Newsletter 246


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

[1]Archaeologists Uncover Blackbeard's Treasure
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/i0MjeY

Abigail Tucker | Smithsonian | 1 March 2011

Not his treasure, in fact, only his ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge. sunk 300
  years ago off North Carolina. It hit a sandbank, giving pirates plenty of
  time to offload their gold. Still, even the bare ship is treasure to
  historians

[2]Yes, It Could Happen Here
    Links:
      2. http://b.rw/hQTxZq

Madawi Al-Rasheed | Foreign Policy | 28 February 2011

We can't imagine revolution in Saudi Arabia. But nor could we imagine it,
  even just before it happened, in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya. Saudi Arabia also
  has high unemployment, repressive government, huge inequalities. It could
  happen

[3]Dissenters
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/h47xvB

David Remnick | New Yorker | 28 February 2011

Profile of Israeli newspaper Haaretz, and its proprietor, Amos Schocken.
  Easily most liberal newspaper, arguably most important liberal institution
  in the country. But marginal, loss-making. May not last another generation

[4]Predicting The Future
    Links:
      4. http://b.rw/g3nGsH

Dan Cols | NY Mag | 27 February 2011

A Cornell Professor re-ignites the debate over extra-sensory perception, or
  precognition. Responses to this rebellious academic range from “arch disdain
  to frothing rejection". Perhaps he should have seen it coming

[5]The Baffling Book
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/ido33z

Adam Kirsch | New Republic | 24 February 2011

Judaism and Christianity are "divided by a common Bible". Jews accept Old
  Testament as divinely inspired, requiring interpretation. Evangelical
  Christians treat all as historical truth: "Basic Instructions Before Leaving
  Earth"

[6]Declaration Of Cyber-War
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/eJoshD

Michael Joseph Gross | Vanity Fair | 2 March 2011

Intimate history of Stuxnet computer virus, apparently designed to paralyse
  Iranian nuclear centrifuges. Gripping read. Does excellent job of explaining
  with minimal jargon why this virus was so innovative, complex, devastating

Today's FiveBooks Interview

[7]Jeffrey Wasserstrom on =CHINESE LIFE STORIES=
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jeffrey-wasserstrom-on-chinese-life-stories

The historian and China specialist says that to get a real sense of the
  country you need to focus on individuals and their stories. Here he chooses
  five books that draw on China’s long tradition of biographical writing
  [8]Continue reading…
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jeffrey-wasserstrom-on-chinese-life-stories

Topic

[9]China
    Links:
      9. 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
  [10]Continue reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/topics/china

Book of the Day

[11]Starship Troopers
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/starship-troopers-by-robert-heinlein

-by Robert A Heinlein -

This is a story of war in the future with advanced weaponry against aliens.
  This story is so grounded, and so realistic – the way that the characters
  interact, their language, their lingo, the way the military is set up, the
  way they utilise their weaponry – everything is just pitch perfect. When I
  read it, I was thinking, ‘This is just so real, these are soldiers, and this
  could be Spartans fighting shoulder to shoulder – this could be a war that
  had occurred at any time.’ It’s just human soldiers fighting together, dying
  together.

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

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