Newsletter 489


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[1]All of our Best of the Moment article recommendations, plus FiveBooks
  interviews and other selected content from thebrower.com
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]Difference Engine: Luddite Legacy
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/u1dz2Z

Anonymous | Economist | 4 November 2011

Why have unemployment levels remained stubbornly high? Has technological
  progress, and increasing digitization of knowledge, contributed by rendering
  more and more jobs obsolete, while society simply hasn't caught up?
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/difference-engine-luddite-legacy

[7]The Code Of The Winklevii
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/uLXlSa

Dana Vachon | Vanity Fair | 3 November 2011

Investment banker-turned-author Dana Vachon profiles the Winklevoss
  brothers, identical twin Olympic rowers who sued Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg
  and refuse to admit defeat. The result is a hilarious, insightful look at
  their battle [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/code-winklevii

[9]News Flash: WINEP Defends The 'Special Relationship'
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/vVMUD3

Stephen Walt | Foreign Policy | 9 November 2011

For British readers, that's Washington's special relationship with Israel,
  not the UK. Excellent analysis argues that unconditional nature of those
  ties works against US national interests. Better to treat Israel like any
  other ally [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/news-flash-winep-defends-special-relationship

[11]Are We A Democracy?
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/uRw2tf

Gary Gutting | NYT | 9 November 2011

Philosopher answers, by way of Plato. "Current calls for 'less government'
  actually mean less power for elected leaders and for the bureaucracies that
  serve them and more power for the 'oligarchy' of millionaires and
  corporations" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/are-we-democracy

[13]How The US Justice Department Legally Hacked My Twitter Account
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/uh52tj

Birgitta Jónsdóttir | Guardian | 11 November 2011

Icelandic MP and early WikiLeaks supporter Birgitta Jonsdottir describes her
  outrage at the fact that the U.S. government was able to compel Twitter to
  release her personal information [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-us-justice-department-legally-hacked-my-twitter-account

[15]The Truth About Violence
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/w3r1sI

Sam Harris | Sam Harris | 5 November 2011

"It is overwhelmingly likely that some of you will become the targets of
  violence in the future. The purpose of this essay is to help prepare you for
  it." So begins a masterful blogpost that explains the essentials of
  self-defence [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/truth-about-violence

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

[21]@polit2k RT  @[22]TimHarford: RT @[23]mark_dow Most complete, best
  nuanced on Italy so far. (by @[24]greg_ip)[25]t.co/giaZ0CRB #[26]browsings
  [27]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://twitter.com/TimHarford
      23. http://twitter.com/mark_dow
      24. http://twitter.com/greg_ip
      25. http://t.co/giaZ0CRB
      26. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/queer-london-by-matt-houlbrook

[29]Queer London by Matt Houlbrook
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/queer-london-by-matt-houlbrook

[30]Juliet Gardiner says: “Homosexuality was much more tolerated in the
  thirties than we realise and Houlbrook has done a great service in ripping
  that period apart”[31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/juliet-gardiner-on-930s-britain
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[32]Burning Man 2011
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/burning-man-2011

Time-lapse video. At 20 minutes, goes on for about 19 minutes more than most
  videos in this space. Even so: Wish you were there [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[34]Slavoj Zizek, on duty
    Links:
      34. http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/william-davies/happy-now-as-britain-prepares-to-measure-wellbeing-we-conclude-our-happine

"Personal enjoyment has become a greater obligation than self-discipline,
    and brings an even greater sense of failure when it is not achieved"

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

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