Newsletter 693


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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

[6]How Do You Live Knowing You Might Have The Alzheimer's Gene?
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/LieiUV

Gina Kolata | NYT | 7 June 2012

Not long ago Alzheimer's was regarded as a degenerative brain disease
  with no known cause and no effective treatment. But one family who've
  been repeatedly struck by it have been helping the search for
  understanding and a cure [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-do-you-live-knowing-you-might-have-alzheimers-gene

[8]The Netanyahu Paradox
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/NNbPm7

David Margolick | Vanity Fair | 7 June 2012

Long profile cum interview with Israeli PM. Focuses on domestic
  political scene. "For some Israelis, Israel is confronting two main
  problems: One is Iran and the second is Bibi Netanyahu—and not
  necessarily in that order" [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/netanyahu-paradox

[10]The Lavish And Leveraged Life Of Aubrey McClendon
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/KXfxtM

John Shiffman, Anna Driver & Brian Grow | Reuters | 7 June 2012

Life of the 0.0001%. Influential CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp,
  champion of fracking, spender of shareholders' money. Big time. Like
  flying his wife's friends to Bermuda in a private jet and billing it to
  the company [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lavish-and-leveraged-life-aubrey-mcclendon

[12]Science: A Call For Humility
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/NN6DP1

Russell Stannard | Huffington Post | 5 June 2012

Physicist on limits of science. Can't explain why world exists. Can it
  even describe world accurately? "What has been written down is not a
  description of the world at all, but a description of acts of
  observation made on the world" [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/science-call-humility

[14]The UN's Fossilized Security Council
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/KlmXo4

Lionel Beehner | World Policy Institute | 6 June 2012

UN Security Council needs reform. It has rendered itself powerless to
  prevent mass atrocities. Here's a simple suggestion: Add five more
  permanent members, give them power of veto. And require two vetoes to
  block a resolution [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/uns-fossilized-security-council

[16]A Hasty Report From A Tearing Hurry
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/NN9mbh

Raymond Tallis | Philosophy Now | 5 June 2012

Notes on time, and the tyranny of the clock. "As we seem to get a grip
  on time via numbers, time gets an ever-tighter grip on us. We are like
  Gulliver in Lilliput, pinned to the ground by a multitude of
  chronological threads" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/hasty-report-tearing-hurry

FiveBooks Interview

[18]John Dickie on the Italian Mafia
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-dickie-on-italian-mafia

The three biggest Italian mafias remain a powerful presence, with
  tentacles reaching deep inside Italian business and politics. The
  author of Mafia Brotherhoods busts the myth that it’s all in the family
  [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-dickie-on-italian-mafia

Featured Special Report

[20]Wine
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/wine

From filthy plonk to first growth Bordeaux, there's something for every
  palate in our cultural and historical survey of wine [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/wine

Reader Recommendations

@pritchard33 What Would Augustine Do? The President, Drones, and Just
  War Theory: [22]t.co/HbaF50hg #GoodReads [23]#browsings [24]More like
  this
    Links:
      22. http://t.co/HbaF50hg
      23. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/burqas-foulards-et-minijupes-by-anne-lancelot

[26]Burqas, Foulards et Minijupes by Anne Lancelot
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/burqas-foulards-et-minijupes-by-anne-lancelot

[27]Gayle Lemmon says: “It’s a riveting book, a series of interviews
  with women in Afghanistan who lived through the Russian invasion, the
  civil war and the Taliban” [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/gayle-lemmon-on-women-and-war
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]Exorcist Illusion
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/exorcist-illusion

Do you see the necks twisting? Well, they're actually solid objects
  with no moving parts. Masterful illusion, no CGI
  [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Steven Pinker, on category error
    Links:
      31. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/letters/2012/06/04/120604mama_mail2

"It is like reading an explanation of global warming and mounting an
    indignant defense of greenhouses"

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

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