Monthly Archives: October 2013

Thinking Aloud: Books on Statistics

Oct. 31, 2013 by Darius I just finished reading two books related to the use of statistics.  You might enjoy one or both of them. The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century by David Salsburg … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Rebel Stronghold Falls to Congolese Army”

“Rebel Stronghold Falls to Congolese Army” The New York Times, Oct. 31, 2013, p.A6 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/31/world/africa/rebel-stronghold-falls-to-congolese-army.html?_r=0 “The last major population center controlled by a feared Congolese rebel group fell to government soldiers on Wednesday, a significant turning point in an insurrection … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Happy Halloween and Protection of Minority Rights

Oct. 30, 2013 by Darius Tomorrow is Halloween, and one of the more unusual and entertaining Halloween traditions in the Washington, DC, area is a drag queen parade and high heels race in a historically gay area of the city.  … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Chocolate Factory, Trade War Victim”

“Chocolate Factory, Trade War Victim” The New York Times, Oct. 29, 2013, p.B1 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/30/business/international/ukrainian-chocolates-caught-in-trade-war-between-europe-and-russia.html?_r=0 “From the Baltic to the Black Sea, a chocolate wall has descended across the continent of Europe.  The output of the sprawling brick factory, formerly known … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Terrorism in Tiananmen?

Oct. 29, 2013 by Darius Yesterday, a car barreled along a busy sidewalk in China’s Tiananmen Square, ultimately bursting into flames.  Five people were killed and dozens were wounded.  Car crash (after going through barricades)?  Car bomb? Either way, the … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Central African Republic Chaotic, Half Population Need Help, U.N. Says”

“Central African Republic Chaotic, Half Population Need Help, U.N. Says” Reuters, Oct. 29, 2013 http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/29/centralafrica-un-idUSL1N0IJ24820131029 “The U.N. Security Council gave the go-ahead on Tuesday for troops to be sent to Central African Republic to protect a U.N. political mission in … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Syria in Egypt?

Oct. 28, 2013 by Darius This weekend, a bomb exploded in Cairo, wounding several dozen people.  The bomb itself was unfortunate but not particularly notable.  Far more notable is that a little-known radical Islamist group released a video proving responsibility … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Caught Between Sudans, Region Tries to Pick Side”

“Caught Between Sudans, Region Tries to Pick Side” The New York Times, Oct. 28, 2013, p.A4 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/28/world/africa/caught-between-sudans-region-tries-to-pick-side.html “Residents of the disputed Abyei region, on the border of Sudan and South Sudan, began voting in a referendum Sunday on which country … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Hate Crimes in Palestine

Oct. 27, 2013 by Darius In Palestine, it’s once again time for the annual olive harvest.  The traditions of the olive harvest go back hundreds, if not thousands, of years, and, by now, the harvest is as important culturally as … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “The Future of Laos: A Bleak Landscape”

“The Future of Laos: A Bleak Landscape” The Economist, Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2013, pp.49-50 http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21588421-secretive-ruling-clique-and-murky-land-grabs-spell-trouble-poor-country-bleak-landscape “From a window seat flying above Laos a visitor gets a sense of the state’s weaknesses. Deforestation stretches all the way to the Chinese border. … Continue reading

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