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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]When Currencies Collapse
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/whPsTW

Barry Eichengreen | Foreign Affairs | 15 December 2011

Superb essay. Euro, dollar account for 90% of global foreign exchange
  reserves. What would happen if investor confidence in either faltered?
  Eichengreen looks back to 1930s and 1970s for clues (Free access for Browser
  readers) [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/when-currencies-collapse

[7]The Meaning Of Mitt
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/ziUvAZ

Michael Kranish & Scott Helman | Vanity Fair | 4 January 2012

Timely feature on Republican contender, his family, career in business, and
  leadership in Mormon church. "Mitt is always the star. And everybody else is
  a bit player." Oh, and yes he really did strap his dog to the roof of his
  car [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/meaning-mitt

[9]Behind The Rise Of The Great Powers
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/xP50jW

Liu Xiaobo | Guernica | 3 January 2012

Translation of Nobel laureate's superb 2007 essay on state of China. Still
  reads well. Chinese people are fed fabricated myths of success. Patriotism
  is channeled into superficial, arrogant nationalism. Universal values
  obliterated [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/behind-ithe-rise-great-powersi

[11]Greece: The History Behind The Collapse
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/t38cL4

Georges Prévélakis | Eurozine | 23 December 2011

Professor of geopolitics at Sorbonne seeks to explain peculiarities of
  Greece's political administration, dysfunctional economy, through lens of
  history. And the lessons Europe must learn from his country's near failure
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/greece-history-behind-collapse

[13]Why You Don't Really Have Free Will
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/uM22zV

Jerry Coyne | USA Today | 1 January 2012

Popular newspaper column resolves argument that has engaged philosophers for
  centuries. Well, not quite, but it's a nice punchy statement of the main
  ideas from a serious thinker. And a good read. As if you had a choice
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-you-dont-really-have-free-will

[15]How Many Stephen Colberts Are There?
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/wCezJ6

Charles McGrath | NYT | 4 January 2012

On host of fake news show _The Colbert Report_. Satire that blurs parody and
  the parodied. Tried to buy naming rights for presidential primary. And add
  referendum question on whether "corporations are people". Nearly succeeded
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-many-stephen-colberts-are-there

FiveBooks Interview

[17]William Boyd on Writers Who Have Inspired Me
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/william-boyd-on-writers-who-have-inspired-me

The acclaimed novelist tells us about the authors, from Heller to Chekhov,
  who most influenced his own development as a writer – and reveals the secret
  to a well-crafted sex scene [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/william-boyd-on-writers-who-have-inspired-me

Featured Special Report

[19]Republican Contenders
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/republican-contenders

Will it be Romney? Or Anyone-But-Romney? These are the Republicans hoping to
  be their party's choice to challenge President Obama [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/republican-contenders

Reader Recommendations

_@_[21]polit2k Rethinking the Growth Imperative - Kenneth Rogoff - Project
  Syndicate [22]t.co/158zdaB3 via   @[23]ProSyn#[24]oped  #[25]browsings
  #[26]gfc2 h/t @[27]moorehn
  [28]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/rogoff88/English
      23. http://twitter.com/ProSyn
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#oped
      25. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gfc2
      27. http://twitter.com/moorehn
      28. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[29]Book of the Day
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/walden-by-henry-david-thoreau

[30]Walden by Henry David Thoreau
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/walden-by-henry-david-thoreau

[31]Roman Krznaric says: “In 1845 the American naturalist went out to live
  in the woods of Western Massachusetts. Thoreau was one of the great masters
  of the art of simple living” [32]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/roman-krznaric-on-art-living
      32. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[33]OU Trick Shots With James Fraschilla
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos/ou-trick-shots-james-fraschilla

Extraordinary coordination (and probably an extraordinary number of takes).
  Just watch it!
  [34]More videos
    Links:
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[35]Pete Warden, on data
    Links:
      35. http://petewarden.typepad.com/searchbrowser/2011/12/why-the-sumerians-invented-data.html

"Gathering data is not a neutral act. It will alter the power balance,
    usually in favor of the people collecting the information"

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

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