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Losing belief in the Greek state "I have been reporting the Greek crisis now for two years, and it looks like something changed, tangibly, in the past 10 days. The established parties lost belief in what the EU is forcing them to do; and the people - quite wide layers of society - lost belief in the political class."
The forgetting pill eases painful memories forever "Once a memory is formed, we assume that it will stay the same. This, in fact, is why we trust our recollections. They feel like indelible portraits of the past. None of this is true... New research is showing that every time we recall an event, the structure of that memory in the brain is altered in light of the present moment"
Welcome to Coogan town "Steve Coogan is, by some distance, the most gifted comic performer to have come out of Britain in the last 20 years. But, somehow, he hasn't connected in the U.S. The good news is that Coogan may be poised, at the age of 46, to at last get his due."
Iran's female ninjas "For those of us less concerned with Japanese feudal history than with systematic depredations against the rights of women, the pictures seem to offer a more uplifting view of the situation in various parts of the Middle East than is offered in the traditional media narrative." (Pictures)