Newsletter 766


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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]Schmooze Or Lose
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/SHqIa0

Jane Mayer | New Yorker | 20 August 2012

Bill Clinton was a past master at cosying up to billionaire donors. But
  President Obama doesn't like it. Good for him. He believes he has more
  important things to do and wants to reform campaign finance. But what
  will it cost him? [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/schmooze-or-lose

[8]The Panic Over Fukushima
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/OC28Ft

Richard Muller | WSJ | 18 August 2012

Physics professor argues that Japan's nuclear accident was a great
  human tragedy but that its long-term health effects have been
  exaggerated. The "hot spots" in Japan showed radiation at a lower level
  than Denver [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/panic-over-fukushima

[10]The Paradox Of Blackmail (Part One)
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/QS8Dor

John Danaher | Philosophical Disquisitions | 20 August 2012

"This is the essence of the so-called paradox of blackmail. Two acts
  are innocent in and of themselves, but when they are combined in the
  form of a conditional demand they become criminal. Why is this?"
  [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/paradox-blackmail-part-one

[12]Siberia’s Crying Cannibal
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/Sza7Fr

Aleksei Tarasov | OD Russia | 17 August 2012

Even in the Russia of the 1990s, Vladimir Tatarenkov's team of
  assassins stood out. They worked for free. Mowing people down with
  machine guns in broad daylight made a change from the boredom of
  everyday life in Krasnoyarsk [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/siberia’s-crying-cannibal

[14]Why Waiting Is Torture
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/NcMikm

Alex Stone | NYT | 18 August 2012

On the psychology of queuing. We prize fairness above all. "People will
  wait twice as long for fast food, provided the establishment uses a
  first-come-first-served, single-queue ordering system as opposed to a
  multi-queue setup" [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-waiting-torture

[16]Obituary: Tony Scott
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/QSfspS

Anonymous | Telegraph | 20 August 2012

Former ad director who followed his brother Ridley to Hollywood. Made
  name with Top Gun. Had no interest in ideas or morality. Instinctively
  understood power of images. One critic called his films "visual
  amphetamines" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/obituary-tony-scott

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Darren Aronofsky on Making Movies
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/darren-aronofsky-on-making-movies

The Oscar-nominated director of Black Swan recommends five books on
  film—and discusses the moviemakers who inspire him [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/darren-aronofsky-on-making-movies

Featured Special Report

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

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

Reader Recommendations

@[22]polit2k The Blog That Peter Wrote: Assange's Balcony Speech
  [23]t.co/6TU8nhnb #[24]assange #[25]browsings h/t @[26]Frances_Coppola
  [27]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      23. http://pme200.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/assanges-balcony-speech.html
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#assange
      25. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://twitter.com/Frances_Coppola
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/white-hotel-by-dm-thomas

[29]The White Hotel by DM Thomas
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/white-hotel-by-dm-thomas

[30]Heather Brooke says: “It is a novel, and one of my favourite books.
  It shows a way to use writing to hold the powerful to account”
  [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/heather-brooke-on-holding-power-account
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[32]A Reflection
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/reflection

Less than three minutes. I wanted more
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[34]Richard Hofstadter, on play
    Links:
      34. http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/131884

''In the United States the play of the mind is the only form of play
    that is not looked upon with the most tender indulgence"

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

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