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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]Inside Newt's Stunning Comeback
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/siDFe4

Peter Boyer | Newsweek | 12 December 2011

Just a few months ago, Gingrich looked like a defeated man, his presidential
  ambitions in tatters. But now he finds himself as Republican favourite, with
  a substantial lead in the polls. Here's the story of his remarkable comeback
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/inside-newts-stunning-comeback

[7]Britain Is Ruled By The Banks, For The Banks
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/u6P5DP

Aditya Chakrabortty | Guardian | 12 December 2011

Devastating on Britain's metamorphosis to a "bankocracy". Banks contribute
  far less in taxes, jobs than manufacturing. And their lending was never that
  widespread. Why then are they suddenly so vital to the "national interest"?
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/britain-ruled-banks-banks

[9]Kyoto Withdrawal Shames Us All
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/uK8gXr

John Ibbitson | Globe & Mail | 13 December 2011

"It isn’t easy for a country to descend, in the space of a single decade,
  from crusader to pariah, as Canada has done on the environment. But our
  political leaders were up to the task." And voters don't appear to care
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/kyoto-withdrawal-shames-us-all

[11]Bank Says No? Ditch The Bank – Borrow From The Crowd
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/vWwHCu

MacGregor Campbell | New Scientist | 12 December 2011

Everyone's fed up with banks not lending. But is there a better way to
  organise financing? How about direct person-to-person lending? It has a long
  history of false-starts, failures. But the Internet could yet make it a
  viable model [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/bank-says-no-ditch-bank-–-borrow-crowd

[13]The New Science Of Our Cross-Wired Senses
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/rXrflG

Courtney Humphries | Boston Globe | 11 December 2011

You might reasonably assume that our five core senses – touch, sight,
  hearing, taste and smell – operate independently. But researchers have shown
  that they actually enhance, compete, even alter one another in many
  surprising ways [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/new-science-our-cross-wired-senses

[15]Of Hume And Bondage
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/unaJ7y

Simon Blackburn | NYT | 11 December 2011

"Among philosophers it is not uncommon to find Hume patronised as a slightly
  dim, inaccurate or naïve analytical philosopher." But that's misleading.
  Here's a fine defence of Hume from one of UK's most admired academic
  philosophers [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/hume-and-bondage

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Rana Mitter on 100 Years of Modern China
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rana-mitter-on-100-years-modern-china

A century after the fall of China’s last imperial dynasty, the legacy of
  revolution remains deeply ambiguous in today’s People’s Republic. The China
  scholar tells us the story of the country’s tumultuous changes from 1911 to
  2011 [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rana-mitter-on-100-years-modern-china

Featured Special Report

[19]The Occupy Movement
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/occupy-movement

From New York to California, and many places inbetween, they are protesting.
  But who are they, what do they want and what does it all mean? [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/occupy-movement

Reader Recommendations

[21]polit2k Jon Corzine, rogue trader | Felix Salmon [22]t.co/THbLbf9E
  [23]#browsings [24]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/12/12/jon-corzine-rogue-trader
      23. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/adventure-speckled-band-by-sir-arthur-conan-doyle

[26]The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/adventure-speckled-band-by-sir-arthur-conan-doyle

[27]Michael Dirda says: “It really has a superbly eerie atmosphere. Most
  Sherlockians, if they had to pick just one story to represent the canon,
  would choose this one” [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-dirda-on-sherlock-holmes
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]How To Peel A Head Of Garlic ...
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/how-peel-head-garlic

... in less than ten seconds. Wanted: tips like this for everything in life
  [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Duncan Watts, on leadership
    Links:
      31. http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/11/what_are_leaders_really_for.html

"When we hear that a raging forest fire has consumed millions of acres of
    forest, we don’t assume that there was anything special about the initial
    spark"

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

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