Newsletter 562


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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]Mega-Man
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/AbHvth

Sean Gallagher | Ars Technica | 25 January 2012

Barely believable story of Kim Dotcom, self-styled "Dr Evil" of file
  sharing, and CEO of illegal website Megaupload. Born Kim Schmitz in
  Germany, this is how he went from hacker to insider trader, playboy,
  master internet fraudster [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mega-man

[7]The Long Goodbye
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/waSuCL

Doug Monroe | Atlanta Magazine | 1 January 2012

"We thought Daddy was going to die in 2001." We put him in a hospice.
  Eleven heartbreaking and expensive years later he was still being
  diapered and spoonfed. The triumph of American healthcare: Immortality
  that nobody can afford [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/long-goodbye

[9]How Much Is An Astronaut’s Life Worth?
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/xYJ9lT

Robert Zubrin | Reason | 26 January 2012

On future of space exploration. "We have to find a way to strike a
  balance between human life and mission accomplishment. We need a
  quantitative criterion to assess what constitutes a rational
  expenditure to avert astronaut risk" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-much-astronaut’s-life-worth

[11]How To Save The Euro
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/yzm988

George Soros | NYRB | 25 January 2012

Soros likens solution to being in a skidding car: First, steer in
  direction of skid (impose discipline on deficit countries, carry out
  structural reforms). Once control is regained, correct the direction
  (apply stimulus) [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-save-euro-0

[13]Inside The Heresy Files
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/ySO7Nb

Cullen Murphy | New Humanist | 23 January 2012

Revisiting history of the Inquisition suggests troubling conclusion:
  "Inquisitions advance hand-in-hand with civilisation itself." Indeed
  the Inquisition can be seen not as historic relic but as harbinger of
  the modern police state [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/inside-heresy-files

[15]Mercenary Techie Troubleshoots For Drug Dealers
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/zjWBhc

Adrian Chen | Gawker | 25 January 2012

You want to boost your bar's listing on Foursquare? Martin can help.
  You want to bury a nasty article deep in Google's search results? That
  too. You want to set up your drug ring with untraceable cellphones?
  Martin again [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mercenary-techie-troubleshoots-drug-dealers

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Francis Fukuyama on the Financial Crisis
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/francis-fukuyama-on-financial-crisis

The author of "The End of History" says the financial crisis revealed a
  great deal about the nature of America’s political and economic system.
  The shame, he says, is that opportunities to change it are now being
  ignored [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/francis-fukuyama-on-financial-crisis

Featured Special Report

[19]The New Islamists
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/new-islamists

The Arab Spring has created opportunities for the region's Islamist
  movements. How will they behave once in, or near, power? [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/new-islamists

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k How The Glock Became America's Weapon Of Choice
  [21]t.co/JV3rrReY via @nprbooks [22]#browsings [23]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/JV3rrReY
      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/homage-catalonia-by-george-orwell

[25]Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/homage-catalonia-by-george-orwell

[26]Timothy Snyder says: “In this book you can see a man of the Left
  learning to make the distinction that breaks down the Left with a big L
  into lots of little lefts” [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/timothy-snyder-on-dissent
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]Microwaves Ruin Everything
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/microwaves-ruin-everything

I know what you're thinking. Why no pets? [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Scott Adams, on fairness
    Links:
      30. http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/who_benefits_more

"Fairness is a concept invented so dumb people could participate in
    arguments"

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

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