Newsletter 398


Hic sunt camelopardus: this historical edition of The Browser is presented for archaeological purposes; links and formatting may be broken.

[1]The Browser
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]The Untransformational President
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/qdbP6o

Michael Tomasky | Newsweek | 7 August 2011

Obama's political philosophy explains his recent weakness. He believes in
  civic republicanism, "a faith that reasoned debate will produce a balanced
  result". Like Jefferson or Madison before him. But it isn't working. Can he
  change? [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/untransformational-president

[7]A Few Thoughts
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/nV9GxC

Anonymous | The Snowolf | 10 August 2011

On UK troubles. First up, why not riot? "The answer is simple, because it is
  wrong, but when you get past that, why should these people not go and do
  what they’ve been doing? What are the examples they have been set?"
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/few-thoughts

[9]Danger: Children At Play
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/oAiZT7

Jeremy Grantham | GMO | 8 August 2011

Quarterly investment note (10-page PDF). Accessible, precise, insightful.
  Paints dismal picture of US economy and prospects for growth. "To this
  point, there has never been such a weak and slow recovery from a steep
  decline" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/danger-children-play

[11]Nickel and Dimed (2011 Version)
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/nIoGA7

Barbara Ehrenreich | TomDispatch | 9 August 2011

On the criminalisation of poverty in America. Ehrenreich brings her classic
  2001 work up to date with this adapted afterword. Distressing analysis that
  throws light on astonishing hostility towards poor [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/nickel-and-dimed-2011-version

[13]I Would Like You To Know My Name
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/qJzCBO

Jennifer Hopper | The Stranger | 9 August 2011

"Isaiah Kalebu was found guilty of entering uninvited, as we slept, into the
  home that Teresa and I shared in South Park, where he raped us, murdered
  Teresa, and attempted to murder me." A brave and powerful piece of writing
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/i-would-you-know-my-name

[15]The Cult Of Cats
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/qhJCDb

Tom Chatfield | Prospect | 20 July 2011

Domestication of a species is usually for the benefit of humans. But cats
  are not useful to humans in any instrumental sense. They invited themselves
  in, persuaded us to feed them, had us cleaning up the mess. How did they do
  it? [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cult-cats

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Patrick Cockburn on the Iraq War
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/patrick-cockburn-on-iraq-war

The veteran Middle East correspondent gives us his tips for the best reading
  about  the  US-led  invasion and occupation, and explains why the West
  shouldn’t have intervened in Iraq in the first place [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/patrick-cockburn-on-iraq-war

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]polit2k FT   Alphaville   »  Introducing:  the  Black  Cod  Index
  - [22]goo.gl/36h5t [23]#browsings @[24]BryceElder #[25]gfc2 [26]More like
  this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://ftalphaville.ft.com/blog/2011/08/11/650861/introducing-the-black-cod-index
      23. http://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://twitter.com/BryceElder
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gfc2
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/food-chinese-culture-by-kc-chang

[28]Food in Chinese Culture by KC Chang
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/food-chinese-culture-by-kc-chang

[29]Fuchsia Dunlop says: “ It was probably the first book in English to
  bring serious academic scrutiny to Chinese food culture. There's so much
  information in it”
  [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/fuschia-dunlop-on-chinese-food
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]Joseph Stiglitz Interview
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/joseph-stiglitz-interview

Nobel laureate on US economy and need for new reserve currency
  [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]James Thompson, on looting
    Links:
      33. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14463452

"Morality is inversely proportional to the number of observers"[34]More
    quotes
    Links:
      34. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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