Newsletter 708


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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]Getting Away With It
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/MBlomN

Paul Krugman & Robin Wells | NYRB | 21 June 2012

Triple book review is the peg for this critical account of Obama
  administration's response to financial crisis. Key economic advisers
  were too close to Wall Street; banks didn't pay any appropriate price
  for mayhem they inflicted [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. https://thebrowser.com/articles/getting-away-it

[8]The Manifest Destiny Of Artificial Intelligence
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/MBmLSz

Brian Hayes | American Scientist | 21 June 2012

Marvin Minsky, pioneer of artificial intelligence, believes original
  lofty goals of his field lie neglected. Will we bother making a truly
  intelligent machine? Or will the shallow technology in mindless
  machines prove too effective? [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. https://thebrowser.com/articles/manifest-destiny-artificial-intelligence

[10]Saudi Arabia: The Long Day Closes
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/MAEDx0

Anonymous | Economist | 21 June 2012

Good state of the nation piece, following recent death of Crown Prince
  Nayef. "The Al Sauds’ central nervous system has grown weak," says a
  Riyadh lawyer. "They can respond to pain, but not to stimuli like
  complaints or new ideas" [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. https://thebrowser.com/articles/saudi-arabia-long-day-closes

[12]The Spirit Of Alan Turing
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/MOWxKw

Roger Highfield | Science Museum | 21 June 2012

How the premature death of Turing's first love changed him forever.
  "Perhaps his suicide was one last experiment. On that cold, wet Whit
  Monday, did Turing take his own life in the hope that they would be
  together once more?" [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. https://thebrowser.com/articles/spirit-alan-turing

[14]When My Crazy Father Actually Lost His Mind
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/MOTgen

Jeneen Interlandi | NYT | 22 June 2012

First-hand account of family member's descent into mental illness.
  "Eventually one nurse took pity and told us that he had indeed filled
  out the form but had granted access only to Barack Obama and Duke
  Ellington" [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. https://thebrowser.com/articles/when-my-crazy-father-actually-lost-his-mind

[16]To Kill Or To Violate?
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/MOV7jo

Charles Foster | Practical Ethics | 21 June 2012

A chronic anorexic endangers her life by not eating. She has a history
  of mental illness, alcohol and substance abuse. Two options remain:
  Hospitalisation and force-feeding, or death. She refuses treatment.
  Should she be coerced? [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. https://thebrowser.com/articles/kill-or-violate

FiveBooks Interview

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

Featured Special Report

[20]Drone Warfare
    Links:
      20. https://thebrowser.com/reports/drone-warfare

Should we worry about war conducted by remote control? Are there
  ethical considerations? Will we become accustomed to unmanned warfare
  in the future? What if a hacker took control of an army? It's all here
  [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. https://thebrowser.com/reports/drone-warfare

Reader Recommendations

@[22]MSagebiel RT @[23]polit2k: RT @[24]felixsalmon: Why passive,
  software-based investing services are better than smart
  advisors: [25]t.co/YDP0cBlf  #[26]browsings
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/MSagebiel
      23. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      24. http://twitter.com/felixsalmon
      25. http://t.co/YDP0cBlf
      26. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

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

Book of the Day

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/if-not-winter-by-anne-carson-translator

[29]If Not, Winter by Anne Carson (translator)
    Links:
      29. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/if-not-winter-by-anne-carson-translator

[30]Bettany Hughes says: “Sappho was a priestess for Aphrodite and one
  of the things she was trying to do was to coach young girls in how
  important love is in all its aspects” [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bettany-hughes-on-divine-women
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[32]Behind The Scenes At A McDonald's Photo Shoot
    Links:
      32. https://thebrowser.com/videos/behind-scenes-mcdonalds-photo-shoot

Here's why your Quarter Pounder never looks like the one in the photo
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[34]Umberto Eco, on intellectuals
    Links:
      34. http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/5856/the-art-of-fiction-no-197-umberto-eco

"If by intellectual you mean somebody who works only with his head
    and not with his hands, then the bank clerk is an intellectual and
    Michelangelo is not"

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

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