Barack Obama, John McCain and the language of race: The discomfort with certain forms of black assertiveness is too deeply rooted in the national psyche to just disappear. Why Obama can't get mad: As much as we want Obama to go off on McCain, angry black men don't become president. A look at how Sarah Palin gave John McCain a license to sin. Letter from Alaska: Palin a maverick? Please. A look at how Palin's experience pales next to 19 recent VPs (and more). Actually, Dan Quayle is looking pretty good right now. Sarah Palin's powerful "First Dude": Todd Palin has exerted unusual influence on his wife's Alaska government; in Washington, their methods would do Bush and Cheney proud. cf. ibid., op. cit., MLA, APA et al.: A review of Documentation: A History and Critique of Attribution, Commentary, Glosses, Marginalia, Notes, Bibliographies, Works-Cited Lists, and Citation Indexing and Analysis by Robert Hauptman. From Discover, how to fall out of a plane and live, and other survival tips. The Treasonous Clerk: James Matthew Wilson on the dead-end of disinterestedness. From TED, Jonathan Drori on why we don’t understand as much as we think we do. An interview with Chris Carlsson, author of Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today.