Newsletter 583


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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]The Doom Loop
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/y7iWRa

Andrew Haldane | LRB | 16 February 2012

Masterful essay on history of equity, leverage, risk-taking incentives
  in the banking system. From 19th century to present day. "In
  evolutionary terms, we have had survival not of the fittest but the
  fattest." It's time for change [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/doom-loop

[7]The Boy Who Played With Fusion
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/xT2jmw

Tom Clynes | Pop Science | 14 February 2012

"Someone like him comes along maybe once in a generation. He’s not just
  smart; he’s cool, articulate. I think he may be the most amazing kid
  I’ve ever met." Indeed. For at the tender age of 14, Taylor Wilson
  achieved nuclear fusion [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/boy-who-played-fusion

[9]How Companies Learn Your Secrets
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/xZpzUY

Charles Duhigg | NYT | 16 February 2012

In-depth look at how retailers collect, analyse a myriad of customer
  data and use it to maximise sales. “We’re living through a golden age
  of behavioral research. It’s amazing how much we can figure out about
  how people think now" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-companies-learn-your-secrets

[11]As Long As They Both Shall Live
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/wEHzWF

Brian Mockenhaupt | Outside | 25 January 2012

Opposites attract? Not for Rex and Melissa. Two base jumping
  adventurers who risk life and limb for fun. “Our lifestyles are so out
  there, it’s hard to imagine finding someone else who would be OK with
  that and understand it" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/long-they-both-shall-live

[13]Burden Of Proof: Should Evidence Determine Policy?
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/xt6UfA

Richard Wilson | New Humanist | 9 January 2012

How did we miss this last month? Wonderful essay on potential for, and
  issues with, evidence-based policy making. It certainly sounds better
  than “policy-based evidence-making” but is it a practical goal? What's
  the catch? [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/burden-proof-should-evidence-determine-policy

[15]King Of Pain
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/vZV4JF

Algis Valiunas | Claremont Institute | 10 February 2012

Fine, detailed evaluation of troubled life, and works of David Foster
  Wallace. "With the benefit of time, it will be recognised that Wallace
  had less in common with Eggers and Franzen than he did with Dostoevsky
  and Joyce" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/king-pain

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Christina Romer on Learning from the Great Depression
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/christina-romer-on-learning-great-depression

The former chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers says
  we’ve learned that terrible downturns can still occur, but also that
  the right policy response can make a huge difference to the outcome
  [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/christina-romer-on-learning-great-depression

Featured Special Report

[19]The Writing of Anthony Shadid
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/writing-anthony-shadid

A selection of recent despatches by Anthony Shadid (1968-2012), one of
  the best reporters working in the Middle East in the past 10 years
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/writing-anthony-shadid

Reader Recommendations

@lookatluca Nice read on Shane Warne's endless second-last over
  [21]t.co/qmlBQggV and a fine Oz website too @TheGlobalMail
  [22]#browsings [23]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/qmlBQggV
      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/biggest-game-town-by-alvarez

[25]The Biggest Game in Town by A. Alvarez
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/biggest-game-town-by-alvarez

[26]Victoria Coren says: “Al was drawn to poker by the seedy romance. I
  say to the younger generation that you should go out and see the world,
  seduce beautiful women, read books, have a job and play poker as well”
  [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/victoria-coren-on-poker
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]Hotel Bills And Hospital Bills
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/what-if-your-hotel-bill-was-hospital-bill

What if hotel bills were like (US) hospital bills. A good point well
  made [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Oliver Burkeman, on law
    Links:
      30. http://twitter.com/oliverburkeman/status/167973111562637312

"If you'd rather not obey the same laws as everyone else, just make
    sure your objection is labelled 'religious'"

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

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