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In the News 01.03.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


In the News 01.03.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets
In the News 01.03.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets
In the News 01.03.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

Transcript Read Chris Rock’s 2016 Oscars opening monologue


The following is a transcription of Chris Rock‘s opening monologue as host of the 2016 Oscars. He took the stage to Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power”:

Man, I counted at least 15 black people on that montage. Hey! Well, I’m here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People’s Choice Awards.

You realize, if they nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job.

You all be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now. But, here’s the crazy thing. This is the wildest, craziest Oscars to ever host because we’ve all this controversy. No, no black nominees, you know? People are like, “Chris, you should boycott. Chris you should quit. You should quit!” How come it’s only unemployed people that tell you to quit something?

Read the rest of this article at Los Angeles Times

Adele: The full story


In little more than eight years, Adele has come from nowhere to establish herself as one of the world’s biggest entertainment brands, right up there with Grand Theft Auto, Star Wars, FIFA 2016, and Call of Duty. The proof was in the prizes on Wednesday night, when she walked away with a record-equalling four Brit Awards. Her success is a remarkable achievement – all the more impressive given that she is operating in a market that has roughly halved in size over the past decade.

It is a feat for which she has been been lauded, applauded and awarded across the globe. And called a “freak”, by Tim Ingham, the respected music journalist who runs the website Music Business Worldwide. She is not normal, he told me. At least, in terms of her achievements: “Breaking album sales records in 2016 is in and of itself a miracle.” That is a sentiment echoed by a high-ranking music exec who preferred not to be named. He called Adele “an anomaly”, “label-proof”, and a beacon “of hope for the industry”.

Read the rest of this article at The BBC


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Nobel Prize Economists Say Free Market Competition Rewards Deception and Manipulation


It’s “the economy, stupid!” said James Carville, campaign advisor to presidential candidate Bill Clinton in 1992. He wanted to stick it to President George H. W. Bush for an array of economic problems that were tied to the economic recession that started during the Bush presidency. Well, we have a different, broader interpretation of Carville’s statement: that many of our problems come from the nature of the economic system itself. If business people behave in the purely selfish and self-serving way that economic theory assumes, our free-market system tends to spawn manipulation and deception. The problem is not that there are a lot of evil people. Most people play by the rules and are just trying to make a good living. But, inevitably, the competitive pressures for businessmen to practice deception and manipulation in free markets lead us to buy, and to pay too much for, products that we do not need; to work at jobs that give us little sense of purpose; and to wonder why our lives have gone amiss.

Read the rest of this article at evonomics

Growing Up with the Unabomber


David Kaczynski’s story would make a very good contemporary realist novel. It has all the important elements: complex family dynamics, suicide, mental illness, famous political violence, and a terrible choice. Kaczynski shares his last name and his parents with Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, who mailed bombs to universities and airlines between 1978 and 1995, killing three people and wounding 23. David was the one who turned Ted in to the FBI, and then fought to keep him out of the death chamber. Twenty years later David has written a book about the experience, but the plot is the only thing Every Last Tie shares with fiction.

Read the rest of this article at New Republic

Inside the San Quentin Marathon

One day a year, the men locked up in California’s oldest prison get a shot at glory. Thieves, killers, and dope dealers lace up their shoes and race around the yard for the longest and hardest run of their lives. It’s The San Quentin Marathon, and it feels something like freedom


The race begins on the west side of San Quentin’s lower yard, just before the sun creeps over the walls. Two dozen men surge forward. With few exceptions all are murderers, most at least a decade into their sentences, including the early leader, a lifer named Markelle Taylor, who has run this course before but never for as long or as fast as he hopes to today.

With mesh gym shorts hanging to his knees and a cotton tank that soon droops with sweat, Taylor springs over a patchwork of gravel and pavement and grass scorched by the California drought. He makes his first turn at the laundry room, where inmates in V-neck smocks and denim jackets exchange their prison blues, then jabs right at the horseshoe pit and climbs a tight concrete ramp—a pivot so abrupt it has a name: the Gantlet. He swings east across blacktop, past the open-air urinals, past the punching bag and chin-up bars, past the clinic that treats the swell of aging convicts, all while staying within the spray-painted green lines that are supposed to remind the 3,700 non-runners housed here not to wander into his path. On the north side, Taylor guides the pack downhill toward the base of a guard tower, then makes a final 90-degree turn—his sixth—where convict preachers thump Bibles in a cloud of geese and gulls.

Read the rest of this article at GQ

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