Newsletter 626


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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]America’s Dream Unravels
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/H5UjEC

Edward Luce | FT | 30 March 2012

Outstanding essay looks at America's economic and political malaise. A
  country where the Walton family is worth as much as bottom 150 million.
  "Brain power is America’s future. But it doesn’t always appear too
  cerebral in practice" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/america’s-dream-unravels

[7]AI Robot: How Machine Intelligence Is Evolving
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/HIEi7A

Marcus du Sautoy | Observer | 1 April 2012

"Turing might be disappointed that in his centenary year there are no
  machines that can pass themselves off as humans but I think that he
  would be more excited by the new direction artificial intelligence has
  taken" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ai-robot-how-machine-intelligence-evolving

[9]The War Against Youth
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/HGDobL

Stephen Marche | Esquire | 28 March 2012

The old are eating the young. They may not have set out to do so, but
  economic and social policy has been rigged to serve their interests.
  It's unaffordable socialism for the old; virulently purified capitalism
  for the young [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/war-against-youth

[11]I Want To Be Alone: The Rise And Rise Of Solo Living
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/H6ARhc

Eric Klinenberg et al | Guardian | 30 March 2012

"During the past half-century, our species has embarked on a remarkable
  social experiment. For the first time, great numbers of people – at all
  ages, in all places, of every political persuasion – have begun living
  alone" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/i-want-be-alone-rise-and-rise-solo-living

[13]Falklands, Thirty Years On
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/Hq5CNw

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto | Independent | 31 March 2012

British were right to fight, but wrong not to make some compromise with
  newly democratic Argentina in the years that followed—for example, by
  agreeing to share revenues from offshore oil, or to transfer legal
  sovereignty [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/falkands-thirty-years

[15]The Upside Of Autism
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/HG1Gmd

Jonah Lehrer | WSJ | 31 March 2012

Autism is better understood as a deviation than a disorder. So what
  seems like a deficit is actually a trade-off – poor communication
  skills may go with high perceptual capabilities and ability to process
  lots of information quickly [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/upside-autism

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]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]polit2k Why Nations Fail | THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN | NYT
  [22]t.co/yoM0DaD3  #[23]browsings #[24]itsthepoliticsstupid
  @[25]baselinescene [26]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://t.co/yoM0DaD3
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#itsthepoliticsstupid
      25. http://twitter.com/baselinescene
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/murder-medici-princess-by-caroline-p-murphy

[28]Murder of a Medici Princess by Caroline P Murphy
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/murder-medici-princess-by-caroline-p-murphy

[29]Nancy Goldstone says: “This book is about a very strong woman:
  Isabella, the daughter of Duke Cosimo I de' Medici, the powerful ruler
  of 15th century Florence” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/nancy-goldstone-on-strong-women-bad-marriages
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]Festival of Colours
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/festival-colours

A technicolour explosion. Taking tie-dye to a whole new level
  [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Susan Sontag, on herself
    Links:
      33. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/opinion/sunday/a-sontag-sampler.html

“Just because I have opinions doesn’t mean I’m right”

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

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