Newsletter 696


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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]The Second Term
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/Mn7tlS

Ryan Lizza | New Yorker | 11 June 2012

Present indications are that Obama vs Romney will be a very tight
  contest. If it's Obama, narrowly, what will he do, how will he behave
  in a second term? Lizza sketches out his likely priorities, and scope
  for action [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/second-term

[8]Science's Long—And Successful—Search For Where Memory Lives
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/Mn8DxE

Dan Hurley | Discover | 7 June 2012

The engram, the physical trace of memory in the brain, seemed a
  mythical concept. No longer. "We now know enough about memory and how
  memories are formed that we can actually find the engram, and by
  finding it, we can manipulate it" [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/sciences-long—and-successful—search-where-memory-lives

[10]Private Prisons Profit From Immigration Crackdown
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/Mnbdny

Chris Kirkham | Huffington Post | 7 June 2012

On the lucrative business of incarcerating immigrants. "You build a
  strong image of fear of these Mexican immigrants, which creates a moral
  justification for imprisoning them, and at the same time brings in lots
  of money" [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/private-prisons-profit-immigration-crackdown

[12]Why Elites Fail
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/LsZp2j

Christopher Hayes | Nation | 6 June 2012

Misleading title. What it's about is why meritocracies and democracies
  fail. They turn into plutocracies and oligarchies. Incumbents in any
  meritocracy eventually capture the high ground for themselves and their
  heirs [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-elites-fail

[14]Interview: Terry Eagleton
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/JUIYbS

ALexander Barker and Alex Niven | Oxonian Review | 4 June 2012

On politics, Catholicism, academia. "Most people I know in academia
  want to get out. The neo-managerial ethos has effectively brought to an
  end a 200-year-old tradition of the university as a centre of critique"
  [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/interview-terry-eagleton

[16]Nixon Was Far Worse Than We Thought
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/N1VKMQ

Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein | Washington Post | 8 June 2012

Forty years on from Watergate, we know much more about Nixon's
  presidency, most of it bad. He waged war "against the anti-Vietnam War
  movement, the news media, the Democrats, the justice system and,
  finally, against history itself" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/nixon-was-far-worse-we-thought

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Dana Mackenzie on the Beauty and Fun of Mathematics
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dana-mackenzie-on-beauty-and-fun-mathematics

From mathematical card tricks to an arrangement of interlocking
  pentagons previously thought impossible, the maths writer explains why
  solutions to maths problems can be as beautiful as paintings or
  sculpture [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dana-mackenzie-on-beauty-and-fun-mathematics

Featured Special Report

[20]Parenting
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/parenting

What's the best way to bring up children? Indeed, is there a right way
  at all? [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/parenting

Reader Recommendations

@[22]ankurrathi2 What Data can do and cannot do = [23]t.co/x4LuLZfl RT
  @[24]guardian [25]#browsings [26]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/ankurrathi2
      23. http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/may/31/data-journalism-focused-critical
      24. http://twitter.com/guardian
      25. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/middlemarch-by-george-eliot

[28]Middlemarch by George Eliot
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/middlemarch-by-george-eliot

[29]Emrys Westacott says: “Eliot offers not so much an analysis of
  self-deception as a clever portrayal of the different forms it takes
  and how it’s often linked to self-interest” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/emrys-westacott-on-philosophy-and-everyday-living
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]Earth At Tipping Point
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/earth-tipping-point

James Fallows calls this the most important news of the year. Or,
  perhaps, of all time [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Peter Thiel, on exit strategies
    Links:
      33. http://blakemasters.tumblr.com/post/24122680868/peter-thiels-cs183-startup-class-15-notes-essay

"A good first step towards selling your company is declaring that
    you'll never sell it"

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

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