Newsletter 386


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[5]On Pseudonymity, Privacy and Responsibility on Google+
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/okatRB

Kee Hinckley | Technosocial | 27 July 2011

Stunning, emotional blog post in defence of online anonymity. Long, but well
  thought-out and compelling in its conclusions. "Persistent pseudonyms aren't
  ways to hide who you are. They provide a way to be who you are" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/pseudonymity-privacy-and-responsibility-google

[7]Why The Debt Crisis Is Even Worse Than You Think
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/n1I41T

Peter Coy | Businessweek | 28 July 2011

Essential reading. Current debt ceiling debate is just a sideshow. It's the
  fiscal gap that matters. And this, the current value of projected future
  expenses minus revenues, suggests liabilities of hundreds of trillions of
  dollars [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-debt-crisis-even-worse-you-think

[9]GBS And The Despots
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/rqhm2S

Stanley Weintraub | TLS | 27 July 2011

Fine essay on George Bernard Shaw's unorthodox political beliefs. Began as
  textbook socialist, ended as unflinching admirer of dictators. Said of
  democracy: “Who can blame Signor Mussolini for describing it as a putrefying
  corpse?" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/gbs-and-despots

[11]The Last Tourist in Syria
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/pOU9fl

Emma Sky | Foreign Policy | 28 July 2011

Vivid account of everyday life in Syria. "The government urges people not to
  believe the propaganda that members of the military are deserting. State TV
  blames Islamic fundamentalists, criminals, and gangs for the unrest"
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/last-tourist-syria

[13]Einstein On Wall Street: A Time-Money Continuum
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/pl6dim

Mark Buchanan | Bloomberg | 28 July 2011

How to calculate the present value of future assets. Economists discount by
  an assumed interest rate. That works for periods of up to a century. But
  over five centuries it can produce results that are out by a factor of a
  million [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/einstein-wall-street-time-money-continuum

[15]Evolution Of Generosity
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/naEZQF

Anonymous | Economist | 28 July 2011

New model suggests that we develop a disposition for generosity towards
  strangers because there is a fair chance we will meet them again. Altruism
  wouldn't make sense in a world of one-off encounters. But the world isn't
  like that [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/evolution-generosity

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Steven Raichlen on Barbecue and Grill
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/steven-raichlen-on-barbecue-and-grill

America’s master griller chooses books on the world’s oldest cooking method.
  He discusses why brown tastes better, and how our primal urge to play with
  fire helped us evolve [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/steven-raichlen-on-barbecue-and-grill

Featured Topic

[19]Sex
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/sex

Call girls, bondage, pornography, naked yoga, adultery and the science of
  sperm; it's all here but maybe NSFW [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/sex

Reader Recommendations

_@whitebluewhite_  Face  recognition:  Anonymous no more | The Economist
  [21]t.co/94rVfCB [22]#browsings [23]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/94rVfCB
      22. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      23. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[24]Book of the Day
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/washington-by-douglas-southall-freeman

[25]Washington by Douglas Southall Freeman
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/washington-by-douglas-southall-freeman

[26]H W Brands says: It’s the closest thing we have to a definitive account
  of Washington’s life [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/h-w-brands-on-american-presidents
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]GMail-Man
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/gmail-man

"Have  you  been reading my mail?" "No, just skimming it for keywords"
  [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Gloria Steinem, on truth
    Links:
      30. http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=15030

"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off"

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

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