Newsletter 540


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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]Putin And The Uses Of History
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/xKTc9g

Fiona Hill & Clifford Gaddy | National Interest | 4 January 2012

Intriguing profile of Russian leader. Canny, persuasive, able to “disappear
  in a crowd of two", he plays the tough-man for show. An avid student of
  Russia's past, now he's the "writer, manufacturer, and manipulator of
  history" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/putin-and-uses-history

[7]How Banks Are Using Your Money To Create The Next Crash
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/xX8zKV

Keith Fitz-Gerald | Money Morning | 4 January 2012

"Banks, trading houses are leveraging your money to increase their profits
  – just as in the run-up to the last financial crisis. Only this time, things
  may be worse." It's time to understand the concept of "rehypothecation"
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-banks-are-using-iyouri-money-create-next-crash

[9]The Decline Of The Public Good
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/A4beA8

Robert Reich | Robert Reich | 4 January 2012

Idea of public institutions is that they're paid for by all, especially the
  well-off, and available to all. America is now shifting to a system of
  private goods, available only to the rich, and supported by the rest of us
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/decline-public-good

[11]Inside The 'Ndrangheta
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/yOt6AD

Andreas Ulrich | Spiegel | 4 January 2012

Profile of Calabrian mafia. Main business: Cocaine wholesaling. "Our
  customers in Germany are mostly pimps and a large biker gang. We deliver in
  units of 50 to 70 kilograms." Biggest headache: How to invest all the
  profits [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/inside-ndrangheta

[13]The Big Russian Life Of Anna Chapman, Ex-Spy
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/zyYkqh

Brett Forrest | Capital New York | 4 January 2012

Remember her? Of course you do. Now with her own TV show and luxury
  lifestyle bankrolled by financial arm of Russian space agency. But is she a
  manufactured Russian hero and sham, or was she something more serious?
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/big-russian-life-anna-chapman-ex-spy

[15]Against Pepper
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/wwEoRd

Sarah Dickerman | Slate | 4 January 2012

What's so special about pepper, that it gets to sit next to the salt on
  almost every dining table? It's a fine spice, but by no means a universal
  one. Why not salt and cumin, or salt and coriander, or salt and soy sauce?
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/against-pepper

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Orville Schell on China and the US
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/orville-schell-on-china-and-us

The changing relationship between China and America will be one of the
  defining foreign policy issues of our times. To understand its dynamic, says
  the  sinologist,  we  must  take account of China's lingering sense of
  victimhood [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/orville-schell-on-china-and-us

Featured Special Report

[19]Euro On The Brink
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/euro-brink

What's going wrong with the euro? Can the problem be contained? If so, how?
  And what if it isn't? Read on to find out [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/euro-brink

Reader Recommendations

@shuja_x:  RT  @viewpointmag: On occupations, "electro-communism," and
  becoming a mother. t.co/QNuGyHzr #browsings [21]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[22]Book of the Day
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/man’s-search-meaning-by-viktor-e-frankl

[23]Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/man’s-search-meaning-by-viktor-e-frankl

[24]Roman  Krznaric  says:  “Frankl’s  time in concentration camps was
  enlightening for him. He noticed that those most likely to survive had what
  he called a 'will to meaning'” [25]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/roman-krznaric-on-art-living
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[26]Iowa Nice
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/iowa-nice

You think you know Iowa? Think again. (Some swearing, but try not to mind)
  [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[28]Sophie Pinkham, on Kim Kardashian
    Links:
      28. http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2012/01/05/the-wedding-party

"Marriage is no longer the inevitable result of a wedding"

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

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