Newsletter 554


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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]Internet Regulation & The Economics Of Piracy
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/zpFvNE

Julian Sanchez | Cato Institute | 18 January 2012

"No matter how bad last season's crops were, witch burnings are a poor
  policy response." Outstanding essay questions effect of digital piracy, need
  for government regulation. Conclusion? There is no dire, pressing threat to
  industry [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/internet-regulation-economics-piracy

[7]Julian Assange Interview
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/wsRVdV

Michael Hastings | Rolling Stone | 18 January 2012

Remember him? He's still under UK house arrest, a year after rape
  allegations. Some think him "a sexual deviant with bad personal hygiene",
  others an "embattled rebel commander". Either way, he's "isolated, broke and
  vulnerable" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/julian-assange-interview

[9]The Battle Over Pakistan's Schools
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/yAAFVv

Kamila Shamsie | Guernica | 16 January 2012

Excellent account of disastrously failing education system and an admirable
  grassroots project with a big aim: To eliminate obscurantism that results in
  social science textbooks extolling religious benefits of owning cows
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/battle-over-pakistans-schools

[11]The Secrets Apple Keeps
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/wDVIyX

Adam Lashinsky | Fortune | 18 January 2012

Fascinating look at life inside Apple. "Outside, Apple is revered. Inside,
  it is cultish." So obsessed with secrecy that many employees are hired
  without even knowing what their roles will be. And that's just the start of
  it [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/secrets-apple-keeps

[13]Political Origins Of Hungary's Economic Crisis
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/xqeIIX

Clemens Höges | Spiegel | 17 January 2012

Viktor Orban and his right-wing Fidesz party have rewritten Hungary's
  constitution to entrench themselves in power. How did they get the chance?
  Blame the outgoing Socialists, who ruined the economy and lied to the voters
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/political-origins-hungarys-economic-crisis

[15]Soccer's Heavy Boredom
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/zexzf2

Brian Philips | Grantland | 17 January 2012

It's a difficult and fluid game. Which means long periods of nothing much,
  interspersed with moments of awesome visual beauty. Americans see the first
  and think it's dull. Many others see the second and go wild with excitement
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/soccers-heavy-boredom

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Rick Telander on American Football (and its Dark Side)
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rick-telander-on-american-football-and-its-dark-side

It’s  America’s  favourite sport – at its best, a wonderful, thrilling
  spectacle; at its worst, legitimised violence exacting a terrible price on
  players. The Chicago Sun-Times sportswriter takes us inside the game's dark
  heart [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rick-telander-on-american-football-and-its-dark-side

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

@polit2k RT @umairh: The definitive piece on SOPA from @maxwellelliot and
  @jamesallworth. Don't miss. t.co/6SpB9CZL #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/fear-and-loathing-las-vegas-by-hunter-s-thompson

[23]Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/fear-and-loathing-las-vegas-by-hunter-s-thompson

[24]Matthew O'Brien says: “The book is more than a drug trip in Vegas –
  it’s a eulogy for the countercuthelture of the 1960s and their American
  dream of changing the world” [25]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/matthew-o’brien-on-las-vegas
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[26]Brief History Of Computing
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/brief-history-computing

And even then most of the action is in the last two seconds. Computer nerds
  only, please. Others pass by [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[28]Dominic Lawson, on government
    Links:
      28. http://www.editorialintelligence.com/ebulletin/viewonline.php

"If your policy is one of retrenchment and austerity, it is advisable to
    come up with something other than economic growth as a measure of your
    success"

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

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