Samir’s Selection 02/26/2013 (p.m.)
Corporate tie binds US to a slow internet – FT.com
Comcast’s meteoric rise in the past decade parallels the relative decline of internet service in the US. In the late 1990s the US had the fastest speeds and widest penetration of almost anywhere – unsurprisingly given that it invented the platform. Today the US comes 16th, according to the OECD, with an average of 27 megabits per second, compared with up to quadruple that in countries such as Japan and the Netherlands.
The unknown robber barons | The Enlightened Economist
” here is another example of the way big business has bought political power, and therefore the freedom to make still more money and buy still more power, in America. That subversion of social welfare in the interests of the rich affects the rest of the west too,”
Stranger Than Fiction on the Cop Beat – NYTimes.com
“I soon realized that the world of crime that I was confronted with was so completely different from the one I’d expected that I’d become disoriented. The real thing was sadder, deeper, more absurd…
So many had lives of utter loneliness; that was the first lesson I learned in Fort Lauderdale, a city of transplanted people.”
Comment: In an age and culture where discourse rushes to “explanation,” driven by the assumption that all life is “knowable,” this article is refreshing. Talty understands that the important answers are not answers at all, but a kind of knowledge that comes only from embracing the unembraceable.
Scientists claim 72 is the new 30 – FT.com
“The study did not try to draw conclusions about whether the extension of human life was moral or desirable, or whether it could occur without depleting the faculties needed to enjoy the extra years.
Instead, it tried to look at how the odds of dying at specific ages had changed over time. The researchers used longevity data from chimpanzees in captivity to estimate lifespans for pre-humans and data from modern day hunter-gatherer tribes as a benchmark for early human lifespans.
Mr Burger noted that the very rapid improvement in lifespans coincided with the invention of antibiotics and vaccines, huge improvements in agricultural efficiency that made food far more available and the widespread development of systems that made clean water more readily accessible.”
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