Newsletter 303


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

[1]The Long Con
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/jmsg7S

Brendan Kiley | Stranger | 4 May 2011

Well-turned feature on FBI sting operation in Seattle targeting green
  activists. Scary lesson on dangers of entrapment. You make friends with the
  wrong people, you end up in a car full of guns and drugs with a SWAT team on
  your tail [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/long-con

[3]Jerry Brown's Last Stand
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/j79rwa

Adam Nagourney | NYT | 5 May 2011

Back as governor of California after 30 years. "His stripped-down style
  seems right for these times". Strategy for handling state's $26bn budget
  deficit: cut public services so brutally that people start asking to pay
  more taxes [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/jerry-browns-last-stand

[5]Was "Justice" Served?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/ivArTY

Charli Carpenter | Lawyers, Guns & Money | 4 May 2011

Was "justice" - in the existential sense - served with the killing of Osama
  bin Laden? Not really. Now that he's dead, there's no way to put him on
  trial and "demystify" him. Ultimately, he got what he wanted: martyrdom
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/was-justice-served

[7]The Man Who Cured A Sick Hospital
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/kqPOVM

Russ Mitchell | Fast Company | 2 May 2011

Alameda county hospital in Oakland was dirty, disorderly, near-bankrupt. Ten
  CEOs came and went in 11 years. Harold Lassiter turned it round. Seemed like
  a miracle, but it was really down to cost control and good labour relations
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/man-who-saved-hospital

[9]Does Revenge Serve An Evolutionary Purpose?
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/lVB7sh

Katherine Harmon | Scientific American | 4 May 2011

Interview explaining that "revenge is the output of mechanisms that are
  designed for deterrence of harm". Why does our desire for revenge increase
  if others have seen us suffer? Evolution's trick to prevent us becoming the
  hunted [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/does-revenge-serve-evolutionary-purpose

[11]What Does "Friend" Mean Now?
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/kerbKN

Joseph P Kahn | Boston Globe | 5 May 2011

How has social media altered our understanding of the word "friend"?
  Dramatically it would seem. Now implies companionship rather than intimacy.
  Sometimes not even that. An example of how the meaning of language can shift
  over time [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-does-friend-mean-now

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Woody Allen on Inspiration
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/woody-allen-on-memory

The  film legend discusses books that have resonated with him, from JD
  Salinger to Elia Kazan and beyond

Featured Topic

[14]Mind And Brain
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/mind

Everything you wanted - or didn't want - to know about your mind. From how
  many friends your brain can cope with, to experts discussing consciousness
  and mental illness

Reader Recommendations

@[15]polit2k What  Happened  to  Air  France Flight 447? - NYTimes.com
  -[16]goo.gl/3ipv6 #[17]browsings
    Links:
      15. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      16. http://goo.gl/3ipv6
      17. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[18]Taxi by Khalid Al Khamissi
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/taxi-by-khalid-al-khamissi

[19]Humphrey  Davies  says:  "This is a delightful book. It’s 58 short
  passages, each of which is a taxi ride during which the author gets into
  conversation with the driver."
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/humphrey-davies-on-egyptian-writing

Video of the Day

[20]Human Planet
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/videos/human-planet

Truly awe-inspiring look at human life in all its varied forms from the BBC

Quote of the Day

[21]Diego Gambetta, on trust
    Links:
      21. http://www.stanford.edu/~mpblimpo/Trust_Blimpo2009.pdf

"For trust to be relevant, there must be a possibility of betrayal"

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