Newsletter 288


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[1]Deepest Cuts
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/gJ0sjh

George Packer | New Yorker | 18 April 2011

Obama has been losing budget battle, because Republicans have fought using
  ideology, not just numbers. They want to strangle the government. "In
  politics, the side with fixed ends and unscrupulous means always has the
  advantage" [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/deepest-cuts

[3]The Sharing Economy
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/i6D7LX

Danielle Sacks | Fast Company | 18 April 2011

Are we watching the end of hyperconsumption? Financial crisis has led many
  companies to re-evaluate consumers' desire for ownership of products.
  Numerous start-ups, fuelled by social media, now bet that sharing is the new
  owning [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/sharing-economy

[5]All Those Tweets, Apps, Updates May Drain Brain
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/eryeNy

James Temple | SF Chronicle | 17 April 2011

Scientists are increasingly concerned that technology's constant bombardment
  of information on our brains not only leads to device addiction but also
  damages short and long term memories. Most brains aren't made for
  multitasking [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/all-those-tweets-apps-updates-may-drain-brain

[7]Saintly And Sybaritic
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/eoN7AD

Hugh Pearman | Gabion | 19 April 2011

St Pancras Hotel reopens, restored, after 76 years. Architectural writer
  applauds "titanic eccentricity, Victorian bombast" of George Gilbert Scott's
  lavishly impractical neo-Gothic design. Main dining room is 100-foot long
  curve [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/saintly-and-sybaritic

[9]The Legacy of Malcolm X
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/gaiW5c

Ta-Nehisi Coates | Atlantic | 18 April 2011

Yes, he was an angry man, but rightly so. Black Americans, no matter how
  talented or hard-working, could only get so far. Not until 2008 did that old
  order finally die. "Barack Obama is the president. But it’s Malcolm X’s
  America" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/legacy-malcolm-x

[11]Global Energy: The Latest Infatuations
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/gDk0qR

Vaclav Smil | American Scientist | 15 April 2011

Detailed scientific analysis. Depressing on short-term potential for
  renewable energy. Transitions to new energy sources "are inherently
  prolonged affairs whose duration is measured in decades or generations, not
  in years" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/global-energy-latest-infatuations

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Martin Marty on Religion versus Secularism in History
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/martin-marty-on-religion-versus-secularism-history

The professor of religious history says that though the world may seem to be
  increasingly secular, the growth of Christianity and Islam in some places
  disproves it. He chooses five books that fuel the debate

Featured Topic

[14]Popular Science
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/popular-science

Black holes, DIY bio-engineering, aliens and more. Interviews and articles
  from many of the biggest names in Science. No prior knowledge necessary

Reader Recommendations

_@PaulGoodbrand_  Steven  Baxter on the character of debate on UK voting
  reform  in  the  New Statesman’s Staggers blog [15]tinyurl.com/3eyp9o6
  [16]#browsings
    Links:
      15. http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/steven-baxter/2011/04/race-understand-match-vote
      16. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[17]Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/crime-and-punishment-by-fyodor-dostoevsky-1

[18]Irvine Welsh says: “It is not a crime book in the way that we understand
  crime  fiction  today. Instead it is like an existential psychological
  thriller”
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/irvine-welsh-on-crime-novels

Video of the Day

[19]Google Exodus
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/videos/google-exodus

Passover video from aish.com. How the Exodus story might have been captured
  in social media

Quote of the Day

[20]Charlie Munger, on investing
    Links:
      20. http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/investor-activity-does-not-translate-into-res

"Investing is where you find a few great companies and then sit on your
    ass"

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