Newsletter 338


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[1]There Is No Such Thing As A Free Market
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/iAcpZL

Ha-Joon Chang | Truthout | 7 June 2011

Book excerpt from Cambridge economist argues that there can be no such thing
  as an objectively defined free market. "A market looks free only because we
  so unconditionally accept its underlying restrictions that we fail to see
  them" [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/there-no-such-thing-free-market

[3]Man Is Not Cat Food
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/lg5GWo

Barbara Ehrenreich | LA Review Of Books | 6 June 2011

We're more sensitive to animal rights, we have more respect for animal
  powers of thought. But we shouldn't over-sentimentalise. Animals are
  different from us. They're different from each other. And many of them are
  enemies of man [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/man-not-cat-food

[5]North Korea Defectors Take To The 'Underground Railroad'
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/klNNO0

Patrick Winn | Global Post | 8 June 2011

For many North Korean defectors the path to freedom runs to Thailand, 3,000
  miles from the hermit kingdom. Chinese checkpoints, spies, and informants
  lie in wait along the way. Aiding defectors, an underground Christian
  network [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/north-korea-defectors-take-underground-railroad

[7]Empty trash. Buy milk. Forge history
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/jvnzvQ

Gal Beckerman | Boston Globe | 5 June 2011

Inventories of household goods carried out in Germany from 1600 to late
  1800s show evolution of domestic technologies and consumption. Industrial
  revolution was preceded by "industrious revolution" of improved living
  standards [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/empty-trash-buy-milk-forge-history

[9]George Saunders Interview, Part 2
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/j08dXF

Patrick Dacey | Bomblog | 6 June 2011

Author reflects on unpredictable, energising process of writing. After
  describing a middle-aged man who has a mini-burst of happiness "my first
  instinct would be to make an icicle come down and impale him through the
  head" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/george-saunders-interview-part-2

[11]Sloshed
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/kaQrL6

Matthew Latkiewicz | Grub Street | 8 June 2011

Forget judging a bottle of wine by its price. Look at the label instead. Can
  be a far better guide to what you're going to get. Think about it: If they
  didn't put moose in sunglasses on the label how would you know to avoid it?
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/sloshed

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Hassan Abbas on Reform in Pakistan
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/hassan-abbas-on-reform-pakistan

The  academic  and former government official suggests what Pakistan’s
  security services should be reading if they’re to grasp the dynamics of
  extremism, but says there’s more to his country’s problems than terrorism

Featured Topic

[14]Football
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/soccer

A collection of hand-picked articles and interviews with leading authorities
  on the biggest sport in the world

Reader Recommendations

_@polit2k_ Destruction of the middle class will not be televised – 56% of
  American workers have less than $25K saved. [15]bit.ly/iyZB5A [16]#browsings
    Links:
      15. http://www.mybudget360.com/destruction-middle-class-will-not-be-televised-56-percent-of-american-workers-have-less-than-25000-saved-middle-class-savings-gone-social-security-funds
      16. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[17]The Power of the Powerless by Václav Havel
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/power-powerless-by-václav-havel

[18]Steve Crawshaw says: "This book contains one of the most magical essays
  in political philosophy ever written, which pays tribute to the importance
  of what Havel calls ‘living in truth’"
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/steve-crawshaw-on-human-rights

Video of the Day

[19]Bike Lanes
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/videos/bike-lanes

Stay with it. The fun starts about one minute in

Quote of the Day

[20]Tim O'Reilly, on Facebook
    Links:
      20. http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/06/facebook-face-recognition.html?utm_source=feedburner

"Privacy  regimes should follow the insider-trading model. It's not
    possession of secret information that is criminalised, but misuse of that
    information to take advantage of others"

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