Newsletter 471


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[1]The Browser
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]The Romney Economy
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/v2BrsT

Benjamin Wallace-Wells | New York | 23 October 2011

American business is more nimble and efficient than ever before; it's also
  less equal and more brutal. That's no accident. Handful of key players made
  it that way. Mitt Romney was one of them. (Thanks Daniel Lippman for
  alerting us) [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/romney-economy

[7]How The Potato Changed The World
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/useIp1

Charles Mann | Smithsonian | 19 October 2011

Fascinating history of humble spud. Originally from Andes; taken to Europe
  by Spanish. French blamed it for flatulence, English feared it brought Roman
  Catholicism. Bread price rises helped it catch on. Doubled Europe's food
  supply [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-potato-changed-world

[9]Control Rights (And Wrongs)
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/usPzdb

Andrew Haldane | Bank Of England | 24 October 2011

General theory of bank crises in past century. Bankers don't really answer
  to anybody. "Ownership and control rights are exercised by shareholders. But
  for banks, equity is a vanishingly small fraction of their balance sheet"
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/control-rights-and-wrongs

[11]Cool Under Fire
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/ppO8Cj

Rory Stewart | Intelligent Life | 21 October 2011

Visit to the Museum of Kabul reveals precarious history of Afghanistan's
  treasures. Don't expect tour guides or glossy catalogues. Indeed "often,
  there are no signs at all. And there are rarely any visitors" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cool-under-fire

[13]Religion In The 21st Century
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/pKwwiN

Anonymous | Philosopher's Beard | 22 October 2011

"Religion has been brought low by its old enemies, philosophy and politics.
  Religion persists and is even popular. But it is now in the mind, a matter
  of personal belief projected outwards. In short, religion is now secular"
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/religion-21st-century

[15]Was It A Cat I Saw?
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/pBdxA2

Barry Duncan et al | NPR | 23 October 2011

Interview with, and essay by, palindrome king Barry Duncan. Goes through
  life reading everything backwards, to keep in practice. Record: 800 words.
  Sent email from Russia with the subject line: "'Part One: Russia is sure no
  trap" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/was-it-cat-i-saw

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Jonathon Green on Slang
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jonathon-green-on-slang

It’s dirty, grubby and doubting. And us at our most real. The lexicographer
  takes us inside the world of “rough, truthful language” from rhyming slang
  and cant to the streets of Baltimore and an etymology of the f-word [18]Read
  on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jonathon-green-on-slang

Featured Topic

[19]Revolution In Libya
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/revolution-libya

With the death of Colonel Gaddafi, the Libyan uprising is almost complete
  and the nation-building can begin. Read our selection of articles about the
  ousted Libyan leader's brutal 42-year rule and the revolt that's raised
  hopes of a better future   [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/revolution-libya

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k: MT @[22]GreeGreece: Destroying the Livelihoods of 13M Ppl |
  The Myth of Greek Profligacy [23]t.co/pgPeZPHm #[24]gfc2 [25]#browsings
  [26]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://twitter.com/GreeGreece
      23. http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/10/24/the-myth-of-greek-profligacy
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gfc2
      25. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/book-leviathan-by-peter-blegvad

[28]The Book of Leviathan by Peter Blegvad
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/book-leviathan-by-peter-blegvad

[29]Ben Katchor says: “His strips gave a view of the world through the eyes
  of a newborn, an absolutely unacculturated creature. Every page is a great
  revelation” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ben-katchor-on-picture-stories
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]Criminal Penguins
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/criminal-penguins

Penguin turns to life of crime to build perfect nest [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]John Le Carré, on adaptations
    Links:
      33. http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117945968?refcatid=31

"Seeing your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into
    bouillon cubes"

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

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