Newsletter 418


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]Day's End
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/oFwXEM

Frank Rich | New York | 27 August 2011

The 9/11 decade is now over. It was supposed to bequeath Americans a
  stronger nation, not a busted one. Civic virtue, bi-partisanship. A finer
  legacy than Gitmo and the Patriot Act. But it was hijacked, ideologically,
  commercially [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/days-end

[7]Keynesian Economics vs Regular Economics
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/n3Q5Oy

Robert Barro | Hoover Institution/WSJ | 24 August 2011

"There are two ways to view Keynesian stimulus through transfer programs.
  It's either a divine miracle—where one gets back more than one puts in—or
  else it's the macroeconomic equivalent of bloodletting" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/keynesian-economics-vs-regular-economics

[9]Struggling With A Great Contraction
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/nddoxq

Martin Wolf | FT | 30 August 2011

"Many ask whether high-income countries are at risk of a 'double-dip'
  recession. My answer is: No, because the first one did not end. The question
  is, rather, how much deeper and longer this recession or 'contraction' might
  become" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/struggling-great-contraction

[11]Of Dead Bodies And Dirty Streets
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/nb7e8A

Deborah Blum | Speakeasy Science | 25 August 2011

Compelling piece on history of leaded petrol/gasoline. As early as 1924,
  workers exposed to tetraethyl lead collapsed, had convulsions, became
  delirious. Within months many had died. Why did it take 50 years to outlaw
  "loony gas"? [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/dead-bodies-and-dirty-streets

[13]March Of The Penguin
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/pmNr3Y

Ryan Paul | Ars Technica | 26 August 2011

Story behind Linux – one of the most successful pieces of open source
  software ever developed. Started as a hobby project by a Finnish computer
  science student. Now operating system of choice for supercomputers around
  the world [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/march-penguin

[15]How The Queen Of Khat Got So Rich
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/qGnNjz

Philipp Hedemann | Worldcrunch/Die Welt | 29 August 2011

For many Africans khat is a stimulant drug that also suppresses the
  appetite. But the world’s biggest seller of khat isn't a typical drug
  dealer. She's a woman, has her own airline and is Ethiopia's businesswoman
  of the year [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-queen-khat-got-so-rich

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Andrew Exum on Understanding the War in Afghanistan
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrew-exum-on-understanding-war-afghanistan

The US has repeatedly misdiagnosed the conflict in Afghanistan. The former
  soldier tells us about flawed policy, unhappy outcomes and what could and
  should have been different [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrew-exum-on-understanding-war-afghanistan

Featured Topic

[19]Republican Contenders
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/republican-contenders

Romney, Bachmann or Perry? AN Other? Read our selection of background and
  analysis articles on the Republicans hoping to be their party's choice to
  challenge President Obama [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/republican-contenders

Reader Recommendations

_@thefabricpress_ Holy Procrastinations! Super-distracted by fascinating
  essay  Invention  of Hinduism _@bintbattuta_ posted yy  [21]t.co/cZZhJwd
  #browsings [22]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/cZZhJwd
      22. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[23]Book of the Day
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/collected-stories-by-amy-hempel

[24]Collected Stories by Amy Hempel
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/collected-stories-by-amy-hempel

[25]Jim Shepard says: “Amy has a way of offhandedly rendering dire emotional
  states. She’s always been breathtakingly tender and funny” [26]FiveBooks
  Archive
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jim-shepard-on-short-stories
      26. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[27]Talking About Legality Traffic
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos/talking-about-legality-traffic

Playing Chinese whispers with You-Tube auto-captioning. The intro drags a
  bit, but the result is very, very funny [28]More videos
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[29]Clark Kerr, on what good universities provide
    Links:
      29. http://content.cdlib.org/view?docId=kt687004sg&chunk.id=d0e21648&brand=calisphere&doc.view=entire_text

"Sex for the students, sports for the alumni, parking for the faculty"

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

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