Newsletter 695


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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]What Would Augustine Do?
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/KOOpia

David Luban | Boston Review | 6 June 2012

On President Obama, drones and just war theory. We're told he
  personally approves targets and is a student of Augustine and Thomas
  Aquinas. So do the arguments of these Christian writers support the
  morality of Obama's actions? [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. https://thebrowser.com/articles/what-would-augustine-do

[8]America's Last Prisoner Of War
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/MSmn6A

Michael Hastings | Rolling Stone | 7 June 2012

Three years ago, a 23-year-old American soldier walked off his base in
  Afghanistan and into the hands of the Taliban. Now he’s a crucial pawn
  in negotiations to end the war. But not everyone, Taliban or American,
  wants to do a deal [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. https://thebrowser.com/articles/americas-last-prisoner-war

[10]Of Flying Cars And The Declining Rate Of Profit
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/MpwCJQ

David Graeber | Baffler | 4 June 2012

Futurologists thought we would have flying cars, force-fields, tractor
  beams, teleportation, antigravity sleds, immortality drugs and space
  colonies. But the only technologies to have advanced since the 1970s
  are those of simulation [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. https://thebrowser.com/articles/flying-cars-and-declining-rate-profit

[12]Brother Number One
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/MSjGlx

Shadi Hamid | Foreign Policy | 7 June 2012

Who is Mohamed Morsi, the man from the Muslim Brotherhood eyeing
  Egypt's presidency? He's a 9/11 conspiracy theorist who views US
  society with apparent contempt. He also references "The Deer Hunter"
  and has two American children [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. https://thebrowser.com/articles/brother-number-one

[14]Odyssey And The Lost Spanish Treasure
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/MSpNWY

Susan Berfield | Businessweek | 7 June 2012

Odyssey Marine Exploration is an American deep-sea treasure hunting
  company. It recently lost a legal battle over a haul of silver coins
  recovered from a Spanish wreck. But Odyssey's boss is unworried. More,
  much more, is to come [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. https://thebrowser.com/articles/odyssey-and-lost-spanish-treasure

[16]Russia's Grandest Master
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/Klpcb0

Anonymous | World Policy Institute | 5 June 2012

Conversation with Garry Kasparov, on chess, politics, Putin. In chess
  there are fixed rules and uncertain outcomes. In Russian politics,
  opposite is true: "The outcome is known before, and the rules can
  change at any time" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. https://thebrowser.com/articles/russias-grandest-master

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Humphrey Davies on Egyptian Writing
    Links:
      18. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/humphrey-davies-on-egyptian-writing

Leading Arabic-English literary translator, who has lived in Cairo for
  the past 35 years, paints a picture of contemporary Egypt through words
  and graphic narratives [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/humphrey-davies-on-egyptian-writing

Featured Special Report

[20]Consciousness
    Links:
      20. https://thebrowser.com/reports/consciousness

What is it? Where did it come from? How can we learn more about it?
  Here's a quick look at what we do and don't know about consciousness
  [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. https://thebrowser.com/reports/consciousness

Reader Recommendations

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    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      23. http://twitter.com/tim_weber
      24. http://t.co/DGQMAvlq
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#greece
      27. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#austerity

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

Book of the Day

[29]Book of the Day
    Links:
      29. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/i-go-sleep-by-sj-watson

[30]Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson
    Links:
      30. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/i-go-sleep-by-sj-watson

[31]Tess Gerritsen says: “This is a domestic thriller, by a man writing
  from a female point of view. He had me convinced from the first
  paragraph” [32]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tess-gerritsen-on-favourite-thrillers
      32. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[33]Your Eyes Are Stupid
    Links:
      33. https://thebrowser.com/videos/your-eyes-are-stupid

Optical illusions deconstructed by ZeFrank [34]More videos
    Links:
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[35]Venkatesh Rao, on technology
    Links:
      35. http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2012/06/05/towards-an-appreciative-view-of-technology

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from
    nature"

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

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