Newsletter 527


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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 Great Economic Divide Makes Everyone Poorer
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/t3RzkQ

Mark Thoma | Fiscal Times | 20 December 2011

A simple thought experiment reveals why disparities in wealth, in a divided
  society, hurt everyone. "The rich live in one world, the poor in another,
  and mutually beneficial arrangements between the two groups fail to occur"
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/great-economic-divide-makes-everyone-poorer

[7]Breakthroughs In Faith
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/tmIar1

Olivier Roy | World Policy Institute | 19 December 2011

Fine essay on religion, democracy. "It does not make sense to demand
  religious liberalism or theological reform or a preliminary secularization
  as a requirement for making religion compatible with democracy." Here's why
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/breakthroughs-faith

[9]Trials And Errors: Why Science Is Failing Us
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/sLmsW7

Jonah Lehrer | Wired | 16 December 2011

Provocative essay on limits of reductionism in complex science, how we tend
  to jump to conclusions about causality, and why this stymies progress. Put
  simply, why it is that "the more we know, the less we seem to understand"
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/trials-and-errors-why-science-failing-us

[11]I'm A Pedestrian In My Dreams
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/tXsxiY

Markus Feldenkirchen & René Pfister | Spiegel | 19 December 2011

Model interview with German finance minister Wolgang Schäuble, crippled by
  madman in 1990. Pushy but polite. Focus on disability and political life.
  First question: "Is this the right job for a 69-year-old wheelchair user?"
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/im-pedestrian-my-dreams

[13]The Great Train Robbery
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/sWUena

Mark Pulham | Crime Magazine | 19 December 2011

How British gangsters stole $70m (in today's money) from a mail train. And
  how a fanatical detective tracked them down. Almost a perfect crime: 120
  mailbags offloaded in 40 minutes. But their fixer failed to clean up
  afterwards [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/great-train-robbery

[15]There’s Nothing Like A New York Hack
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/u8t8ws

Hanna Rosin | New York | 11 December 2011

Taxi driver's daughter, on tricks of the trade. "He knew where the drug
  deals were made and the best place to have sex in the afternoon. He knew
  which deli made the best sunnyside up on toast and where you could find a
  bathroom" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/there’s-nothing-new-york-hack

FiveBooks Interview

[17]John Gapper on Financial Speculation
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-gapper-on-financial-speculation

We all have a bit of the rogue trader in us. So says the chief business
  commentator of the FT, who tells us about the greed, vanity and weakness
  that can lead to financial disaster[18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-gapper-on-financial-speculation

Featured Special Report

[19]Václav Havel
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/václav-havel

In memoriam of the playwright and former Czech president, who's died at the
  age of 75 [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/václav-havel

Reader Recommendations

[21]@polit2k In Wall Street’s Back Offices, Loyalty Is Lost: Richard Sennett
  -    Bloomberg [22]t.co/G9XjZZAD via   @[23]BloombergView    #[24]gfc2
  #[25]browsings [26]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://t.co/G9XjZZAD
      23. http://twitter.com/BloombergView
      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/once-and-future-king-by-t-h-white

[28]The Once and Future King by T H White
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/once-and-future-king-by-t-h-white

[29]Lev Grossman says: “A thoroughly modern re-imagining of the story of
  King Arthur. The first part alone may be the best story of a childhood ever
  committed to paper” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lev-grossman-on-fantasy
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]A Circular Saw, A Gauloise And A Little Red Wine
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/circular-saw-gauloise-and-little-red-wine

Design  guru  Stephen  Bayley  argues  that  manufacturing teaches the
  relationship between effort and reward - a moral connection lost in the
  financial industry [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Václav Havel, on people power
    Links:
      33. http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Václav_Havel

"Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible
    political  effect  can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in
    political significance"

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

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