Newsletter 290


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[1]BP Blowout Birthday. It Could Happen Again
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/dIPWiB

Tim Dickinson | Rolling Stone | 19 April 2011

America's biggest environmental disaster. Lessons ought to have been
  learned. Maybe they were—but government hasn't acted on them. "The House
  introduced 84 bills in response to the spill. Two passed. They both died in
  the Senate" [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/bp-blowout-birthday-it-could-happen-again

[3]What Defines A Meme?
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/eMNxlS

James Gleick | Smithsonian | 20 April 2011

We owe the coinage to Richard Dawkins: a unit of expression that spreads. An
  idea, a tune, a catchphrase, an image. But are humans merely vehicles for
  the intellectual propagation of memes, as for the physical propagation of
  genes? [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-defines-meme

[5]Why Condom Sales Soar In A Recession
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/fCm2j3

Martin Lindstrom | Fast Company | 19 April 2011

Author of "Buyology" on how to build brands in hard times. When consumers
  fear for the future, they focus a lot more on basic needs. Don't pitch your
  product as something to buy for pleasure. Emphasise its practical aspects
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-condom-sales-soar-recession

[7]Lester Bangs' Basement
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/g3Ekbw

Bill Wyman | Slate | 19 April 2011

Nothing's rare any more. Thank BitTorrent, iTunes, the Long Tail. Bootleg
  albums, suppressed documentary films, injuncted master-tapes, early Kubrick,
  stuff you would have killed for in the seventies—now it's just a click away
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lester-bangs-basement

[9]Russia's Fading Army
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/f30ijE

Richard Boudreaux | WSJ | 20 April 2011

Kremlin hopes of replacing huge badly-trained conscript army with a smaller,
  smarter professional army have foundered, mainly because the army itself
  can't raise its game. Still brutalises, exploits recruits. No-one wants to
  join [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/russias-fading-army

FiveBooks Interview

[11]Erica Jong on Unmissable Books on Women, Feminism and Life
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/erica-jong-on-unmissable-books-women-feminism-and-life

American feminist legend Erica Jong selects essential reading for women –
  and says the revolution is far from over

Featured Topic

[12]Relationships
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/topics/relationships

Everything you always wanted to know (but were afraid to ask), includes
  interviews with psychology and relationship experts from Mira Kirshenbaum to
  Kate Figes and articles that cover the myriad of human complexities

Reader Recommendations

_@giannakr_ Vanity Fair does Egypt | AFRICA IS A COUNTRY: [13]bit.ly/ihnMpk
  via @addthis [14]#browsings
    Links:
      13. http://bit.ly/ihnMpk
      14. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[15]Hold'Em Poker for Advanced Players by David Sklansky, Mason Malmuth
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/holdem-poker-advanced-players-by-david-sklansky-mason-malmuth

[16]Victoria Coren says: “This is a technical strategy book from a while
  ago. Now there are millions of these but most of them are boring”
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/victoria-coren-on-poker

Video of the Day

[17]Evian: Baby Inside
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/videos/evian-baby-inside

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Quote of the Day

[18]Colin Campbell defines glamour
    Links:
      18. http://www.deepglamour.net/deep_glamour/2011/04/glamour-and-economic-dynamism-does-growth-depend-on-delusion.html

"An illusion that is known to be false but felt to be true"

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