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Why companies are rewarding shareholders instead of investing in the real economy



Lydia DePillis in The Washington Post's Wonkblog (via Doug Henwood) (image Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images):

In the past several years, profits have been increasingly paid back out to shareholders, rather than invested in hiring more people and paying them better. And lately, companies have...

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French hip-hop


Jesse McCarthy in The Point:

ScreenHunter_1031 Feb. 26 19.47In 1988 no one in France took the hip-hop movement seriously. It was the rec-room era. JoeyStarr and Kool Shen were just two kids from Seine-Saint-Denis, the 93rd ward, a neglected tract of housing projects on the northern outskirts of Paris. One black, the other...

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Parasitic Wasps Infected with Mind-Controlling Viruses


Carl Zimmer in his excellent blog, The Loom:

Parasite-NG-cover-550-206x300In November, National Geographic put a ladybug and a wasp on its cover. They made for a sinister pair. The wasp, a species called Dinocampus coccinellae, lays an egg inside the ladybug Coleomegilla maculata. After the egg hatches, the wasp...

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Cold Remains in Greenland

Edward Rackley in Warscapes:

ScreenHunter_1030 Feb. 26 19.30Urban development in the High Arctic can be a drab affair. Buildings are inelegant steel boxes fit for lunar colonies, clustered against withering winds and inhumanly low temperatures—"post-industrial morgue" might be the cynic’s take. Walking the dusty gravel...

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john aubrey and the art of literary biography

3bc4bfc2-bce9-11e4_1131715hStuart Kelly at the Times Literary Supplement:

It is a curious phenomenon that while fictional narratives of lives have constantly, even aggressively, sought new forms in which the idea of how lived life might be conveyed and understood in prose, literary biography has been stuck, for the most...

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