Newsletter 405


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

[5]Dag Hammarskjöld's Plane "Was Shot Down"
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/nOI9e5

Julian Borger & Georgina Smith | Guardian | 17 August 2011

Witnesses of plane crash that killed UN secretary-general over Northern
  Rhodesia in 1961 say his plane was shot down. If so, suspicion falls on
  Western governments and companies that wanted to frustrate UN peace deal in
  Congo [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/dag-hammarskjölds-plane-was-shot-down

[7]Can Math Beat Financial Markets?
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/pj5jFl

David Biello | Scientific American | 16 August 2011

Interview with statistical physicist H Eugene Stanley. Short answer: "No".
  Main reason: Black swans. So long as you have only a limited amount of data
  (and you do!), the probability of a very rare event is likely to be
  understated [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/can-math-beat-financial-markets

[9]The Inchoate Rage Beneath Our Global Cities
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/qoaUrR

Richard Florida | FT | 16 August 2011

The London riots weren't just examples of hooliganism or public anger at
  UK's fiscal austerity. The ultimate cause was globalisation. "Instead of
  reducing and flattening economic distinctions, globalisation has made them
  sharper" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/inchoate-rage-beneath-our-global-cities

[11]Does Marijuana Make You Stupid?
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/nwmFB4

Jonah Lehrer | Wired | 17 August 2011

According to the latest scientific studies, probably not. Indeed some
  research suggests marijuana actually improves performance on creative mental
  tests. Why? It seems that what makes us happy increases our powers of
  imagination [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/does-marijuana-make-you-stupid

[13]Think Again: War
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/oomWst

Joshua Goldstein | Foreign Policy | 15 August 2011

World seems to be getting more violent. But that's because we have more news
  about wars, not more wars. And because we're more peaceable, we're more
  easily shocked. Measured by war-deaths, past decade was most peaceful in 100
  years [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/think-again-war

[15]The Impossible, Inevitable Redemption of Michael Vick
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/pGBCnk

Will Leitch | GQ | 18 August 2011

He's back in the NFL, after imprisonment for involvement in dog-fighting. On
  electrifying form on the field. His PR minders and sponsors have crafted a
  narrative of remorse. But how much of his own story does he believe?
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/impossible-inevitable-redemption-michael-vick

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Michelle Rhee on American Education
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michelle-rhee-on-american-education

The educationalist tells us about her experience as head of Washington DC’s
  public  school system and explains how poorly performing children, and
  institutions, can be helped to improve [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michelle-rhee-on-american-education

Featured Topic

[19]Journalism
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/journalism

Find out what it's really like to be a journalist. Read about the shadowy
  world of foreign reporting, learn what makes a great article and delve into
  the history of journalism   [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/journalism

Reader Recommendations

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      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://t.co/K1Ifhj8
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gfc2
      25. http://twitter.com/nouriel
      26. http://twitter.com/izakaminska
      27. http://twitter.com/paulmasonnews
      28. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      29. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[30]Book of the Day
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/raag-darbari-by-shrilal-shukla-translated-gillian-wright

[31]Raag Darbari by Shrilal Shukla (translated by Gillian Wright)
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/raag-darbari-by-shrilal-shukla-translated-gillian-wright

I love this book because it is a rather cynical, but wonderfully humorous,
  portrayal of life in an Indian village [32]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[33]Christine O'Donnell On Piers Morgan
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos/christine-odonnell-piers-morgan

Or, more precisely, Christine O'Donnell walks out on Piers Morgan. Who wants
  to discuss gay marriage [34]More videos
    Links:
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[35]Joshua Goldstein, on mortality
    Links:
      35. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/08/15/think_again_war?page=full

"Last year more Americans died from falling out of bed than in all US wars
    combined"

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

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