Newsletter 306


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[1]My Reaction To Osama Bin Laden's Death
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/jTc1cV

Noam Chomsky | Guernica | 6 May 2011

It was a planned assassination in violation of international law. "We might
  ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W
  Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic"
  [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/my-reaction-osama-bin-ladens-death

[3]The Lonely War
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/l7CO4C

Eric Pape | LA Weekly | 5 May 2011

Bizarre story of a US accountant who attempted to overthrow totalitarian
  regime in Cambodia. Now prosecuted and facing life imprisonment in America
  despite judge admitting he was not a bad man, just unlucky with his country
  of birth [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lonely-war

[5]Martyrs' Day
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/lkCvEb

Amina A | Gay Girl In Damascus | 6 May 2011

Blogpost from Syrian protests. "Today, I went into the streets. On every
  corner, there were security forces, party militiamen, all the thugs of the
  regime. Someone near me wondered if there were any apes left in the Nusayri
  hills" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/martyrs-day

[7]Fall Of The Female In Kids’ Movies
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/iVOILW

Stefan | Persephone | 3 May 2011

"One of the unfortunate (and surprising) side-effects of the triumph of
  computer-generated animation was the death of the female protagonist in
  children’s movies. Think of female leads in Pixar movies. There aren’t any.
  Not one" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/fall-female-kids’-movies

[9]One Hundred Years Of Mississippi Blues
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/jtRQOE

Denise Sullivan | Crawdaddy | 6 May 2011

8 May 2011 marks 100 years since the birth of Robert Johnson. He left only
  29 songs, but his music shaped folk, rock, blues and soul. Good read on a
  groundbreaking musician. Thanks to @damienjoyce for alerting us [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/one-hundred-years-mississipi-blues

[11]World View
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/k2sm3N

Various | BBC | 5 May 2011

Stunning audio slideshow of entries for Travel Photographer of the Year.
  Competition promoted by Royal Geographical Society, some of whose best
  archive images are interspersed among this year's entrants. Seven minutes
  well spent [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/world-view

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Amy Chua on Being a Mother
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/amy-chua-on-being-mother

Author of self-satirising memoir on ambitious "tiger mothers" discusses the
  books about parenting that have made the most impact on her

Featured Topic

[14]Natural History
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/natural-history

Everything you need to know about natural history. Experts from London's
  Natural History Museum discuss their top five books on everything - from
  bats to plants, dinosaurs to meteorites and more

Reader Recommendations

@[15]polit2k It's not divorce, but the coalition is now poisoned by bitter
  mistrust | Andrew Rawnsley | The Observer - [16]goo.gl/Myz0I #[17]browsings
    Links:
      15. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      16. http://goo.gl/Myz0I
      17. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[18]The Land of the Great Image by Maurice Collis
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/land-great-image-by-maurice-collis

[19]Wendy Law-Yone says: "Apart from being terrific entertainment, and
  wonderfully droll in places, _Land of the Great Image_makes an important
  contribution to the literature of dynastic lunacy"
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/wendy-law-yone-on-her-own-burma

Video of the Day

[20]David Lynch Coffee Commercial
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/videos/david-lynch-coffee-commercial

Yes, he is faking a conversation with Barbie. Yes, it is a bit creepy. No, I
  don't know if it helps sell the coffee

Quote of the Day

[21]Alfred Hitchcock, on suspense
    Links:
      21. http://tomshone.blogspot.com/2011/05/fine-art-of-suspense-botched.html

"Suspense consists of letting an audience know precisely what is about to
    happen—and then making them wait for it"

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