Newsletter 558


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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]The Obama Memos
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/zZMUIc

Ryan Lizza | New Yorker | 23 January 2012

Reflections on Obama's first term, "based on a review of hundreds of
  pages of internal White House documents". Inside stuff confirms outside
  impressions. Obama underestimated recession, misread Republican mood,
  lost his edge [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/obama-memos

[7]Staring Into The Abyss
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/zyQPmM

John Maudlin | Business Insider | 21 January 2012

Fine, if grim, analysis of Greek crisis, and possible ways forward for
  eurozone. "For country after country, this is the Endgame. It is the
  end of the Debt Supercycle. Debt has grown to the size that it cannot
  be sustained" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/staring-abyss

[9]The Smart Way To Play God With Earth's Limited Land
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/yY9uxo

Mark Lynas | Scientific American | 20 January 2012

Clever, thought-provoking piece on sustainability. Suggests that "the
  most positive trend of all in allowing us to minimise our impact on the
  planet’s surface is one more often bemoaned than celebrated:
  Urbanisation". Here's why [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/smart-way-play-god-earths-limited-land

[11]How US Lost Out On iPhone Work
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/xRWt9C

Charles Duhigg and Keith Bradsher | NYT | 21 January 2012

Why Chinese factories make everything Apple. “You need a thousand
  rubber gaskets? That's the factory next door. A million screws? That
  factory is a block away. You need that screw made a little bit
  different? Three hours" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-us-lost-out-iphone-work

[13]Newt Heads For Florida
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/wgBCbd

John Cassidy | New Yorker | 22 January 2012

One thinks of Cassidy as a business writer, but he's flourishing on the
  Republican campaign trail. This piece on the second resurrection of
  Newt Gingrich will demand a place in any serious anthology of 2012
  political journalism [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/newt-heads-florida

[15]The Mechanics Of Choice
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/ybX7Vk

Anonymous | APS Observer | 12 January 2012

Background paper on the basics of behavioural psychology. Takes in
  Kahneman and Tversky's work on irrational choices; and Stanovich and
  West's model of two rival decision-making systems, one instinctive and
  one reflective [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mechanics-choice

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Emrys Westacott on Philosophy and Everyday Living
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/emrys-westacott-on-philosophy-and-everyday-living

Philosophy is sometimes assumed to be a dry, academic subject but, in
  reality, is anything but. A philosophy professor tells us how his
  subject is at least as much about how we live, love and relate to each
  other [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/emrys-westacott-on-philosophy-and-everyday-living

Featured Special Report

[19]Joe Paterno: 1926-2012
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/joe-paterno-1926-2012

One of the greatest careers in US college athletics. But a life marred
  by a terrible misjudgement. How will Joe Paterno be remembered?
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/joe-paterno-1926-2012

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k Boom time in Beijing | Jeremy Paxman [22]t.co/nIwR6DFv via
  @[23]guardian #[24]gfc2 [25]#browsings
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://t.co/nIwR6DFv
      23. http://twitter.com/guardian
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gfc2
      25. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

[26]More like this
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/spirit-level-why-more-equal-societies-almost-always-do-better-by-richard-wilkinson-and-k

[28]The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/spirit-level-why-more-equal-societies-almost-always-do-better-by-richard-wilkinson-and-k

[29]Will Hutton [30]says: “What I liked especially about The Spirit
  Level is the way it builds a case that inequality is phenomenally
  dysfunctional”
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/will-hutton-on-fairness-and-inequality
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/will-hutton-on-fairness-and-inequality

[31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[32]Maths And Music
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/maths-and-music

TED talk. Scott Rickard sets out to construct the ugliest piece of
  music possible, on mathematical principles [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[34]Alain de Botton, on religions
    Links:
      34. http://blog.ted.com/2012/01/17/faq-with-alain-de-botton-on-religion-for-atheists

"Religions are giant machines directed to managing our inner life.
    There is nothing like this in the secular world, and this seems a
    pity"

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

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