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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Lead item

The Syria paradox "Syria - where protests began at roughly the same time as in Libya - remains in a vicious civil war, and the fighting seems very far from over. One reason for this is simple: Syria's economy was designed to all but prevent a broad coalition from forming against Assad's regime. "

New York Times
Arab Spring, Syria

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

General item

Wind turbines power mass hysteria "I have been collecting claims about adverse health effects made by opponents of wind farms. Today the total stands at 113 different diseases and symptoms in humans and animals. Other than perhaps the aftermath of a nuclear blast on population health, there is nothing known to medicine that comes close."

The Drum

Welcome to the multiverse "'What really interests me is whether God had any choice in creating the world.' That's how Albert Einstein, in his characteristically poetic way, asked whether our universe is the only possible universe. The reference to God is easily misread, as Einstein's question wasn't theological."

The Daily Beast

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

General item

Fifty Shades of Grey: the how-to class "Even though her characters are college-aged, the books have resonated most strongly with James's contemporaries - women who, if they owned riding crops, would store them in the garage between the skis and mountain bikes."

New Yorker

And finally

Chelsea Flower Show 2012 (image gallery) - Also new plants and plants turning heads at the show