From Open Anthropology, a special issue on the social life of health, illness, medicine and health care: Anthropological views. Alasdair S. Roberts (Suffolk): How Railroads Changed American Government. Ajibola Ogunbadewa (Wales): The Virtues and Risks Inherent in the “Bitcoin” Virtual Currency. We all have the right to be forgotten: Europe is ahead of the United States in repairing the damage to privacy the Internet — and especially Google — has wrought. Kate Nocera on how North Carolina’s voter ID law could actually help Democrats this year. There’s a science to squashing rumors, and the Times did the opposite. Barbara G. Walker on the truth about funerals: Follow the money. Big Brother teams up with TMZ: Julie Scelfo on how celebrity culture is hastening privacy’s digital demise — our appetite for gossip has gotten way too big. No such thing as a sure thing: Adam B. Shniderman on neuroscience, the insanity defense, and sentencing mitigation. Jason Zasky reviews A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin: The Chilling True Story of S-Bahn Murderer Paul Ogorzow by Scott Andrew Selby. Hey, class of 2014, it's ok to shun commencement speakers, but please pick better targets — the rise of liberal intolerance is ruining debate on college campuses. "Americans want the two parties to get along, but they fail to understand that this requires one of them to acquiesce in its own defeat": Jonathan Chait on how Mitch McConnell hacked American politics. You can download What Counts and What Gets Counted by Robert J. Bloomfield of the Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

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