Newsletter 309


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[1]We Are Inattentive Superheroes
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/iyBM3Y

Bradley Voytek | Oscillatory Thoughts | 9 May 2011

A young, healthy person can see a candle flame from 30 miles. The human ear
  can hear down to the threshold of Brownian motion, which is atoms moving.
  Our senses would amaze us, if only we gave them our full attention, as
  animals do [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/we-are-inattentive-superheroes

[3]The Tragedy Of Sarah Palin
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/lqjjLx

Joshua Green | Atlantic | 10 May 2011

The tragedy being, on this counter-intuitive reading, that she could
  actually have been a pretty good national leader, based on her record in
  Alaska, where she co-operated with Democrats to reform state finances. What
  changed her? [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/tragedy-sarah-palin

[5]Why Skype? Microsoft Confirms $8.5bn Purchase, Clarifies Nothing
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/kApKFI

Peter Bright | Ars Technica | 10 May 2011

Skype will integrate with Kinect, Xbox and Windows Mobile, says Ballmer. But
  Windows Live Messenger is already twice the size of Skype and basically does
  the same thing. So why pay billions? Smart analysis raises a lot of
  questions [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-skype-microsoft-confirms-85-billion-purchase-clarifies-nothing

[7]NATO And Libya
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/lr5jJA

Stephen Saideman | Current Intelligence | 9 May 2011

On intervention. "If you make extreme demands, such as surrendering
  territory or political office, the other side is not going to give up
  easily. This is especially true when the threats are made by a coalition of
  the ambivalent" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/nato-and-libya

[9]Four Thousand Words, Ten Years of Waiting
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/kJQGWt

Lauren Kirchner | CJR | 5 May 2011

Short history of the NYT obituary of Osama bin Laden. Written in November
  2001, when it seemed likely he might be captured or killed within days. Kept
  warm for 10 years. And, actually, not updated all that much in the meantime
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/four-thousand-words-ten-years-waiting

[11]Home In Capital Letters
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/kTLmy6

Joe Posnanski | Joe Blogs | 10 May 2011

Glorious piece, laugh out loud in parts, in which sportswriter reflects on
  meaning of home. And prepares to leave Kansas City, the place that has come
  to mean so much to him. Despite its misfiring golf tournaments and sports
  teams [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/home-capital-letters

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Danny Dorling on Modern Britain
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/danny-dorling-on-modern-britain

From the North-South divide to middle-class insecurity and the correlation
  of petrol use and obesity, five books on what makes Britain British

Featured Topic

[14]Moral Philosophy
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/moral-philosophy

Do babies have morals? Does surveillance make us better? Is free will an
  illusion or not? Is there such a thing as evil? Get to grips with the big
  questions of right and wrong

Reader Recommendations

_@[15]polit2k_ The  Full  Brady by Barry Eichengreen - Project Syndicate
  - [16]goo.gl/P45B5 #browsings
    Links:
      15. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      16. http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/eichengreen30/English

Book of the Day

[17]The Sparrow by Maria Doria Russell
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/sparrow-by-maria-doria-russell

_[18]Ellah  Allfrey  says:_  "A Jesuit  in space. It's a science-fiction
  retelling of a misunderstanding of cultures and the tragic consequences."
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ellah-allfrey-on-diaspora

Video of the Day

[19]Land Rover: Pathological Liar
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/videos/land-rover-pathological-liar

So here's the pitch. Whatever you are doing—and that includes betraying a
  lover—you will feel safer in a Land Rover

Quote of the Day

[20]Danny Dorling, on obesity
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/danny-dorling-on-modern-britain

"Obesity within Mexico increases the nearer you get to the border with the
    US"

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