Newsletter 322


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[1]Madoff's Curveball
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/jVxvqZ

Jeffrey Toobin | New Yorker | 23 May 2011

Gripping read on New York Mets owner, Fred Wilpon. Built a huge real estate
  business. Then a baseball franchise which soared in value. Invested with
  Madoff. Now he's lost $550m and the bankruptcy trustee wants more. Much more
  [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/madoffs-curveball

[3]Yes, This Is Called The Dismal Science. Why Do You Ask?
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/kcyWej

Bradley Delong | Grasping Reality | 21 May 2011

It's not a good time to be an economist. Delong starts with admission of
  error: "How could I ever have been so stupid; how could I have missed so
  much?" Continues with sharp, if grim, analysis of current macroeconomic
  issues [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/yes-called-dismal-science-why-do-you-ask

[5]Sex Trafficking Of Americans: The Girls Next Door
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/mNTG4b

Amy Fine Collins | Vanity Fair | 24 May 2011

Horrifying report. "A pound of heroin or an AK-47 can be retailed once, but
  a young girl can be sold 10 to 15 times a day." And hundreds of thousands of
  American girls are. The average starting age for prostitution? Just 13
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/sex-trafficking-americans-girls-next-door

[7]Hands-Off Training
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/kQaRY6

Nick Chambers | Scientific American | 23 May 2011

Fascinating on Google's self-driving cars and problems with truly autonomous
  vehicles. "Suppose 10 human-generated fatalities are replaced with five
  robot-generated fatalities. Is that an ethical trade that society wants to
  make?" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/hands-training

[9]Think Yourself Better
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/lZLPdV

Anonymous | Economist | 19 May 2011

Years of research into alternative medicine show 95% of treatments
  ineffective. Not good news for a $60bn industry. Placebos however can work
  – injections more effective than pills, though neither as potent as faked
  surgery [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/think-yourself-better

[11]The Life And Times Of Harvey Updyke
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/jCPBzP

Wright Thompson | ESPN | 23 May 2011

What happens when your support for a sports team goes too far? When
  enthusiasm crosses into judgement-clouding fanaticism. A cautionary tale
  from the southern US, where a 62-year-old college football fan is facing
  prison [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/life-and-times-harvey-updyke

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Carl Sferrazza Anthony on First Ladies
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/carl-sferrazza-anthony-on-first-ladies

As President Obama and his wife, Michelle, arrive for their state visit to
  the  UK,  the  historian  of  US  presidential  families considers the
  contributions of first ladies, from the very first one to the present day

Featured Topic

[14]Journalism
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/journalism

Find out what it's really like to be a journalist. Read about the shadowy
  world of foreign reporting, learn what makes a great article and delve into
  the history of journalism

Reader Recommendations

@[15]sophiemaynard Deaths   of   celebrities  leads  to  higher  share
  prices: [16]b.rw/jPQpDV  [17]#browsings
    Links:
      15. http://twitter.com/sophiemaynard
      16. http://b.rw/jPQpDV
      17. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[18]Dispatches by Michael Herr
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/dispatches-by-michael-herr

[19]Lawrence F Kaplan says: "This came out in 1977, soon after the fall of
  Saigon. Herr takes us on patrol with American troops. It’s so vivid that it
  reads like fiction"
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lawrence-f-kaplan-on-us-intervention

Video of the Day

[20]Stride: You Urned It
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/videos/stride-you-urned-it

Very possibly the most disgusting commercial ever. Just don't watch it, OK?

Quote of the Day

[21]Eli Pariser, on the Internet
    Links:
      21. http://edition.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/05/22/pariser.filter.bubble

"The new Internet doesn't just know you're a dog; it knows your breed and
    wants to sell you a bowl of premium kibble"

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