Thursday, August 2, 2012


2:35 PM 8/2/2012

via NYT > Home Page by By DWIGHT GARNER on 8/2/12
Personal anecdotes on subjects as varied as mortality and dining sit amid the philosophical musings in Jim Holt’s new book.

via NYT > Travel by By BRENDAN SPIEGEL on 8/2/12
Along this rocky stretch of coast north of Portland, the sea may still be the star. But other attractions are gaining on it.

via NYT > World by By NATHAN S. WEBSTER on 8/2/12
The memories of many recent veterans cover much more ground than Post-Traumatic Stress or Traumatic Brain Injury. Even so, it can be hard to tease out a few moments of a fonder kind.

via NYT > Real Estate by By CHARLES V. BAGLI on 8/2/12
The report, issued by a grand jury, recommended changes to the property tax system, including civil sanctions and stiffer penalties for landlords who file false documents.

The US has stepped up its rhetoric against President Assad and is providing covert support to rebels. But for many fighting the Assad regime, it is not enough.

Boris Johnson's cheerleading of the Games has earned him legions of fans among the British public and made him the Conservative Party's favorite to replace Prime Minister David Cameron.

via NYT > Arts by By BEN BRANTLEY on 8/2/12
In praise of risk-taking in the theater: To give audiences views of things they've never seen before, great actors and actresses go out on a limb.

via The New York Times's Facebook Wall by The New York Times on 8/2/12
Kofi Annan, the special envoy of the United Nations and Arab League who has sought unsuccessfully for months to resolve the Syria conflict, has submitted his resignation Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations said on Thursday. A Nobel Peace Prize winner and former United Nations secretary general, Mr. Annan, 74, is one of the world’s most seasoned diplomats.

Annan Resigns as Syria Peace Envoy
Kofi Annan’s resignation, effective at the end of August, comes after months of repeated failure to achieve even a basic cease-fire in the Syrian conflict.

via NYT > Opinion by By MARK DE SILVA on 8/2/12
In this week's links: A confused opening to the London Games; how to write joke algorithms; and an inquiry to the nature of guns.

via NYT > Opinion by By FRANCISCO TORO on 8/2/12
The vast numbers of “ni-nis” are far from undecided voters. They’ve made up their minds: They despise both President Hugo Chávez and the opposition.

via NYT > Magazine by By THE STAFF on 8/2/12
A report published in The New York Times in 1858, almost 40 years before the modern Olympics began.

Despite Cuban government reports and public comments from the two survivors of the crash saying it was an accident, a dissident’s family believes someone ran the car off the road.

Colombian cocaine production fell by 25 percent from 2010, according to US data. But a UN report says otherwise. Why the discrepancy?

via NYT > Politics by By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT on 8/2/12
The Senate voted 52 to 46 to cut off debate on the legislation, which would have established optional standards for the computer systems that oversee the country’s critical infrastructure.

via NYT > Business Day by By PETER EAVIS on 8/2/12
A lack of new stimulus moves by the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank this week may have a direct and painful impact on the chief source of revenue at investment banks on both sides of the Atlantic.

via NYT > N.Y. / Region by By ANDY NEWMAN on 8/2/12
The doctor used a camera disguised as a pen to shoot the video in the Union Square station, prosecutors said.

Spanish officials have arrested three suspected Al Qaeda operatives. They say the militants were planning an attack in Spain or possibly other European countries.

via NYT > Home Page by on 8/2/12
The seventh day of the London Olympics.