Newsletter 516


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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]The Art Of Financial Disaster
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/sZJU2F

John Lanchester | London Review Of Books | 6 December 2011

Another superb piece of writing on the financial crisis by Lanchester.
  Picking apart the detail of three recent scandals – sale of Northern Rock to
  Virgin, demise of MF Global and bizarre happenings at camera maker Olympus
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/short-cuts-0

[7]Out-Of-Body Experience: Master Of Illusion
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/tdkYwl

Ed Yong | Nature | 7 December 2011

"It is not every day that you are separated from your body and then stabbed
  in the chest with a kitchen knife." So begins a terrific feature on
  neuroscientist Henrik Ehrsson and his ground-breaking research into our
  sense of self [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/out-body-experience-master-illusion

[9]The Long Life Of Homo Sovieticus
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/tFca54

Anonymous | Economist | 9 December 2011

Soviet politics was "an artificial construct of doublethink, paternalism,
  suspicion and isolationism". Putinism is more of the same—with "new
  characteristics such as cynicism and aggression". Change needed. Don't hold
  your breath [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/long-life-homo-sovieticus

[11]The Economics Of Moneyball
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/u3klsi

Tyler Cowen & Kevin Grier | Grantland | 7 December 2011

Re-evaluating principles of Moneyball, a system that shot Billy Beane to
  baseball fame. Do principles still work today? Yes, but not so easily. What
  can we learn from the world of finance? One key thing: "The lucky will
  appear wise" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/economics-moneyball

[13]Southpaw Grammar
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/sSbNWA

David Youdon | LA Review Of Books | 7 December 2011

Left-handedness counts for less now that we hardly use handwriting. Five of
  last seven US presidents left-handed. Left-handers twice as likely to be
  twins, twice as likely to have twins. But why "handedness" at all? A mystery
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/southpaw-grammar

[15]$100 Hand Of Blackjack, Foxwoods Casino
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/sTc5OU

David Hill | McSweeney's | 7 December 2011

"'You count cards?' he asked me. 'A little,' I said. Would I like to give it
  a go with them? It sounded like an adventure. The fact that I had no idea
  how to count cards never entered in to my mind before I enthusiastically
  agreed" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/100-hand-blackjack-foxwoods-casino

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Michael Dirda on Sherlock Holmes
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-dirda-on-sherlock-holmes

Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories and four novels starring his fictional
  sleuth. So where to start? The writer and lifelong Sherlockian gives us his
  personal choice of the best, and tells us more about their creator [18]Read
  on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-dirda-on-sherlock-holmes

Featured Special Report

[19]Popular Science
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/popular-science

Black holes, DIY bio-engineering, aliens and more. Interviews and articles
  from many of the biggest names in Science. No prior knowledge necessary
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/popular-science

Reader Recommendations

_@polit2k_ Europe’s disastrous summit | Felix Salmon [21]t.co/WqWWgtAW LOL
  "Eur ozone" _#gfc2 #gd2 #eurocrisis_ [22]#browsings [23]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/WqWWgtAW
      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/big-rich-rise-and-fall-greatest-texas-oil-fortunes-by-bryan-burrough

[25]The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes by Bryan
Burrough
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/big-rich-rise-and-fall-greatest-texas-oil-fortunes-by-bryan-burrough

[26]Attica  Locke  says: “There’s no way to understand the culture and
  politics of Texas without talking about oil. The oil industry fuelled the
  rise of Texas” [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/attica-locke-on-texas
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]McDonald's Versus Burger King
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/mcdonalds-versus-burger-king

Attack advertising. Fast-food edition [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]William Davis, on money
    Links:
      30. http://www.newstatesman.com/magazines/2011/11/capitalism-essay-wealth-crisis

"The current crisis is not simply a market failure in which prices are not
    functioning properly, but a loss of faith in money's capacity to tell the
    truth"

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

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