Newsletter 501


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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]Fiber-Optics Exec By Day, Defender Of Justice By Night
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/sPOtxX

Joshua Davis | Wired | 22 November 2011

Astonishing story of successful sales exec who ran bizarre paramilitary
  vigilante squad. His team included a 360lb postal worker, a lookalike
  Playboy bunny and a weapons expert. Together they hunted down Ponzi scheme
  fraudsters [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/fiber-optics-exec-day-defender-justice-night

[7]Will Greece Unravel By Christmas?
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/rPV20T

Michael Pettis | China Financial Markets | 21 November 2011

"There is a very high probability that within weeks, or months at most,
  Greece will be forced to freeze bank deposits as a prelude to leaving the
  euro." Which could cause a dangerous cascade of deposit withdrawals in other
  countries [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/will-greece-unravel-christmas

[9]The American Behind India's 9/11
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/urfgmB

Sebastian Rotella | ProPublica | 22 November 2011

On the life and "career" of David Headley, spy, militant.
  Pakistani-American, born Daood Giliani. Revealed Pakistani intelligence role
  in Mumbai attacks. Slid among different cultures with ease. Life a mass of
  contradictions [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/american-behind-indias-911

[11]The Myth Of Renewable Energy
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/txiuV0

Dawn Stover | Bulletin Of The Atomic Scientists | 22 November 2011

We're told renewable energy sources are unlimited, clean, recyclable. But
  this is a myth. Wind turbines use vast quantities of scarce rare earths,
  solar power needs photovoltaic panels and geothermal a constant supply of
  groundwater [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/myth-renewable-energy

[13]Can The Bulldog Be Saved?
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/sExJmt

Benoit Denizet-Lewis | NYT | 22 November 2011

Bulldog is most extreme example of genetic manipulation in dog world.
  Inbreeding and breeding for "extreme traits" now causing severe health,
  welfare problems. Why are they so popular as pets, and should we do anything
  about it? [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/can-bulldog-be-saved

[15]The Amazing History Of The Bendy Straw
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/uleB27

Derek Thompson | Atlantic | 22 November 2011

Old straws used to disintegrate in your drink. So one man invented a
  wax-paper tube that didn't. Trouble was, if you bent it – and some needed to
  – you didn't get much liquid out. This was a problem in need of a solution
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/amazing-history-bendy-straw

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Colin Calloway on Native Americans and Colonisers
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/colin-calloway-on-native-americans-and-colonisers

As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, the history professor tells us why
  there's a lot more to the story of colonists and Native Americans than the
  tale of the first Thanksgiving taught in school [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/colin-calloway-on-native-americans-and-colonisers

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]machtm RT @[22]theeuropeanmag: How can we control our #[23]privacy if we
  don't      understand     our     #[24]technology?,     asks     Harry
  Lewis. [25]t.co/PNMgeBMu #[26]internet #[27]browsings [28]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/machtm
      22. http://twitter.com/theeuropeanmag
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#privacy
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#technology
      25. http://t.co/PNMgeBMu
      26. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#internet
      27. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      28. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[29]Book of the Day
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/big-time-sports-american-universities-by-charles-t-clotfelter

[30]Big-Time Sports in American Universities by Charles T Clotfelter
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/big-time-sports-american-universities-by-charles-t-clotfelter

[31]Daniel Hamermesh says: “This novel demonstration of the role of tax
  subsidies in supporting big-time sports in American universities will raise
  every reader’s blood pressure”[32]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/daniel-hamermesh-on-economics-fun
      32. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[33]A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos/darkness-visible-afghanistan

"No one sees what is happening here." An extraordinary short film in six
  parts.
  [34]More videos
    Links:
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[35]Simon Critchley, on Greek drama
    Links:
      35. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/21/euro-blind

"Tragedy requires some degree of complicity. It is not simply a matter of
    malevolent fate"

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

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