Weekly newsletter 64


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

Best of the Week

[6]The Lethal Presidency Of Barack Obama
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/Nfb1a4

Tom Junod | Esquire | 9 July 2012

US president decides who should live and who, if they're deemed to be a
  threat to the country, should die. There's no public accountability,
  even when those targeted are Americans. And even when one of those
  Americans was a teenager [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lethal-presidency-barack-obama

[8]Capitalism's Brave New World
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/N13iOW

Jonathan Last | Weekly Standard | 10 July 2012

What happens when labour is uncoupled from geography? When work, or
  "microtasks", can be outsourced by the second (for microprices) to
  anyone anywhere with an internet connection? It's happening now (h/t
  Daniel Lippman) [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/capitalisms-brave-new-world

[10]Is The Web Driving Us Mad?
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/L3kPR6

Tony Dokoupil | Newsweek | 8 July 2012

"No one is arguing for some kind of Amish future. But the research is
  now making it clear that the Internet is not 'just' another delivery
  system. It is creating a whole new mental environment." Measured piece,
  despite the headline [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/web-driving-us-mad

[12]The Country That Is The World: Syria's Clashing Communities
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/LUh3eq

Charles Glass | World Affairs Journal | 12 July 2012

Charles Glass is usually worth a look on Lebanon/Syria. This short
  essay about tolerance, sectarianism and revolt will tell you more about
  Syria than the next 20 news reports you'll read about killings and
  ceasefires [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/country-world-syrias-clashing-communities

[14]Reading Each Other
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/LbhJzm

Sarah Skwire | Freeman | 1 July 2012

What's the value of art, philosophy, music, literature? None will solve
  the world's problems. "The best the humanities can do is to remind us
  that, as Auden put it, 'We must love one another or die', and then show
  us how to do it" [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/reading-each-other

[16]What Would Disprove Evolution?
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/L5L2hY

Jerry Coyne | Why Evolution Is True | 9 July 2012

"If evolution is a scientific theory worth its salt, then there must be
  some conceivable observations that could show it to be wrong. [Here
  are] seven observations that, if repeated and confirmed, would disprove
  parts of the theory" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-would-disprove-evolution

[18]War Is Betrayal
    Links:
      18. http://b.rw/L5zDPl

Chris Hedges | Boston Review | 7 July 2012

In America, it's not the rich kids who go to war. It's the children
  from working-class and jobless families. Recruiters lead them on with
  tales of sex, danger, heroism. They go out all fired up. They come back
  broken [19]Comments
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/articles/war-betrayal

[20]Can Oral Sex Cure Morning Sickness?
    Links:
      20. http://b.rw/NgLg9Q

Jesse Bering | Slate | 10 July 2012

Why do some pregnant women get morning sickness? One view is that it
  helps protect the foetus from damaging foods and the mother from
  miscarriage. But there is an alternative theory. Which is where the
  headline comes in [21]Comments
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/articles/can-oral-sex-cure-morning-sickness

FiveBooks Interview

[22]Bernard Bailyn on Atlantic History
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bernard-bailyn-on-atlantic-history

The Harvard professor and Pulitzer prize-winning historian recommends
  reading on three centuries of empire, conflict and slave trading
  between the Americas, Europe and Africa [23]Read on
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bernard-bailyn-on-atlantic-history

Featured Topic

[24]The Libor Scandal
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/libor-scandal

Barclays has been fined and its chief executive forced out. What's it
  all about? And who's next? [25]Read on
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/reports/libor-scandal

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k: Voices of finance: employee relations manager at a major bank
  | Joris Luyendijk [26]t.co/lgRIrGCe via @guardian [27]#browsings
  [28]More like this
    Links:
      26. http://t.co/lgRIrGCe
      27. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      28. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Week

[29]Taste by Roald Dahl
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/taste-by-roald-dahl

[30]Randall Grahm says: “It is an amazing story. It is very funny and
  also captures how wine tasters can use language to assert cultural
  superiority” [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/randall-grahm-on-wine
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]What Is A Flame?
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/what-flame

In case a child ever asks, just show them this. The genius is in the
  simplicity, and accuracy, of this explanation
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]Wittgenstein, on perception
    Links:
      34. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/07/wittgenstein-weighs-in-on-the-higgs-boson/259608

"One thinks that one is tracing the outline of the thing's nature,
    and one is merely tracing round the frame through which we look at
    it"

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

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