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Life After Land – NYTimes.com

Life After Land – NYTimes.com.

Op-Ed Contributor

Life After Land

RISING sea levels could threaten the existence of small island states such as Tuvalu, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and the Maldives. If the international community cannot or will not slow global warming, the least it can do is help those states prepare for life after land by recognizing a new category of state — the deterritorialized state.

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On Nauru, a Sinking Feeling – NYTimes.com

On Nauru, a Sinking Feeling – NYTimes.com.

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On Nauru, a Sinking Feeling

Yaren, Nauru

I FORGIVE you if you have never heard of my country.

At just 8 square miles, about a third of the size of Manhattan, and located in the southern Pacific Ocean, Nauru appears as merely a pinpoint on most maps — if it is not missing entirely in a vast expanse of blue.

But make no mistake; we are a sovereign nation, with our own language, customs and history dating back 3,000 years. Nauru is worth a quick Internet search, I assure you, for not only will you discover a fascinating country that is often overlooked, you will find an indispensible cautionary tale about life in a place with hard ecological limits.

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Candidate Pledges Increase in Hope of Republican Victory – NYTimes.com

Candidate Pledges Increase in Hope of Republican Victory – NYTimes.com.

Election Cycle Emerges as the Year of the Pledge, but Some Candidates Resist

This is the year presidential candidates are being asked to take the pledge.

They are asked to state their opposition to abortion rights. They are pressed to pledge support for a constitutional amendment to balance the budget.

They have been asked to oppose pornography, women in combat and Sharia law — all part of a “marriage vow” pledge.

Candidate pledges, an incidental part of past presidential elections, have exploded this year as advocacy groups seek to hold a future Republican president accountable.

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Republicans Are Signing Away the Right to Govern – NYTimes.com

Republicans Are Signing Away the Right to Govern – NYTimes.com.

Editorial

Signing Away the Right to Govern

It used to be that a sworn oath to preserve, protect and defend the
Constitution was the only promise required to become president. But that
no longer seems to be enough for a growing number of Republican
interest groups, who are demanding that presidential candidates sign pledges
shackling them to the corners of conservative ideology. Many candidates
are going along, and each pledge they sign undermines the basic
principle of democratic government built on compromise and negotiation.

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What Typos Mean to Book Publishing – NYTimes.com

What Typos Mean to Book Publishing – NYTimes.com.

July 17, 2011, 5:30 pm

The Price of Typos

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The Critique of Pure Horror – NYTimes.com

The Critique of Pure Horror – NYTimes.com.

Gray Matter

The Critique of Pure Horror

WITH gruesome television series about vampires, werewolves, serial killers and zombies earning huge ratings, and a new cinematic bloodbath opening seemingly every week, the cultural appetite for horror raises a curious question: why do so many of us enjoy being disgusted and terrified?

The question has long puzzled parents and mystified spouses, but it has also increasingly engaged the attention of academics. Scholarship on the horror genre has grown so much over the last three decades that a peer-reviewed journal devoted to it, Horror Studies, was started last year. While much of the field’s research is sociological or cultural, focusing on what scary movies reveal about the time or place in which they were made, a small library of books and essays has also tried to explain the visceral appeal of shivers down your spine.

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The Journal Becomes Fox-ified – NYTimes.com

The Journal Becomes Fox-ified – NYTimes.com.

Op-Ed Columnist

The Journal Becomes Fox-ified

It’s official. The Wall Street Journal has been Fox-ified.

It took Rupert Murdoch only three and a half years to get there, starting with the moment he acquired the paper from the dysfunctional Bancroft family in December 2007, a purchase that was completed after he vowed to protect The Journal’s editorial integrity and agreed to a (toothless) board that was supposed to make sure he kept that promise.

Fat chance of that. Within five months, Murdoch had fired the editor and installed his close friend Robert Thomson, fresh from a stint Fox-ifying The Times of London. The new publisher was Leslie Hinton, former boss of the division that published Murdoch’s British newspapers, including The News of the World. (He resigned on Friday.) Soon came the changes, swift and sure: shorter articles, less depth, an increased emphasis on politics and, weirdly, sometimes surprisingly unsophisticated coverage of business.

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They, Too, Sing America – NYTimes.com

They, Too, Sing America – NYTimes.com.

Op-Ed Columnist

They, Too, Sing America

Last week I spent a few days in the Deep South — a thousand miles from the moneyed canyons of Manhattan and the prattle of Washington politics — talking to everyday people, blue-collar workers, people not trying to win the future so much as survive the present.

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Too Much Life on Earth? – NYTimes.com

Too Much Life on Earth? – NYTimes.com.

I.H.T. Op-Ed Contributor

Too Much Life on Earth?

The specter of overpopulation was raised once more in 2008 by the decline in global food stocks and rapid deterioration of the environment. The figures are frightening — 218,000 more mouths to feed each day, 80 million more each year, a global population now close to 7 billion.

But overpopulation is as much a question of culture as statistics, and has worried humanity for a long time. In the 4th century B.C., when the world had a population of less than 200 million, Plato and Aristotle recommended strict control of birth rates by the state. The populationists have long been at loggerheads with those who favor birth rate control. Populationists claim overpopulation is an illusion; Malthusians warn of dire consequences.

For a long time no reliable statistics were available, and the debate was primarily philosophical, religious or political. Now there is plenty of data but the positions are still largely ideological or religious. The debate touches on fundamental questions regarding life and its value, hence the passion that it raises.

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Sex, Violence and the Supreme Court – NYTimes.com

Sex, Violence and the Supreme Court – NYTimes.com.

July 7, 2011, 8:30 pm

Sex and the Supremes

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