Newsletter 508


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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]Will Angela Merkel Act, Or Won't She?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/uKdroc

Peter Coy | Businessweek | 30 December 2011

On Merkel's quest for a euro solution, not a quick fix. "The question is
  whether, by the time she has perfected the blueprints for the high-class
  renovation of Europe she and her supporters crave, the building will have
  burned down" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/will-angela-merkel-act-or-wont-she

[7]The Broken Contract
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/tX9R10

George Packer | Foreign Affairs | 1 November 2011

US in decline. "All around, we see dazzling technological change, but no
  progress." Surface of life goes on improving, but deep structures,
  institutions, processes have decayed. Elites have lost their moral compass
  (Free reg reqd) [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/broken-contract

[9]When Will We Have Unmanned Commercial Airliners?
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/tYJqkg

Philip Ross | IEEE Spectrum | 29 November 2011

There used to be people who operated lifts for us; now we just have buttons
  to press. Every train used to have engineers in the cabin; many now are
  automated. So what about planes? They can already land unassisted. Why keep
  pilots? [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/when-will-we-have-unmanned-commercial-airliners

[11]Canary In The Coal Mine
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/txjlOU

James Vernon | Times Higher Education | 1 December 2011

Higher education used to be regarded in Britain as a public good. Now it's
  been rebranded as a private investment. Which means an escalation of fees, a
  build-up student debt, and the casualisation of academic labour. Who
  benefits? [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/canary-coal-mine

[13]29/11/11 – A Turning Point In British History
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/rB7wrI

Paul Mason | BBC | 30 November 2011

Chancellor's autumn statement laid bare some devastating truths. Economic
  forecasts have been torn to shreds and, like America, we have an
  impoverished middle class whose spending power cannot survive a slump in
  house prices [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/291111-–-turning-point-british-history

[15]Reader, I Marinated It
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/v7TRaS

Mark Crick | Independent | 25 November 2011

Imagining how Virginia Woolf, Geoffrey Chaucer and Raymond Chandler would
  have fared as food writers. From Lamb with Dill Sauce à la Raymond Chandler:
  "I took hold of the joint. It felt cold and damp, like a coroner's
  handshake" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/reader-i-marinated-it

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Michael Farr on Tintin
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-farr-on-tintin

Why do the Tintin stories have such enduring appeal? A Tintinologist tells
  us what makes them special, how their creator, Hergé, came to write them,
  and why he was accused of being a Nazi collaborator [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-farr-on-tintin

Featured Topic

[19]Euro On The Brink
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/euro-brink

What's going wrong with the euro? Can the problem be contained? If so, how?
  And what if it isn't? Read on to find out [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/euro-brink

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k RT @[22]BBCMarkMardell: Obama's former economic advisor thinks
  the  eurozone  will break up[23]t.co/rTeG1Uxq #[24]gfc2 #[25]browsings
  [26]More like this
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      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://twitter.com/BBCMarkMardell
      23. http://t.co/rTeG1Uxq
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gfc2
      25. http://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/middle-ground-by-richard-white

[28]The Middle Ground by Richard White
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/middle-ground-by-richard-white

[29]Colin Calloway says: “The middle ground was an area where Indian power
  was real, where Europeans had to compromise, not command. It was an area of
  cautious coexistence” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/colin-calloway-on-native-americans-and-colonisers
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]Soft Robot
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/soft-robot

It's tiny. It's squishy. It goes anywhere. And yes, it's funded by Darpa
  [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Michael Tomasky, on Herman Cain
    Links:
      33. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/dec/22/herman-cain-ceo-self

"If one puts to the side his wildly extreme political views, his obvious
    and cringe-inducing knowledge gaps, and his alleged treatment of women,
    one can easily find things to admire in Herman Cain"

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

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