Newsletter 614


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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]What To Do About Inequality
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/Gzn6WX

David Grusky | Boston Review | 19 March 2012

Tax reform alone isn't enough. "The institutions that determine
  compensation are deeply distorted by the visible hand of entrenched and
  powerful interests. We ought to address this distortion directly
  through institutional repair" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-do-about-inequality

[7]China’s Falling Star
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/GAlUzQ

Ian Johnson | NYRB | 19 March 2012

On the misfortunes of Bo Xilai, ousted last week as party boss of
  Chongqing. Rose on a famous father's coat-tails. Pushed too hard for a
  seat on the Politburo Standing Committee. Irritated his elders. Taken
  down a peg [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/china’s-falling-star

[9]The Fable Of The Dragon-Tyrant
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/FPOkFy

Nick Bostrom | Philosophy Now | 17 March 2012

Oxford University philosophy professor provides a provocative parable
  about death, and the moral compulsion for humans to use every
  scientific means at our disposal to combat the effects of ageing and
  maximise our "health-span" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/fable-dragon-tyrant

[11]The Evolution Of Death
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/wRF3ru

Dick Teresi | Salon | 18 March 2012

"Most of us would agree that King Tut and other mummified ancient
  Egyptians are dead, and that you and I are alive. Somewhere in between
  these two states lies the moment of death. But where is that?" It's
  surprisingly tricky to tell [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/evolution-death

[13]Slavery's Last Stronghold
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/yRYBc2

John Sutter | CNN | 17 March 2012

It was not until 2007 that owning another person became a criminal
  offence in Mauritania. Even now an estimated 20% of the population are
  in "real slavery". Here is an astonishing, at times upsetting, report
  from the African state [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/slaverys-last-stronghold

[15]K2: Danger And Desire On The Savage Mountain
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/zpsEPw

Chip Brown | National Geographic | 19 March 2012

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner was trying to become the first woman to climb
  all 14 peaks more than 8,000 meters high, without supplemental oxygen.
  K2 would be her ultimate challenge. One climber has died for every four
  who’ve conquered it [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/k2-climb

FiveBooks Interview

[17]John Carlin on Understanding Mandela and South Africa
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-carlin-on-understanding-mandela-and-south-africa

Nelson Mandela was a most unusual, and unusually astute, leader, says
  John Carlin. He used forgiveness as a political tool, in so doing
  ensuring that South Africa avoided what could have been a bloodbath
  [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-carlin-on-understanding-mandela-and-south-africa

Featured Special Report

[19]Israel and Iran
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/israel-and-iran

Will Israel bomb Iran? What is it telling the US, and what will
  Washington do? And where does Iran stand? [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/israel-and-iran

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k RT @[22]TimHarford: Which is the world's biggest
  employer? [23]t.co/a8RNBFrR [24]#browsings [25]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://twitter.com/TimHarford
      23. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17429786?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
      24. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      25. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[26]Book of the Day
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/march-folly-by-barbara-w-tuchman

[27]The March of Folly by Barbara W Tuchman
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/march-folly-by-barbara-w-tuchman

[28]Tim Weiner says: “This is one of the greatest books ever written.
  The course of world events is determined less by conspiracies than it
  is by stupidity” [29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-weiner-on-us-intelligence-services
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]Colouring Bach
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/colouring-bach

Pianist and synesthete Evan Shinners experiences sound in colour. This
  is what goes through his head when he performs Bach
  [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Daniel Kahneman, on optimism
    Links:
      32. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=opting-out-of-overoptimism

“Most of us view the world as more benign than it really is, our own
    attributes as more favorable than they truly are, and the goals we
    adopt as more achievable than they are likely to be”

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

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