Newsletter 550


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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]We're All Guilty Of Dehumanizing The Enemy
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/w0gCiB

Sebastian Junger | Washington Post | 13 January 2012

Interesting commentary on US Marines scandal. Does dehumanising the dead
  help soldiers cope psychologically with their act of killing? And how do you
  explain that it's ok to waterboard a live enemy but not urinate on a dead
  one? [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/were-all-guilty-dehumanizing-enemy

[7]The Hacker Is Watching
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/A8nWTx

David Kushner | GQ | 12 January 2012

Disturbing story of Luis Mijangos, who hacked into unsuspecting individuals'
  webcams to commit "sextortion". When eventually captured, FBI found 15,000
  videos, 900 audio recordings, 13,000 screen grabs. From a total of 230
  victims [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/hacker-watching

[9]Selling A 300-Year-Old Cello
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/ycQ1mm

Daniel Wakin | NYT | 14 January 2012

Great musicians part with great instruments only in old age or at death.
  Aaron Rosand was 84 when he sold his Guarnieri violin for $10m. Bernard
  Greenhouse's death puts his Stradivarius cello, one of 20, on the market
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/selling-300-year-old-cello

[11]British Institutions: London Underground
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/yCYvwV

Matthew Engel | FT | 13 January 2012

Part five of wonderful series looks at the Tube. Moves nearly five million
  people around London every day. Still much criticised. "Are you ever going
  to sort this place out?" asks Engel. "By 2021. It'll be fantastic then"
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/british-institutions-london-underground

[13]Iron Lady Falls
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/yrKidi

Virginia Postrel | Bloomberg | 13 January 2012

Film biography of Margaret Thatcher portrays her as lonely and bitter in old
  age, having devoted her life to work and neglected her family. That isn't
  true, and it isn't fair. No comparable man would be depicted that way
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/iron-lady-falls

[15]When Michelle Obama Came To Lunch
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/x0RqPo

Sophie Brickman | Gilt Taste | 10 January 2012

In the kitchen at New York City’s Gramercy Tavern. Line cook wishes she
  could say she was clean, well-rested, well-dressed for first lady's visit.
  Too bad. She did have an important aesthetic contribution to make though
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/when-michelle-obama-came-lunch

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]Putin's Russia
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/putins-russia

A  disputed election, protests, accusations of being a mafia state. As
  Vladimir Putin prepares to take back the presidency, what kind of country
  does he lead? [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/putins-russia

Reader Recommendations

@dmsouthasia Bangladesh: Of Feral Cats & Social Indicators t.co/iWOFMGRq
  #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/invisible-hook-hidden-economics-pirates-by-peter-leeson

[23]The Invisible Hook by Peter Leeson
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/invisible-hook-hidden-economics-pirates-by-peter-leeson

[24]Peter  Boettke says: “The Invisible Hook does a fascinating job of
  communicating to people the enjoyment of just thinking through a problem
  like an economist” [25]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/peter-boettke-on-austrian-economics
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[26]Scottish Independence
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/scottish-independence

The whole story in less than two minutes. Lots of nice touches. Thanks, Next
  Media [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[28]John Jeremiah Sullivan, on Jesus Christ
    Links:
      28. http://www.themillions.com/2012/01/staff-pick-john-jeremiah-sullivans-pulphead.html

"His breakthrough was the aestheticization of weakness"

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

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