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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Lead item

Once again, Australia is silent about violence on its doorstep “With operations currently centred in the highland area of Paniai, security forces are killing West Papuans accused of “separatism”.”

The Age
West Papua

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

General item

How Obama’s Long Game Will Outsmart His Critics “The attacks from both the right and the left on the man and his policies aren’t out of bounds. They’re simply—empirically—wrong.”

The Daily Beast
Barack Obama

He Told the Truth About China’s Tyranny “At the Oslo ceremony, an empty chair was substituted for the absent laureate. Within hours, the words “empty chair” were banned from the Internet in China.”

The New York Review of Books
Liu Xiaobo

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

General item

This is Why You Don’t Go to the Gym “Gyms make most of their money from two sorts of people: 1) Absentee members and 2) super-users who pay not only the monthly fee but also for the add-ons, like trainers and classes, all the way down to the whey smoothies.”

The Atlantic
Physical Fitness

A GarageBand for eBooks “While speculation has so far centered on digital textbooks, sources close to the matter have confirmed to Ars that Apple will announce tools to help create interactive e-books — the “GarageBand for e-books,” so to speak.”

Nieman Journalism Lab

And finally

Snowboarding Crows “a Youtube video of an animal doing something that looks, to humans, like play, isn’t enough information to reach any meaningful conclusions.”

Scientific American
Animal behaviour