Smart Links 07 July 2012
Commentary on where Obama fits in the pantheon of Presidents, 5 reasons to worry about a summer equity swoon, finding Higgs bosen, the man-made reasons behind the Fukushima disaster, and the Economist warns about Harper’s bully boy tactics.
An intelligent and articulate discussion of US presidential leadership and Obama.
New York Times -- Hillary Clinton’s Last Tour as a Rock-Star Diplomat
On May 3, the day after an artful deal to end the diplomatic crisis over Chen Guangcheng, China’s now-famous dissident, unraveled spectacularly, Hillary Rodham Clinton followed a scrum of Chinese ministers around an exhibition of clean cookstoves.
Telegraph -- The cult of Hillary Clinton has restored America’s mission to the world
Barack Obama’s Secretary of State has been a great success, but her eyes are on a bigger prize.
Why Gillian Tett thinks you ought to bring your mobile communication device to the beach.
Financial Times -- Five reasons the summer curse may strike
In recent days, several of America’s largest investment groups, such as Fidelity and Northern Trust, have been discreetly reviewing their staff holiday plans.
Unravelling the universe. (ed’s note: known as the ‘God Particle’ it has nothing to do with god as the term came from a scientist's lament that the particle was 'goddamn hard to find').
Economist -- Gotcha!
The hunt for physics’ most elusive quarry is over.
Related. Thanks to Jeremy from Tokyo.
New York Times -- Inquiry Declares Fukushima Crisis a Man-Made Disaster
The nuclear accident at Fukushima was a preventable disaster rooted in government-industry collusion and the worst conformist conventions of Japanese culture, a parliamentary inquiry concluded Thursday.
The unintended consequences of constant bullying.
Economist -- Time to flip
The voters may be starting to tire of the prime minister’s bullying.
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