Newsletter 259


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

[1]Yes, You Are Overcooking Your Food
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      1. http://b.rw/fqFZRk

Nathan Myhrvold et al | Scientific American | 13 March 2011

Government rules on food safety aren't science. They're guesswork and
  cultural prejudice. How can raw-milk cheese be safe in France, but dangerous
  in US? Why are restaurants allowed to serve beef undercooked, even raw—but
  not pork?

[2]How New York Times Articles End
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      2. http://b.rw/fsir4W

Juli Weiner | Vanity Fair | 17 March 2011

Now that the Times has introduced a paywall limiting browsers to 20 free
  articles per month, you won't want to waste your quota reading predictable
  stories. Note that most Times stories are cliché-driven. Here's how they
  always end

[3]Western Ideas Of Beauty
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      3. http://b.rw/gyOiJk

Keith Miller | TLS | 16 March 2011

Delightfully intelligent, discursive review of books by Umberto Eco and
  others on the nature of beauty, as revealed through art, desire, commerce,
  religion, philosophy, sex. With glimpses of Germaine Greer, Pythagoras and
  Il Sodoma

[4]10 Things I Didn’t Know About Google
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      4. http://b.rw/ffxlTJ

James Altucher | Altucher Confidential | 17 March 2011

Every one a gem. Among them: Google was originally going to be called
  Backrub. The "I'm feeling lucky" button costs $110m a year in missed
  advertising revenue, but focus groups show that people feel comfortable with
  it, so it stays

[5]How Did We Ever Survive Donald Rumsfeld?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/fcQysa

Max Boot | New Republic | 17 March 2011

Blistering critique of former Defense Secretary's new memoir. Latest attack
  from the right on past republican people and policies. Book is revelatory.
  Shows "how a man with such a sterling resumé could be such a miserable
  failure"

[6]Media Meltdown
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      6. http://b.rw/dPV0Po

Wilson da Silva | Cosmos Magazine | 17 March 2011

Science editor berates media for portraying Fukushima as a nuclear
  Armageddon; the quake was the real catastrophe. Press has been non-sensical
  and inflammatory. After all "solar power is really just nuclear power from a
  distance"

Today's FiveBooks Interview

[7]Diarmaid MacCulloch on =THE HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY=
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/diarmaid-macculloch-on-history-christianity

Distinguished historian of religion discourses on five works that explain
  the birth and development of Christianity around the world, from Bede to
  Baghdad [8]Continue reading…
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/diarmaid-macculloch-on-history-christianity

Topic

[9]Israel Palestine
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      9. http://thebrowser.com/topics/israel-palestine-0

Browse interviews with Arab-Israeli specialists from Stephen Walt to Michael
  Goldfarb, and read selection of articles and lectures that our specialists
  have chosen to give an in-depth understanding of the conflict [10]Continue
  reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/topics/israel-palestine-0

Book of the Day

[11]The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/political-logic-economic-reform-china-by-susan-shirk

-by Susan Shirk -
  _Victor Shih says:_ "Shirk focuses on the role of interest-group politics in
  economic decision-making in China." [12]More recommendations…
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

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