Newsletter 257


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[1]Unconscious Race Bias And Obama
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/eym4qG

Gregory Parks and Matthew Hughey | OUP Blog | 14 March 2011

Racial considerations probably did encourage whites to vote for Obama in
  2008. They wanted America to have an African-American president. Now they
  feel racism "no longer an issue". They can turn back to more conservative
  views

[2]Simple Model Of Personality Cults
    Links:
      2. http://b.rw/eeF9z1

Xavier Marquez | Abandoned Footnotes | 14 March 2011

Almost by definition, dictators don't get much useful political feedback.
  Nobody is allowed to oppose them. Personality cults help measure true
  loyalty of underlings, by requiring competitive public displays of extreme
  devotion

[3]Beware The Spyware Model
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/ebgm3E

Cory Doctorow | Guardian | 15 March 2011

When governments, courts, corporations spy on computer usage in the name of
  anti-piracy or public safety, only ordinary users suffer. Bad guys find a
  workaround. It's going to be the same with 3D printers. New approach needed

[4]Robot Pains And Corporate Feelings
    Links:
      4. http://b.rw/h2t10c

Edouard Machery and Justin Sytsma | Philosophers' Magazine | 14 March 2011

To say "IBM is upset" sounds odd. But to say "IBM is upset by the court
  ruling" comes quite naturally. In what sense can companies—or spiders, or
  robots—have feelings? Is possessing an emotion the same thing as
  experiencing it?

[5]Neoconservatism Unmasked
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/gyN5bQ

Bradley Thompson | Cato Unbound | 7 March 2011

Interesting and important political essay, arguing that neoconservatism is
  pushing America towards "soft fascism", by elevating the state over the
  individual, rejecting market capitalism, glamourising leaders, romanticising
  war

[6]2,405 Shot Dead Since Tucson
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/fNjGaG

Andrew Romano & Pat Wingert | Newsweek | 13 March 2011

Obama has hinted that gun control legislation is on his agenda; but so far
  no action. However "it’s clear that the present moment may be peculiar
  enough, and the forces at work potent enough, to produce real movement on
  gun safety"

Today's FiveBooks Interview

[7]Steve Crawshaw on =HUMAN RIGHTS=
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/steve-crawshaw-on-human-rights

Amnesty International’s director of international advocacy chooses books
  that illuminate historical and contemporary human rights issues, from the
  Belgian Congo to Iran [8]Continue reading…
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/steve-crawshaw-on-human-rights

Topic

[9]Natural History
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/topics/natural-history

Everything you need to know about natural history. Experts from London's
  Natural History Museum discuss their top five books on everything - from
  bats to plants, dinosaurs to meteorites and more
  [10]Continue reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/topics/natural-history

Book of the Day

[11]The White Tiger
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/white-tiger-by-aravind-adiga

- by Aravind Adiga -

[12]Robert McCrum says: "It is a wonderful book which is written in this
  very gripping Indian English. It is very high octane."
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-mccrum-on-us-and-uk-english

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

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