Newsletter 723


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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]Does George Osborne Care?
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/LwZ0zH

Charles Moore | Telegraph | 6 July 2012

Last global crisis of confidence was in early 1980s. Leaders of the
  day—Reagan, Bush, Thatcher, Kohl, Mitterrand, Gorbachev, John Paul—rose
  to the challenge. Today's leaders don't get it. We need statesmanship,
  not politicking [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. https://thebrowser.com/articles/does-george-osborne-care

[8]The Worst Marriage In Georgetown
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/RtVTa7

Franklin Foer | NYT | 6 July 2012

Bizarre tale of Albrecht Muth, Washington dinner party host, fantasist,
  alleged murderer. Claimed to be an intimate of radical Iraqi cleric,
  Moqtada al-Sadr ("Mookie"). But really did have Cheney and Antonin
  Scalia round for dinner [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. https://thebrowser.com/articles/worst-marriage-georgetown

[10]For Mitt Romney, Avoiding Risk Means Obscuring His Own Positions
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/Lux67t

Joshua Green | Boston Globe | 6 July 2012

Good piece on the Romney "fog machine". Republican candidate's
  vagueness on policy is a sustained attempt to avoid risk. It's a
  campaign strategy, but it's also in his nature, how he behaved in
  business too [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. https://thebrowser.com/articles/mitt-romney-avoiding-risk-means-obscuring-his-own-positions

[12]Sarkozy's Houdini Act
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/L7SFsV

Eric Pape | Foreign Policy | 6 July 2012

"If the Energizer Bunny presidency is over, the French can be forgiven
  for feeling like that rascal rabbit has left an improbably long trail
  of fecal pellets behind him." Which may lead to court, now his legal
  immunity has lapsed [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. https://thebrowser.com/articles/sarkozys-houdini-act

[14]My Stephen King Problem: A Snob’s Notes
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/NbZQfc

Dwight Allen | LA Review Of Books | 3 July 2012

For 25 years Allen refused to read a Stephen King novel. Suprised by
  growing critical acclaim, he succumbs and makes his way through
  several. Judges them against other classic works of literary fiction.
  He's not impressed [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. https://thebrowser.com/articles/my-stephen-king-problem-snob’s-notes

[16]Surefire Tips And Tricks To Convince People You Have Psychic Powers
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/Nchp2j

Esther Inglis-Arkell | io9 | 5 July 2012

Ruthlessly seek out most vulnerable people; employ all manner of "cold
  reading" techniques - rainbow statements, trivia statistics, vanishing
  negatives; build up the pressure; and then cheat. Here's how it's done
  [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. https://thebrowser.com/articles/surefire-tips-and-tricks-convince-people-you-have-psychic-powers

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Attica Locke on Texas
    Links:
      18. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/attica-locke-on-texas

The author of the acclaimed noir novel Black Water Rising tells us
  about stories of freed slaves, oil barons and gangsters on the run –
  books that capture the outlaw spirit of her home state [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/attica-locke-on-texas

Featured Special Report

[20]Globalisation
    Links:
      20. https://thebrowser.com/reports/globalisation

A collection of thought-provoking articles and interviews on the
  challenges of globalisation [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. https://thebrowser.com/reports/globalisation

Reader Recommendations

@[22]breizh2008 RT @[23]polit2k: French WWI artworks preserved in caves
  | Christian Fraser | BBC [24]t.co/rQJ7XPuw #[25]browsings[26]More like
  this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/breizh2008
      23. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      24. http://t.co/rQJ7XPuw
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/harpo-speaks-by-harpo-marx

[28]Harpo Speaks! by Harpo Marx
    Links:
      28. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/harpo-speaks-by-harpo-marx

[29]Craig Brown says: “This the perfect show business autobiography. It
  goes from anecdote to anecdote somewhat, but they’re all good
  anecdotes” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/craig-brown-on-diaries-and-autobiography
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]BBC Olympic Games Trailer
    Links:
      31. https://thebrowser.com/videos/bbc-olympic-games-trailer

In which we are invited to think of the Olympic Games as videogames
  writ large [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Daniel Kahneman, on cognition
    Links:
      33. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jul/08/this-much-i-know-daniel-kahneman

"Human beings cannot comprehend very large or very small numbers. It
    would be useful for us to acknowledge that fact"

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

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