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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Vagrant Chic

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over 4 years ago

A Chinese homeless man from the city of Ningbo has caused a sensation for the rag-tag but well co-ordinated clothes he wears, drawing legions of internet fans. The handsome man, dubbed “Brother Sharp”, has a web following on internet sites as a trend setter, after a Ningbo resident posted a picture ...

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Story Teller or Liar?

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People who think that journalist Ryszard Kapuściński was a liar are missing the point, writes one Guardian blogger, who says there is no sharp frontier between literature and reporting. Kapuściński reportedly kept two notebooks when he was out on a job, one of which he used for his job as an agency ...

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Indian Elephant

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While the rest of the world is shuddering at the debt pile mounting up on its balance sheets India is the elephant in the room as one of the few regions to have had a “good crisis.” “When Pranab Mukherjee, the finance minister, presented his budget last week he noted that a year ago, India ...

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Star Wars Cult

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Scientologists have defied copyright law for their latest promotional video, using clips from “Star Wars”, “Braveheart” and “Independence Day”, to get its Las Vegas members to sign up for a new Celebrity Center, where they can become an “ideal org” and “play for blood” with lightsabers and other sci ...

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Castrating Greer?

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Four decades after the publication of Germaine Greer’s seminal feminist work “The Female Eunuch,” it has provoked an astonishing attack by a fellow Australian writer Louis Nowra. Nowra says Greer has “fundamentally misunderstood how women tick” and that the reality of the modern world has entirely ...

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You and Me

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It’s the perfect pairing, writes Salon: Sarah Palin and Jay Leno, who share a common foe in David Letterman, teamed up to deliver a blow to his ratings on Tuesday night. But there was more to Palin’s appearance on the Tonight Show than met the eye. “Her poll numbers, after all, have plummeted to ...

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Israeli Spy Talks

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The son of the founder of the Palestinian military group Hamas has admitted to spying for Israel for a decade, feeding information about Hamas’ terrorist plots to Israel’s Shin Bet. Mosab Yousef said in an exclusive interview with CNN that he became a spy because he believed that Hamas was ...

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Locked Out!

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Tut tut Nicolas Chartier, producer of Oscar nominated film ‘Hurt Locker, whose scathing emails about other nominees have landed him in hot water and banned from the awards. He reportedly convinced his friends to contact academy members (who vote for the winners) and tell them to boycott that “$500m ...

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Dem Ultimatum

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Today Obama is due to make remarks indicating a willingness to work with the Republicans on some areas in exchange for their support in getting the health care reform bill passed. But he is thought to be planning to make it clear that if he doesn’t receive Republican help the Democrats will go ahead ...

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Genocide Cynic?

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The 1915 massacre of over a million Armenians by Ottoman Turks was a terrible tragedy, but getting it classified as “genocide” by the US could cause further damage to reconciliation. The move by the House of Representatives to classify it as a racially motivated holocaust will undoubtedly impede the ...

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Underestimating Clint

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“Being underestimated is, for some people, a misfortune. For Eastwood, it became a weapon. Certainly, no one meeting him in his twenties, before his movie career began, would have seen much more than a good-looking Californian who loved beer, women, cars, and noodling at the piano—a fun guy to hang ...

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Looting Struggle

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A curfew on Chile’s earthquake-ravaged Concepcion has been extended until midday today in a bid by troops to contain looting from damaged shops and buildings by panicked residents. “Dozens of people were arrested after looters fought over goods and set fire to a department store. The authorities ...

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“Pretty Awful Emails”

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The university professor at the heart of the “Climategate” row over leaked emails admitted yesterday that some of his correspondence had been “pretty awful.” “Professor Phil Jones, the head of the of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia (UEA), made the remark to a powerful ...

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Real Melodrama

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“Over the past two years, Ann Norton has lost -- in no particular order -- her husband, her father, her dog, her breasts and, very nearly, her theater company. And so, in the parlance of her craft, she is at the end of her story's second act, that pivotal moment when all seems lost for the heroine ...

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Political Well-Being

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Going on marches, signing petitions, staging rallies and other political activism could actually improve your health and general well-being, according to two new studies. “So find two university psychologists in new research that looks for the first time at the link between political activity and ...