Newsletter 349


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[1]The Invisible Army
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/lsV1Yd

Sarah Stillman | New Yorker | 6 June 2011

Horrifying investigation, recently ungated, into "third-country nationals"
  working for US military in war zones. Employed by unscrupulous
  subcontractors, they're lied to, abused, trapped in jobs that are more like
  indentured labour [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/invisible-army

[3]The Baby And The Baath Water
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/iMVSAv

Adam Curtis | Medium And Message | 16 June 2011

How "an odd group of idealists and hard realists in the American government"
  manipulated Syrian politics in 1947-49, intending to nurture democracy, but
  instead setting in train upheavals that led to the Assad family dictatorship
  [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/baby-and-baath-water

[5]A Dirty Business
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/ls6pbR

George Packer | New Yorker | 20 June 2011

Long piece on hedge fund Galleon and Preet Bharara, lawyer charged with
  bringing Wall Street to heel. “When sophisticated business people begin to
  adopt the methods of common criminals, we have no choice but to treat them
  as such" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/dirty-business

[7]Can We Prevent The Next Bubble?
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/jIyhWP

Jonah Lehrer | Frontal Cortex | 16 June 2011

Interesting question, investigated with a little history and some detailed
  neuroscience. Conclusion: "Speculative bubbles are rooted in a very adaptive
  learning mechanism, which is probably why they’re so hard to prevent"
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/can-we-prevent-next-bubble

[9]Arthur Phillips, Redux
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/kaCiFR

Robert Birnbaum | Morning News | 16 June 2011

Novelist talks about the Brooklyn writer's life. Interesting and amusing
  throughout. "It’s not like I lead an adventurous life of bullfighting. My
  routine is to write, then walk the dogs." And a message for readers? "Buy my
  book" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/arthur-phillips-redux

[11]Into The Heart Of The Ice
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/lYUGC9

Bill Streever | WSJ | 18 June 2011

An Alaskan glacier from the inside. "Behind me, the entrance glows, sending
  light ricocheting from the special blue of glacier walls. I am a different
  person than I was this morning." Remember your lifesaving tools to get back
  out [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/heart-ice

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Jonny Steinberg on Identity in South Africa
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jonny-steinberg-on-identity-south-africa

The journalist and author discusses five books with strikingly different
  interpretations of what it means to be South African today, whether black or
  white

Featured Topic

[14]Art
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/art

What are the most influential art books? Is cow dung art? How political was
  Picasso?  What's the correct etiquette for a gallery opening? All this
  answered and more

Reader Recommendations

@[15]prospect_uk On the day Wimbledon begins, Geoff Dyer considers the
  beauty of tennis [16]t.co/DBeQNkY #[17]browsings
    Links:
      15. http://twitter.com/prospect_uk
      16. http://t.co/DBeQNkY
      17. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[18]Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/packing-mars-curious-science-life-void-by-mary-roach

[19]Deborah Blum says: "I really admire Mary Roach’s ability to take science
  and make it both fascinating and accessible to people who wouldn’t normally
  love science"
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/deborah-blum-on-science-society

Video of the Day

[20]Winning Is Easy
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/videos/winning-easy

Commercial for sports shoes. Never used. And you can see why. Altogether too
  much

Quote of the Day

[21]Bertrand Russell, on the Bible
    Links:
      21. http://www.futilitycloset.com/2011/05/02/unquote-342

“So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise
    of intelligence”

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