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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Lead item

South Korean shipwreck survivors: Passengers told 'don't move' as ship sank "Passengers aboard a sinking South Korean ferry faced a terrifying choice as the vessel rolled: obey commands barked over loudspeakers to stay in place, or don life vests and jump into the chilly ocean water. ‘Don't move’, a voice warned… That announcement, some witnesses worried, may have cost some passengers on the ferry Sewol their lives."

Also: Emotions mount as rescuers seek survivors of sunken South Korea ferry (Wall Street Journal)

CNN
 
 

Thursday, 17 April 2014

General item

Mike Baird set to be next NSW Premier "Gladys Berejiklian was understood to have had a slight edge over Mr Baird as counting of numbers continued overnight, but told him she would not run in the interests of party unity, given the prospect of a split partyroom vote." (Sean Nicholls)

Also: Barry O’Farrell’s resignation is not an act of unprecedented moral heroism (Lenore Taylor, The Guardian)

The Age
 

Australian ship went far deeper into Indonesian waters than disclosed "An Australian customs ship entered far deeper into Indonesian waters than has previously been disclosed despite having digital navigational charts that displayed the correct boundaries of Indonesia’s territorial baselines, casting doubt on some of the findings of a review commissioned to investigate the incursions." (Paul Farrell)

The Guardian
 

Thursday, 17 April 2014

General item

Disappointed democracy "However disappointing and frustrating modern democracy is for republicans and nationalists, it has been remarkably successful, certainly in its American form. That is why American democracy, more than any other, is subject to the confidence trap."

The Times Literary Supplement
 

Passover: Child's play? "All the rituals of Passover… do not necessarily communicate the notion of freedom they were devised to transmit. The play can become more uncannily precious than the ideas it is meant to put across. Better to have the smells of the seder meal filling the senses than disturbing ideas about bondage and release into the desert filling the talk; better to be a good Jew than a Jew worrying about how to be good."

New Yorker
Judaism, Religion
 

The private lives of public bathrooms "The public collides uncomfortably with the private in the bathroom as it does nowhere else, and the unique behaviors we perform stem from a complex psychological stew of shame, self-awareness, design, and gender roles." (Julie Beck)

The Atlantic
Bathroom, Privacy
 

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