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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Lead item

Rupert Murdoch deemed 'not a fit person' to run international company "Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate conceded that MPs had fastened on 'hard truths' in a parliamentary report into the phone-hacking scandal that also concluded he was 'not a fit person' to exercise stewardship of a major international company."

Guardian
 
 

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

General item

Big Maconomics "In every McDonald's around the world, workers perform similar tasks with similar, shipped ingredients stored in similar freezers and prepared according to similar international protocol. This matters to economists, because McDonald's offers an international apples-to-apples comparison of wages and prices."

The Atlantic
ECONOMICS
 

The real CSI "When I arrive at a scene, it's my thinking time. It's now sterile. The circus hasn't arrived. What am I seeing? What am I hearing? I have a quirk: I tend to follow the left-hand wall around a room. It's a good technique. Blood distribution, saliva, little bits and pieces - I'm not going to miss it. If the kettle's warm, if the window's open." 

Guardian
 

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

General item

Divorce in the internet age "Post-divorce, the internet has become a personal minefield. There was the time shortly after the split when LinkedIn suggested I connect with my ex's new boyfriend. There was a time when Facebook kept surfacing 'remember this moment?' photos of me and my ex."

The Independent
SOCIETY
 

Against chairs "It does not matter if you are young, eat well and live an otherwise active life. Just being seated, in excess, will hurt you. The real problem is that sitting, in our society, usually means putting your body in a raised seat with back support - a chair. Sitting wouldn't be so bad if we didn't sit on things that are bad for us."

Jacobin Magazine
Design, Health
 

And finally

200,000 clay figures by Antony Gormley "This passion project that has spanned across almost 15 years on five separate occasions in different parts of the world displays an army of 200,000 clay figures that completely occupy the space they are exhibited in." (includes images)

My Modern Met