Newsletter 564


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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]Banks Weren't Meant To Be Like This
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/xmWnyv

Michael Hudson | Naked Capitalism | 27 January 2012

"Banking has moved so far away from funding industrial growth and
  economic development that it now benefits at the economy’s expense in a
  predatory and extractive way, not by making productive loans."
  Something has to change [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/banks-werent-meant-be

[7]The Ethics Of Brain Boosting
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/zeQPPa

Jonathan Wood | Oxford Science Blog | 26 January 2012

If there was a cheap device that improved your language skills, maths,
  memory, general reasoning, would you buy it? Hope you never have to
  answer that? Well, now you might. Looks like "transcranial direct
  current stimulation" works [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ethics-brain-boosting

[9]In Mekong, Chinese Murders, Bloody Diplomacy
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/xC3ppR

Andrew Marshall | Reuters | 27 January 2012

Reporting from the Golden Triangle. Heroin still the main business, but
  challenged by methamphetamine. Other contraband includes wild animals,
  weaponry, North Korean refugees. Not to mention the gambling, warfare,
  murder [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mekong-chinese-murders-bloody-diplomacy

[11]What's Wrong With The Teenage Mind?
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/yIFvTT

Alison Gopnik | WSJ | 28 January 2012

Children are reaching puberty earlier and earlier in life. And yet
  these same children are adopting adult roles later and later. Which
  makes for "a good deal of teenage weirdness". Fine essay explains
  what's really going on [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/whats-wrong-teenage-mind

[13]The Best Madam In America
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/yc8UXL

Ron Chepesiuk | Crime | 16 January 2012

On the making of a New York brothel keeper. Started career in 1920
  almost accidentally. Clients soon stretched from gangsters and
  politicians to intellectual elite. At one time, head waiters all over
  Manhattan were on her payroll [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/best-madam-america

[15]Burgled In Philly
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/zMSoGU

John Davidson | Bygone Bureau | 18 January 2012

In which the author learns, after having two automatic rifles stolen
  from his apartment, that the easiest way to get his stuff back is to
  have one drug dealer lie to another drug dealer while he lies to the
  police [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/burgled-philly

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]Epic Adventures
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/epic-adventures

Extreme tourism, unwise adventure and plain bad luck. Enjoy it all from
  the comfort of your armchair [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/epic-adventures

Reader Recommendations

@ShaffinS @TheEconomist: London is getting bigger, and straining under
  the weight. t.co/yGHOLf3c #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/forest-people-by-colin-m-turnbull

[23]The Forest People by Colin M Turnbull
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/forest-people-by-colin-m-turnbull

[24]Emrys Westacott says: “What strikes me about the pygmies is that
  they’re not trying to achieve anything beyond what they already have.
  We take it as a given that we should be striving for things”
  [25]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/emrys-westacott-on-philosophy-and-everyday-living
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[26]Sirenia Shadows
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/sirenia-shadows

Lazy days with the manatees of Florida. For which, you may have
  noticed, we have a soft spot
  [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[28]Alfred Hitchcock, on suspense
    Links:
      28. http://tomshone.blogspot.com/2011/05/fine-art-of-suspense-botched.html

Suspense consists of letting an audience know precisely what is about
  to happen—and then making them wait for it
  [29]More quotes
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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