Newsletter 707


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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 Scam Wall Street Learned From The Mafia
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/MbeGat

Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone | 21 June 2012

How banks defrauded small towns across US. "No thumbs were broken, and
  nobody ended up in a landfill in New Jersey, but money disappeared,
  lots and lots of it, and its manner of disappearance had a familiar
  name: Organised crime" [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/scam-wall-street-learned-mafia

[8]Why We Help: The Evolution Of Cooperation
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/LnxnGT

Martin Nowak | Scientific American | 19 June 2012

"Evolutionary simulations indicate that cooperation is intrinsically
  unstable; periods of cooperative prosperity inevitably give way to
  defective doom. And yet the altruistic spirit always seems to rebuild
  itself" [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-we-help-evolution-cooperation

[10]In The New Myanmar, The Gulag Endures
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/KMSJPV

Andrew Marshall | Reuters | 20 June 2012

"The military junta that ruled Burma for nearly 50 years is gone. But
  it is survived by a formidable apparatus of oppression. As the economy
  opens up, there are signs that repressive system is being retooled" for
  a new purpose [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/new-myanmar-gulag-endures

[12]Doctor's Orders
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/NcRkNu

Dave Gardetta | Los Angeles | 19 June 2012

"Doc Johnson is the Procter & Gamble of sex toys. Each month the
  company pours 125 tons of rubber, manufacturing 330,000 dildos,
  vibrators, and synthetic buttocks." Gardetta pays a visit to the
  father-son team behind the operation [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/doctors-orders

[14]Guest Or Enemy? Welcoming The Stranger
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/KVMNiX

Richard Kearney | ABC | 21 June 2012

"The great stories of the biblical tradition that characterises the
  three Abrahamic religions – Jewish, Christian and Islamic – are
  testaments to the paradoxical origins of religion in both violent
  conflict and peaceful embrace" [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/guest-or-enemy-welcoming-stranger

[16]Will Your Children Inherit Your E-Books?
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/Mb0jmB

Amanda Katz | NPR | 21 June 2012

Presumably yes, if you give them the password to your Amazon account.
  They'll be able to keep your marginalia too, if you use the highlights
  and notes function on your Kindle. But you have to admit, it doesn't
  feel very inspiring [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/will-your-children-inherit-your-e-books

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Matthew Engel on Britishness
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/matthew-engel-on-britishness

Britain is a bewilderingly motley nation of phlegmatic grumblers, says
  the author and editor – a seaside resort-going, class-conscious people
  haunted by loss of empire, and we can’t even agree on what the country
  is called [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/matthew-engel-on-britishness

Featured Special Report

[20]Human Modification
    Links:
      20. 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? [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/human-modification

Reader Recommendations

@[22]nuzav Getting Away with It by Paul Krugman and Robin Wells | The
  New York Review of Books: [23]t.co/AbShMtoC [24]#browsings [25]More
  like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/nuzav
      23. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/jul/12/getting-away-it/?pagination=false
      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/blood-meridian-by-cormac-mccarthy

[27]Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/blood-meridian-by-cormac-mccarthy

[28]Robert Macfarlane says: "For me, this is one of the three great
  novels of the last century, along with Lolita and Ulysses. It’s wild in
  so many senses" [29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-macfarlane-on-wild-places
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]Moonrise Kingdom Book Shorts
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/moonrise-kingdom-book-shorts

Real trailers for fake books in a real film. With a fake librarian who
  is a real narrator. is that right? [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Howard Jacobson, on failure
    Links:
      32. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703296604576005581552948462.html?mod=rss_Lifestyle

Novelists are drawn to failure. Those who prosper in the world as it
    is have no need to re-imagine it

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

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