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Best of the Week

[5]How Fast Can China Go?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/p7iYrY

Simon Winchester | Vanity Fair | 13 September 2011

Wonderful, evocative account of maiden journey on China's new needle-nosed
  CRH380A supertrain. Reveals why "to Westerners, who have to endure
  regulatory tedium and budget delays, what is happening in China simply
  beggars belief" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-fast-can-china-go

[7]Does The Euro Have A Future?
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/pEbGjn

George Soros | NYRB | 14 September 2011

If so, a tenuous and tempestuous one. "It is imperative to prepare for the
  default and defection of Greece, Portugal and perhaps Ireland. The European
  banking system would have to be recapitalized and put under European
  supervision" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/does-euro-have-future

[9]F-16 Pilot Was Ready To Give Her Life On Sept 11
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/qiZVJa

Steve Hendrix | Washington Post | 9 September 2011

On pilot sent after flight UA93. "The one thing she didn’t have as she
  roared into the crystalline sky was live ammunition. Or missiles. Or
  anything at all to throw at a hostile aircraft. Except her own plane. So
  that was the plan" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/f-16-pilot-was-ready-give-her-life-sept-11

[11]It's Already Happened
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/ru4RYu

James Meek | LRB | 14 September 2011

Superb, highly readable essay on commercialisation of Britain's national
  health service. And that's not something I thought I'd ever write. But it's
  a fascinating story from the pioneers of hip replacement ops to lobbyists of
  today [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/its-already-happened

[13]The Cognitive Science Of Rationality
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/mXJy6s

Luke Muehlhauser | LessWrong | 12 September 2011

At last, a decent overview of rationality research. Tough read but
  rewarding. How human reasoning works and why it produces false beliefs,
  biases and mistaken judgements. From "corrupted mindware" to "cognitive
  miserliness" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cognitive-science-rationality

[15]Racially Profiled And Cuffed In Detroit
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/mRI6Ab

Shoshana Hebshi | Stories From The Heartland | 12 September 2011

Disturbing epilogue to 9/11 commemorations. Half-Jewish, half-Arab woman
  from Ohio tells how she was hauled off a plane and taken away by Homeland
  Security after an anonymous complaint by another passenger [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/racially-profiled-and-cuffed-detroit

[17]What Is Philosophy?
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/puFnw4

John Wilkins | Evolving Thoughts | 13 September 2011

Big question and surprisingly tricky to answer. Perhaps because its topics
  cross disciplines and it doesn't use special methods or data. Is it best to
  define philosophy as "what you do when the facts do not fix the solution"?
  [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-philosophy

[19]The First Across The Continent
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/nTa5nP

Howard Eisenberg | Air & Space | 1 September 2011

Wonderful account of Cal Rodgers's epic quest to become first man to cross
  America by plane. Essentially bounced along, from one crash landing to the
  next. Total flight time? 49 days. Only thing to bother him? A shortage of
  cigars [20]Comments
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/first-across-continent

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Jay McInerney on Essential New York Novels
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jay-mcinerney-on-essential-new-york-novels

The author of Bright Lights, Big City tells us what changed after 9/11 and
  which books best capture the ambition, romance and creativity of New York
  [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jay-mcinerney-on-essential-new-york-novels

Featured Topic

[23]Republican Contenders
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/topics/republican-contenders

Romney, Bachmann or Perry? AN Other? Read our selection of background and
  analysis articles on the Republicans hoping to be their party's choice to
  challenge President Obama [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/topics/republican-contenders

Reader Recommendations

_@polit2k_ The 2 Billion UBS Incident: 'Rogue Trader' My Ass | Matt Taibbi |
  _@rollingstone_   [25]t.co/tLvnSBYh    _#gfc2  @pierrebri_  [26]#browsings
  [27]More like this
    Links:
      25. http://t.co/tLvnSBYh
      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/little-school-by-alicia-partnoy

[29]The Little School by Alicia Partnoy
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/little-school-by-alicia-partnoy

[30]Juan Méndez says: “It is about how torture is perceived by women and how
  women  retain their personal dignity even under the most demeaning and
  distressing situations” [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/juan-méndez-on-torture
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]The Pitch: Banning All Religion
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/pitch-banning-all-religion

Advertising agencies compete to sell the unsellable: "Let's make religion
  history" [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]Fran Lebowitz, on post-9/11 security
    Links:
      34. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/fran-lebowitz-on-new-york-writers?page=full

"All you would hear was: 'safety, safety, safety'. I think there is
    nothing more dangerous than constantly thinking about safety"

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

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