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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]Who Runs Russia?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/vI684X

Charles Clover | FT | 17 December 2011

Criminal leadership and government, always close, have merged completely.
  "The basic functions of organised crime—protection rackets, narcotics,
  extortion and prostitution— have increasingly been assumed by the Russian
  state". [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/who-runs-russia

[7]Can Tides Turn the Tide?
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/rqNKeN

Tom Murphy | Do The Math | 13 December 2011

Tidal power "is virtually inexhaustible on relevant timescales, is less
  intermittent than solar/wind, and uses old-hat technology to make
  electricity". Sounds promising. Physics professor runs the rule over its
  potential [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/can-tides-turn-tide

[9]Infinite Stupidity
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/vIaHBf

Mark Pagel | Edge | 15 December 2011

A bit of innovation goes a long way. One person has an idea, many can share
  it. The better our communications, the faster ideas can travel. In the
  modern age it's much more profitable to be a copier than an innovator
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/infinite-stupidity

[11]The Girl With The Father Tattoo
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/vIArmj

Michele Pridmore-Brown | LA Review of Books | 15 December 2011

How fathers shape their daughters. "The girlish power to redeem men has a
  long tradition. But the bar on committed or 'good-enough' fatherhood has
  risen radically in recent years, and especially so with respect to girls"
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/girl-father-tattoo

[13]Marines Promoted Inflated Story For Medal Of Honor Recipient
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/rHuEUk

Jonathan Landay | McClatchy | 14 December 2011

US military has been under pressure to award more medals of honour to those
  who've served in Afghanistan and Iraq. But account of actions by one recent
  recipient doesn't stack up. How much does embellishment of war deeds matter?
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/marines-promoted-inflated-story-medal-honor-recipient

[15]The Rise And Fall Of The Recipe Card
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/sibZOf

Katie Arnold-Ratliff | Slate | 12 December 2011

Charming article on history, allure of recipe cards. Early examples included
  wonderful non-descriptions: "Enough flour to make a stiff dough" or "Bake
  until done". More than instructions, they were tangible memories, traditions
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/rise-and-fall-recipe-card

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Lev Grossman on Fantasy
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lev-grossman-on-fantasy

We're living through a golden age for fantasy fiction, says the author of
  _The Magicians_. He tells us what makes for a good fantasy novel, and who's
  staking out the future not just of fantasy but of fiction itself [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lev-grossman-on-fantasy

Featured Special Report

[19]Sport's Violence Problem
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/sports-violence-problem

Nobody wants to take away the thrill and drama of the NFL or NHL, but is
  middle age dementia an acceptable price for ex-players to pay?  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/sports-violence-problem

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k RT  @[22]GdnPolitics: Tom Watson: 'People thought I was a
  paranoid             conspiracy            theorist' [23]t.co/GNujdNy1
  @[24]ObsNewReview #[25]browsings  @[26]tom_watson
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://twitter.com/GdnPolitics
      23. http://t.co/GNujdNy1
      24. http://twitter.com/ObsNewReview
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://twitter.com/tom_watson

[27]More like this
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/becoming-dickens-by-robert-douglas-fairhurst

[29]Becoming Dickens by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/becoming-dickens-by-robert-douglas-fairhurst

[30]Judith Flanders says: “The perfect book. It told me new things about a
  subject  I  thought  I  knew  well,  it made the things I knew already
  interesting, and it made me laugh” [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/judith-flanders-on-life-victorian-age
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[32]Christopher Hitchens's Ten Commandments
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/christopher-hitchenss-ten-commandments

"Can these tablets of stone stand a bit of an update for our time?"
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[34]Christopher Hitchens, on publishing
    Links:
      34. http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/3956.Christopher_Hitchens

"Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it
    should stay"

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

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