Weekly newsletter 17


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Best of the Week

[5]Down To The Wire
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/r6d163

Howard Marks | Oaktree Capital | 22 July 2011

Exceptional, politically impartial, backgrounder on current debt crisis for
  anyone still feeling remotely confused. Clear analysis of how we reached
  present situation, what the true risks are and which outcomes are most
  likely [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/down-wire

[7]On Pseudonymity, Privacy and Responsibility on Google+
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/okatRB

Kee Hinckley | Technosocial | 27 July 2011

Stunning, emotional blog post in defence of online anonymity. Long, but well
  thought-out and compelling in its conclusions. "Persistent pseudonyms aren't
  ways to hide who you are. They provide a way to be who you are" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/pseudonymity-privacy-and-responsibility-google

[9]GBS And The Despots
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/rqhm2S

Stanley Weintraub | TLS | 27 July 2011

Fine essay on George Bernard Shaw's unorthodox political beliefs. Began as
  textbook socialist, ended as unflinching admirer of dictators. Said of
  democracy: “Who can blame Signor Mussolini for describing it as a putrefying
  corpse?" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/gbs-and-despots

[11]Greece Needs A New Political Culture
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/rbkzC5

Gideon Rachman | FT | 25 July 2011

Greek elites accept that country has to change. Political system seen as
  corrupt. Economy in fourth year of recession. But sense of entitlement and
  inertia endures. Still feels as though everybody wants a subsidy from the
  state [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/greece-needs-new-political-culture

[13]The Maid's Tale
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/nWBUvM

Christopher Dickey & John Solomon | Newsweek | 25 July 2011

"She glanced around the living room for luggage, saw none. 'Hello?
  Housekeeping.' Then a naked man with white hair suddenly appeared, as if out
  of nowhere." The head of the IMF no less. Allegedly. Here is the maid's
  account in full [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/maids-tale

[15]Experts Baffled By Mysterious Underground Chambers
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/qaKk5y

Matthias Schulz | Spiegel | 22 July 2011

More than 700 small tunnel networks have been found in southern Germany.
  There are hundreds more in Austria. Who built them, when and why?
  Archeologists are only just beginning to piece together the answers
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/experts-baffled-mysterious-underground-chambers

[17]Evolution Right Under Our Noses
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/r7vOQQ

Carl Zimmer | NYT | 25 July 2011

Super feature on the field biologists who study urban evolution. "Jason
  Munshi-South has tracked elephants in central Africa and proboscis monkeys
  in the wilds of Borneo. But for his most recent expedition, he took the A
  train" [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/evolution-right-under-our-noses

[19]How To Run A Single Currency
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/mQmH91

John Kay | 21 July 2011

America has maintained a stable currency union since 1865, mainly by
  refusing to bail out states—such as New York in the 1970s—when they get into
  trouble. Europe needs to learn the same sort of toughness, if the euro is to
  last [20]Comments
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-run-single-currency

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Dan Ariely on Behavioural Economics
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dan-ariely-on-behavioural-economics

We  can  all be more aware of our surroundings and our decision-making
  process, says the professor of psychology and behavioural economics. He
  recommends five books to help us maximise our prosperity and well-being
  [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dan-ariely-on-behavioural-economics

Featured Topic

[23]Journalism
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/topics/journalism

Find out what it's really like to be a journalist. Read about the shadowy
  world of foreign reporting, learn what makes a great article and delve into
  the history of journalism   [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/topics/journalism

Reader Recommendations

_@henrylf_   Visualisation   of   US   debt   -  genius  infographic[25]
  t.co/0r90zXM [26]#browsings [27]More like this
    Links:
      25. http://t.co/0r90zXM
      26. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Week

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/women’s-room-by-marilyn-french

[29]The Women’s Room by Marilyn French
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/women’s-room-by-marilyn-french

[30]Maria Sveland says: It expressed the experience of a huge crowd of
  women,  and it let all the women who read it understand that they were
  neither alone nor crazy[31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/maria-sveland-on-feminism
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]50 Renowned Academics Speak About God
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/50-renowned-academics-speak-about-god

Chomsky, Feynman, Pinker, Sagan, Dennett and many others feature in this 35
  minute compilation
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]Colin Thubron, on the changing world
    Links:
      34. http://www.thebrowser.com/interviews/colin-thubron-on-travel-writing

"The world’s changing all the time. It’s never seen once and for all, it
    has to be interpreted again and again, like Dante’s Divine Comedy"

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

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