significant multiplier in economic distance (and season) from harvest also.

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Yao Ming: the basketball giant made in China by order of the state

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Sunday, October 19, 2014
Category: Science

From www.smh.com.au

FAR from being a chance creation, Chinese basketball giant Yao Ming was knowingly bred for the sport, forced into it against his will and subjected to years of dubious science to increase his height, a new book claims.

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Saw creators Leigh Whannell and James Wan · Interview · The A.V. Club

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Sunday, October 19, 2014
Category: Entertainment

From www.avclub.com

A pair of film-school buddies from Australia, screenwriter Leigh Whannell and director James Wan altered the horror landscape when their low-budget 2004 feature debut Saw became an unexpected cultural phenomenon.

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Honolulu star-bulletin. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii) 1912-current, October 19, 1914, 2:30 Edition, Image 1 « Chronicling America « L

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Category: Internet

From chroniclingamerica.loc.gov

Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities external link and the Library of Congress.

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Poem with Blue Agapanthus

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Category: Literature

From www.warscapes.com

The 17th Century Kabbalist, Nathan of Gaza, speculated that before the world came into being, there were, in the endlessness of existence, two lights: the one, active, thinking, with the impetus to create; the other passive, concealed and full in itself.

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Wanted: Ebola screeners at JFK for $19 an hour

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Category: Odd

From nypost.com

For a measly $19 an hour, a government contractor is offering applicants the opportunity to get up close and personal with potential Ebola patients at JFK Airport -- including taking their temperatures.

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The Classic: Sam Raimi And The 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Category: Entertainment

From www.filmbuffonline.com

Some directors have eccentric trademarks that mark their films as their own. Alfred Hitchcock had his famous cameos while John Landis would slide the phrase “See you next Wednesday” into each of his films in some manner or another.

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