Newsletter 312


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[1]Failure: It’s Everywhere
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/lPFObp

Tim Harford | Undercover Economist | 12 May 2011

High incidence of business failure can be a sign, maybe even a cause, of a
  thriving industry. Compare Silicon Valley, where high-tech failures are a
  rite of passage, with Detroit, where the big three carmakers go on for ever
  [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/failure-it’s-everywhere

[3]Risk Perception
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/j31ZKK

David Ropeik | Soapbox Science | 11 May 2011

On risk and our irrational belief in perfect reason. "No matter what the
  hard risk sciences may tell us the facts are about a risk, the social
  sciences tell us that our interpretation of those facts is ultimately
  subjective" [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/risk-perception

[5]Barack Obama, "Muslim" President
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/m9uTw1

Wajahat Ali | Guardian | 20 August 2010

In standing up for the Judaeo-Christian tradition, let's not get paranoid.
  My favourite take on those who suspect President Barack Obama of being a
  Muslim is by Wajahat Ali, from last year's Guardian [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/barack-obama-muslim-president

[7]"There Are Some People Who Don't Wait"
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/jBTp3K

Robert Krulwich | Not Exactly Rocket Science | 12 May 2011

Full transcript of speech given to Berkeley Journalism School by leading
  science broadcaster and blogger. A wonderful read on journalism, packed with
  lovely vignettes and essential survival tips. Long but enjoyable throughout
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/there-are-some-people-who-dont-wait

[9]Pride After A Fall
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/jI9MZK

Anonymous | Economist | 12 May 2011

Bagehot marks one year of coalition government with a very acute description
  of Nick Clegg, the velcro man to whom calamities stick, as exasperated by
  the public's hostility. Don't blame voters, warns Bagehot: just find new
  ones [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/pride-after-fall

[11]Scenes From Patagonia's Wildest, Most Threatened Terrain
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/lObb7S

Various | Matador Network | 12 May 2011

Beautiful photo essay from Chilean Patagonia, where plans for a huge
  hydroelectric scheme threaten to destroy one of the wildest, most pristine
  areas of our planet. Stunning landscape shots, and a sight of the area's
  last gaucho [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/scenes-patagonias-wildest-most-threatened-terrain

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Joe Posnanski on Baseball
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/joe-posnanski-on-baseball

The Sports Illustrated columnist says the best sports books tell human
  stories – and tells us why nostalgia is intrinsic to baseball

Featured Topic

[14]Crime & Thriller Writing
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/crime-writing

Leading writers discuss their genre and select their top five essential
  reads, plus selected articles on the murky world of thrillers and whodunnits

Reader Recommendations

@[15]mrianleslie Excellent John Harris piece on (not) meeting Bob Dylan
  [16]bit.ly/kGDbnL After reading watch this: [17]bit.ly/lDTfnj #[18]browsings
    Links:
      15. http://twitter.com/mrianleslie
      16. http://bit.ly/kGDbnL
      17. http://bit.ly/lDTfnj
      18. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[19]The World of S J Perelman by S J Perelman
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/world-s-j-perelman-by-s-j-perelman

[20]Woody Allen says: "The funniest human being in my lifetime, in any
  medium — whether it is stand-up, television, theatre, prose or movies — is S
  J Perelman"
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/woody-allen-on-memory

Video of the Day

[21]Sumo Lake
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/videos/sumo-lake

Just when you thought you might never get to see Swan Lake performed by sumo
  wrestlers, along it comes

Quote of the Day

[22]Doug Saunders, on migration
    Links:
      22. http://dougsaunders.net/2011/05/obama-illegal-aliens-undocumented-immigrants

"Undocumented immigrants are not, contrary to myth, people who show up to
    take advantage of social assistance. The risk and expense of migration are
    too great to make idleness an ambition"

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