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.
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Best of the Week

[5]The Obama Memos
      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
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/obama-memos

[7]Will Israel Attack Iran?
      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
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/will-israel-attack-iran

[9]The Caging Of America
      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
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/caging-america

[11]The Looming Threat Of A Solar Superstorm
      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
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/looming-threat-solar-superstorm

[13]George Soros On The Coming US Class War
      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
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/george-soros-coming-us-class-war

[15]Citizen Philosophers
      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. http://thebrowser.com/articles/citizen-philosophers

[17]How US Lost Out On iPhone Work
      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
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-us-lost-out-iphone-work

[19]The Splintered Skeptic
      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
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/splintered-skeptic

FiveBooks Interview

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

Featured Topic

[23]Free Will
      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
      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
      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
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/elegant-universe-by-brian-greene-0

[29]The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
      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
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mark-kurlansky-on-favourite-science-books
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]Maths And Music
      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
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]Slavoj Zizek, on work
      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
      35. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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