Weekly newsletter 42


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[1]A selection of our best article links of the week, plus featured
  FiveBooks interviews, videos, quotations and more.
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

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Best of the Week

[5]The Obama Memos
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/zZMUIc

Ryan Lizza | New Yorker | 23 January 2012

Reflections on Obama's first term, "based on a review of hundreds of
  pages of internal White House documents". Inside stuff confirms outside
  impressions. Obama underestimated recession, misread Republican mood,
  lost his edge [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/obama-memos

[7]Will Israel Attack Iran?
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/ymWvl7

Ronen Bergman | NYT | 25 January 2012

Gripping account of Israeli perspective on Iranian nuclear programme.
  Israel estimates that it has about nine months in which to derail the
  project. After that, Iran would be able to withstand an attack. Will it
  act? Looks that way [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/will-israel-attack-iran

[9]The Caging Of America
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/x54R57

Adam Gopnik | New Yorker | 23 January 2012

More than six million people are under "correctional supervision" in
  the US – more than were in Stalin's Gulags. Why so many? This superb
  account suggests there's been a serious failure of common sense and
  humanity [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/caging-america

[11]The Looming Threat Of A Solar Superstorm
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/yLisJD

Lee Billings | Popular Mechanics | 23 January 2012

In 1859 a major solar storm, the "Carrington Event", hit Earth. Another
  came in 1921. What if one struck tomorrow? "If a Carrington Event
  happened right now it probably wouldn’t be a wake-up alarm—it would be
  a goodnight call" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/looming-threat-solar-superstorm

[13]George Soros On The Coming US Class War
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/yTV1vb

John Arlidge | Newsweek | 23 January 2012

"Europe is confronting a descent into chaos and conflict. In America,
  Soros predicts riots that will lead to a brutal clampdown that will
  dramatically curtail civil liberties. The global economic system could
  even collapse" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/george-soros-coming-us-class-war

[15]Citizen Philosophers
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/yyyLNx

Carlos Fraenkel | Boston Review | 21 January 2012

Intriguing look at Brazil, where all high-school students, irrespective
  of class or background, have to study philosophy for two hours each
  week. Can it teach students to build a better, fairer society?
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/citizen-philosophers

[17]How US Lost Out On iPhone Work
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/xRWt9C

Charles Duhigg and Keith Bradsher | NYT | 21 January 2012

Why Chinese factories make everything Apple. “You need a thousand
  rubber gaskets? That's the factory next door. A million screws? That
  factory is a block away. You need that screw made a little bit
  different? Three hours" [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-us-lost-out-iphone-work

[19]The Splintered Skeptic
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/w6La2N

Richard Marshall | 3AM Magazine | 20 January 2012

Fascinating interview with philosopher Eric Schwitzgebel. "There’s no
  way to develop an ambitious, broad-ranging, self-consistent
  metaphysical system without doing serious violence to common sense
  somewhere. It's just impossible" [20]Comments
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/splintered-skeptic

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Francis Fukuyama on the Financial Crisis
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/francis-fukuyama-on-financial-crisis

The author of "The End of History" says the financial crisis revealed a
  great deal about the nature of America’s political and economic system.
  The shame, he says, is that opportunities to change it are now being
  ignored [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/francis-fukuyama-on-financial-crisis

Featured Topic

[23]Free Will
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/free-will

Does it exist? Or is it an illusion? Why not read on and decide for
  yourself. As if you had any choice... [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/free-will

Reader Recommendations

@damienjoyce George Soros in @nybooks on how to save the #euro
  [25]t.co/ilNArl6T #longreads #browsings [26]#browsings [27]More like
  this
    Links:
      25. http://t.co/ilNArl6T
      26. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Week

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/elegant-universe-by-brian-greene-0

[29]The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/elegant-universe-by-brian-greene-0

[30]Mark Kurlansky says: “I love this book. Brian Greene makes quantum
  physics and Einstein’s theory of relativity really make sense”
  [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mark-kurlansky-on-favourite-science-books
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]Maths And Music
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/maths-and-music

TED talk. Scott Rickard sets out to construct the ugliest piece of
  music possible, on mathematical principles [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]Slavoj Zizek, on work
    Links:
      34. http://www.lrb.co.uk/2012/01/11/slavoj-zizek/the-revolt-of-the-salaried-bourgeoisie

"The chance of being exploited in a long-term job is now experienced
    as a privilege"

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

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