Meta G. Carstarphen and Bryan J. Carr (Oklahoma): Superheroes in Popular Culture: Of Community, Identity and Media. Jaishikha Nautiyal (NDSU): The Dark Magic of Ideology: Althusser’s State Apparatuses in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. From Foreign Policy, a look at the Top 100 Global Thinkers 2012. From Government Executive, can Obama dodge the second-term trap? The taste for being moral: Thomas Nagel reviews The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt and Dignity: Its History and Meaning by Michael Rosen. Conservatives can't stop: A new Heritage study echoes Mitt's "47 percent" theme — and gets facts and history wrong. The Neighborhood Effect: 25 years after William Julius Wilson changed urban sociology, scholars still debate his ideas — is anyone else listening? Matthew Yglesias on how Amazon is a black hole threatening to devour Corporate America. One, two or three states: What future for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? New York magazine interviews Tina Brown. From Wired, Mark Teppo on how a medieval arms race led to swords capable of killing “tin can” knights; and they cracked this 250-year-old code, and found a secret society inside. Humboldt State University, a public university located in one of California's prime pot-growing regions, has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana.

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