Attention Economy – September 30, 2011

  • VIDEO: Wanna Live Forever? Become A Noun : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR 092811
    STEVE INSKEEP, host: Now, the average American male lives for 76 years; the average female, around 80, and then slowly we tiptoe out of life and memory until one day nobody knows our name. Unless, says our science correspondent Robert Krulwich, unless we do something so unusual that w
  • ‘Retirement Heist’: How Firms Trimmed Pensions : NPR 092911
    Companies have claimed for years that old-style pensions were unsustainable. Author Ellen Schultz tells Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep that there’s another explanation. “The main narrative is that [companies] are struggling to pay both their pensions and these unexpectedly high health care costs for the retirees,” Schultz says. “What isn’t known is that companies were well-prepared for this phenomenon. The plans were in fact significantly overfunded. They had more than enough to pay every dime for every person currently employed and already retired.” Schultz investigated the changes in pension plans as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and has written a book called Retirement Heist.
  • The ‘Worm’ That Could Bring Down The Internet : NPR 092711
    As many as 12 million computers worldwide have been infected with a highly encrypted computer worm called Conficker. Writer Mark Bowden details how Conficker was discovered, how it works, and the ongoing programming battle to bring down Conficker in his book Worm: The First Digital World War.
  • Cheeseheads Take Issue With Anti-Cheese Billboard : NPR 092611
    A billboard went up near the Green Bay Packers’ stadium showing the grim reaper decked out in a cheesehead hat. A physicians group promoting vegan diets says its new ad simply points out that cheese can be unhealthy. Green Bay’s mayor says this is silly. As he put it, “We love our cheeseheads and we love our cheese.”
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  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne – Project Gutenberg
  • The Scarlet Letter – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The Scarlet Letter is an 1850 romantic work of fiction in a historical setting, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is considered to be his magnum opus.[1] Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an adulterous affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. Throughout the book, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt.
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