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Politics of Fun

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What can policy makers learn from the tons of research published each year telling us why or how people could become happier? The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert inquires. A study from 1978, which compared the general happiness of a selection of lottery winners and a group of individuals who’d had ...

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Protectionism in Drag

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Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is right to worry about the European Union’s proposed “alternative investment fund” regulations, which he has branded “protectionism in drag.” “The proposal, which European finance ministers will discuss tomorrow in Brussels, would effectively bar hedge funds and ...

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“Outed” Officer

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Attention has been drawn once again to the US’ “don’t, ask don’t tell” policy regarding homosexuality in the armed forces after a lesbian solider was “outed” by police. Jene Newsome, 28, had played by the rules as an Air Force sergeant and not disclosed her sexual orientation. But after police ...

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Russian Invasion!

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Russia’s army mounted a massive invasion of Georgia over the weekend, bombing the capital Tbilisi and assassinating President Mikheil Saakashvili. Except none of it actually happened. The terrifying scenario was played out in a chillingly realistic news report on Georgian television, causing ...

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1,000 Days

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“One thousand days ago, Gaza became the world's largest outdoor prison, those are not my words, but the words of John Holmes, the UN's chief humanitarian officer. One thousand days ago, Gaza’s gates to the outside world were closed and locked. Pedestrian and commercial traffic came to a grinding ...

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Human Egg Raffle

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Outrage has been sparked after a London fertility clinic began raffling a human egg and IVF treatment to one lucky winner in celebration of its relationship with an American counterpart. IVF laws in Britain are very different from those in America, and the competition by the Bridge Centre in London ...

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“Green Zone” Truth?

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A top military adviser on the newly released war thriller “Green Zone” has written an editorial slamming the film’s assertion that a massive conspiracy led us into the Iraq war. Richard “Monty” Gonzales states his surprise and disappointment that some people are trying to twist the fictional ...

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Unfunny Comeback

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Even Jerry Seinfeld’s former writing partner Larry David has failed to see the funny side of his recent television comeback, appearing to echo critics who have branded the show “pointless.” “A beautiful friendship began when the comedian Larry David met Jerry Seinfeld two decades ago and the pair ...

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Rotating Forces

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As the fight in Afghanistan heightens, with more troops flown in and more and more losses recorded, the conflict has come to be seen as Obama’s war, writes The Chicago Tribune. But, more than that, it has come to be seen as America’s war. Once a formerly anti-war party takes power and escalates a ...

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Farewell to a Man of Courage and Conviction

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This afternoon in London, hundreds of people, friends, family and other soul mates will gather for the funeral of the former Labour leader, writer and campaigner, Michael Foot. I have been asked to speak, and this is what I will have to say. SEEING THIS HUGE CROWD GATHERED HERE TODAY, COME TO SAY ...