Newsletter 488


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[1]The Browser
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[5]How GOP Became Party Of Rich
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/t5kKT1

Tim Dickinson | Rolling Stone | 9 November 2011

History of modern American fiscal policy, from the inflation of the 1970s
  through to the Bush tax cuts and the Tea Party. Because it's in Rolling
  Stone it's actually fun to read, and full of stuff to make non-rich people
  angry [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-gop-became-party-rich

[7]'In Assad’s Syria, There Is No Imagination'
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/v8w0R1

Anthony Shadid | Frontline | 8 November 2011

Hafez al-Assad was a ruthless cynic who ruled Syria with fear and violence.
  Son Bashar thought he could lighten up, get popular, and hold on to power
  that way. Wrong. Once you've built a wall of dread, you can't dismantle it
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/“-assad’s-syria-there-no-imagination”

[9]Is Europe On The Verge Of Another Great Depression – Or A Great Inflation?
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/tsUFOl

Simon Johnson | Baseline Scenario | 10 November 2011

"If your choice is global calamity or the printing of money, which would you
  choose?" Presumably the latter, though it's no long-term solution. The
  alternative, a European sovereign debt crisis, would be disastrous. Even for
  Germany [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/europe-verge-another-great-depression-–-or-great-inflation

[11]Testing The Copenhagen Interpretation
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/s0UgiK

Roger Highfield | Telegraph | 8 November 2011

How a quantum theory experiment may soon resolve Schrödinger's cat
  conundrum, removing need for parallel worlds and proving "that the
  possibilities of a living and a dead cat do indeed collapse into one reality
  when we look at it" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/testing-copenhagen-interpretation

[13]Orphans
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/uCASQr

Steve Silberman | Fray | 10 November 2011

"My dad was always a punctual man, even in death." Steve Silberman remembers
  the life and death of his father in this moving and very personal essay
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/orphans

[15]Magnificent Visions
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/tX4b7T

Ted Mann | Vanity Fair | 11 November 2011

Intrepid writer goes to Peru in search of hallucinogen ayahuasca. Encounters
  mysterious shamans and seven-storey pyramid on the Amazon, built by an
  Englishman inspired by the mind-altering drug. Then he tries it himself
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/magnificent-visions

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Alex Ross on Writing about Music
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/alex-ross-on-writing-about-music

Music gets deep inside us and inspires great writing too, says the music
  critic.  He tells us about Nietzsche’s infatuation with Wagner, Thomas
  Mann’s imaginary compositions and what John Cage really meant by his 4’33”
  of silence [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/alex-ross-on-writing-about-music

Featured Topic

[19]Time
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/time

What is it? Why isn't it the same everywhere? Can we travel through time?
  Will there be an end to time? Read on to find out [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/time

Reader Recommendations

_@alecash_  RT _@davidplotz_: A brief charming history of the word "Oops."
  Why do we say it when we mess up? [21]t.co/4wunrx9t [22]#browsings [23]More
  like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/4wunrx9t
      22. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      23. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[24]Book of the Day
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/freedoms-suburbia-by-paul-barker

[25]The Freedoms of Suburbia by Paul Barker
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/freedoms-suburbia-by-paul-barker

[26]Juliet Gardiner says: “There was a great deal of snobbishness about it
  but  what  Paul Barker shows so well is that suburbs often exemplified
  people’s dreams” [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/juliet-gardiner-on-930s-britain
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]All-New Asimo
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/all-new-asimo

Running robot. How long before one of these gets weaponised? [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Sianne Ngai, on cuteness
    Links:
      30. http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/43/jasper_ngai.php

"Cuteness  is a way of aestheticizing powerlessness. It hinges on a
    sentimental attitude toward the diminutive and/or weak"

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

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