Newsletter 664


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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]Greekonomics
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/JdaCGp

Paul Mason | BBC | 9 May 2012

What happens after an election result like that? And in circumstances
  like these? When to be in power is to commit political suicide. And
  even the traditional parties cannot cooperate. Mason sees two possible
  routes out [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/greekonomics

[7]How Hewlett-Packard Lost Its Way
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/JY1JhY

James Bandler and Doris Burke | Fortune | 8 May 2012

"For a decade now the company has seemed more like a tawdry reality
  show than one of the world's great enterprises. It is in the midst of
  an existential crisis." Can Meg Whitman, HP's third CEO in seven years,
  put it right? [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-hewlett-packard-lost-its-way

[9]The Trouble With Profiling
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/ICofu9

Bruce Schneier | Sam Harris | 8 May 2012

Security expert Schneier replies to Sam Harris's call for targeted
  profiling of Muslims at airports. "Invasive TSA screening is nothing
  more than security theatre. It doesn’t make us safer, and it’s not
  worth the cost" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/trouble-profiling

[11]What Will Become Of The Paper Book?
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/KENa5e

Michael Agresta | Slate | 8 May 2012

Will paper books exist in the future? Yes, but they'll look different.
  This beautifully illustrated essay argues that as their role as vessels
  for delivering text is lost to digital, their other qualities will grow
  in importance [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-will-become-paper-book

[13]Egyptians v Saudi Arabia: It's All Got Rather Messy
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/J5YRPl

Magdi Abdelhadi | Guardian | 8 May 2012

Excellent short analysis of Egypt/Saudi Arabia spat. After years of
  clientelism under Mubarak, Egypt is now an unruly place; Saudis use
  financial arm-twisting to try to maintain old ways. But the old ways of
  the region are gone [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/egyptians-v-saudi-arabia-its-all-got-rather-messy

[15]Who Wants To Buy Honduras?
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/JXZGun

Adam Davidson | NYT | 8 May 2012

Charter cities: "Economic zones founded on the land of poor countries
  but governed with the legal and political system of rich ones." Model
  comes from 19C colonialism. Does it still work? Honduras will give it a
  try [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/who-wants-buy-honduras

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Edmund de Waal on Inspiration for Writing and Art
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/edmund-de-waal-on-inspiration-writing-and-art

The author of The Hare with Amber Eyes, who is also a ceramic artist,
  tells us about books that have influenced both his careers, from the
  life of a celebrated potter to a collection of Japanese haiku [18]Read
  on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/edmund-de-waal-on-inspiration-writing-and-art

Featured Special Report

[19]London and the Olympics
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/london-and-olympics

The Games creep ever closer, though in London you'd hardly know it.
  Here's a sideways look at the event and its host city [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/london-and-olympics

Reader Recommendations

@[21]rszbt RT @[22]polit2k: Taibbi: Austerity Can't Be Just for Regular
  People [23]t.co/rxjvCTn3 via @[24]rollingstone #[25]browsings #[26]gfc2
  [27]More like this
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      21. http://twitter.com/rszbt
      22. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      23. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/austerity-cant-be-a-one-way-street-20120508
      24. http://twitter.com/rollingstone
      25. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gfc2
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/game-by-ken-dryden

[29]The Game by Ken Dryden
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/game-by-ken-dryden

[30]Bruce Dowbiggin says: “The Game may be the best sports book ever
  written by a participant. Ken Dryden, the best hockey goalie of his
  era, played for the Canadiens in the 1970s” [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bruce-dowbiggin-on-ice-hockey
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[32]Five Reasons To Care About The Middle East
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/five-reasons-care-about-middle-east

Stephen Walt lists them. First up: Half a billion people live there
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[34]David Rieff, on democracy
    Links:
      34. http://www.democracyjournal.org/24/democracy-no.php?page=2

"Once one declares that democracy, for all its faults, is the
    highest form of contemporary political civilisation, one is talking
    religion, not politics"

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

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