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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 Sense Of An Ending
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/zSyLPm

Stephen Holmes & Ivan Krastev | Transit / Eurozine | 17 February 2012

"By engineering rigged elections that nobody bothered or dared to
  protest, Putin managed to conceal his regime's deepest secret, namely
  that Russia, rather than being misgoverned, is governed very laxly if
  at all" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/sense-ending

[7]Struggling Greeks Losing Belief In The State
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/zXnsEa

Paul Mason | BBC | 17 February 2012

"It looks like something changed, tangibly, in the past 10 days. The
  established parties lost belief in what the EU is forcing them to do;
  parts of the EU lost belief in it too; and the people lost belief in
  the political class" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/struggling-greeks-losing-belief-state

[9]A Brief History Of Drones
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/xyWVW4

John Sifton | Nation | 7 February 2012

Why do drones disturb us? It's to do with the distance between killer
  and killed, the asymmetry. Also, the prospect of automation. "Drones
  foreshadow the idea that brutality could become detached from humanity"
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/brief-history-drones

[11]Consciousness Emerges
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/wgQZIY

Laura Sanders | ScienceNews | 11 February 2012

"If you really want to understand consciousness, then you need to
  separate the effects of attention." This is how scientists have begun
  to do so, and what the results of their experiments suggest about the
  human brain [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/consciousness-emerges

[13]Quadzilla
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/wzlDnK

Hampton Sides | Outside | 24 January 2012

"He was traveling 72 mph—flying, but not in the right way." For he was
  on skis, not in a plane. Even so Svindal soared 197 feet through the
  sky before landing. His injuries were severe. But the champion would
  return to compete again [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/quadzilla

[15]Nanosecond Trading Could Make Markets Go Haywire
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/yeOgWe

Brandon Keim | Wired | 16 February 2012

“There’s this whole world below 650 milliseconds. It’s like landing on
  another planet. It’s an enormous part of the market which is out of
  human reach." Only dimly understood, this is the home of flash crashes
  and black swan events [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/nanosecond-trading-could-make-markets-go-haywire

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]Wine
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/wine

From filthy plonk to first growth Bordeaux, there's something for every
  palate in our cultural and historical survey of wine [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/wine

Reader Recommendations

@[21]nuzav House of Stone: [22]t.co/lJpyDwXh  #[23]Browsings
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/nuzav
      22. http://t.co/lJpyDwXh
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#Browsings

[24]More like this
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/woman-berlin-by-anonymous

[26]A Woman in Berlin by Anonymous
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/woman-berlin-by-anonymous

[27]Antony Beevor says: “Her account is so patently well observed of
  what was going on [in 1945]. There is no self-pity, even though she
  herself was raped on numerous occasions” [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/antony-beevor-on-world-war-ii
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]How To Handle A Wine, Part Eight
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/how-handle-wine-part-eight

How to use port tongs. Ingenious
  [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]EM Cioran, on God
    Links:
      31. http://www.fraglit.com/impassioned/quotations/aphorisms/cioran-p.htm

"If truth were not boring, science would have done away with God
    long ago"

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

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