Newsletter 572


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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]Attack Dog
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/xPD9Au

Jane Mayer | New Yorker | 6 February 2012

A very nice guy who makes very nasty ads. This is Larry McCarthy,
  master of the negative TV ad, now working for Romney Super PAC.
  Shredded Dukakis. Did for Gingrich in Iowa. What counts is whether it
  works, not whether it's true [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/attack-dog

[7]DIY Science: Splitting The Atom
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/w1O2yJ

Jon Ronson | Guardian | 3 February 2012

Interview with Richard Handl, who did try it at home. "First, he got a
  saucepan. Into it he put his radioactive elements—the americium and
  radium. He mixed them up with sulphuric acid and beryllium, and turned
  on the stove" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/diy-science-splitting-atom

[9]Can Italy Change?
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/zkrbiS

Tim Parks | NYRB | 1 February 2012

Italy is marked by "a tendency to foment and then thrive on a gap
  between the official version of events and their actual course, between
  rules and practice, appearance and reality". So how will change affect
  Italy, and Italians? [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/can-italy-change

[11]Lunch With Kenneth Rogoff
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/wr4fbo

Gideon Rachman | FT | 3 February 2012

Conversation about economics and chess. “I’m not a great mathematician,
  but game theory really clicked for me." Nice anecdotes about Karpov,
  Fischer. On Europe: "We’re not in the endgame, we’re in the
  middle-game" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lunch-kenneth-rogoff

[13]Russia's Line In The Sand
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/A5IJiA

Dmitri Trenin | Foreign Affairs | 5 February 2012

Why Russia won't support UN condemnation of Syria's President Assad.
  Not just solidarity among autocrats. Russia feels that it got burnt
  over Libya. It doesn't trust the Syrian opposition. And it trusts the
  US even less [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/russias-line-sand

[15]The Virgin Father
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/A5ktJE

Benjamin Wallace | New York | 5 February 2012

Trent Arsenault has never had sex, but he's the father of 15 children –
  and counting. He's a well-paid tech worker, uses diet and exercise to
  maximise his sperm count, and he gives away his semen for free. The FDA
  doesn't like it [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/virgin-father

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Roland Huntford on Polar Exploration
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/roland-huntford-on-polar-exploration

The author of “Race for the South Pole” discusses the early history of
  polar exploration, and gives us some fascinating insights into what
  made the Norwegians different from their British counterparts [18]Read
  on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/roland-huntford-on-polar-exploration

Featured Special Report

[19]Behavioural Economics
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/behavioural-economics

How do cognitive and emotional factors affect our understanding of
  economic decisions? The field of behavioural economics attempts to
  explain [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/behavioural-economics

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k The End of Wall Street As They Knew It | Gabriel Sherman
  [22]t.co/tgoRxjF1 #[23]gfc2 #[24]browsings #[25]ows[26]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://nymag.com/news/features/wall-street-2012-2
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gfc2
      24. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#ows
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/maurice-by-em-forster

[28]Maurice by EM Forster
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/maurice-by-em-forster

[29]Edmund White says: “Historically, it’s very interesting – a book he
  suppressed during his lifetime. It seems based on wish fulfilment, but
  also has a lot of class analysis” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/edmund-white-on-gay-fiction
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]Punk Economics: Lesson 1
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/punk-economics-lesson-1

Fabulous illustrations of the euro crisis; make of the analysis what
  you will
  [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Alex Macbeth, on parliaments
    Links:
      33. http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,812474,00.html

"The annual bill for operating the lower house of the Italian
    parliament costs as much as those of Britain, Germany, France and
    Spain combined"

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

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