Newsletter 417


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

[5]Totally Psyched For The Full-Rip Nine
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/pYaSmL

Bruce Barcott | Outside | 25 August 2011

What happens when "the big one" hits north-west coast of North America. That
  is, a magnitude-9.0 earthquake plus tsunami. Ground under Seattle and
  Portland liquefies. You have 15 minutes to get above 50 feet of elevation
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/totally-psyched-full-rip-nine

[7]How To Turn A Continent Into A Subprime CDO
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/oV5aip

Mark Blyth | Triple Crisis | 25 August 2011

"Eurozone resembles a 2008 vintage subprime CDO. The Greek, Irish and
  Portuguese periphery is riskiest junior tranche, the Italians and Spanish
  are the mezzanine tranche, France and Germany form the senior tranche." Will
  it implode? [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-turn-continent-subprime-cdo

[9]Jon Huntsman, The No-Drama Conservative
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/ppocQ8

Michael Brendan Dougherty | American Conservative | 24 August 2011

Diplomatic, yes. Moderate, no. "Moderate" Republicans tend to disagree with
  their party on taxes, guns and abortion. "Huntsman’s record on those isn’t
  just to the right of other moderates, it is to the right of most
  conservatives" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/jon-huntsman-no-drama-conservative

[11]How To Make An Intelligent Blockbuster And Not Alienate People
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/rmbgtu

Mark Kermode | Observer | 28 August 2011

"We've all learned to tolerate a level of overpaid, institutionalised
  corporate dreadfulness that no one actually likes but everyone meekly
  accepts because we've all been told that blockbuster movies have to be
  stupid to survive" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-make-intelligent-blockbuster-and-not-alienate-people

[13]Don't Ignore Tim Cook's Sexuality
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/nrJ4ZZ

Felix Salmon | Reuters | 25 August 2011

Tim Cook, successor of Steve Jobs as Apple boss, is now the most powerful
  gay man in the world. "This is newsworthy, no? But you won’t find it
  reported in any legacy/mainstream outlet." Why not? It's tantamount to a new
  stigma [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/dont-ignore-tim-cooks-sexuality

[15]1911, The Other Revolution
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/nTcyaH

Isabel Hilton | Granta | 24 August 2011

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party's founding. And
  the 100th anniversary of the overthrow of the imperial system by army
  officers and Sun Yat Sen in 1911. Guess which one gets celebrated, and which
  ignored [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/1911-other-revolution

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Helen Castor on Queens and Power
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/helen-castor-on-queens-and-power

Women’s historical role in politics wasn’t always as limited as we might
  assume. The historian tells us about powerful women in British history and
  how they were constrained or conspired against [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/helen-castor-on-queens-and-power

Featured Topic

[19]Mind And Brain
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/mind

Everything you wanted - or didn't want - to know about your mind. From how
  many friends your brain can cope with, to experts discussing consciousness
  and mental illness [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/mind

Reader Recommendations

@nuzav Rick Perry and religion: Does the Texas governor believe his idiotic
  God talk? - By Christopher Hitchens - t.co/YRKQpVJ #Browsings[21]#browsings
  [22]More like this
    Links:
      21. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      22. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[23]Book of the Day
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/africa’s-greatest-entrepreneurs-by-moky-makura

[24]Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneurs by Moky Makura
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/africa’s-greatest-entrepreneurs-by-moky-makura

[25]George Ayittey says: “This book looks at the angry generation of young
  African graduates and professionals, who brook no nonsense about corruption,
  incompetence or buffoonery”[26]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/george-ayittey-on-africa-through-african-eyes
      26. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[27]"I am not a robot. I am a unicorn"
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos/i-am-not-robot-i-am-unicorn

Cornell University hooks up two chatbots in conversation. Result: majorly
  weird broadcast from Uncanny Valley [28]More videos
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[29]Sina Weibo commenter, on apples
    Links:
      29. http://www.chinasmack.com/2011/stories/steve-jobs-resigns-looking-sick-chinese-netizen-reactions.html

"Three apples have changed the world. One seduced Eve, one awakened
    Newton, the third is in the hands of Steve Jobs"

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

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