Newsletter 783


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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]How Bush Snared Blair
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/TYFj1G

Kurt Eichenwald | Vanity Fair | 6 September 2012

Compelling read about run-up to the Iraq war. On this telling, Blair
  and Cheney were in a behind-the-scenes battle to influence Bush. Putin
  was having none of US hypocrisy; Chirac was merely stunned by Bush's
  Biblical references [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-bush-snared-blair

[8]Imaginary Presidents And Imaginary Gods: The Real 'Empty Chair' Effect
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/RE0lVs

Jesse Bering | Bering In Mind | 4 September 2012

"When no other actual person is around, and when we’re tempted to do
  something we know we shouldn’t, the illusion of a supernatural watcher
  should meaningfully influence our behavioral decision-making." But does
  it? [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/imaginary-presidents-and-imaginary-gods-real-empty-chair-effect

[10]Understanding Gambling Addiction
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/OVgzW6

Peter Dizikes | MIT Review | 4 September 2012

It's not about the winning, but the taking part. “It’s the flow of the
  experience that people are after. Money to them is a means to sit there
  longer, not an end. They don’t win a jackpot and leave, they win a
  jackpot and stay" [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/understanding-gambling-addiction

[12]Island Grabbing In Asia
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/RDZTXd

Michael Klare | Foreign Affairs | 4 September 2012

Tensions rise in South China Sea as China, Japan, South Korea,
  Philippines, Vietnam stake rival claims. Not the sea they want but the
  oil and gas beneath, now becoming recoverable thanks to new deepwater
  drilling technologies [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/island-grabbing-asia

[14]Will Twitter’s Uncanny Luck Ever Run Out?
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/NLXnz3

Sarah Lacy | Pando Daily | 4 September 2012

Will Twitter be able to replicate, or exceed, the success of companies
  like Facebook? The jury is out. And divided in opinion. The reason? "No
  company has ever defied the odds quite like this." Here's why
  [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/will-twitter’s-uncanny-luck-ever-run-out

[16]When Do We Become Truly Conscious?
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/Smk2DM

Daniel Bor | Slate | 4 September 2012

"Consciousness is in many ways the most important question remaining
  for science. But the nature of consciousness is not just a vital
  question for science; it’s the source of some of our thorniest, most
  fundamental ethical dilemmas" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/when-do-we-become-truly-conscious

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Keith Ellison on Progressivism
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/keith-ellison-on-progressivism

The co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in the United
  States tells us what progressives stand for and how they differ from
  liberals [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/keith-ellison-on-progressivism

Featured Special Report

[20]The Fall of Lance Armstrong
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/fall-lance-armstrong

Once a hero, but now the game is up. Here's how the aggressively
  preserved reputation of Lance Armstrong finally crumbled [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/fall-lance-armstrong

Reader Recommendations

@[22]newtonmatthew Shopping The House Of The Dead: The End of the
  Suburban Dream [23]t.co/b0eh9hjx #[24]longreads [25]#browsings [26]More
  like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/newtonmatthew
      23. http://thoughtcatalog.com/2012/shopping-the-house-of-the-dead
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#longreads
      25. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/feminist-promise-by-christine-stansell

[28]The Feminist Promise by Christine Stansell
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/feminist-promise-by-christine-stansell

[29]Eric Foner says: “Stansell helps us understand how liberalism
  evolved to embrace individual rights and privacy in the most intimate
  areas of personal life” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/eric-foner-on-evolution-liberalism
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]Bill Clinton DNC Speech 2012
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/bill-clinton-dnc-speech-2012

"We are here to nominate a president. And I've got one in mind"
  [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Isaiah Berlin, on life
    Links:
      33. http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2012-07-31-ignatieff-en.html

"As for the meaning of life, I do not believe that it has any, and
    this is a source of great comfort to me"

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

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