Newsletter 577


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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]Obama's Worst Year
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/AhwF5S

Noam Scheiber | New Republic | 10 February 2012

Analysis of Obama administration's 2011 talks with Republicans on tax,
  debt and the deficit. A failed strategy, says Scheiber. Republican
  wishes could have been described as contradictory. Would have put GOP
  on back foot to say so [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/obamas-worst-year

[7]Europe’s Tobin Tax Distraction
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/AsGl3O

Barry Eichengreen | Project Syndicate | 9 February 2012

James Tobin designed his tax to prevent volatility in currency markets.
  Ironically, eurozone politicians promoting a Tobin Tax don't even have
  national currencies to protect. Their plan is wrong at every level,
  says Eichengreen [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/europe’s-tobin-tax-distraction

[9]Inside Instagram
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/xyLrAa

Mat Honan | Gizmodo | 7 February 2012

How a tiny start-up, working out of Twitter's former offices (well,
  actually just Twitter's former conference room), has accumulated 15
  million users in 12 months. With one simple iPhone app. Could Instagram
  be the next Facebook? [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/inside-instagram

[11]Daddy Issues
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/xAhOTf

Sandra Tsing Loh | Atlantic | 10 February 2012

New nightmare for middle-aged Americans: The parent who just won't die,
  but costs a fortune to keep alive. "If I tore my 91-year-old father
  limb from limb in the town square, I believe no jury of my peers would
  convict me" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/daddy-issues

[13]The Atheist’s Guide To Reality
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/zmECGM

Jim Houston | Talking Philosophy | 6 February 2012

Interview with philosopher of science Alex Rosenberg, discussing his
  controversial and challenging new book. "Insofar as we pursue human
  sciences, nihilism is inevitable, but the label has too many disturbing
  connotations to stick" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/atheist’s-guide-reality

[15]Sportsmanship
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/yQRVA2

Scott Murray | Guardian | 10 February 2012

Six examples of honourable behaviour in sport, from the Olympics and
  tennis Majors to FA Cup football and the Ryder Cup. You will notice, in
  reading, that the most recent took place more than 40 years ago
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/sportsmanship

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Philip Plait on the Wonders of the Universe
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/philip-plait-on-wonders-universe

The astronomer and author of the acclaimed Bad Astronomy blog gives us
  a superbly informative beginner’s guide to the galaxy, taking in the
  birthdate of the universe, solar flares and much, much more [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/philip-plait-on-wonders-universe

Featured Special Report

[19]Espionage
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/espionage

The irresistible subject - spies. Who are they? What do they do? And
  what makes spying today different from the past? Read on to find out
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/espionage

Reader Recommendations

polit2k RT @edwardnh: Video: Quantitative Easing Revisited
  t.co/JHNp0zVM #QE #gfc2 #ipad #inflation #ows #browsings (video)
  [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/imperium-by-ryszard-kapuściński

[23]Imperium by Ryszard Kapuściński
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/imperium-by-ryszard-kapuściński

[24]Geoff Dyer says: “With Kapuściński it seems to me you get humanity
  combined with politics and reportage telling you what’s going on in
  different places” [25]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/geoff-dyer-on-unusual-histories
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[26]Felix Salmon Explains The Greek Crisis
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/felix-salmon-explains-greek-crisis

"What we are looking for is a solution acceptable to all these ducks"
  [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[28]Timothy Snyder, on Germany
    Links:
      28. http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2012/feb/07/we-people-how-save-european-democracy

"Germans are behaving in Europe as red staters do in America. They
    profit from the larger union they think they want to undermine"

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

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