Newsletter 725


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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]War Is Betrayal
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/L5zDPl

Chris Hedges | Boston Review | 7 July 2012

In America, it's not the rich kids who go to war. It's the children
  from working-class and jobless families. Recruiters lead them on with
  tales of sex, danger, heroism. They go out all fired up. They come back
  broken [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/war-betrayal

[8]Lies, Damn Lies And Libor
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/Oto7hW

Anonymous | London Banker | 10 July 2012

"Global banks have built the casinos and tilted the odds in the house's
  favour by rigging the data that determines the outcomes of most of the
  bets on the table. Every one of us that sits at the table long enough
  will be a loser" [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lies-damn-lies-and-libor

[10]Roid Age
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/Njsj60

Greg Downey | Neuroanthropology | 9 July 2012

It's ok for a middle-aged man to take steroids because he no longer has
  the energy, or erections, of a 20-year-old. But not for an athlete to
  enhance their performance. Why do we have this "paradoxical
  pharmacological puritanism"? [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/roid-age

[12]Gina Rinehart: The World's 'Richest Woman'
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/LbjXi3

Nick Bryant | BBC | 9 July 2012

Profile of easy-to-dislike Australian mining heiress, reputed to be
  world's richest woman. Famously litigious, aggressive, controlling.
  Fell out with her father, his business partner, her husband and now
  three of her children too [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/gina-rinehart-worlds-richest-woman

[14]Armor On The Field: The NFL's Headlong Race To Build The Unbreakable
Linebacker
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/OtlDQN

Sean Conboy | Wired | 9 July 2012

Interesting piece about company making military-grade Kevlar padding
  for sports equipment. Not so much about building robo-players as trying
  to reduce wave of concussions and other injuries. Can this "bulletproof
  silk" help? [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/armor-field-nfls-headlong-race-build-unbreakable-linebacker

[16]Lessons From A Demigod
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/Nf7SXB

Philip Freeman | National Endowment For The Humanities | 1 July 2012

Why is the ancient Epic of Gilgamesh still so popular today? It's
  because the characters in it remain "painfully familiar", and its
  universal themes of loneliness, companionship, love, loss, and death
  still resonate loudly [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lessons-demigod

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Nicholas Ostler on the History and Diversity of Language
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/nicholas-ostler-on-history-and-diversity-language

The scholar of language tells us about the progress of the spoken word
  from 3000 BC to today, how two languages disappear every month, and the
  50,000-word novel written without using the letter “e” [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/nicholas-ostler-on-history-and-diversity-language

Featured Special Report

[20]Paying for the US Election
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/paying-election

How much is Romney vs Obama 2012 going to cost? Who's paying? And what
  do they expect in return? [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/paying-election

Reader Recommendations

@whitebluewhite The What and Why of music, Michael Tilson Thomas: Music
  and emotion through time [22]t.co/2s7zoDrT #TED [23]#browsings [24]More
  like this
    Links:
      22. http://t.co/2s7zoDrT
      23. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/reading-romance-by-janice-radway

[26]Reading the Romance by Janice Radway
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/reading-romance-by-janice-radway

[27]Leah Price says: “Radway’s innovation was that, rather than
  analysing the language of romance novels, she looked at the way the
  women who read these books talked about them” [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/leah-price-on-history-reading
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]What Is A Flame?
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/what-flame

In case a child ever asks, just show them this. The genius is in the
  simplicity, and accuracy, of this explanation
  [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Ken Segall, on meetings
    Links:
      31. http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669936/meetings-are-a-skill-you-can-master-and-steve-jobs-taught-me-how

"Every time the body count goes higher, you’re inviting complexity
    to take a seat at the table"

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

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