Newsletter 277


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

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  we cut through the chaff to deliver the wheat, every day. But now we’re also
  launching a new ‘Best of the Week’ newsletter, with our selection of the
  really must-read articles of that week, plus featured [1]FiveBooks
  interviews, [2]videos, [3]quotations and more – in your inbox every Friday
  night.
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To sign up, and receive the first weekly newsletter tomorrow, click [4]here
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[5]Lawyers: You’re Being Played By Twitter
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/dLcgKB

Keith Lee | An Associate's Mind | 4 April 2011

Surprisingly clear explanation and analysis of the "gamification" of online
  services from, of all places, a lawyer's blog. Study of Twitter reveals true
  power of tapping our innate desire to generate a "feeling of accomplishment"
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lawyers-you’re-being-played-twitter

[7]The Military's Secret Shame
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/g38xmx

Jesse Ellison | Newsweek | 3 April 2011

Powerful investigation into rape in the military. Last year 50,000 male
  veterans screened positive for "military sexual trauma". Problems not gender
  specific: women more likely to be assaulted by colleagues than killed in
  action [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/militarys-secret-shame

[9]Free-Market Solutions For Overweight Americans
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/fJWfNe

Matt Ridley | WSJ | 2 April 2011

Over 30% of Americans are clinically obese but to date few practical
  solutions to the problem have been suggested. Could the answer be to
  incentivise consumers direct rather than to shame them from "on high"?
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/free-market-solutions-overweight-americans

[11]Why A Lack Of Empathy Is The Root Of All Evil
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/fmcW5x

Clint Witchalls | Independent | 5 April 2011

Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen argues that that we shouldn't use evil as an
  explanation for why people do bad things. His new book examines how lack of
  empathy, born from genetic and environmental factors, is the reason for
  cruelty [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/clint-witchalls-independent-5th-april-2011

[13]How to Beat Wall Street Once and for All
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/gHCVm5

Cord Jefferson | Good Magazine | 5 April 2011

Q+A with scholar Umair Haque on banking crisis and why banks need society
  more than society needs banks. Big changes still needed: "without the
  institutional reinvention of finance, America simply won't be able to create
  the future" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-beat-wall-street-once-and-all

[15]How The West Failed Ivory Coast
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/hOjicD

Simon Akam | New Republic | 6 April 2011

It's the world's largest cocoa producer. But cocoa doesn't have the
  geopolitical pull of oil. So the world looked the other way while the
  stand-off between Gbagbo and Ouatarra escalated. French intervention too
  little, too late [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-west-failed-ivory-coast

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Frieda Hughes on Poetry
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/frieda-hughes-on-poetry

Wit, intelligence, compassion and an ability to shock are the qualities
  valued by the poet, author and painter, who talks about taking advice from
  Dad (Ted Hughes) and why she didn’t write for ten years

Featured Topic

[18]Cooking
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/topics/cooking

If  cooking is your thing, or you want it to be, this is for you. From
  interviews with top chefs to articles that range from the perfect appliance,
  to food for athletes, to what's in your cappuccino, it's all here. Enjoy

Reader Recommendations

[19]@tog22:  Interesting  –  the  rare  article  that  may  be useful:
  [20]bit.ly/eBJwEZ (7 Basic Things You Won’t Believe You’re All Doing Wrong)
  [21]#browsings
    Links:
      19. http://twitter.com/tog22
      20. http://bit.ly/eBJwEZ
      21. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[22]Dior by Dior: The Autobiography of Christian Dior by Christian Dior
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/dior-dior-autobiography-christian-dior-by-christian-dior

[23]Justine Picardie says: “Dior’s autobiography is very sober in tone,
  which is true of the designer’s own personality.”
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/justine-picardie-on-fashion-biographies

Video of the Day

[24]Bipartisanship In Oregon Legislature
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/videos/bipartisanship-oregon-legislature

You've been careful. Aware of the traditions. It's happened to everyone
  else. But not you. Until now

Quote of the Day

[25]W.H. Auden, on truth
    Links:
      25. http://feeds.poetryfoundation.org/~r/HarrietTheBlog/~3/jNy0T4SAUlc

"What makes it difficult for a poet not to tell lies is that, in poetry,
    all facts and all beliefs cease to be true or false and become interesting
    possibilities"

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