Newsletter 529


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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]Tearful Senator Pleads Guilty To Accepting Bribes
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/soNZ6n

William Rashbaum | NYT | 20 December 2011

Classic New York corruption story. State senator drove Bentley, lived in
  "garish" Brooklyn mansion built for a mafia boss. Used "baby talk" with his
  "intimate companion", a gynaecologist, who handled the incoming bribes
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/tearful-senator-pleads-guilty-accepting-bribes

[7]The Failure Of The Euro
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/tW2Y5F

Martin Feldstein | Foreign Affairs | 15 December 2011

Outstanding essay on history of euro crisis, way forwards for single
  currency: "The eurozone is likely to continue with almost all its current
  members. The challenge now will be to change the economic behavior of those
  countries" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/failure-euro

[9]Twins
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/rXtbyF

Peter Miller | National Geographic | 16 December 2011

"To biomedical researchers all over the world, twins offer a precious
  opportunity to untangle the influence of genes and the environment—of nature
  and nurture." Super feature looks into what makes identical twins different
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/twins

[11]The Media Made Malcolm X
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/ulvsex

Peter Ling | History Today | 20 December 2011

Interesting essay on activist Malcolm X. Should we consider him a civil
  rights leader? Probably not, his association with Nation of Islam undermines
  this view. It's also wrong to claim media misrepresented him. Rather, they
  made him [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/media-made-malcolm-x

[13]Bashar al-Assad, His Father's Son
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/snSufB

Jerrold Post | Foreign Policy | 20 December 2011

Ex-CIA analyst discusses Syrian leader's trajectory from moderniser to
  mass-murderer. Parallels with Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam. Both spent time
  in the West, enough to learn new ideas, but not enough for deep change
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/bashar-al-assad-his-fathers-son

[15]How Luther Went Viral
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/vErYqX

Anonymous | Economist | 17 December 2011

"Modern society tends to regard itself as somehow better than previous ones,
  and technological advance reinforces that sense of superiority." But
  revisiting Luther in 16th Century Germany, shows social media is nothing new
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-luther-went-viral

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Bruce Forbes on Christmas History
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bruce-forbes-on-christmas-history

Did  you know that Santa Claus was a 4th century bishop in what is now
  Turkey?  That Puritans tried to outlaw Christmas? Or that Tiny Tim was
  originally  Little  Fred?  We shed light on Christmas’s pagan past and
  consumerist present [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bruce-forbes-on-christmas-history

Featured Special Report

[19]Christopher Hitchens
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/christopher-hitchens-0

Remembering the superlative essayist, polemicist and debater [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/christopher-hitchens-0

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k RT @[22]delong: The Hole In FON Theory [23]t.co/zTl0KGPH via
  @[24]zite #[25]browsings [26]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://twitter.com/delong
      23. http://t.co/zTl0KGPH
      24. http://twitter.com/zite
      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/13-bankers-by-simon-johnson-and-james-kwak

[28]13 Bankers by Simon Johnson and James Kwak
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/13-bankers-by-simon-johnson-and-james-kwak

[29]Daron Acemoglu says: “This shows how the finance industry became what it
  is, not because of its genius but because, politically, we got rid of some
  regulations”[30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/daron-acemoglu-on-inequality
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/julianne-moore-sarah-palin

Meryl Streep was persuasive as Margaret Thatcher. But Julianne Moore comes
  straight out of uncanny valley [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

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

"The only lost cause is one we give up on before we enter the struggle"

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

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