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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Imagine for a moment you could go back in time. Knowing what you know now about work and life, what would you tell your 22-year-old self? LinkedIn Influencers weighed in on this idea in the last two weeks, writing about what they'd tell their younger selves -- or anyone just graduating from university and starting out in the work world.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Ronald Brownstein, National Journal: This rightward lurch [on birthright citizenship] -- behind an almost certainly hopeless cause of constitutional change -- captures the core GOP dilemma now unfolding in the party's nomination contest. The Republican electoral coalition now relies on preponderant majorities from the groups most unsettled by demographic and cultural change: older, non-college, and rural whites. There are no longer enough of those voters to guarantee Republicans a national majority; that's why Democrats have won the popular vote in five of the past six presidential elections. Yet, as [Donald] Trump's rise shows, many of those voters militantly oppose the policies (like immigration reform) that might help the party expand its coalition. read more


One of the last survivors of World War Two's most famous prison break, known as the Great Escape, has died aged 101.

Australian Paul Royle was one of 76 airmen who escaped from notorious Nazi Stalag Luft III camp in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1944. Their courageous feat was immortalised in the 1963 film The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen. Mr. Royle died in a Perth hospital on Sunday after surgery for a fractured hip, local media reported on Friday. His son said his father lived his life to the fullest, but it was a fall that killed him. read more


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Justin Glawe, Daily Beast: It is now legal for law enforcement in North Dakota to fly drones armed with everything from Tasers to tear gas thanks to a last-minute push by a pro-police lobbyist. With all the concern over the militarization of police in the past year, no one noticed that the state became the first in the union to allow police to equip drones with "less than lethal" weapons. House Bill 1328 wasn't drafted that way, but then a lobbyist representing law enforcement -- tight with a booming drone industry -- got his hands on it.


Mollie Reilly, Huffington Post: Marcy Borders, a survivor of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks who was photographed covered in dust after fleeing the World Trade Center, has died of stomach cancer. She was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year at the age of 41. The photo of Borders, taken by AFP photographer Stan Honda as the attacks on the Twin Towers unfolded, has endured as a haunting reminder of the chaos and horror of Sept. 11. Borders was working on the 81st floor of the World Trade Center's North Tower when the first plane hit. She fled down the stairwell and emerged from the building as the South Tower fell, covering her in dust and debris. "I couldn't see my hand in front of my face," she told the New York Post in 2011. "The world went silent." read more


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"Look at what is on the nonfiction best seller list, and has been on the same vein for quite a while."
#14 | Posted by docnjo

Currently, over at the NYT:

1 PLUNDER AND DECEIT, by Mark R. Levin. (Threshold Editions.) The talk-radio host urges young Americans to resist the statist masterminds who, he says, are burdening them with debt and inferior education.

2 BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. (Spiegel & Grau.) A meditation on race in America as well as a personal story by the national correspondent of The Atlantic, framed as a letter to his teenage son.

3 THE WRIGHT BROTHERS, by David McCullough. (Simon & Schuster.) The story of the bicycle mechanics from Ohio who ushered in the age of flight.

4 BEING MORTAL, by Atul Gawande. (Metropolitan/Holt.) The surgeon and New Yorker writer considers how doctors fail patients at the end of life and how they can do better.

5 YOU'RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST), by Felicia Day. (Touchstone.) A memoir of rising to stardom in the web video world.

6 MODERN ROMANCE, by Aziz Ansari with Eric Klinenberg. (Penguin Press.) The comedian enlists a sociologist to help him understand today's dating scene. 10

7 DEAD WAKE, by Erik Larson. (Crown.) The last voyage of the Lusitania, the passenger liner sunk by a German torpedo in 1915.

8 A FULL LIFE, by Jimmy Carter. (Simon & Schuster.) At 90, the 39th president (and Nobel Prize winner) reflects on his private and public life.

9 MY FIGHT/YOUR FIGHT, by Ronda Rousey with Maria Burns Ortiz. (Regan Arts.) The U.F.C. women's bantamweight champion's struggles to succeed. 3

10 THE ROAD TO CHARACTER, by David Brooks. (Random House.) The Times columnist extols personal virtues like kindness and honesty in a materialistic age.

11 DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE, by Holly Madison. (Dey Street/Morrow.) Life inside the Playboy Mansion, by a former bunny and girlfriend of Hugh Hefner.


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