Newsletter 758


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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]Romney Shakes The Race With Pick Of Ryan
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/P8Bbe9

Dan Balz | Washington Post | 11 August 2012

Cautious Mitt Romney has rolled the dice in choosing Paul Ryan as his
  vice-presidential running mate. "Ryan will energize a conservative base
  that has been slow to warm to Romney, but Democrats were elated by the
  choice as well" [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. https://thebrowser.com/articles/romney-shakes-race-pick-ryan

[8]Alan Greenspan On His Fed Legacy
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/P8KScA

Devin Leonard & Peter Coy | Businessweek | 9 August 2012

Interview. Banking, jazz, Ayn Rand. Crash of 2007-08 was unforeseen,
  humbling. "The number of mistakes I have made are just awesome. There
  is no number large enough to account for that. But I’m right more than
  half the time" [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. https://thebrowser.com/articles/alan-greenspan-his-fed-legacy

[10]Are You Worth More Dead Than Alive?
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/ObGXPU

James Vlahos | NYT | 10 August 2012

"Selling your life and selling a house have more in common than you’d
  think." Not selling your life literally, of course. But selling your
  life-insurance policy. You get cash now, and the buyer takes a punt on
  how long you will live [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. https://thebrowser.com/articles/are-you-worth-more-dead-alive

[12]Lessons From Sweden In Assembling A Recovery
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/OW76Rv

David Smith | EconomicsUK | 6 August 2012

Comparing and contrasting the economic fortunes of two European
  nations, neither of which use the euro: Britain and Sweden. Britain
  experienced anaemic growth over past two years and is now mired in
  recession again. Not so Sweden [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. https://thebrowser.com/articles/lessons-sweden-assembling-recovery

[14]Iran And The Petrodollar Threat To US Empire
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/RwEz5f

Christopher Doran | New Left Project | 8 August 2012

"The petrodollar system, and US ability to manipulate the dollar as the
  global reserve currency and hence global debt, has been the bedrock of
  American economic power." Here's how it works, and how Iran is
  subverting US hegemony [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. https://thebrowser.com/articles/iran-and-petrodollar-threat-us-empire

[16]Eraserhead
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/QknkA4

Mary Norris | New Yorker | 8 August 2012

On erasers, and, in particular, eraser-tipped pencils. "A snob might
  say that the eraser-tipped pencil is like a sofa bed: it sounds like a
  good idea, but it often features neither the best possible sofa nor the
  best possible bed" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. https://thebrowser.com/articles/eraserhead

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Victoria Coren on Poker
    Links:
      18. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/victoria-coren-on-poker

The 2006 European Poker Champion talks us through her library of the
  most important books on poker. Suitable for experts and beginners alike
  [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/victoria-coren-on-poker

Featured Special Report

[20]America On Drugs
    Links:
      20. https://thebrowser.com/reports/america-drugs

Ritalin, Adderall, LSD, cocaine. Even bath salts. What is drug use
  doing to Americans? [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. https://thebrowser.com/reports/america-drugs

Reader Recommendations

@[22]nuzav The Nun Who Broke Into the Nuclear
  Sanctum [23]t.co/CgtOmENB  #[24]browsings
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/nuzav
      23. http://t.co/CgtOmENB
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/arabian-nights-tales-thousand-and-one-nights-by-richard-burton

[26]The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights by Richard
Burton (translator)
    Links:
      26. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/arabian-nights-tales-thousand-and-one-nights-by-richard-burton

[27]Andrei Codrescu says: “Burton's extraordinary footnotes are a book
  on their own, and his translation, hard-going at first, takes English
  to amazing heights” [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrei-codrescu-on-fantastic-and-magical-tales
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]People of the Lake
    Links:
      29. https://thebrowser.com/videos/people-lake

Al Jazeera documentary about the Aral Sea
  [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]David Lewis, on philosophers
    Links:
      31. http://blog.kennypearce.net/archives/contemporary-thinkers/david-lewis

"It is the profession of philosophers to question platitudes that
    others accept without thinking twice. A dangerous profession, since
    philosophers are more easily discredited than platitudes"

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

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