Newsletter 624


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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]How To Prevent Other Financial Crises
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/GXF1SF

Nassim Nicholas Taleb & George Martin | Fooled By Randomness | 28 March
  2012

Scholarly 12-page PDF, so save for a quiet moment, but do read. In
  brief: The best way to stop banks collapsing is to make their owners
  and managers personally liable for the consequences. The captain goes
  down with the ship [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-prevent-other-financial-crises1

[7]What's Rupert's Game In Scotland?
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/H39kNe

Eric Ellis | Global Mail | 27 March 2012

Murdoch has been tweaking the British government's tail over Scottish
  independence and is now remarkably matey with Scottish first minister,
  Alex Salmond. He does love to back a winner, but what is going on here?
  Revenge? [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/whats-ruperts-game-scotland

[9]A Counterfeiting Conspiracy?
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/GWyzwp

Ben Tarnoff | NYT | 27 March 2012

The story of Samuel Curtis Upham, an enterprising shopkeeper turned
  forger. During the American civil war he waged a devastating attack on
  the South with his counterfeit Confederate banknotes. And destroyed the
  value of the currency [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/counterfeiting-conspiracy

[11]World War 3.0
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/GXFDc0

Michael Joseph Gross | Vanity Fair | 30 March 2012

Privacy, piracy, security, sovereignty. Just some of the battle lines
  drawn in the war over the Internet. And part of wider questions of
  freedom and control. Later this year, the key UN treaty will be
  revised. Here's what's at stake [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/world-war-30

[13]The Phantoms I've Killed
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/HmCFRM

Tom Murphy | Do The Math | 27 March 2012

Physics professor decides to investigate, and cut, his domestic energy
  use. Living in San Diego may help, but he managed to get his utility
  electricity consumption down to a tenth of comparable local homes. This
  is how he did it [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/phantoms-ive-killed

[15]Lender’s Bagels And the Power Of Mediocrity
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/H0FxE6

Matthew Yglesias | Slate | 27 March 2012

Nobody wants to say they changed the world by inventing an inferior
  product, but that's how innovation often works. Murray Lender's frozen
  bagels weren't as good as fresh ones, but they made a niche food into a
  national favourite [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lender’s-bagels-and-power-mediocrity

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Barry Ritholtz on Causes of the Financial Crisis
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/barry-ritholtz-on-causes-financial-crisis

The Wall Street money manager diagnoses the ills of America’s political
  and economic system in a fizzing, irreverent analysis (with promised
  f-bombs thrown in) [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/barry-ritholtz-on-causes-financial-crisis

Featured Special Report

[19]Air Travel
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/air-travel

Airlines opened to us a world of thrilling possibility. But, for many,
  flying is still a terrifying prospect. Crashes, though rare, do happen.
  And then there are the security procedures bequeathed to us by 9/11
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/air-travel

Reader Recommendations

@nuzav Jonathan Gruber, Health Care’s Mr. Mandate: [21]t.co/NM0PdxZd
  #Browsings [22]#browsings [23]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/NM0PdxZd
      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/heptameron-by-marguerite-de-navarre

[25]The Heptameron by Marguerite de Navarre
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/heptameron-by-marguerite-de-navarre

[26]Nancy Goldstone says: “Marguerite is clearly getting her revenge on
  her husband, and men in general. Think of it as Desperate Renaissance
  Housewives” [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/nancy-goldstone-on-strong-women-bad-marriages
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]Ian McEwan Interview
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/ian-mcewan-interview

On writing: There's a form of happiness that comes from total
  absorption in doing something
  [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]George Dyson, on money
    Links:
      30. http://edge.org/conversation/a-universe-of-self-replicating-code

"Money is really a sort of a gentlemen's agreement to agree on where
    the money is at a given time"

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

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