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  • News of the Weird: Norway's Battle Against Chaos

    News of the Weird: Norway's Battle Against Chaos
    Norwegian public television (NRK), which introduced the now-legendary continuous, live log-burning show (12 hours long, with “color commentary” on the historical and cultural importance of fire), scheduled a new program for this week in its appeal to serenity (labeled “Slow TV”). On Nov. 1, NRK was to televise live, for five hours, an attempt to break the world record for producing a sweater, from shearing the sheep to spinning the wool and knitting the garment (current record: 4:51, by Australians). (In addition to the log, NRK viewers have been treated to live cams on a salmon-fishing boat and, for five days, on a cruise ship.) Said an NRK journalist, “You would think it's boring television, but we have quite good ratings for these programs.”
  • 10 questions for Eric Holder's replacement as attorney general

    WASHINGTON Eric Holder's replacement as attorney general will face a grilling from the Senate Judiciary Committee after the elections, with the position key to enabling President Barack Obama's pen-and-phone executive agenda and with numerous hot-button...

    Losing faith in Obama

    Losing faith in Obama
    When presidents become unpopular, they are no longer welcome on the campaign trail. They're trapped in Washington, watching their party abandon them. It happened to Lyndon B. Johnson, whose presidency collapsed amid protests over Vietnam. He left...

    Supreme Court to decide L.A. hotel-motel privacy case

    The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a potentially far-reaching privacy dispute involving a Los Angeles city ordinance that allows police to enter a hotel and demand to see the guest registry without a court order. The Los Angeles Police...

    In attack on encryption, FBI director ignores those who need protection

    The leaks of celebrity photos stored on iCloud or exchanged via Snapchat have focused the public's attention on how insecure their data are. And yet FBI Director James Comey is trying to persuade us that we face the opposite risk: The personal data on...