Newsletter 633


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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]We're Good Europeans Yet They All Hate Us
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/HpwklB

Christopher Caldwell | Standpoint | 2 April 2012

"The main thrust of European consolidation has always been
  anti-democratic, whether avowedly or not. But the move away from
  democracy, sovereignty and accountability has taken on a new élan as
  Germany has moved to Europe's fore" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/were-good-europeans-yet-they-all-hate-us

[7]Words As Weapons
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/HFY9bT

Susan Benesch | World Policy Institute | 28 March 2012

"One can estimate the likelihood that speech will spark violence in any
  given situation using just these five criteria: The speaker, the
  audience, the speech itself, the social and historical context, and the
  means of dissemination" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/words-weapons

[9]Selling You On Facebook
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/Ick4Iu

Julia Angwin & Jeremy Singer-Vine | WSJ | 7 April 2012

"Facebook provides a free service that users pay for by providing
  details about their lives, friendships, interests and activities."
  Don't be surprised if your religious, political, sexual preferences end
  up in some strange places [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/selling-you-facebook

[11]Forty Years In Solitary Confinement And Counting
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/HemMbM

Tim Franks | BBC | 4 April 2012

This month two men in Louisiana will complete 40 years in solitary
  confinement. What does incarceration like this do to a prisoner's mind?
  And is it even legal, when it's for such an extended time? [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/forty-years-solitary-confinement-and-counting

[13]The Logistical Nightmare Of Leaving Afghanistan
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/HTrSiU

Christain Neef | Spiegel | 3 April 2012

When Britain fled Afghanistan in 1842, it lost 17,000 soldiers en
  route. Russia scrambled out in 1989 under fire from the mujahedin. Nato
  hopes to do it a bit more gracefully, but it needs help from Russia and
  Uzbekistan [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/logistical-nightmare-leaving-afghanistan

[15]When Eddie Met Haile
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/Ig8zuL

Eddie Izzard | FT | 7 April 2012

British comedian travels to Addis Ababa to try out some barefoot
  running with double Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie. Not much goes
  according to plan, but at least the hyenas don't attack. Enjoyable
  throughout [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/when-eddie-met-haile

FiveBooks Interview

[17]David Spiegelhalter on Statistics and Risk
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-spiegelhalter-on-statistics-and-risk

Every statistic is the result of someone’s work, and we’d do well to
  ask ourselves why it was created. That way, says the statistician, we
  have a better chance of working out when dangers are being overstated
  and data misused [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-spiegelhalter-on-statistics-and-risk

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]rszbt Book review: "Many have covered this ground but few have the
  same access or depth of knowledge"[22]t.co/dvMkEHLt  #[23]AhmedRashid
  #[24]browsings [25]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/rszbt
      22. http://t.co/dvMkEHLt
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#AhmedRashid
      24. http://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/big-short-inside-doomsday-machine-by-michael-lewis

[27]The Big Short by Michael Lewis
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/big-short-inside-doomsday-machine-by-michael-lewis

[28]Barry Ritholtz says: "Michael Lewis, to me, is the preeminent
  narrator [of the financial crisis]. He is the guy who constructs the
  story better than anybody else" [29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/barry-ritholtz-on-causes-financial-crisis
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]Anthony Caro at Chatsworth
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/anthony-caro-chatsworth

Tour of the sculptor's exhibition
  [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Terry Eagleton, on comparison
    Links:
      32. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/06/event-literature-terry-eagleton-review

"A tortoise resembles orthopaedic surgery in that neither can ride a
    bicycle"

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

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