Newsletter 659


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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 99 Percent Wakes Up
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/IxgsQK

Joseph Stiglitz | Daily Beast | 2 May 2012

Reflections on global economy, Occupy movement. "Much of what has gone
  on can only be described by the words moral deprivation. Something
  wrong had happened to the moral compass of so many people working in
  the financial sector" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/99-percent-wakes

[7]Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…Or Smart
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/IIWkKx

Chad Wellmon | Hedgehog Review | 27 April 2012

"Asking whether Google makes us stupid, as some cultural critics
  recently have, is the wrong question. It assumes sharp distinctions
  between humans and technology that are no longer, if they ever were,
  tenable." Here's why [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-google-isn’t-making-us-stupid…or-smart

[9]Interpreting Shari’a
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/IZ9Wz6

Mishal Husain | Guernica | 1 May 2012

Interview with human rights lawyer Sadakat Kadri, on origins and
  interpretation of Shari'a law. Widely misunderstood, by Muslims and
  non-Muslims alike. Shia approach more flexible than Sunni. Iran even
  finances sex change operations [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/interpreting-shari’

[11]Remembering Amarillo Slim Whichever Way We Wish
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/J0rnCu

Greg Dinkin | Grantland | 1 May 2012

Four times world poker champion. Talk-show favourite. Friend of
  presidents. So thin he looked like "the advance man for a famine".
  Could "talk the nuts off a motorcycle". Sold his memoirs to Hollywood.
  Then came the scandal [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/remembering-amarillo-slim-whichever-way-we-wish

[13]Two Hundred Years Of Surgery
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/K5O1ZT

Atul Gawande | New England Journal Of Medicine | 3 May 2012

"Surgery is a profession defined by its authority to cure by means of
  bodily invasion. The brutality and risks of opening a living person's
  body have long been apparent, the benefits only slowly and haltingly
  worked out" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/two-hundred-years-surgery

[15]How To End This Depression
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/K5Onzx

Paul Krugman | NYRB | 3 May 2012

"The depression we’re in is essentially gratuitous. Recovery would be
  almost ridiculously easy to achieve. All we need is to reverse the
  austerity policies of the past couple of years and temporarily boost
  spending" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-end-depression

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Ma Jian on Chinese Dissident Literature
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ma-jian-on-chinese-dissident-literature

Writers in China are afraid to criticise their state and society, says
  the London-based author. He picks five works of Chinese literature,
  from the 3rd century BC to 2008, which show how it’s done [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ma-jian-on-chinese-dissident-literature

Featured Special Report

[19]Healthcare in America
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/healthcare-america

The battle over US healthcare reform reaches the Supreme Court. Here's
  what's at stake [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/healthcare-america

Reader Recommendations

[21]ankurrathi2 Brutal Eye Opener - "Starving in India" - Series of 6
  Articles = [22]t.co/tBZ1ybnK via @[23]WSJ [24]#browsings [25]More like
  this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/ankurrathi2
      22. http://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2012/05/03/starving-india-series-opens-eyes
      23. http://twitter.com/WSJ
      24. https://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/mandela-by-anthony-sampson

[27]Mandela by Anthony Sampson
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/mandela-by-anthony-sampson

[28]John Carlin says: If I have to go to a desert island and take one
  Mandela book with me it would be Sampson’s. He has the credibility of
  knowing Mandela as well as any biographer could be expected to
  [29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-carlin-on-understanding-mandela-and-south-africa
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]Brian Greene: Why Is Our Universe Fine-Tuned For Life?
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/brian-greene-why-our-universe-fine-tuned-life

Get ready for dark energy and the multiverse
  [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Venkatesh Rao, on culture
    Links:
      32. http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2012/05/03/rediscovering-literacy

"Civilisation is the process of turning the incomprehensible into
    the arbitrary"

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

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