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Mumbai, harmful lending, severe shyness and more sex...

TOC Weekend Reads (Nov 30)

Here are some interesting articles to read for the weekend.

Mumbai’s Longest Night, With an Abyss of TerrorNew York Times

For Amit and Varsha Thadani, Wednesday night in the Crystal Ballroom of the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel was supposed to be a night they would treasure forever: the lavish start of a life together, with a wedding reception for over 200 family and friends. It may be an anniversary they will dread forever.

Complacency the big danger as Kevin Rudd cabinet marks milestoneThe Australian

A YEAR after an emphatic election victory and still riding high in the opinion polls, Kevin Rudd has warned his colleagues against thinking they can't be "oncers" and that victory is assured at the next election.

Harmful Lending PracticesNew York Times

One of the questions lurking beneath the surface of the national debate over the mortgage crisis, which has placed six million Americans at risk of losing their homes this year and next, is who is to blame.

How the rich can save themselves (and us)The Telegraph

Today's crisis has its roots in weak ethics and a lack of social responsibility. Financial intermediaries breached the trust of those whose money they managed by not asking hard questions about the long-term value of many of the securities they bought. Too few bankers challenged the wisdom of lending poor people more money than they could afford to buy houses that were over-priced. As for those who did best out of capitalism, too often they flaunted extravagant lifestyles. No wonder the public has turned on them with a vengeance now that capitalism has gone off the rails.

Severe Shyness? New Study Shows That Anxiety Is Likely A Long-lasting TraitScience Daily

The researchers found that those individuals with the most anxious temperaments showed higher activity in the amygdala, a part of the brain that regulates emotion and triggers reactions to anxiety, such as the fight or flight response.

Transferable Job Skills for Job-SeekersQuint Careers

What are transferable skills? Simply put, they are skills you have acquired during any activity in your life -- jobs, classes, projects, parenting, hobbies, sports, virtually anything -- that are transferable and applicable to what you want to do in your next job.

Migrants return home as job layoffs, land reformChina Daily

Many migrant workers in south China's Guangdong Province returned to their home provinces in the wake of the global financial crisis. But it is not the only reason, officials of the local labor and railway authorities said.

Pastor’s Advice for Better Marriage: More SexNew York Times

And on the seventh day, there was no rest for married couples. A week after the Rev. Ed Young challenged husbands and wives among his flock of 20,000 to strengthen their unions through Seven Days of Sex, his advice was — keep it going.

Special thanks to Gilbert Goh.

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