Weekly newsletter 52


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[1]A selection of our best article links of the week, plus featured
  FiveBooks interviews, videos, quotations and more.
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

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Best of the Week

[5]The Camorra Never Sleeps
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/HGmjhO

William Langewiesche | Vanity Fair | 10 April 2012

"It is an understanding, a way of justice, a means of creating wealth
  and spreading it around. It has been a part of life in Naples for
  centuries—far longer than the fragile construct called Italy has even
  existed" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/camorra-never-sleeps

[7]Exponential Economist Meets Finite Physicist
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/I0WjR0

Tom Murphy | Do The Math | 10 April 2012

Can economic growth continue indefinitely? No, said the physicist to
  the economist. And here, in a delightful re-creation of a recent dinner
  conversation between the two, is why not [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/exponential-economist-meets-finite-physicist

[9]The Second-Term Illusion
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/HCJZtC

Aaron David Miller | Foreign Policy | 11 April 2012

Do you think a second-term Obama presidency, freed from re-election
  concerns, will tackle Netanyahu and push for Middle East peace? Here's
  why it won't happen (and it's not because of the Israel lobby)
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/second-term-illusion

[11]The Population Control Holocaust
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/IoqJz4

Robert Zubrin | New Atlantis | 11 April 2012

Remarkable essay on disturbing history and politics of the "population
  control movement", from US to China. Pseudoscience of Malthus led to
  billions of ruined lives globally. The lesson? Side with human
  ingenuity, not antihumanism [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/population-control-holocaust

[13]Scientology's 'Heretic'
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/HsrRTs

Guy Adams | Independent | 6 April 2012

Marty Rathbun spent 27 years with L Ron Hubbard's crowd. Oversaw
  sensitive legal campaigns, even mentored Tom Cruise. Fled,
  disillusioned in 2004. Dropped off radar for five years; emerged as
  outspoken critic of his former "church" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/scientologys-heretic

[15]The End Of Empathy
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/ItPNDH

Walter Kirn | GQ | 9 April 2012

Mitt Romney does not feel your pain. There again, neither does Barack
  Obama. But who says voters want familiarity and empathy anyway? It
  wasn't on offer from FDR or JFK. Truth is, Americans want to salute
  their leaders, not hug them [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/end-empathy

[17]The Neuroscience Of Bob Dylan's Genius
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/HokYjS

Jonah Lehrer | Guardian | 6 April 2012

"'It's just this sense that you got something to say.' What he felt was
  the itch of an imminent insight, the tickle of lyrics that needed to be
  written down. 'I found myself writing this song, this story, this long
  piece of vomit'" [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/neuroscience-bob-dylans-genius

[19]Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/HDI1rc

Stephen Marche | Atlantic | 12 April 2012

"We are living in an isolation that would have been unimaginable to our
  ancestors, and yet we have never been more accessible." Research
  suggests we're becoming more lonely, and that's making us ill. Is
  social media to blame? [20]Comments
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/facebook-making-us-lonely

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Edward Lucas on Putin and Russian History
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/edward-lucas-on-putin-and-russian-history

The international editor of The Economist and author of a new book
  about Russia gives an excoriating critique of Putinism and explains how
  Russia's amoral present is rooted in a failure to come to terms with
  its past [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/edward-lucas-on-putin-and-russian-history

Featured Topic

[23]The Killing of Trayvon Martin
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/killing-trayvon-martin

On the case that has pitched America into soul-searching and division
  [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/killing-trayvon-martin

Reader Recommendations

@SundeenMark Great piece Brittany's Choice by Greg Martin in Witness
  Magazine[25] t.co/QtY4rWXG #longreads [26]#browsings [27]More like this
    Links:
      25. http://t.co/QtY4rWXG
      26. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Week

[28]The Last Days of Mankind by Karl Kraus
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/last-days-mankind-by-karl-kraus

[29]Niall Ferguson says: “I was entirely riveted by Kraus’s central
  theme, which is that the First World War could to some extent be
  understood as a media-driven event” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/niall-ferguson-on-intellectual-influences
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[31]Bang Goes The Theory
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/bank-goes-theory

Johnny Ball estimates the number of taxis in London using
  capture/recapture [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[33]Marc Pincus, on failure
    Links:
      33. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-04-12/how-to-fail-mark-pincus

"Success is dangerous because often you don’t understand why you
    succeeded. You almost always know why you’ve failed"

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

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