Newsletter 786


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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]Public Health Versus Private Freedom?
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/NQQAnQ

Peter Singer | Project Syndicate | 6 September 2012

"There is widespread agreement that governments ought to prohibit the
  sale of at least some dangerous products." But where do you draw the
  lines with cigarettes? How far should a state go in promoting the
  health of its population? [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/public-health-versus-private-freedom

[8]Wild Justice
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/NQLwje

Drew Nelles | Maisonneuve | 6 September 2012

We destroy dangerous dogs that attack people but there was a day when
  offending animals were put on trial. Some lawyers even made their name
  defending them. Pigs and elephants were hanged, as this fascinating
  history describes [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/wild-justice

[10]Facebook Investors Know Exactly Whom To Blame
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/Trrqx1

Jonathan Weil | Bloomberg | 6 September 2012

Succinct piece, referencing Mark Cuban, on risks of amateur dabbling in
  stocks. Don't blame Zuckerberg or Morgan Stanley, says Weil. It's
  gambling: If that suits you, great; if not, get out. Ain't no game for
  crybabies (h/t @nuzav) [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/facebook-investors-know-exactly-whom-blame

[12]How We Happened To Sell Off Our Electricity
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/Snb6yb

James Meek | London Review Of Books | 5 September 2012

When the British government privatised the UK electricity industry it
  thought it was opening the door to competition and spoke in terms of
  giving "power back to the people". What happened was a kind of
  renationalisation. By France [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-we-happened-sell-our-electricity

[14]Lunch With The FT: Tim Berners-Lee
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/RrMK4I

Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson | FT | 7 September 2012

After starring in Danny Boyle's Olympics opening ceremony as a coder
  ("If you haven't heard of him, we haven't either," said the NBC
  commentary), the inventor of the world wide web sits down to discuss
  technology and society [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lunch-ft-tim-berners-lee

[16]Harvard And The Politics Of Large-Scale Cheating
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/RIjeqr

Dan Ariely | Dan Ariely | 5 September 2012

Brief remarks on what may be the most extensive cheating scandal in Ivy
  League history. Many of us see white lies in social contexts as
  acceptable and lying at work as not. But what happens when the social
  and professional overlap? [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/harvard-and-politics-large-scale-cheating

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Rick Telander on American Football (and its Dark Side)
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rick-telander-on-american-football-and-its-dark-side

It’s America’s favourite sport – at its best, a wonderful, thrilling
  spectacle; at its worst, legitimised violence exacting a terrible price
  on players. The Chicago Sun-Times sportswriter takes us inside the
  game's dark heart [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rick-telander-on-american-football-and-its-dark-side

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

@msgbi RT @polit2k: "@TimHarford: The algorithmic copyright cops:
  should we welcome our new robot overlords? [22]t.co/rWt78Mx4"
  #browsings #gfc2 [23]#browsings [24]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://t.co/rWt78Mx4
      23. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/mutants-genetic-variety-and-human-body-by-armand-leroi

[26]Mutants by Armand Leroi
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/mutants-genetic-variety-and-human-body-by-armand-leroi

[27]Carl Zimmer says: “Leroi takes what could have just been a freak
  show and turns it into a really amazing experience. He writes about
  these people as people.” [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/carl-zimmer-on-strangeness-life
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]David Fincher: A Retrospective
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/david-fincher-retrospective

Of his title sequences, that is. Designed so you stay for the rest of
  the film [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Michael Ignatieff, on citizenship
    Links:
      31. http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2012-07-31-ignatieff-en.html

"The luxury of a truly free society is that political involvement is
    a choice, not an obligation"

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

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