Smart Picks 30 September 2014

Tearing down Detroit. 

Guardian -- Detroit demolishes its ruins: 'The capitalists will take care of the rest'

Detroit is knocking down 200 houses a week, with 40,000 to go and $1bn in the program.

What I’m listening to. O QUAM SUAVIS EST DOMINE 

America’s race problem. 

LA Times -- Faulkner at 117, and the tragedy of race in America

William Faulkner, who was born in Mississippi 117 years ago today, was America's poet and prophet of race.

William Faulkner -- Light In August  (lecture)

William Faulkner -- Sanctuary  (movie)

Exposing drug myths. 

Raw Story -- Neuroscientist Carl Hart: Everything you think you know about drugs and addiction is wrong

Carl Hart grew up in Miami in what he calls the ‘hood, a poor community with high rates of crime and prevalent drug use.

IS or ISIS or … 

Economist -- The many names of ISIS (also known as IS, ISIL, SIC and Da'ish)

FOR the third time in as many decades America is leading a powerful coalition to war in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia’s other export. 

Financial Times -- Saudi Arabia ‘in denial’ over Isis ideology

Saudi Arabia’s ultraconservative brand of Islam is again in the sights of critics who say it underpins the extremist ideology of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis).

FOR the third time in as many decades America is leading a powerful coalition to war in the Middle East.

Japan’s death penalty. 

Economist – Hanging Tough

IT IS one of the anomalies of Japan’s approach to the death penalty that a stricken conscience can bring the system grinding to a halt.

Execution in Iran. 

The lamb lies down Broadway. 

Telegraph -- Genesis interview: 'We were hated'

They’re the rock pioneers who sold 130 million records.

Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway Live 1974/5 Movie 

Debt mountain. 

Telegraph -- Mass default looms as world sinks beneath a sea of debt

Global debt is still rising strongly, crimping growth and threatening defaults around the world.

Meanwhile, back in la la land. 

New York Times -- As Catholic Church Seeks Proof, Venezuela Sees a Saint

Venezuela needs a miracle.

Mickelson delivers Murray-like self inflicted career blow. 

Telegraph -- Phil Mickelson's attack on Tom Watson after US Ryder Cup defeat was a new low for American golf

After Mickelson's demolition of his captain Tom Watson following the defeat to Europe at Gleneagles the US must be tempted to look for a new Ryder Cup selection process.

Telegraph -- Andy Murray: I regret my 'let's do this!' tweet but back Scottish independence

As golf declines in importance perhaps the PGA should ask itself whether wrapping up the tour in Leave It To Beaver family imagery with blond wives avec babies waiting for the winner on the 18th green, lily white profiles of the single men on tour, US flag waving military jingoism with servicemen guarding holes and pins topped with small US flags, and hushed commentator tones about the mystery of golf really is the best way to market itself.

This picture of Bubba and Ricky may be the best thing to hit the sport in a long time.

At least it's honest.


'Clearing of throat sound' 

Sports By Brookes -- PGA Champion Suggested Arnold Palmer Infidelity

If you believe former PGA Champion Bob Rosburg, it was rather ironic that Tiger Woods‘ image was recently scrubbed from a banner on a website for a tournament named after Arnold Palmer.



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Twin Virtues

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