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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Wordy Empire

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over 4 years ago

From Paper Monument, British culture is observed by an American writer as a reflection of his own; in both cases he sees a cultural facade papering over Empires fallen and falling.

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The New Jew

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Peter Beinart writes that "particularly in the younger generations, fewer and fewer American Jewish liberals are Zionists; fewer and fewer American Jewish Zionists are liberal."

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Lost World

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Dozens of new species including the Pinocchio Frog, Gargoyle-Faced Gecko and Strange Pigeon have been discovered in Indonesia's remote Foja Mountains on the island of New Guinea.

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Matter Matters

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over 4 years ago

According to Einstein, the universe should be equal parts matter and anti-matter; in other words, we shouldn't exist, so why do we? Some physicists in Chicago may have the answer.

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The Shudder

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over 4 years ago

Frank Kermode tries to suss out what Eliot meant by having "a shudder" while reading, a standard by which Eliot defined good poetry and prose, such as in Tennyson's In Memoriam.

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Miranda

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over 4 years ago

Charles Krauthammer congratulates himself for independently reaching the same conclusion as the Attorney General on loosening Miranda rights when public safety is at risk.

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Booze Cum Pot

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The L.A. Times reports that "for most of the 1920s, a patient could get a prescription for one pint every 10 days about as easily as California patients can now get 'recommendations' for medical marijuana."