Newsletter 548


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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]Do Some Cultures Have Their Own Ways Of Going Mad?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/wjVtS8

Latif Nasser | Boston Globe | 8 January 2012

"Arctic hysteria" afflicts only Greenland Inuit. "Dhat syndrome" is peculiar
  to India. Cape Verdians fear "sleeping blood". What about Westerners? Are
  their mental illnesses also bound to national and local cultures?
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/do-some-cultures-have-their-own-ways-going-mad

[7]The Revolt Of The Salaried Bourgeoisie
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/yksMK2

Slavoj Žižek | LRB | 11 January 2012

Thought-provoking essay on employment, shortfalls of capitalism. Heightened
  productivity, increased efficiencies mean just one thing: "The chance of
  being exploited in a long-term job is now experienced as a privilege"
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/revolt-salaried-bourgeoisie

[9]Steve Ballmer Reboots
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/Avjej8

Ashlee Vance | Businessweek | 12 January 2012

"You get the sense he could beat you up." But he's a smart cat too. Got the
  Cloud right. Skype, X-Box, Kinect doing nicely. Smartphone OS improving
  fast. The word on Windows 8 is good. Is the supertanker turning round?
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/steve-ballmer-reboots

[11]Warming To Life In The Hot Zone
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/yFviG4

David Mould | Times Higher Education | 12 January 2012

Two American researchers head to a village in northern Kazakhstan to see
  what life is like on a former nuclear test site. Their first thought, on
  arrival? The inhabitants simply must be relocated. Here's why they changed
  their minds [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/warming-life-hot-zone

[13]Lockdown: The Coming War On General-Purpose Computing
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/y4Xvzj

Cory Doctorow | Boing Boing | 10 January 2012

"Can't you just make us a general-purpose computer that runs all the
  programs, except the ones that scare and anger us?" Fine essay on Stop
  Online Piracy Act (SOPA), implausability of regulating Internet and
  computing effectively [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lockdown-coming-war-general-purpose-computing

[15]Who Pinched My Ride?
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/xBeugd

Patrick Symmes | Outside | 9 January 2012

"In America’s rough streets, there are four forms of currency—cash, sex,
  drugs, and bicycles. Of those, only one is routinely left outside
  unattended." Cyclist investigates what happens when your prized possession
  is stolen [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/who-pinched-my-ride

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Henry Hitchings on Language
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/henry-hitchings-on-language

The wordsmith and cultural historian debunks common myths about English,
  recommends  the smartest writing about words, and says apostrophes are
  “orthographic squiggles” not worth fighting for [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/henry-hitchings-on-language

Featured Special Report

[19]North Korea
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/north-korea

In the aftermath of Kim Jong-il's death, we look back at the legacy of his
  tyrannical rule over North Korea [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/north-korea

Reader Recommendations

_ShaffinS  “@ProSyn_: Nobel laureate _@JoeStiglitz_ on why 2012 will bring
  bad economic news. [21]t.co/sHNRWXeE” #browsings [22]#browsings [23]More
  like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/sHNRWXeE
      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/uncommon-therapy-psychiatric-techniques-milton-h-erickson-md-by-jay-haley

[25]Uncommon Therapy by Jay Haley
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/uncommon-therapy-psychiatric-techniques-milton-h-erickson-md-by-jay-haley

[26]Mira Kirschenbaum says: “Erickson understood that if therapy is about
  change, not insight, then in some important way you’re not tethered to
  reality" [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mira-kirshenbaum-on-relationship-therapy
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]The Predictability Of Unpredictability
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/predictability-unpredictability

If that's the title, you already know the principal speaker: Nassim Nicholas
  Taleb [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Laini Guinier, on politics
    Links:
      30. http://www.bostonreview.net/BR37.1/ndf_lani_guinier_gerald_torres_black_politics.php

"The dominant preference of politicians is reelection"

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

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