Newsletter 747


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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]Why Not In Vegas?
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/QpB28i

Thomas Friedman | NYT | 31 July 2012

Final thoughts on Mitt Romney's visit to Israel, and the effect of that
  country becoming a "wedge issue" in American politics. "Much of what is
  wrong with the US-Israel relationship today can be found in that Romney
  trip" [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-not-vegas

[8]A Crass And Consequential Error
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/R6Jmf2

Roger Cohen | NYRB | 31 July 2012

Anglo-American coup to oust Mossadegh as prime minister of Iran in 1953
  was colossal own goal. Yes, he had nationalised the oil industry. But
  he was a pro-Western democrat. Far better than the feckless Shah or the
  ayatollahs [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/crass-and-consequential-error

[10]Robert Shiller On Behavioral Economics
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/Nahotp

Nigel Warburton | Social Science Bites | 1 August 2012

Interview. Interesting throughout. Familiar points well explained.
  Economists have spent too much time studying mathematical models and
  too little time studying human beings. Behavioural economics is a
  welcome corrective [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/robert-shiller-behavioral-economics

[12]Virtual Reality Is Addictive And Unhealthy
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/MxaIWO

William Davidow | IEEE Spectrum | 31 July 2012

Silicon Valley VC worries about development of interactive
  technologies: "I now believe that our minds, bodies, businesses,
  governments, and social institutions are no longer capable of coping
  with the rapid rate of change" [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/virtual-reality-addictive-and-unhealthy

[14]Weimar Union
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/MPxLk8

Walter Laqueur | New Republic | 13 July 2012

If the Euro crisis leads to the unravelling of the EU, the political
  pendulum in Europe will swing back towards nationalism—and towards
  extreme forms of it in those countries with irresponsible leaders and
  high unemployment [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/weimar-union

[16]The Secret Online Weapons Store That’ll Sell Anyone Anything
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/Mx8tTo

Sam Biddle | Gizmodo | 19 July 2012

Reporter visits The Armory, secretive online arms bazaar. Access via
  TOR, bring Bitcoins to pay. Is it for real? Only one way to find out:
  "Do you have what it would take to arm a small paramilitary group? Say,
  20 people?" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/secret-online-weapons-store-that’ll-sell-anyone-anything

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Will Self on Influences
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/will-self-on-influences

Conventional prose fiction falls short of the mark, says the English
  author, who tells us about his modernist novel Umbrella, what the real
  character of London is, and why he can’t stand the Olympics [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/will-self-on-influences

Featured Special Report

[20]Population and Resources
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/population-and-resources

Will humans run out of natural resources? Is population growth a danger
  to society? Or will human innovation conquer? You decide [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/population-and-resources

Reader Recommendations

@[22]polit2k Stories of Progress and Stagnation | Adam Gurri
  [23]t.co/qoLpwWMK @[24]adamgurri #[25]browsings h/t @[26]rszbt[27]More
  like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      23. http://t.co/qoLpwWMK
      24. http://twitter.com/adamgurri
      25. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://twitter.com/rszbt
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/making-movies-by-sidney-lumet

[29]Making Movies by Sidney Lumet
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/making-movies-by-sidney-lumet

[30]Darren Aronofsky says: "This is an incredibly clear, honest, and
  precise discussion of the films Lumet made over the course of his
  career. There are many pearls of wisdom about directing and filmmaking
  in the book" [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/darren-aronofsky-on-making-movies
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[32]'Fictitious Capital' With Michael Hudson
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/fictitious-capital-michael-hudson

"There has been so much fraud as a result of deregulation that nobody
  has any idea how much collateral is there"
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[34]Gore Vidal, on style
    Links:
      34. http://www.latimes.com/features/books/jacketcopy/la-jc-writer-gore-vidal-86-has-died-20120731,0,3728239.story

“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving
    a damn”

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

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