Newsletter 447


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]The Permanent Candidate
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/oM77Ku

Alec MacGillis | New Republic | 28 September 2011

Fascinating, very well-researched investigation of Rick Perry. Texas record
  compared unfavourably with Bush. More interested in cultivating allies,
  career advancement than policy or reform. (Kindly ungated for Browser
  readers) [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/permanent-candidate

[7]Rethinking The Boosterism About Small Business
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/pBXTIR

Charles Kenny | Businessweek | 28 September 2011

“Everyone here knows that small businesses are where most new jobs begin."
  So said Obama. But in reality small businesses account for only 20% of
  employees. And between 2000 and 2003, 80% of small companies hired precisely
  no one [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/rethinking-boosterism-about-small-business

[9]Inside The World's Largest Embassy
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/qYnumA

Peter van Buren | Mother Jones | 28 September 2011

American diplomat tells of life at embassy in Baghdad: 104 acres, 22
  buildings. Bigger than Vatican. No connection with Iraqi life.
  Nation-building effort was like "pasting together feathers year after year,
  hoping for a duck" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/inside-worlds-largest-embassy

[11]Like It Or Not, Ed Miliband Has Redefined The Future Of Politics
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/pm0Zn2

Peter Oborne | Telegraph | 29 September 2011

Commentary on Labour leader argues Britain entered new era with 2008
  financial collapse, as it did in mid-70s with oil price shock. Thatcherism
  emerged victorious then. So far only Miliband is articulating a new vision
  for today [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/it-or-not-ed-miliband-has-redefined-future-politics

[13]Nostalgia On Repeat
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/oJLdmE

Chuck Klosterman | Grantland | 29 September 2011

Much of what we call nostalgia derives from repetition. A song heard over
  and over again comes to evoke a particular time in our lives. But in the age
  of Spotify and YouTube, we consume once and move on. Will nostalgia
  disappear? [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/nostalgia-repeat

[15]Obituary: Lieutenant-Colonel Barbara Ridler
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/qI4LlG

Anonymous | Telegraph | 29 September 2011

A breath of the Conservative Party as it used to be. "She managed the
  secretaries, girls from good families. They were recruited under a
  1,000-acre test, on the grounds that no girl whose father owned less could
  manage on the wages" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/obituary-lieutenant-colonel-barbara-ridler

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Errol Morris on Photography and Reality
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/errol-morris-on-photography-and-reality

The acclaimed documentary filmmaker tells us about his fascination with
  images,  meaning  and  truth.  And how we’ve learned to think and read
  critically but still don’t see critically [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/errol-morris-on-photography-and-reality

Featured Topic

[19]Moral Philosophy
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/moral-philosophy

Do babies have morals? Does surveillance make us better? Is free will an
  illusion or not? Is there such a thing as evil? Get to grips with the big
  questions of right and wrong [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/moral-philosophy

Reader Recommendations

[21]prospect_uk "The  days  of  'shut up and calculate' physics may be
  numbered"     Philip     Ball     on    the    future    of    quantum
  mechanics [22]t.co/uKmkSDb4 #[23]browsings [24]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/prospect_uk
      22. http://t.co/uKmkSDb4
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/u-and-i-by-nicholson-baker

[26]U and I by Nicholson Baker
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/u-and-i-by-nicholson-baker

[27]William Fiennes says: “It’s highly discursive and incredibly funny. The
  style is conversational and at the same time highly wrought, which is a neat
  high-wire act” [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/william-fiennes-on-first-person-narratives
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]Ben Goldacre: Battling Bad Science
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/ben-goldacre-battling-bad-science

Great TED talk. Rattles along. Captivating, funny and informative
  [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Nicholas Thompson, on geometric progression
    Links:
      31. http://twitter.com/nxthompson/status/118774829364162560

"When you're 1% there, you're almost done. Just seven doublings away"

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

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