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31 July 2008
by andrew
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desks abroad

(San Francisco Call, 28 July 1908) Nicolas Kristof points out that only four American newspapers still have foreign desks; Matthew Yglesias doesn’t think that’s such a bad thing: I think a better way to think about the web’s impact would … Continue reading

31 July 2008
by andrew
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Tribune Thursday: no pictures

I’m disappointed that there’s no front page photo today. Top stories: Taft is in Hot Springs taking a rest from the campaign. So far he has played a round of golf, answered some correspondence, and denied a false rumor “to … Continue reading

29 July 2008
by andrew
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beaten tracks

Talk of how we’ve entered a new “gilded age” tends to center on questions of inequality, but it has also led a number of people to draw analogies (sometimes well, sometimes poorly) between the old Gilded Age and our time. … Continue reading

29 July 2008
by andrew
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so that’s what happened to the mime from French in Action

I recommend watching this before you know what it’s about. (I can’t remember where I saw this video, but it was a while ago. This made me think of it again.)

29 July 2008
by andrew
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remodernity

Capitalizing on Russia’s growing economy, Moscow is embracing cafe culture (weather permitting): When it comes to enjoying the outdoors, Russians have always been adept at taking what they can get: sunbathing standing up beside frozen rivers or growing a year’s … Continue reading

28 July 2008
by andrew
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the global war on polymer

I thought banning paper bags was still just a California thing. Los Angeles has just decided to do it and, not surprisingly, some parts of the Bay Area have already done it.* But they’re not alone: In June, China banned … Continue reading

26 July 2008
by andrew
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multilateral discarmament

Growing up near and then in Berkeley, I got used to the traffic barriers and speed bumps that dot the residential side streets not far from downtown and the university campus. I’ve heard people unfamiliar with the area complain about … Continue reading

26 July 2008
by andrew
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in search of a better wage

I guess some American workers are going abroad, after all: As a restricted free agent in a market where nobody has cap space, he had no way to earn more than the midlevel exemption unless Atlanta decided to feel generous. … Continue reading

24 July 2008
by andrew
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Tribune Thursday: Olympic controversy

It’s still just barely Thursday here. The Olympics have not been going well: The unfortunate series of disputes which have arisen since the opening of the Olympic games, not only between the Americans and the officials of the Amateur Athletic … Continue reading

22 July 2008
by andrew
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think locally, act contrarily

This is remarkably coherent, when you consider the alternatives.