Newsletter 415


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]What Is Debt?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/ozHIL1

Philip Pilkington | Naked Capitalism | 26 August 2011

Fascinating interview with economic anthropologist David Graeber. "The big
  question in the origins of money is how a sense of obligation – ‘I owe you
  one’ – turns into something that can be precisely quantified." Through
  violence? [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-debt

[7]Cockpit Crisis
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/nFleCR

Chris Sorensen | Macleans | 24 August 2011

In five years, more than 50 commercial planes have crashed in
  loss-of-control accidents. Many of these crashes should never have happened
  but pilots failed to recognise the situation, in some cases aggravated it.
  What's going on? [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cockpit-crisis

[9]Behind The Curtain
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/oOimrh

David Remnick | New Yorker | 26 August 2011

Commentary on Obama's "leading from behind" style of foreign policy.
  Provoked ire of domestic critics but, in terms of outcomes, seems a decent
  result in Libya. A little modesty and understanding of difference are a good
  thing [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/behind-curtain

[11]The Cult Of Incompetent Bankers
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/p2suvJ

Dean Baker | Counterpunch | 23 August 2011

Excoriating attack on ECB. Should be promoting expansion – instead it's
  deliberately dampening growth to meet 2% inflation target. It's become "a
  self-contained bureaucracy, just like the Communist Party in days of the
  Soviet Union" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cult-incompetent-bankers

[13]Unbreakable
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/n3APpv

Edward McClelland | Slate | 25 August 2011

Kratochvilova, Koch, Flo Jo. Tarred but they were never caught so their
  records still stand, all but unreachable for today's female athletes. Is it
  time to wipe records from their era and start again? [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/unbreakable

[15]Obituary: Roman Opalka
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/r9WE4d

Anonymous | Economist | 20 August 2011

"Painting numbers in careful succession from one to infinity he would make a
  work of art that tracked as well as anything the movement of time in a life,
  and life in time." Kept at it for 46 years. Completed numbers 1 to 5,500,000
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/obituary-roman-opalka

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Shahidul Alam on World Photography
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/shahidul-alam-on-world-photography

The Bangladeshi photojournalist tells us about the power of images and
  offers some striking examples of the photographer as artist, witness or
  activist [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/shahidul-alam-on-world-photography

Featured Topic

[19]Climate Change
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/climate-change-0

Want to know how our planet is faring? Access the definitive reading list on
  climate change, as recommended by Jonathan Porritt and others, and read
  articles  that  will get you past the smoke and mirrors of Climategate
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/climate-change-0

Reader Recommendations

_@dmsouthasia @TheBrowser_ In fact, meant to send you this [21]t.co/2ZGOssd
  [22]#browsings [23]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/2ZGOssd
      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/cyber-war-next-threat-national-security-and-what-do-about-it-by-richard-clarke-and-rober

[25]Cyber War by Richard A Clarke and Robert Knake
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/cyber-war-next-threat-national-security-and-what-do-about-it-by-richard-clarke-and-rober

[26]Misha Glenny says: “It is the articulation of the nightmare scenario
  that if we just sit back an effective cyber attack will be able to bring the
  US down to a stone age level in 10 days” [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/misha-glenny-on-cyber-security
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]Duck Tron
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/duck-tron

Advertisement for sticky tape. Just to show you can have a sizzling video
  for the most inert product [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Eric Hobsbawm, on elitism
    Links:
      30. http://nplusonemag.com/revolt-of-the-elites

It is possible for the poor to identify with multimillionaires, as in the
    United States, saying, ‘If only I was lucky, I could become a pop star.’
    But  you  can’t say, ‘If only I was lucky, I’d become a Nobel Prize
    winner’

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

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