Newsletter 609


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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]Disarming Viktor Bout
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/yE1Ot9

Nicholas Schmidle | New Yorker | 12 March 2012

Gregarious, smooth-talking polyglot. Ran legitimate air freight
  company, ferrying food and peacekeepers into world's trouble spots.
  Expanded into arms. Supplied both sides in Angolan civil war. Not
  cruel; just utterly amoral [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/disarming-viktor-bout

[7]Foxwoods Is Fighting For Its Life
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/y9uOXj

Michael Sokolove | NYT | 14 March 2012

Foxwoods Casino covers an area of 6.7 million square feet. It has a
  staggering 6,300 slot machines, and 10,000 employees. When it launched,
  it was a goldmine for the Pequot Tribe. But now it's crumbling under
  $2.3bn of debt [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/foxwoods-fighting-its-life

[9]It Is Israel's Fears We Must Tame
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/xYWqj7

David Grossman | Guardian | 12 March 2012

There may well be a disaster in the future if Iran gets a nuclear bomb.
  But there will certainly be a disaster immediately if Israel attacks
  Iran. Israel is more directly endangered by its own fears than by
  Iran's ambitions [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/it-israels-fears-we-must-tame

[11]Why Finish Books?
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/xuQQ9v

Tim Parks | NYRB | 13 March 2012

Good subject for learned rumination. Obviously you don't finish a bad
  book. But what about a good one, when you feel you've just had enough
  of it? Does that still count as having read it? Can you decently
  recommend it to others? [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-finish-books

[13]Taking To The Streets
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/xssl1x

John Markakis | London Review Of Books | 14 March 2012

Fabric of Greek democracy is unravelling. Savage cuts imposed by
  Europe. Politicians impotent, dismissed, loathed. Bailout or not, the
  political system is finished. Country stands on verge of radical social
  change [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/taking-streets

[15]Leon Theremin: The Man And The Music Machine
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/yDgVJo

Martin Vennard | BBC | 13 March 2012

Ninety years ago a young Russian scientist changed music forever with
  one magical invention, The Theremin. A small wooden cabinet with glass
  tube oscillators and dual antennae, it was the world's first electric
  musical instrument [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/leon-theremin-man-and-music-machine

FiveBooks Interview

[17]George Dyson on the Origins of Computing
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/george-dyson-on-origins-computing

As we approach the centenary of Alan Turing’s birth, science historian
  George Dyson looks back at the achievements of wartime code breaking
  and the “human computers” who enabled our modern age of iPhones and
  laptops [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/george-dyson-on-origins-computing

Featured Special Report

[19]Behavioural Economics
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/behavioural-economics

How do cognitive and emotional factors affect our understanding of
  economic decisions? The field of behavioural economics attempts to
  explain [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/behavioural-economics

Reader Recommendations

[21]rszbt MT @[22]moneyscience Conflicts of interest: #[23]mathbabe on
  Larry
  Summers [24]t.co/TGQw87bs #[25]worldbank#[26]Shleifer #[27]Russia #[28]
  Harvard [29]#browsings [30]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/rszbt
      22. http://twitter.com/moneyscience
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#mathbabe
      24. http://mathbabe.org/2012/03/11/why-larry-summers-lost-the-presidency-of-harvard
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#worldbank
      26. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#Shleifer
      27. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#Russia
      28. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#Harvard
      29. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      30. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[31]Book of the Day
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/lady-macbeth-mtsensk-by-nikolai-leskov

[32]Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Nikolai Leskov
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/lady-macbeth-mtsensk-by-nikolai-leskov

[33]Rosamund Bartlett says: “Leskov uses a local resident to recount
  the hair-raising events in this story, and his deadpan, folksy
  narration adds to its colour” [34]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rosamund-bartlett-on-russian-short-stories
      34. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[35]Urban Bike Race
    Links:
      35. http://thebrowser.com/videos/urban-bike-race

Valparaiso 2012. It's still scary
  [36]More videos
    Links:
      36. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[37]Ezra Klein, on lobbying
    Links:
      37. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/03/lobbying-and-the-gift-economy/254352

"The point of lobbyists is not so much to change the votes, as to
    change the legislative agenda"

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

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