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In the News 25.02.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 23.02.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

 

 

1. How Crazy Am I to Think I Actually Know Where That Malaysia Airlines Plane Is?

“What made MH370 challenging to cover was, first, that the event was unprecedented and technically complex and, second, that the officials were remarkably untrustworthy. For instance, the search started over the South China Sea, naturally enough, but soon after, Malaysia opened up a new search area in the Andaman Sea, 400 miles away. Why? Rumors swirled that military radar had seen the plane pull a 180. The Malaysian government explicitly denied it, but after a week of letting other countries search the South China Sea, the officials admitted that they’d known about the U-turn from day one.”

 
Read the rest of this article at New York Magazine

 

 


 

 

2. When do we decide that Europe must restructure much of its debt?

“It is hard to watch the Greek drama unfold without a sense of foreboding. If it is possible for the Greek economy partially to revive in spite of its tremendous debt burden, with a lot of hard work and even more good luck we can posit scenarios that don’t involve a painful social and political breakdown, but I am pretty convinced that the Greek balance sheet itself makes growth all but impossible for many more years.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Michael Pettis’ China Financial Markets

 

 


 

 

3. In Defense of the Notoriously Arrogant French Waiter

“The much-maligned and often misunderstood French waiter is an inscrutable breed unto himself, distinguished by his pokerfaced elegance, tangible pride, easy authority and incontrovertible expertise. Though his profession in its most traditional form is under siege by the creep of sartorial casualness (trademark bow ties, for instance, are slowly giving way to neckties), the French waiter still provokes gasps of admiration from those who appreciate his singular style—and loud sniffs of irritation from the rest.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The Wall Street Journal

 

 


 

 

4. No, Mornings Don’t Make You Moral

“Our sleep patterns are governed by circadian rhythms, our bodies’ response to changes in light and dark in a typical day. The rhythms are slightly different for every person, which is why our energy levels ebb and flow in ways that are unique to us. This internal clock determines what is called our chronotype—whether we are morning people, night people, or somewhere in between. Chronotypes are relatively stable, though they have been known to shift with age. Children and older adults generally prefer mornings; adolescents and young adults prefer evenings. Figuring out where you fall is simple: spend a few weeks going to bed when you feel tired and waking up without an alarm clock. A quicker alternative is the Horne-Ostberg questionnaire, which presents various scenarios—a difficult exam, twice-weekly exercise with a friend—and determines your chronotype on the basis of what time of day you’d feel most up to confronting them.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker

 

 


 

 

5. Bikes vs. Cars: The Deadly War Nobody’s Winning

“Compared with countries like Denmark, the U.S. doesn’t do nearly enough to give vulnerable riders the buffers they need on the road. In Copenhagen, more than 50 percent of residents cycle to work or school. The most advanced bike-commuting American city—Portland, Oregon—has only one-tenth that percentage of daily riders. Transportation experts believe that protected cycling lanes, as opposed to bike lanes spliced into roads, are cycling’s safest routes. Such infrastructure is growing, but it isn’t close to being fully woven into any major American city.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Outside

 

 


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.

 

 

 

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