Newsletter 555


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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]Does Austerity Promote Economic Growth?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/wiQ9Xi

Robert Shiller | Project Syndicate | 18 January 2012

"The outcome of government deficit reduction is never entirely predictable,
  so we can ask only how likely such a plan is to succeed in restoring
  economic prosperity." Which Shiller does, by looking at available historical
  data [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/does-austerity-promote-economic-growth

[7]The Years Of Stagnation And The Poodles Of Power
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/yqZlNg

Adam Curtis | BBC | 18 January 2012

Typically provocative blog post compares West of today with Soviet Union of
  1980s. Clearly many differences but similarities Curtis finds are striking
  – disillusion with politics, economics, corrupt technocrats, vacuous society
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/years-stagnation-and-poodles-power

[9]The New Philosophy Of Cosmology
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/zer8dD

Ross Anderson | The Atlantic | 19 January 2012

Fascinating. Interview with Tim Maudlin, a philosopher at forefront of a
  whole new field – the philosophy of cosmology. Where science runs out of
  answers – what is time, what happened before the Big Bang – is where his
  work starts [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/new-philosophy-cosmology

[11]Swallowed By A Whale
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/wONmYg

Ben Shattuck | Salon | 15 January 2012

Could it happen? Yes, but you wouldn't live to tell the tale. "You would
  first be chewed. Sperm whales’ teeth are 8 inches long." If you survived
  that, you'd be suffocated in the throat. Or liquefied by acids in the
  stomach [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/swallowed-whale

[13]Good King John
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/yMRKJ6

Graham Seel | History Today | 19 January 2012

Belated attempt to rescue reputation of John, often described as worst king
  in English history. Monastic chroniclers who criticised him had axes to
  grind. Other sources paint surprisingly different picture [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/good-king-john

[15]The Sound Of Silence
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/xBCzi1

Virginia Morell | Condé Nast Traveler | 4 January 2012

Lovely piece of travel writing on joy of tranquility. “In cities, we want to
  shut out the noise; we turn on our iPods and make our world smaller. In a
  national park, people do the opposite: They expand their world by listening"
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/sound-silence

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Will Hutton on Fairness and Inequality
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/will-hutton-on-fairness-and-inequality

In contemporary capitalist societies, some inequality is inevitable and
  desirable. But the rewards for the few at the top have soared while the rest
  have been squeezed. We need a new social contract, says the author and
  columnist [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/will-hutton-on-fairness-and-inequality

Featured Special Report

[19]Ali and Frazier
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/ali-and-frazier

Three fights against each other, two of the greatest heavyweight boxers of
  all time, one hell of a story [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/ali-and-frazier

Reader Recommendations

_@polit2k _RT _@Marcos_Eco_Pol_: Emerging-market multinationals: The rise of
  state capitalism | The Economist [21]t.co/i7M5fviv #gfc2 [22]#browsings
  [23]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/i7M5fviv
      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/out-their-league-by-david-meggyesy

[25]Out of their League by David Meggyesy
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/out-their-league-by-david-meggyesy

[26]Rick Telander says: “Meggyesy shatters the myths. He writes about the
  brutality of [American] football and the cruelty of coaches. He makes clear
  that winning comes at a steep price” [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rick-telander-on-american-football-and-its-dark-side
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]Newt Gingrich Wins The GOP Debate
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/gingrich-wins-gop-debate

Politics done right. Newt Gingrich's South Carolina surge explained in three
  minutes [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Slavoj Zizek, on work
    Links:
      30. http://www.lrb.co.uk/2012/01/11/slavoj-zizek/the-revolt-of-the-salaried-bourgeoisie

"The chance of being exploited in a long-term job is now experienced as a
    privilege"

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

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