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"Some suffering cannot be covered in words. This had become my daily fare as reporter in the Middle East documenting war, its survivors and fatalities, and the many who seem a little of both. In the Lebanese town of Qana, where Israeli bombs caught their victims in the midst of a morning’s work, we saw the dead standing, sitting, looking around. The village, its voices and stories, plates and bowls, letters and words, its history, had been obliterated in a few extended moments that splintered a quiet morning."

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- Anthony Shadid, a foreign correspondent for the New York Times. Anthony was an amazing reporter, brave in his empathy with all sides and peoples. He died in Syria from an asthma attack brought on by their guides’ horses, and a colleague was able to get his body into Turkey, as they were in Syria against the order of the Syrian government. He had been shot in the West Bank, harassed by pro-Mubarak police in Egypt, tortured and captured in Libya, and it was an asthma attack that killed him.

Life is fragile.

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"Even Critics of Social Safety Net Increasingly Depend On It."

NYT at its very best here, which is a nice change. Article’s point is not a new one - people vote against their economic interests and don’t realize how much they depend on the programs they cheer cutting - but it puts faces with the numbers. Worth the read.

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"The Fed, the E.C.B., the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan and the Swiss National Bank agreed to reduce the interest rate on so-called dollar liquidity swap lines by 50 basis points, among other measures."

- The New York TImes’s news alert informing me that six central banks did… something. Look, NYT, I’m not saying you have to speak to me like I’m in third grade, but as someone who makes an effort to stay up on news and could actually tell you what collaterized debt obligations and credit default swaps are, I do not understand any of the words in the second half of that sentence. Part of journalism is speaking English. If this is relevant to the world economy, and thus to me, I’d appreciate it to not be total jargon.
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In Which the NYT Continues Its Attempt to Convince Me Law School Was A Dreadful Idea

Some of this is undoubtedly true. On the other hand, I’m a little confused as to how so many law students graduate without real world experience. Most law schools have clinics, where you basically practice law under the supervision of real attorneys, and pretty much everyone holds a legal job during the summer. 

This is, though, one of the reasons I love that one of my professors just left practice about a year ago. He has an interesting/useful perspective. 

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I figured I would be in for a horrifying story when I clicked on the headline:  “Gang Rape of Schoolgirl, and Arrests, Shake Town.”  I knew it would be a story about a young girl who was – well – gang-raped.  I expected to leave the story feeling upset.  But when I finished reading this article, I was much more upset than I expected to be, and for entirely different reasons.  It was not just reading about this girl’s trauma that upset me, but the way in which it was treated.  I’m going to start by pulling a few quotes (“she” refers to the victim):

“They said she dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s. She would hang out with teenage boys at a playground, some said.”

I read those sentences four times before I believed the New York Times actually printed it.  Seriously.  The New York Times.  I thought we as a society were clear on this point, but apparently we’re not, so let me just make this super, super clear:

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