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Weekly Best Reads 001

Here are the best things I’ve read in the last week, in no particular order:

The Depositor Haircut – The sad, twisted path to the economic collapse in Cyprus runs through Greece, Russia, the ECB, and none other than Slobodan Milosevic. And if you think only “bad russian mobsters” got their money wiped out, think again. (James Meeks for the London Review of Books)

The 13 Creepiest Things A Child Has Ever Said To A Parent – Our son doesn’t talk yet, but I sure hope when he does he doesn’t have any stories like these kids. (Matt Bellassai for Buzzfeed)

One Week Of Food – Brilliant photo essay of families in various countries pictured with one week of their typical food in front of them. (Peter Menzel for

Are All Telephone Calls Recorded and Accessible to the U.S. Government? – The answer, unfortunately, appears to be “yes.” (Glenn Greenwald in The Guardian)

More Than Half The World’s Population Lives Inside This Circle – Great use of GIS to highlight how amazingly crowded Asia is compared to the rest of the world. (Valerie Pieris via io9 via Reddit)

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