Newsletter 339


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[1]Rule By Rentiers
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/lBsZLG

Paul Krugman | NYT | 9 June 2011

"Policy makers are catering to the interests of rentiers – those who derive
  lots of income from assets, who lent large sums of money in the past, often
  unwisely, and are now being protected from losses at everyone else's
  expense" [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/rule-rentiers

[3]Andropov Was Right
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/mwYFWt

Tariq Ali | LRB | 9 June 2011

About Afghanistan, that is. He didn't believe communism had a popular base
  there, and he didn't want USSR to invade. But it got sucked in, and everyone
  suffered. Fine review-essay pegged to Roderic Braithwaite's book, "Afgantsy"
  [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/andropov-was-right

[5]Seven Problems A Recovery Won't Fix
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/iN28s1

Umair Haque | HBR | 8 June 2011

Why a "recovery" isn't the answer. "If more, bigger, faster, cheaper,
  nastier got us where we are today, then more more, bigger, faster, cheaper,
  nastier probably isn't going to be the rocket fuel of a quantum leap into
  tomorrow" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/seven-problems-recovery-wont-fix

[7]Space, The Comfy Frontier
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/ltH1r1

Chris Wright | Boston Globe | 5 June 2011

NASA planner predicts "large numbers of people traveling, living, and
  working in space" by the end of this century. A challenge for architects.
  "They will need potted plants, swimming pools, libraries, parks, and police
  stations" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/space-comfy-frontier

[9]Four Takeaways From Apple's Keynote
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/km6nFC

Mark Sigal | O'Reilly Radar | 8 June 2011

The story for the year ahead is Apple vs Amazon. Both sell stuff. Both are
  disruptors. Both are crazy about customer satisfaction. Both have the
  billing relationship. Both can execute on platform strategy. Both are
  betting cloud [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/four-takeaways-apples-keynote

[11]End Of The Rodeo For The World's Greatest Cowboy
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/iI6y9r

Mike Riggs | The Awl | 9 June 2011

Extraordinary story of Charlie Driver – ageing rodeo star, alcoholic,
  murderer, loving husband. Prefers cremation to burial: “They put you in a
  box, and you can’t go nowhere. I’ve been locked up before, and it ain’t
  worth a shit” [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/end-rodeo-worlds-greatest-cowboy

FiveBooks Interview

[13]TC Boyle on Man and Nature
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tc-boyle-on-man-and-nature

The novelist and nature lover tells us about delicious dodos, angry tigers,
  snakes on planes and why Viagra saves rhinos

Featured Topic

[14]Climate Change
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/climate-change-0

Want to know how our planet is faring? Access the definitive reading list on
  climate change, as recommended by Jonathan Porritt and others, and read
  articles that will get you past the smoke and mirrors of Climategate

Reader Recommendations

[15]@nppolicyanalyst Must read >> Simon Johnson: The Banking Emperor Has No
  Clothes - NYTimes.com - [16]goo.gl/wK4TV [17]#browsings via [18]@polit2k
  [19]@yvessmith
    Links:
      15. http://twitter.com/nppolicyanalyst
      16. http://goo.gl/wK4TV
      17. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      18. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      19. http://twitter.com/yvessmith

Book of the Day

[20]Ten Days that Shook the World by John Reed
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/ten-days-shook-world-by-john-reed

[21]Martin Sixsmith says: "He painted this fantastic, vivid picture of 1917.
  As you know, Warren Beatty turned it into that movie Reds in the 1980s that
  made revolution fun, sexy and exciting"
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/martin-sixsmith-on-why-russia-isn’t-democracy

Video of the Day

[22]Tabloid
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/videos/tabloid

Remember the Joyce McKinney affair? Beauty queen kidnaps "manacled Mormon"
  for three-day romp? It's the subject of Errol Morris's latest film, and
  here's the trailer

Quote of the Day

[23]Amy Davidson, on Anthony Weiner
    Links:
      23. http://kottke.org/11/06/risk-politics-and-texting-weiners

"Measuring risk is what politicians do for a living. That is why it is,
    sad  to say, a matter of legitimate interest that Weiner's wife was
    pregnant when he sent those tweets. It widens our sense of just how
    careless he is with the lives of others"

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