Newsletter 644


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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]Economy Killers
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/I0MmTs

Paul Krugman & Robin Wells | Salon | 15 April 2012

"How did America become a nation that could not rise to the biggest
  economic challenge in three generations, a nation in which
  scorched-earth politics and politicized economics created policy
  paralysis?" Soaring inequality was key [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/economy-killers

[7]Why LBJ Should Be Ranked Alongside Lincoln
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/HVAGFL

Ron Rosenbaum | Smithsonian | 14 April 2012

Fourth volume of Robert Caro's great biography of Johnson focuses on
  mysteries of character as much as it does on mysteries of power. And
  specifically how LBJ and RFK could both combine vicious cruelty with
  stirring kindness [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-lbj-should-be-ranked-alongside-lincoln

[9]How To Lower The Price Of Oil
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/HUWjpk

Bernard Haykel, Giacomo Luciani & Eckart Woertz | Foreign Policy | 18
  April 2012

"Why do oil prices remain stubbornly high? The reason is simply that
  Saudi Arabia deliberately refrains from using the market power that it
  might command." So here is what it should do, and what it would mean
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-lower-price-oil

[11]It Was Satire
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/HJsy6q

Mary Beard | LRB | 18 April 2012

New biography of Caligula presents more nuanced view. Yes, he was
  extravagant and cruel. But his reign started relatively well. Shades of
  King Canute: He did extreme things—ennoble his horse—to test the limits
  of his power [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/it-was-satire

[13]What Amazon's Ebook Strategy Means
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/IS2oDd

Charlie Stross | Charlie's Diary | 14 April 2012

Don't listen to what Jeff Bezos says. Look at what he does. "The
  peculiar evil genius of Amazon is that Amazon seems to be trying to
  simultaneously establish a wholesale monopsony and a retail monopoly in
  the ebook sector" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-amazons-ebook-strategy-means

[15]First, Do A Little Less Harm
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/IAc0On

Mark Jenkins | Outside | 9 April 2012

A short course in wilderness first aid at the University of Wyoming.
  Not for the squeamish. "By the end of this class you will know how to
  deal with everything from a tension pneumothorax to torsion of the
  testes” [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/first-do-little-less-harm

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Stephen Cave on Immortality
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/stephen-cave-on-immortality

Will it be possible to live forever? Is there such a thing as the soul,
  or immortality in one’s legacy? The author of a new book on immortality
  explores the eternal questions, from elixirs of life to modern-day
  cryonics [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/stephen-cave-on-immortality

Featured Special Report

[19]Human Modification
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/human-modification

Scientists are experimenting with different ways to enhance humans.
  What's possible? And what may be possible in the future? Does messing
  with Mother Nature raise ethical questions? [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/human-modification

Reader Recommendations

@[21]rszbt RT @[22]NiuB: Who are the Kwok
  brothers? [23]t.co/jAD8e5ue" #[24]property
  #[25]billionaires #[26]corruption #[27]browsings
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/rszbt
      22. http://twitter.com/NiuB
      23. http://t.co/jAD8e5ue
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#property
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#billionaires
      26. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#corruption
      27. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

[28]More like this
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[29]Book of the Day
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/naples-’44-by-norman-lewis

[30]Naples ’44 by Norman Lewis
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/naples-’44-by-norman-lewis

[31]Keith Lowe says: “Naples in 1944 was a city in meltdown. People
  would do anything to get hold of some food: The black market was rife
  and people resorted to banditry” [32]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/keith-lowe-on-aftermath-world-war-two
      32. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[33]High Performance Touch
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos/high-performance-touch

Microsoft shows off a superfast touch-screen. Maybe it has a future as
  a hardware company [34]More videos
    Links:
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[35]Tim O'Reilly, on consumption
    Links:
      35. http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2012/04/18/tim-oreilly-at-mit-media-lab

"If you put your clothes in a clothes dryer, the energy you spend is
    part of the measured economy. Hang them on the clothesline and they
    disappear from our economy"

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

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