Newsletter 551


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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]'Your Son Is Being Tortured. He Will Die If You Don't Pay'
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/xs6Hjj

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad | Guardian | 16 January 2012

Horrifying, important account of corruption and lack of humanity in Iraq.
  "You pay $300,000 to buy a post as a security chief of a neighbourhood for a
  year and you have to get your money back. It's like an investment"
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/your-son-being-tortured-he-will-die-if-you-dont-pay

[7]The Rise And Consequences Of Inequality In The United States
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/yGTXKW

Alan Krueger | Center For American Progress | 12 January 2012

Share of income going to top 1% has reached "mindboggling" levels. Middle
  class has shrunk, economic mobility has fallen. Here's why it happened, what
  it means, and what to do about it (10-page PDF with additional PowerPoint
  slides) [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/rise-and-consequences-inequality-united-states

[9]Mr Daisey And The Apple Factory
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/A6l8Ti

Mike Daisey | This American Life | 13 January 2012

Transcript of radio show in which reporter visits Foxconn factory in
  Shenzhen, China, where iPhones are made. 430,000 workers, many underage,
  working in conditions unimaginable to those in the West. Eye-opening,
  compelling, shocking [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mr-daisey-and-apple-factory

[11]A Meditation On Money
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/wh0jwE

John Médaille | Front Porch Republic | 13 January 2012

Economists tend to think that barter comes first, followed by money, then
  credit systems. But, as David Graeber has shown, historical evidence points
  in the opposite direction. Barter emerges when credit and money collapse
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/meditation-money

[13]Love, Boxing, And Hunter S Thompson
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/zGXG4i

John Kaye | LA Review of Books | 15 January 2012

Wild romp through screenwriter's life, as he recalls trips to New Orleans,
  boxing bouts, and bizarre encounters with _Fear and Loathing_ author. Very
  enjoyable but beware: Contains drugs, casual sex, crudity and profanity
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/love-boxing-and-hunter-s-thompson

[15]The Joy Of Six: Darts
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/zt87De

Scott Murray | Guardian | 13 January 2012

Great moments in darts, "the last resort of thoroughly improbable people".
  Featuring Eric Bristow, John Lowe, Keith Talent, Jocky Wilson, Phil Taylor.
  "Jocky is a man of few words, most of them, 'I cannae believe it'"
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/joy-six-darts

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Amanda Smith on Newspaper Dynasties
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/amanda-smith-on-newspaper-dynasties

From the Hearsts to the Murdochs, powerful families have often controlled
  the newspapers we read. The author, and Kennedy family member, tells us why
  they do it and where it leads [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/amanda-smith-on-newspaper-dynasties

Featured Special Report

[19]Great Obituaries
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/great-obituaries

Raise a glass to life's characters with our collection of writing about
  eventful, unconventional lives. RIP [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/great-obituaries

Reader Recommendations

_@Psych_Doc_  It's  Blue  Monday: the most depressing day of the year? a
  psychologist explains on _@guardianscience_ [21]t.co/nEJ09b4W [22]#browsings
  [23]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/nEJ09b4W
      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/stuff-thought-by-steven-pinker

[25]The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/stuff-thought-by-steven-pinker

[26]Henry Hitchings says: “In this book he analyses how our words relate to
  our  thoughts and to the world around us, and what that tells us about
  ourselves” [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/henry-hitchings-on-language
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]Fotoshop By Adobé
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/fotoshop-adobé

"My skin feels like plastic". Quite decent of Adobe to leave this up, all
  things considered [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Corey Robin, on conservatism
    Links:
      30. http://chronicle.com/article/The-Conservative-Mind/130199

"When  the conservative looks upon a democratic movement, he sees a
    terrible disturbance in the private life of power"

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

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