Newsletter 433


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]It's Already Happened
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/ru4RYu

James Meek | LRB | 14 September 2011

Superb, highly readable essay on commercialisation of Britain's national
  health service. And that's not something I thought I'd ever write. But it's
  a fascinating story from the pioneers of hip replacement ops to lobbyists of
  today [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/its-already-happened

[7]Scientists On Trial: At Fault?
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/oXtY0j

Stephen Hall | Nature | 14 September 2011

Italian seismologists failed to evaluate true risks of an earthquake that
  devastated city of L'Aquila and killed 300 in 2009. Now they find themselves
  on trial for manslaughter. A watershed case that raises many questions
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/scientists-trial-fault

[9]The First Across The Continent
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/nTa5nP

Howard Eisenberg | Air & Space | 1 September 2011

Wonderful account of Cal Rodgers's epic quest to become first man to cross
  America by plane. Essentially bounced along, from one crash landing to the
  next. Total flight time? 49 days. Only thing to bother him? A shortage of
  cigars [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/first-across-continent

[11]Varieties Of Irreligious Experience
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/ogPFGg

Jonathan Rée | New Humanist | 14 September 2011

Outstanding on evolution of atheism and complexity of religious belief.
  Rationalists should realise modern believers "may not accept the idea of God
  as an actually existing entity, so arguments for atheism will not disturb
  them" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/varieties-irreligious-experience

[13]Whitey’s Payback
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/pmITSw

TJ English | Newsweek | 13 September 2011

Report on the trial of mob boss Whitey Bulger: “This guy controlled the
  entire criminal justice system in the state of Massachusetts. And he’s still
  got that attitude. He’s going to be cute. He’s going to try to manipulate
  people" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/whitey’s-payback

[15]Teenage Brains
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/q0XgdR

David Dobbs | National Geographic | 15 September 2011

Moody. Impulsive. Maddening. Why do teenagers act the way they do? Writer
  argues that some common teen traits could have an evolutionary purpose.
  That's to say, they're ideal for preparing adolescents for adult life
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/teenage-brains

FiveBooks Interview

[17]James Randi on Scepticism
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/james-randi-on-scepticism

The former magician sharpens his knives against proponents of flim-flam,
  pseudoscience and the so-called paranormal. And tells us where the creator
  of Sherlock Holmes went very badly wrong [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/james-randi-on-scepticism

Featured Topic

[19]Steve Jobs's Legacy
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/steve-jobss-legacy

The great man has retired. Here's what we should remember him for and what
  his departure means for Apple [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/steve-jobss-legacy

Reader Recommendations

_@polit2k_ The 2 Billion UBS Incident: 'Rogue Trader' My Ass | Matt Taibbi |
  _@rollingstone_ [21]t.co/tLvnSBYh _#gfc2 @pierrebri_ [22]#browsings [23]More
  like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/tLvnSBYh
      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/little-school-by-alicia-partnoy

[25]The Little School by Alicia Partnoy
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/little-school-by-alicia-partnoy

[26]Juan Méndez says: “It is about how torture is perceived by women and how
  women  retain their personal dignity even under the most demeaning and
  distressing situations” [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/juan-méndez-on-torture
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]Burning Car Lifted Off Trapped Man
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/burning-car-lifted-trapped-man

If that headline doesn't get you watching, you may be in a coma. Raw, real
  video footage [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Karl Smith, on certainty
    Links:
      30. http://modeledbehavior.com/2011/09/14/robin-hanson-and-russ-roberts

"People confidently mock those who say the sun is not at the center of the
    solar system, but has anyone been outside the solar system to look down
    and check?"

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

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