Newsletter 617


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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]The Case Against Google
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/GPYmsU

Mat Honan | Gizmodo | 22 March 2012

Fundamentals have changed. Google's model no longer to maximise market
  share. That's done. Now comes time for monetising captive audience by
  whatever means available. Google's core product is no longer search.
  It's Google [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/case-against-google

[7]Sergeant Bales's Shame And Ours
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/GGRjSf

George Packer | New Yorker | 20 March 2012

Don't minimise or medicalise alleged war crime of Staff Sergeant Robert
  Bales. Don't say 'I told you so' and, certainly, don't praise it. But
  do put it in context, and think about how and why this conflict is
  being conducted [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/sergeant-baless-shame-and-ours

[9]The Brain: The Connections May Be The Key
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/GFhKcU

Carl Zimmer | Discover | 20 March 2012

The brain contains 100 billion neurons, which are joined together by a
  quadrillion connections. It’s these links that allow for learning and
  memory. But no scientist has mapped this complex web, the connectome.
  Enter Sebastian Seung [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/brain-connections-may-be-key

[11]Prepare For The End Of Dominance
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/GDb0ap

Charles Kupchan | Atlantic | 20 March 2012

Robert Kagan says America can go on ruling the world. Obama agrees. But
  they are wrong, and dangerously so. Denial of decline encourages
  strategic complacency. America needs to adapt its posture: Less hard
  power, more diplomacy [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/prepare-end-dominance

[13]John Stuart Mill And The Right To Die
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/GR2l6H

Tauriq Moosa | Big Think | 21 March 2012

"Why do we say it's fine for a person to destroy his lungs, drive
  extremely fast cars, drink excessively, but not end his life upon his
  choosing, with his full consent, and painlessly?" Does this make us
  hypocritical? [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/john-stuart-mill-and-right-die

[15]Body Language
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/GGLujg

Arika Okrent | Lapham's Quarterly | 22 March 2012

Investigating the act of gesturing. Even the congenitally blind, when
  addressing others they know are blind, use gestures as they speak. Why
  would this be? "When we form our thoughts into speech, some of it leaks
  through our hands" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/body-language

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Robert Reich on Saving Capitalism and Democracy
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-reich-on-saving-capitalism-and-democracy

Three decades of growing inequality and collapsing public morality have
  pitched America into crisis, imperilling its democracy. But there are
  precedents for a way out, says Robert Reich [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-reich-on-saving-capitalism-and-democracy

Featured Special Report

[19]Drone Warfare
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/drone-warfare

Should we worry about war conducted by remote control? Are there
  ethical considerations? Will we become accustomed to unmanned warfare
  in the future? What if a hacker took control of an army? It's all here
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/drone-warfare

Reader Recommendations

@prospect_uk Rwanda's "evil twin" [21]t.co/cMjqwZLc #longreads
  [22]#browsings [23]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/cMjqwZLc
      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/after-mandela-battle-soul-south-africa-by

[25]After Mandela by Alec Russell
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/after-mandela-battle-soul-south-africa-by

[26]John Carlin says: “Alec Russell describes that post-Mandela period
  of disillusionment with rich anecdote, with very intelligent and
  consistently measured analysis" [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-carlin-on-understanding-mandela-and-south-africa
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]Sketchy Romney
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/sketchy-romney

Say what you like about Gingrich as a candidate. He's a heck of an
  opponent [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Alison Gopnik, on children
    Links:
      30. http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/11/01/what’s-wrong-with-the-way-we-teach-and-how-a-year-out-of-university-changed-her-son’s-life

"Children are the R&D of the human species, adults are the
    production and marketing”

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

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