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Monday, 30 July 2012

Lead item

Romney in Israel: Iran containment not an option "Mitt Romney stepped forcefully into a diplomatic stalemate here by calling on the United States and Israel to use 'any and all measures' to lead the effort to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons."

Washington Post

Monday, 30 July 2012

General item

Contagion: Ebola outbreak in Uganda "Terrified patients fled from a hospital in western Uganda as soon as news broke that a mysterious illness that killed at least 14 people in the region was Ebola, one of the world's most virulent diseases."

Disease, Health, Medicine

The conversion of a climate sceptic "Science is that narrow realm of knowledge that, in principle, is universally accepted. I embarked on this analysis to answer questions that, to my mind, had not been answered. I hope that the Berkeley Earth analysis will help settle the scientific debate regarding global warming and its human causes."

New York Times

Monday, 30 July 2012

General item

My education in home schooling "I don't know how most people spend their second morning home schooling. I spent mine hyperventilating into a paper bag. After less than 24 hours of educating my child at home, I was struck by the realization that I wasn't up to the task."

Wall Street Journal
Education, Parenting

Modern architecture's dark side "The full potential of twentieth-century architecture, engineering, and design was realized not in the social-welfare and urban-improvement schemes beloved by the early proponents of the Modern Movement, but rather through technologies perfected during the two world wars to slaughter vast armies, destroy entire cities, and industrialize genocide."

New York Review of Books

And finally

Danny Boyle wins the gold "To much of the world, the nurses probably appeared an odd inclusion. To the British, they were a reminder of what makes them inscrutable to China, and, for that matter, to Mitt Romney." (Also: Hilarious parents react to their daughter's Olympic gym routine)

New Yorker