Newsletter 379


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[5]Wall Street’s Euthanasia Of Industry
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/nysAaj

Bonnie Faulkner & Michael Hudson | Michael Hudson | 16 July 2011

Blistering critique of Obama's fiscal policy by economics professor.
  Interview covers debt ceiling, Greece, China, bank bailouts. Opening
  question: What is a jobless recovery? Answer: We call that a depression
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/wall-street’s-euthanasia-industry

[7]The Singularity Is Far
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/okX1YY

David J. Linden | BoingBoing | 14 July 2011

Neurobiologist counters Kurzweil's prediction that by 2039 brain nanobots
  and mind-uploads will be commonplace. Understanding neural functions remains
  a slow, linear process despite exponential growth in available research data
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/singularity-far

[9]The Rape Of Men
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/pHyWSJ

Will Storr | Observer | 17 July 2011

Remarkably powerful, harrowing piece of writing on a topic -- male rape --
  that is largely ignored by UN, governments and aid agencies. "Of all the
  secrets of war, there is one that is so well kept that it exists mostly as a
  rumour" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/rape-men

[11]Myanmar, Land Of Shadows
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/ppijdk

Brook Larmer | National Geographic | 18 July 2011

Time to rethink Burma. It's not a morality play, at least not any longer,
  with The Lady good and the soldiers bad. It's a big country with a
  complicated history, where the shadows are starting to lift and lots of
  things are possible [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/myanmar-land-shadows

[13]Steve Coogan’s Grand Ambitions
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/nXqjkF

Giles Harvey | NYRB | 20 July 2011

Recent Michael Winterbottom film, "The Trip", with Steve Coogan and Rob
  Brydon, is a masterpiece worthy of Joyce, or Borges, or Godard, or Beckett.
  Even though, "as in a Beckett play, nothing really happens, dramatically
  speaking" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/steve-coogan’s-grand-ambitions

[15]Baffled At A Bookcase
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/pnWxJl

Alan Bennett | LRB | 20 July 2011

On the joys and privations of public libraries in England—especially
  Leeds—in the 1950s. Vintage Alan Bennett, a hymn to the Yorkshire of his
  childhood. Written in protest against library cuts under the present British
  government [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/baffled-bookcase

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Oscar Hijuelos on Cuba
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/oscar-hijuelos-on-cuba

The best-selling novelist tells us about books that evoke the land of his
  parents, from a noirish take on contemporary Havana to the cabaret scene of
  pre-Castro Cuba [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/oscar-hijuelos-on-cuba

Featured Topic

[19]Moral Philosophy
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/moral-philosophy

Do babies have morals? Does surveillance make us better? Is free will an
  illusion or not? Is there such a thing as evil? Get to grips with the big
  questions of right and wrong [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/moral-philosophy

Reader Recommendations

@[21]nuzav The  Spirit  of  the Spacesuit -[22] http://nyti.ms/pylf2Z
  #Browsings [23]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/nuzav
      22. http://nyti.ms/pylf2Z
      23. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[24]Book of the Day
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/glut-mastering-information-through-ages-by-alex-wright

[25]Glut by Alex Wright
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/glut-mastering-information-through-ages-by-alex-wright

[26]Stephen Baker says: It’s a whole history of information and what we, as
  humans, decide to keep in our heads. [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/stephen-baker-on-watson
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]The Not-Invented-Here Bias
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/not-invented-here-bias

We can get attached not only to objects but to our own ideas. Too much,
  sometimes. Let Edison be a lesson
  [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Tyler Cowen, on the euro
    Links:
      30. http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2011/07/the-gang-of-six-plan.html

"France gave birth to it, faltered, and left it on the doorstop of some
    distant, passive-aggressive German parents. They are willing to feed the
    thing, but not to pay the bill at Harvard"

[31]More quotes
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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