Newsletter 297


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[1]Of Mines And Men
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/j3mS3l

Scott Johnson | Guernica | 27 April 2011

Angola's economy booms, thanks to oil revenues and Chinese investment.
  Angolans don't much like Chinese, and vice versa, but business is business.
  Country still a mess after 30 years of civil war, but the Chinese can hack
  it [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mines-and-men

[3]How To Make Your Lie Go Mainstream
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/kNtCPU

Matt Honan | Mother Jones | 27 April 2011

Handy flowchart. Get media attention for your crazy idea in 26 easy steps.
  "Are the facts on your side? No problem. Facts aren't finite. We'll make
  some more". And if somebody else has better facts? Then "teach the
  controversy" [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-make-your-lie-go-mainstream

[5]Preservation Of Self Is True Measure Of Elite's Genius
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/iMtKjE

Fintan O'Toole | Irish Times | 26 April 2011

Many of Ireland's banking and governing elite emerged from the recent
  economic crisis financially well-off and, all things considered, with
  reputations intact. In fact, key government officials were actually
  promoted. Impressive [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/preservation-self-true-measure-elites-genius

[7]Archives And Alligators
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/mR2oy1

Stephen Ennis | TLS | 27 April 2011

Well into the 1970s Ted Hughes was selling manuscripts of his poems for
  nominal sums to meet pressing cash needs. Today his archive, bought by an
  American university, is probably worth millions. A short history of a
  booming market [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/archives-and-alligators

[9]Why Addictions Are Hard To Forget
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/iBTPhx

Nina Bai | Scientific American | 27 April 2011

Research on mice backs up "growing consensus in the addiction field that
  addiction is a learning and memory disorder". Alcoholics and hard drug users
  suffer from subconsious reward-based conditioning - a sort of Pavlovian
  response [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-addictions-are-hard-forget

[11]The Bloody Crossroads
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/kfOMdF

Aman Sethi | Caravan | 27 April 2011

Epic read on India's Maoist insurgency and the (mostly ineffective) ways the
  country's security forces try to deal with them. Story focuses on one
  village hit particularly hard by fighting factions. Great first-hand report
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/bloody-crossroads

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Carl Zimmer on The Strangeness of Life
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/carl-zimmer-on-strangeness-life

Journalist, author and award-winning blogger discusses the strangeness of
  life, from viruses to manipulative flatworms

Featured Topic

[14]Espionage
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/espionage

The irresistible subject - spies. Who are they? What do they really do? Are
  today's spies that different from the heroes of the Cold War? Read on to
  find out

Reader Recommendations

_@CorbinHiar_ “The big greedy bastards against the big greedy bastards.” –
  anonymous Senator on the swipe fees debate [15]ow.ly/4IYVb [16]#browsings
    Links:
      15. http://ow.ly/4IYVb
      16. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[17]Conversations with Kennedy by Benjamin C. Bradlee
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/conversations-kennedy-by-benjamin-c-bradlee

_[18]David Nasaw_ says: “With Bradlee, you really get a sense of the Kennedy
  administration and of Kennedy’s personality that you don’t get anywhere
  else”
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-nasaw-on-kennedys

Video of the Day

[19]Existential Star Wars
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/videos/existential-star-wars

Film by George Lucas, dialogue by Jean-Paul Sartre

Quote of the Day

[20]Alan Blinder, on economists
    Links:
      20. http://crookedtimber.org/2011/03/17/a-simple-model-of-disagreement-among-economists

"Economists have the least influence on policy where they know the most
    and are most agreed. They have the most influence on policy where they
    know the least and disagree most"

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