Newsletter 230


Hic sunt camelopardus: this historical edition of The Browser is presented for archaeological purposes; links and formatting may be broken.

[1]Demise Of A Legendary Doping Empire
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      1. http://b.rw/dWMKxl

Cathrin Gilbert | Spiegel | 9 February 2011

How police snared German drug firm that supplied illegal performance
  enhancing steroids. Customer list to follow. "There must be plenty of
  athletes who are suddenly feeling very nervous." An excellent recommendation
  from @polit2k

[2]Wine And Cricket
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      2. http://b.rw/fpOcWN

Stuart George | Langtons | 31 January 2011

A short and quirky comparison of cricket and Australian wine. "A groundsman,
  just like a vigneron, spends the winter and spring tending to his few
  acres". If you don't appreciate the game, it might whet your palate

[3]Sun Tzu: Enemy Of The Bureaucratic Mind
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      3. http://b.rw/iduNry

Walter Russell Mead | American Interest | 8 February 2011

Sun Tzu played the same role in Confucian China that Machiavelli played in
  the West. Both argued that states and leaders could not afford to be bound
  by conventional ideas of morality. The struggle for power had no rules

[4]A Free, Irresponsible Press
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      4. http://b.rw/fZF0RK

Yochai Benkler | Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Law Review | 8 February 2011

Scholarly essay (62-page PDF) on history and legality of Wikileaks,
  implications for news media. Short take: US prosecution of Assange would
  probably fail. He has same first amendment rights as any New York Times
  journalist

[5]Time Bombs
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/g98Ypu

Amy Ernst | King Effect | 9 February 2011

Another terrifying post from superb Congo aid worker's blog. This one about
  conversations with ex-child soldiers. Demobilised, but without any moral
  code. "To kill someone is good. It was their fault for getting eliminated"

[6]The Connected Company
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/hsXAY4

Dave Gray | Communication Nation | 8 February 2011

We design companies as though they were machines—to do one particular job
  throughout life, controlled by an operator. We should build them like
  cities, as complex systems which can evolve with the right services and
  infrastructure
                 [7]View full selection
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      7. http://thebrowser.com/best

Today's FiveBooks Interview

[8]Evan Osnos on =CHINA=
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/evan-osnos-on-china

_The New Yorker_'s China correspondent reflects on why the country captures
  our imagination – and why we want to change it. He chooses five books for
  the discerning traveller [9]Continue reading…
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/evan-osnos-on-china

Topic

[10]China
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/topics/china

Everything you need to know about the rising power. Original interviews with
  experts such as Richard Baum, Isabel Hilton, and Xinran - and the books and
  articles they recommend
  [11]Continue reading…
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/topics/china

Book of the Day

[12]The Diaries of Samuel Pepys
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/diaries-samuel-pepys-by-samuel-pepys

-by Samuel Pepys -

Allowing for the fact that these days we don’t execute people who fall out
  of favour, and that someone falling out of favour is no longer in mortal
  danger, Pepys gives us many lessons about political life – about political
  relationships and the way that you manage those who, in those days, would
  have been your masters, and who these days would be your colleagues.

[13]More recommendations…
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      13. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Browsings

[14]@polit2k Court   bans   man   with   low  IQ  from  having  sex  -
  Telegraph. http://t.co/47otC3r #[16]browsings
  [17]More user recommended #browsings…
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