Newsletter 541


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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]Reversal Of Fortune
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/y9DBxH

Patrick Radden Keefe | New Yorker | 2 January 2012

Story of epic battle between big oil and American lawyer acting for
  residents of Ecuadoran Amazon. Fascinating on tactics of corporate giant
  faced with class-action suit, and shades of grey that emerge in plaintiffs'
  case [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/reversal-fortune

[7]Does Stimulus Cure Recession?
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/yaNzhF

Terry Arthur | Adam Smith Institute | 6 January 2012

An answer from Austrian school of economics, home of Hayek. Keynesian
  stimulus spending useless. To exit recession "all the government needs to do
  is remove interest rate distortions, get out of the way and watch the market
  work" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/does-stimulus-cure-recession

[9]What Has Happened To The ANC?
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/zYy4Gy

Richard Dowden | African Arguments | 6 January 2012

Superb, succinct critique of South Africa's governing party, this week
  celebrating centenary of its birth. Lavishly, and at expense of South
  African taxpayers. Party of Mandela and anti-apartheid struggle looks
  inglorious now [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-has-happened-anc

[11]Barry Minkow: All-American Con Man
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/yJuhVJ

Roger Parloff | Fortune | 5 January 2012

"Minkow is blessed with intelligence, courage, indomitable drive, rhetorical
  gifts, an apparent desire to do good, and a record of documented beneficent
  deeds. Yet he also keeps doing ghastly things." This is his remarkable story
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/barry-minkow-all-american-con-man

[13]Christopher Hitchens
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/yrmZtU

Salman Rushdie | Tumblr/Vanity Fair | 5 January 2012

Rushdie's tribute to his great friend and ally. "I have often been asked if
  Christopher defended me because he was my close friend. The truth is that he
  became my close friend because he wanted to defend me." And he was
  magnificent [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/christopher-hitchens

[15]The Man Who Started The Sexual Revolution
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/wSDSvQ

James Murphy | TLS | 5 January 2012

Re-visiting one of Freud's most intriguing students, Wilhelm Reich. Coined
  phrase "sexual revolution". Developed real-life predecessor to Woody Allen's
  ficional Orgasmatron, The Orgone Accumulator. Even persuaded Einstein to
  test it [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/man-who-started-sexual-revolution

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Gary Taubes on Dieting
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/gary-taubes-on-dieting

Sticking to your new year’s resolutions? Still digesting Christmas lunch?
  Ignore  the conventional wisdom, says the diet expert – it’s carbs and
  refined sugars that are keeping you a belt-hole too broad, not meat and fats
  [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/gary-taubes-on-dieting

Featured Special Report

[19]Sex
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/sex

Call girls, bondage, pornography, naked yoga, adultery and the science of
  sperm; it's all here but maybe NSFW [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/sex

Reader Recommendations

_@smiler29_ hmmmmm just started Bikram Yoga and now this How Yoga Can Wreck
  Your Body [21]t.co/8pC7PwfG [22]#browsings [23]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/8pC7PwfG
      22. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      23. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[24]Book of the Day
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/couples-by-john-updike

[25]Couples by John Updike
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/couples-by-john-updike

[26]William Boyd says: “The book is a fantastically acute and brilliantly
  well-observed account of society. It gets the human condition really well”
  [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/william-boyd-on-writers-who-have-inspired-me
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]The # 1 Rock Climber In The World
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/1-rock-climber-world

Free solo climbing with Alex Honnold. No ropes. Just a massive cliff, one
  man and a battle against gravity. Astonishing
  [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]David Runciman, on politics
    Links:
      30. http://www.lrb.co.uk/v34/n01/david-runciman/will-we-be-all-right-in-the-end

"In a crisis democracies can experiment with autocracy, but autocracies
    can’t experiment with democracy"

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

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