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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Lead item

Anders Breivik, Stieg Larsson and the men with Nazi tattoos "Part of Stieg Larsson's message never quite got through. Instead, the world stood in shock this weekend as Norway fell victim to precisely the kind of extremist violence he had warned about."

Mother Jones

Thursday, 28 July 2011

General item

A demolition of Andrew Bolt, for what it's worth "Even the worst nightmares can't keep Bolt upright."

The Punch
Andrew Bolt

The politics of China's high-speed train wreck "After a minimum of public discussion and despite contrary expert advice, the nation's unelected rulers decided to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on a mode of transportation that many, if not most, ordinary Chinese cannot afford to use."

Washington Post

Thursday, 28 July 2011

General item

Murdoch's Chinese adventure "He dropped the BBC from his satellite over Hong Kong, he published a hagiographic biography of Deng Xiaoping by one of his daughters, and referred to the Dalai Lama as 'a very political old monk shuffling around in Gucci shoes.'"

New York Review of Books

In defence of working mothers "The results will startle those who think that children benefit from having a stay-at-home mum. In fact, the paper indicates that maternal employment can often improve the chances of having well-adjusted kids."


And finally

Awkward pregnancy photos Words cannot do justice...