Weekly newsletter 18


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Best of the Week

[5]Murdoch Hacked Us Too
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/nEZV2i

Frank Rich | New York | 31 July 2011

Superb, excoriating attack on News Corp. Not just a UK issue. Says America
  is in denial about extent of Murdoch empire's negative influence. And
  there's a lot more to it than mere tabloid vulgarity and right-wing
  attack-dog politics [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/murdoch-hacked-us-too

[7]Getting Bin Laden
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/pP1JdT

Nicholas Schmidle | New Yorker | 1 August 2011

The most detailed account to date of what happened that night in Abbottabad.
  Tense, powerful piece of writing describing the planning, build-up and
  execution of America's special forces raid on the world's most wanted man
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/getting-bin-laden

[9]Enter The Cyber-Dragon
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/piDo4Z

Michael Joseph Gross | Vanity Fair | 3 August 2011

Huge feature investigating a decade of cyber attacks against Lockheed
  Martin, Google, RSA and others. China top suspect. “There are only two types
  of companies—those that know they’ve been compromised, and those that don’t
  know" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/enter-cyber-dragon

[11]As Atheists Know, You Can Be Good Without God
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/oUtbKB

Jerry Coyne | USA Today | 31 July 2011

In praise of secular morality. Biologist knocks down arguments for God-given
  morality, explains how human morality came about through evolution, secular
  reasoning. Lucid, concise. Highly recommended [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/atheists-know-you-can-be-good-without-god

[13]Ultimate Logic: To Infinity And Beyond
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/pvkmM6

Richard Elwes | New Scientist | 1 August 2011

One mathematician believes he has cracked "the continuum hypothesis", a
  century-old problem to do with nature of infinity. How? "Not by using
  mathematics as we know it, but by building a new, radically stronger logical
  structure" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ultimate-logic-infinity-and-beyond

[15]Unraveling Mexico's Sinaloa Drug Cartel
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/oJQYcT

Richard Marosi | LAT | 24 July 2011

There's probably a limit to the amount you want to read about Mexican
  organised drug crime. But I haven't nearly hit mine yet. And here's a
  fantastic piece which is just the first of a four-part series. "The Wire"
  meets "Scarface" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/unraveling-mexicos-sinaloa-drug-cartel

[17]The 30-Foot Jump
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/ooATPK

Joe Posnanski | Sports Illustrated | 2 August 2011

Mike Powell's long jump world record has stood for very nearly 20 years. And
  no one around today has got remotely close to it. "But what if I tell you
  that the longest jump in the history of the world was NOT Mike Powell’s"
  [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/30-foot-jump

[19]Occasional Dispatches From The Republic Of Anhedonia
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/pE1sde

Colson Whitehead | Grantland | 27 July 2011

Ignore the off-putting title. Thoroughly entertaining story of journalist
  entering World Series of Poker. Sports writing at its best. Starts off with
  the immortal line: "I have a good poker face because I am half-dead inside"
  [20]Comments
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/occasional-dispatches-republic-anhedonia-1

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Dominic Lawson on Chess
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dominic-lawson-on-chess

You don’t have to be a genius to play chess, but it helps. The journalist
  tells us about the logical beauty of the game, its history and political
  context, and the lives and minds of its greatest masters [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dominic-lawson-on-chess

Featured Topic

[23]Natural History
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/topics/natural-history

Everything you need to know about natural history. Experts from London's
  Natural History Museum discuss their top five books on everything - from
  bats to plants, dinosaurs to meteorites and more [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/topics/natural-history

Reader Recommendations

_@zachprague_   great  _#browsings_  RT  _@edwardlucas_  RT  _@newsbrooke_  RT
  _@scatatkins_  v  good  piece on what it's like to interview a celebrity
  [25]bit.ly/oZ8kNa [26]#browsings [27]More like this
    Links:
      25. http://bit.ly/oZ8kNa
      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/black-mass-by-john-gray

[29]Black Mass by John Gray
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/black-mass-by-john-gray

[30]Robert Baer says: _"This book accounts for a lot of things for me. One
  is  how  the  intelligence  was  manipulated  when  we went into Iraq”_
  [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-baer-on-being-spy
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]Lucian Freud's Standing by the Rags
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/lucian-freuds-standing-rags

Adrian Searle assesses the great painter's legacy
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]Michael Foot, on politicians
    Links:
      34. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/aug/03/ed-miliband-ditch-political-tomes

"Men of power have not time to read; yet men who do not read are unfit for
    power"

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

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