Newsletter 754


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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]Downfall Of A Tuscan Paradise
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/QJWnfH

Alexander Smoltczyk | Spiegel | 7 August 2012

Siena used to be model city. Beautiful, prosperous. Now it's probably
  bust. Familiar Italian story—but with a twist. City controls Banca
  Monte dei Paschi di Siena, and used it as giant slush fund. Whoops.
  Billions down drain [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/downfall-tuscan-paradise

[8]How Google Can Avert The Next Financial Crisis
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/OLfNxZ

Mark Buchanan | Bloomberg | 6 August 2012

How to identify systemic risk in finance? "What matters is how many
  links a bank has to other institutions, how strong those links are and
  how risky those other banks are." Is it time for DebtRank? Like
  Google's PageRank, for banks [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-google-can-avert-next-financial-crisis

[10]I Was One Of America's Top Psychics
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/RiFp5M

Mark Edward | Alternet | 3 August 2012

"Yes, I can see the future, given the right perspective and
  information, and of course I can read the paw of your pet poodle. I may
  have a great gift, but it's the gift of gab mixed with a healthy dose
  of imagination and nerve" [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/i-was-one-americas-top-psychics

[12]Meet Olafur: The Coolest Guy At The Olympics
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/QcU7qI

Joe Posnanski | Sports On Earth | 7 August 2012

Handball. It's a bit of a mystery to many of us. Joe Posnanski goes to
  a game expecting to write about the valiant-but-sure-to-lose Great
  Britain team. He stumbles, enjoyably, across something else entirely
  [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/meet-olafur-coolest-guy-olympics

[14]Survival Skill In Japan: Learn English
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/QJZRig

Chico Harlan | Washington Post | 7 August 2012

Japanese firm with 6,000 workers switches to English as business
  language. Gives employees two years to learn. Most hate it, but do
  their best. Further proof of English as future global language? Or of
  Japanese desperation? [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/survival-skill-japan-learn-english

[16]The Top 10 Most Difficult Books
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/OZdabc

Emily Colette Wilkinson & Garth Risk Hallberg | Publishers Weekly | 3
  August 2012

If you've read all 10, take a bow. And tell the rest of us what the
  heck's going on in them. Or what you would have chosen instead. But
  remember that difficult doesn't mean unreadable or unrewarding, just
  hard [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/top-10-most-difficult-books

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Andrei Codrescu on Fantastical Tales
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrei-codrescu-on-fantastic-and-magical-tales

The Romanian-born poet tells us about his love for fantastic and
  magical tales – particularly bloody ones with cannibalism, necrophilia
  and alienated heroes [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrei-codrescu-on-fantastic-and-magical-tales

Featured Special Report

[20]Popular Science
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/popular-science

Black holes, DIY bio-engineering, aliens and more. Interviews and
  articles from many of the biggest names in Science. No prior knowledge
  necessary [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/popular-science

Reader Recommendations

@[22]polit2k Widening of Panama Canal will remake world trade patterns
  | Tim Johnson | McClatchy [23]t.co/jA7aOPCm [24]#browsings [25]More
  like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      23. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/08/06/159848/widening-of-panama-canal-will.html
      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/myth-sisyphus-by-albert-camus

[27]The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/myth-sisyphus-by-albert-camus

[28]Kenan Malik says: “Here Camus confronts both the tragedy of recent
  history [World War II] and what he sees as the absurdity of the human
  condition” [29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/kenan-malik-on-morality-without-god
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]Epic Slow Mo With Sony FS700
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/epic-slow-mo-sony-fs700

Fun with a four-day camera rental [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Robert Samuelson, on happiness
    Links:
      32. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-global-happiness-derby/2012/07/22/gIQAJWi8JT_story.html

"Only in the mid-1700s — the Enlightenment — did happiness become
    socially acceptable. Before that, religious dogma encouraged austere
    rectitude"

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

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