Weekly newsletter 69

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

Best of the Week

[6]Extreme Weather
      6. http://b.rw/PqXLz0

Peter Miller | National Geographic | 15 August 2012

Torrential rain, blistering heatwaves, violent tornadoes – our world is
  being shaken by the most severe weather in modern history. What's going
  on? Have we damaged our climate irreparably? Are natural weather cycles
  to blame? Both? [7]Comments
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/extreme-weather

[8]And So Once Gaddafi Left, One Spanish Town Got A Little Smurfier
      8. http://b.rw/R6gHGj

Eric Ellis | Global Mail | 17 August 2012

When Sony painted Juzcar blue as a publicity stunt for its Smurfs film,
  the tourists started descending on the struggling Andalucian town. So
  what should it do when Sony left? Return to whitewashed walls, or stay
  Smurf blue? [9]Comments
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/and-so-once-gaddafi-left-one-spanish-town-got-little-smurfier

[10]The Veil Of Opulence
      10. http://b.rw/NkzqhU

Benjamin Hale | NYT | 12 August 2012

On Rawls, fairness, Romney and Obama. "Where the veil of ignorance
  offers a test for fairness from an impersonal, universal point of view,
  the veil of opulence offers a test for fairness from the first-person,
  partial point of view" [11]Comments
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/veil-opulence

      12. http://b.rw/NxMKgZ

John Richardson | Esquire | 10 August 2012

Report from Fort McMurray, Alberta, "little Canadian town that might
  just destroy the world". Huge reserves of tar-sand oil waiting to be
  piped to Texas refineries. But should US be feeding or fighting
  addiction to foreign oil? [13]Comments
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/keystone

[14]Does Copyright Matter?
      14. http://b.rw/QyzhST

Tim Parks | NYRB | 14 August 2012

"Do I, as an author, have the right to prevent people copying my books
  for free? Should I have it? Does it matter?" Parks suggests the answer
  lies not in theories of ownership but in how we see the social function
  of copyright [15]Comments
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/does-copyright-matter

[16]Giant Size
      16. http://b.rw/RNKEvP

Tom Breihan | Classical | 13 August 2012

If you're over seven feet tall, between 20 and 40 years old, and in the
  US, you're one of only 70. Breihan investigates what it's like to be a
  giant. He should have some idea. He measures up at six foot eleven. And
  three quarters [17]Comments
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/giant-size

[18]Chicken Of The Trees
      18. http://b.rw/S07C1B

Mike Sula | Chicago Reader | 16 August 2012

Country squirrels, fattened on nuts, make fine stew. What about their
  urban cousins, fattened on dumpster-diving? Turns out, they taste
  pretty good too. Even the brains: "Slightly creamy, almost like a soft,
  roasted chestnut" [19]Comments
      19. http://thebrowser.com/articles/chicken-trees

[20]Last Morning In Al Hamra
      20. http://b.rw/OYAP9z

Hilary Mantel | Spectator | 14 August 2012

"When you come across an alien culture you must not automatically
  respect it. You must sometimes pay it the complement of hating it."
  Essay on the home life of women in Saudi Arabia. Written in 1987, now
  published online [21]Comments
      21. http://thebrowser.com/articles/last-morning-al-hamra

FiveBooks Interview

[22]Robert Shiller on Human Traits Essential to Capitalism
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-shiller-on-human-traits-essential-capitalism

The Yale economist says rising inequality was a major cause of
  America's economic problems, and that little is being done to reduce
  the disparities. He gives us a reading list to understand how we got to
  here [23]Read on
      23. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-shiller-on-human-traits-essential-capitalism

Featured Topic

[24]Paul Ryan
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/paul-ryan

He's the man with the (budget) plan. What will the selection of the
  Wisconsin congressman as vice presidential candidate do for the Romney
  campaign? [25]Read on
      25. http://thebrowser.com/reports/paul-ryan

Reader Recommendations

@nuzav “@ProSyn: @Nouriel on the Euro zone: "if a breakup is
  unavoidable, delaying it implies much higher costs." [26]t.co/TM29m4LO
  [27]#browsings [28]More like this
      26. http://t.co/TM29m4LO
      27. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      28. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Week

[29]Book of the Day
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/quiet-american-by-graham-greene

[30]The Quiet American by Graham Greene
      30. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/quiet-american-by-graham-greene

[31]Charles Glass says: “This was written before the American war in
  Vietnam. Graham Greene saw it coming. And it was the idealism of
  liberals in America that led to the invasion of Vietnam by the armed
  forces. They should have read the book first and realised what they
  were doing.” [32]FiveBooks Archive
      31. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/charles-glass-on-americans-abroad
      32. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[33]People of the Lake
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos/people-lake

Al Jazeera documentary about the Aral Sea
  [34]More videos
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[35]David Lewis, on philosophers
      35. http://blog.kennypearce.net/archives/contemporary-thinkers/david-lewis

"It is the profession of philosophers to question platitudes that
    others accept without thinking twice. A dangerous profession, since
    philosophers are more easily discredited than platitudes"

[36]More quotes
      36. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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