Newsletter 603


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[1]All of our Best of the Moment article recommendations, plus
  FiveBooks interviews and other selected content from thebrower.com
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]Ancient Art Of Fooling Voters
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/yZqLbf

Peter Stothard | WSJ | 8 March 2012

Marcus Cicero's younger brother wrote a manual for winning Roman
  elections in 64BC. His advice still holds good. "Every day, as you go
  down to the Forum, you should say to yourself: 'I am an outsider. I
  want to be Consul'." [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ancient-art-fooling-voters

[7]An Executive Power To Kill
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/xyEOQL

David Cole | NYRB | 6 March 2012

Taking apart attorney-general Eric Holder's claim that the US president
  has the right to order the killing of US citizens, without due process
  of law, so long as it's part of the war on terror. It's official. But
  is it right? [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/executive-power-kill

[9]An Elemental Force
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/wft2h4

Gabrielle Hecht | Bulletin Of Atomic Scientists | 1 March 2012

Superb essay. "When does uranium count as a nuclear substance? When
  does it lose that status? And what does Africa have to do with it? Such
  issues lie at the heart of today’s global nuclear order. Or disorder,
  as the case may be" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/elemental-force

[11]Ex-Nazis In Early West Germany
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/yzToXh

Ralf Beste et al | Spiegel | 6 March 2012

There never really was a de-Nazification after the war. A few leaders
  were executed, a lot of lies were told. But a Nazi past was no barrier
  to joining the West German establishment. Half a century later, the
  files are open [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ex-nazis-early-west-germany

[13]I Sold My Soul To The Department Of Homeland Security
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/xayIpu

Choire Sicha | Awl | 6 March 2012

In which the author registers for the US government's Global Entry
  programme, which will "pre-certify" him as having no criminal record,
  and thus entitle him to less intrusive customs procedures at airports.
  Or so he hopes [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/i-sold-my-soul-department-homeland-security

[15]Islands With Benefits
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/y3k2C3

Cristina Nehring | Condé Nast Traveler | 23 February 2012

"I was tired of sunny, innocuous islands. Islands with the clamor of
  coddled children and the courtship of minor celebrities. What I was
  after this summer was the opposite. Not cheery, chirpy islands but
  moody islands" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/islands-benefits

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Elaine Fox on Optimism
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/elaine-fox-on-optimism

The psychologist and professor of cognitive neuroscience reveals the
  benefits of positive thinking – if grounded in realism – and why some
  of us may be genetically predisposed towards pessimism, but can
  overcome it [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/elaine-fox-on-optimism

Featured Special Report

[19]The Death Penalty
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/death-penalty

To kill or not to kill? [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/death-penalty

Reader Recommendations

@[21]nuzav Sarah Ellison: Has The Washington Post Lost Its Way? |
  Business | Vanity Fair [22]t.co/G0blkHU3 via @ VanityFair
  #[23]Browsings
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/nuzav
      22. http://t.co/G0blkHU3
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#Browsings

[24]More like this
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/essays-eb-white-by-eb-white

[26]Essays of EB White by EB White
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/essays-eb-white-by-eb-white

[27]Adam Gopnik says: “White, for me, is the great maker of the New
  Yorker style. He is a genuinely simple, spare, understated writer”
  [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/adam-gopnik-on-favourite-essay-collections
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]Dollar Shave Club
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/dollar-shave-club

I love it. Especially the bit with the machete and the giant brown bear
  [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Alain de Botton, on atheism
    Links:
      31. http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/03/06/religion-for-atheists-alain-de-botton

"The error of modern atheism has been to overlook how many aspects
    of faiths remain relevant even after their central tenets have been
    dismissed”

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

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