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  • China's New Guru of Productivity

    Sebastian Mallaby, Wall Street Journal | November 07, 2010

    After weeks of ominous debate about a global "currency war," the leaders of the world's largest economies will gather this Thursday and Friday for a G20 meeting in South Korea. The Obama administration will put a brave face on its failure to shame China into revaluing its currency, a concession that would help to tame the country's destabilizing trade surplus. But the lack of concessions from China may prove even more serious than the currency warriors realize, because a quiet revolution is stirring deep inside the country's manufacturing machine. China is advancing so rapidly in terms of productivity that a compromise on currency might serve only to slow its rise as an export juggernaut...

  • Taking On Google By Learning From Ants

    Nick Wingfield | November 07, 2010

    Fifteenth- and 16th-century European explorers helped to transform cartography during the Age of Discovery. Rather than mapping newly discovered worlds, Blaise Agüera y Arcas is out to invent new ways of viewing the old ones.

    Mr. Agüera y Arcas is the architect of Bing Maps, the online mapping service that is part of Microsoft Corp.'s Bing Internet search engine. Bing Maps does all the basics, like turn-by-turn directions and satellite views that offer a peek into the neighbor's backyard, but Mr. Agüera y Arcas has attracted attention in the tech world by pushing the service to do a lot more...

  • 14,000 Days Later

    Jordi Gasso, Yale Daily News | November 07, 2010

    Garry Trudeau ’70 ART ’73 has broken one too many barriers. For starters, he has written his own obituary...

  • Doonesbury & Co.

    Alex Bean, The Boston Globe | November 09, 2010

    Oft-reclusive cartoonist Garry Trudeau is treating himself to a well-deserved victory lap, making the rounds in conjunction with the publication of 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective and Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau by Brian Walker, the son of “Beetle Bailey’’ creator Mort Walker. It’s impossible not to admire Trudeau, who is often dismissed as a left-wing firebrand. I’ve always thought he was an equal-opportunity balloon-popper. Anybody who figured out that John Kerry was a narcissistic blowhard as a Yale undergraduate is someone who sees the world through a wide-angle lens, taking in all azimuths of social and political tomfoolery.

    There are various legends and half-truths surrounding the “real’’ identities of many of the bedrock “Doonesbury’’ characters..

  • New Push To Ban Earmarks In Senate

    Janet Hook, The Wall Street Journal | November 09, 2010

    Lawmakers aligned with the tea party are moving quickly to show their strength by trying to ban budget earmarking in the Senate, where support is still strong for the practice critics deride as pork-barrel spending...

  • What The Heck Has Obama Done So Far?

    Shavanna Miller, Will Carlough and Richard Boenigk | November 10, 2010

    What the heck has Obama done so far?

  • Outstripping the News

    Garry Wills, The New York Review of Books | November 10, 2010

    The year 1968 was one of heartbreak and division, marked by assassinations, war, and war protests. Campuses were riven with contending passions. But at two schools there were oases of agreement, uniting students, faculty, and alumni. Harvard and Yale had stellar unbeaten football teams. Yale’s was the more glamorous, with quarterback Brian Dowling, who had not lost a game since the seventh grade. His team-mates called him “God,” and soon the whole campus was doing it. The team’s black running back, Calvin Hill, was hardly less celebrated—he would go on to a famous professional career...

  • What Everything Means

    Gail Collins, NYT Op Ed | November 12, 2010

    I can’t stop thinking about the elections. Last weekend I saw “127 Hours,” and all I could think about was that this was a metaphor for the lame-duck session of Congress...

  • Courts Helping Banks Screw Over Homeowners

    Matt Taibi, Rolling Stone | November 12, 2010

    The foreclosure lawyers down in Jacksonville had warned me, but I was skeptical. They told me the state of Florida had created a special super-high-speed housing court with a specific mandate to rubber-stamp the legally dicey foreclosures by corporate mortgage pushers like Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan Chase. This "rocket docket," as it is called in town, is presided over by retired judges who seem to have no clue about the insanely complex financial instruments they are ruling on — securitized mortgages and laby­rinthine derivative deals of a type that didn't even exist when most of them were active members of the bench. Their stated mission isn't to decide right and wrong, but to clear cases and blast human beings out of their homes with ultimate velocity. They certainly have no incentive to penetrate the profound criminal mysteries of the great American mortgage bubble of the 2000s, perhaps the most complex Ponzi scheme in human history...

  • "Morning Edition" Interview

    Rene Montagne, NPR | November 14, 2010

    Forty years ago this morning, nerdy freshman Mike Doonesbury met his roommate at Walden College, and since that day, the funny pages haven't been the same. Created in the throes of '60s and '70s counterculture, Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury comic strip blurred the lines between comics and the editorial pages, and produced some of the most memorable cartoon characters ever sketched...