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Banking Spies

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about 4 years ago

“It is hard to imagine two more distrusted and reviled professions. One has been accused of torturing detainees and failing to track down Islamist terror suspects; the other is widely perceived to be responsible for the worldwide recession. Now, in a move likely to provoke a perfect storm of ...

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Sodomy Trial

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about 4 years ago

The leader of Malaysia’s opposition party, Anwar Ibrahim, has gone on trial for sodomy in Kuala Lumpur after his DNA was found on the male aide making allegations of rape. “Mr Anwar has consistently denied the allegations, calling them a conspiracy aimed at breaking his increasingly strong political ...

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Feng Shui Will

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about 4 years ago

“The practice of feng shui figured prominently in the fight over the estate of one of Asia's wealthiest women, Nina Wang. Her lover and feng shui adviser, Tony Chan, said a 2006 will she allegedly signed, left her estate to him. Her family's Chinachem Charitable Foundation, claimed that will was a ...

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Enriching Iran?

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about 4 years ago

The United States has reacted warily after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran appeared to accept a deal to swap enriched uranium for nuclear fuel. “Ahmadinejad said Iran would have ‘no problem’ if most of its stock was held for several months before being returned as fuel rods. The US said that ...

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Bipolar Genii

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about 4 years ago

Scientists have uncovered powerful evidence showing the connection between intelligence and madness, revealing that high-achievers are far more likely to be manic depressives. “Speculation that the two may be related dates back millennia, and can be found in the writings of Aristotle, Plato and ...

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Waq al-waq Fix

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about 4 years ago

Both Brian and I have taken a couple of steps back over the past couple of days (for different reasons) but also to contemplate potential changes to Waq al-waq and its future. Thus, the lack of postings. But for those who just can't get enough. Brian did a Bloggingheads segment, available here. ...

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about 4 years ago

One of the biggest criticisms of contemporary art is that it has no connection to the community. These works seemingly exist in a vacuum with no ties to the people who may not necessarily consider themselves art lovers. With its NEW FRONTIERS: Series for Contemporary Art, the Oklahoma City Museum ...

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Eruptions Mailbag Call

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about 4 years ago

I've been seeing a lot of questions popping up in the comments - and for me, I find it difficult to answer them in the confines of post comments. Many of them are quite good and would probably be of interest to lots of Eruptions readers, so I thought maybe it is time for another Eruptions ...

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Puffin Flight

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about 4 years ago

NASA has unveiled a prototype for a new kind of vehicle which could revolutionize the way we travel. The “Puffin” takes off like a helicopter, flies like a plane and sounds like a car. “No one has ridden inside a Puffin as yet. Right now, it's a subscale model without a body or tails. But the ...

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“Science Doesn’t Apply”

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about 4 years ago

Lawyers fighting the case for Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman charged with attempting to murder US soldiers and FBI agents, have said the “laws of science do not apply in her case”. “Siddiqui is accused of grabbing a US warrant officer's M-4 rifle in a police station in Ghazni, Afghanistan and ...

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Al Qaeda Ally

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about 4 years ago

Somalia’s al Shabeeb militant group has said it will join forces with al Qaeda in a drive to establish an Islamic state in the region and to support Muslims across East Africa. “In a statement Monday, the group said it had agreed, among other things, "to connect the horn of Africa jihad to the one ...