Newsletter 573


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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]Zap Your Brain Into The Zone
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/wKqbHH

Sally Adee | New Scientist | 6 February 2012

Journalist tries virtual reality weapons training: "I am failing
  miserably. I'm so demoralised that I'm tempted to put down the rifle
  and leave." But then they bring out the electrodes, and wire her brain
  to a nine-volt battery [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/zap-your-brain-zone

[7]Willard Mitt Romney
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/z55obA

Michael Tomasky | NYRB | 2 February 2012

Two new books fill in biographical detail about the man lurching to the
  right in an attempt to win the Republican nomination. Some comparisons
  with his father, George, are in order; and Mitt comes up dramatically
  short [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/willard-mitt-romney

[9]18 Tigers, 17 Lions, 8 Bears, 3 Cougars, 2 Wolves, 1 Baboon, 1 Macaque,
and 1 Man Dead in Ohio
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/zyS8VN

Chris Heath | GQ | 6 February 2012

"Deputy Jonathan Merry was two hours into his shift in Zanesville when
  the call came through about a lion and a bear on the loose." When he
  arrived on scene he found a tiger, a black bear, two lionesses. And
  then it got weirder [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/18-tigers-17-lions-8-bears-3-cougars-2-wolves-1-baboon-1-macaque-and-1-man-dead-ohio

[11]The Death Of The American Dream In Afghanistan
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/ACxedI

Patrick Cockburn | Independent | 5 February 2012

Excellent assessment of American decade in Afghanistan. US overplayed
  its hand; underestimated extent to which occupation generates
  resistance. The Taliban are now back in business, not so much liked as
  Afghan government is loathed [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/death-american-dream-afghanistan

[13]Spinoza’s Vision Of Freedom, And Ours
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/y2BHw5

Steven Nadler | NYT | 5 February 2012

"Well before John Stuart Mill, Spinoza had the acuity to recognize that
  the unfettered freedom of expression is in the state’s own best
  interest." And in our post 9/11 world, there is every reason to revisit
  the Dutch philosopher [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/spinoza’s-vision-freedom-and-ours

[15]Why French Parents Are Superior
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/zX8OyJ

Pamela Druckerman | WSJ | 4 February 2012

Fed up with temper tantrums and messy mealtimes? French-style parenting
  may offer some pointers. It's all about teaching children patience,
  delayed gratification and how to play happily among themselves
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-french-parents-are-superior

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Jonathan Gruber on Public Finance
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jonathan-gruber-on-public-finance

A key figure behind the Massachusetts and Obama healthcare reforms
  tells us about the purpose and uses of public finance economics, and
  explains how Romneycare and Obamacare are both different and alike
  [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jonathan-gruber-on-public-finance

Featured Special Report

[19]Drone Warfare
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/drone-warfare

Should we worry about war conducted by remote control? Are there
  ethical considerations? Will we become accustomed to unmanned warfare
  in the future? What if a hacker took control of an army? It's all here
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/drone-warfare

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k Are Credit Ratings Massively Overrated? | Olaf Storbeck
  [22]t.co/GYjEeiRT #[23]gfc2 [24]#browsings @[25]OlafStorbeck via
  @[26]nachrichtenlos[27]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://economicsintelligence.com/2012/02/07/are-credit-ratings-massively-overrated
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gfc2
      24. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      25. http://twitter.com/OlafStorbeck
      26. http://twitter.com/nachrichtenlos
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/our-lady-flowers-by-jean-genet

[29]Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/our-lady-flowers-by-jean-genet

[30]Edmund White says: “He wrote most of it in prison. The dialogue is
  very raw but the narration is very elegant and elevated. So there’s a
  kind of contrast between the two” [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/edmund-white-on-gay-fiction
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[32]The Strangest Village In Britain
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/strangest-village-britain

2005 documentary looks at social experiment of Botton, half of whose
  inhabitants have learning difficulties
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[34]Leon Wieseltier, on browsing
    Links:
      34. http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/02/finding-exactly-what-you-werent-looking-for.html

"When you search, you find what you were looking for; when you
    browse, you find what you were not looking for"

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

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