Newsletter 590


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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]Mitt Romney's Box Of Kryptonite
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/zcyXyJ

Paul Barrett | Businessweek | 24 February 2012

In 1995 Randy Johnson lost his job when Bain Capital restructured the
  firm he worked at. For which, he blames Romney – fairly or not. This is
  the story of Ampad, and why Johnson still works tirelessly to derail
  Romney's campaign [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mitt-romneys-box-kryptonite

[7]Hollywood's Vial Bodies
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/wUjVxT

Ned Zeman | Vanity Fair | 24 February 2012

Not quite as ripped and vigorous as you used to be? Sale of HGH, or
  human growth hormone, is now big business in Hollywood. In 10 years'
  time, it will be over-the-counter, says regular user Sylvester
  Stallone. Should it be? [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/hollywoods-vial-bodies

[9]Brain In A Box
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/At5kPD

Mitchell Waldrop | Nature | 22 February 2012

One billion euros for a brain in a box? Henry Markram's ready to build
  it, he just needs funding. His plan? To model the entire human brain on
  a computer. Highly ambitious, and many are sceptical. But would it be a
  waste of money? [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/computer-modelling

[11]Warren Buffett: Baptist And Bootlegger
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/y8FnC7

Peter Schweizer | Reason | 9 February 2012

"Buffett is very much a political entrepreneur; his best investments
  are often in political relationships. In recent years, he has used
  taxpayer money as a vehicle to even greater profit and wealth." Is this
  smart or unscrupulous? [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/warren-buffett-baptist-and-bootlegger

[13]The Secret Life Of Bees
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/ylZjD0

Carl Zimmer | Smithsonian | 22 February 2012

How do thousands of individually chaotic bees come together to produce
  swarm intelligence and make collective decisions? Tom Seeley thinks he
  knows. And even thinks honeybees show us the best way to plan our own
  societies [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/secret-life-bees

[15]Seminar On David Graeber’s Debt: Introduction
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/AASasr

Chris Bertram | Crooked Timber | 22 February 2012

"Debt: The First 5,000 Years" is brilliant but daunting. Starts in
  social anthropology, advances across economics and finance, law,
  history, classics, sociology, history of ideas. You probably need some
  readers' notes. Here they are [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/seminar-david-graeber’s-debt-introduction

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Edith Grossman on Translation
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/edith-grossman-on-translation

The award-winning literary translator discusses books on and of
  translation that inspired her, and considers the trade-off between
  fidelity and meaning that every translator faces [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/edith-grossman-on-translation

Featured Special Report

[19]Syria Revolts
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/syria-revolts

Months of anti-government protests; a brutal response by the
  authorities. But what's really going on in Syria? It's all here
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/syria-revolts

Reader Recommendations

@trumanfactor RT @TheAtlantic: Why do mediocre workers keep getting
  promoted? The economics of failing up: [21]t.co/JLocZZ5x #browsings -
  via @polit2k [22]#browsings [23]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/JLocZZ5x
      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/theodor-herzl-by-jacques-kornberg

[25]Theodor Herzl by Jacques Kornberg
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/theodor-herzl-by-jacques-kornberg

[26]Gabriel Piterberg says: “This is the best understanding of Herzl’s
  emotional, mental, intellectual and political make-up, accompanied by a
  subtle awareness of the historical context” [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/gabriel-piterberg-on-zionism-and-anti-zionism
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]The Flying Men Of Yungas Valley
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/flying-men-yungas-valley

Coca harvesters in Bolivia. Terrifying
  [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]John Kay, on government
    Links:
      30. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/e29902da-5bb8-11e1-a447-00144feabdc0.html

"The very power that makes government an effective enforcer of the
    commitments of other people renders it incapable of enforcing its
    own promises"

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

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