From Grist, an essay on creating an Earth Atmospheric Trust: A system to control climate change and reduce poverty. Now that the public is ready to hear it, how will graphic designers shape the discourse about climate change? This time it's personal: There is a disconnect between awareness of climate change and the lifestyle changes necessary to combat it. From Arena, an article on the cultural meaning of the oil crisis and the end of growth. Can we turn garbage into energy? The pros and cons of plasma incineration. An article on the green upside to $100-a-barrel oil. In praise of $100 oil: There's a case to be made for why $100 oil is good for everyone.
From TAP, an outside-in strategy for health-care reform: The political compromise behind California's impressive health-care legislation may hold the key to creating a coalition for national reform (and more). The Democratic candidates' healthcare plans chart a course toward universal coverage by building on existing foundations. Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama have actually laid out two competing economic philosophies; the fight over health insurance is just one part of their disagreement. Would a Dem White House take on Big Pharma? On the trail, candidates fulminate about the drug companies, but money may still speak louder than words. A review of Our Present Complaint: American Medicine, Then and Now by Charles Rosenberg.
From AJR, the embattled newspaper business is betting heavily on Web advertising revenue to secure its survival; and a review of Letters from the Editor: Lessons on Journalism and Life by William F. Woo. State of Emergency: With journalism on its deathbed and desperately clinging for life, the media needs to atone for its sins if it has any chance for survival. From Print, a look at how digital technology is transforming photojournalism in hot spots around the world; a review of Inside North Korea by Mark Edward Harris; Welcome to Pyongyang by Charlie Crane; Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan; and Pictures Without Borders by Steve Horn; and Google Earth and YouTube can find your house or your favorite music video in seconds — can they help end genocide?
From Metapsychology, a review of The Search for Meaning: A Short History by Dennis Ford; and a review of Artificial Happiness: The Dark Side of the New Happy Class by Ronald W. Dworkin. Finding your happy place: Forget that inner journey — some countries are actually more contented than others. Selfish capitalism is bad for our mental health: The growth in relative materialism over the past 20 years is taking a heavy toll on the wellbeing of English-speaking nations. Don't blame your job, the traffic or your mindless chores: Battling boredom means finding focus, living in the moment and having something to live for. Moral rules or merely guidelines? A review of Moral Stealth: How "Correct Behavior" Insinuates Itself into Psychotherapeutic Practice by Arnold Goldberg.
From City Journal, Rudy Giuliani on The Resilient Society: A blueprint for homeland security. From The American Conservative, Rudy Giuliani has surrounded himself with advisors who think the Bush Doctrine didn’t go nearly far enough; Glenn Greenwald on the authoritarian temptation: Can we trust the the presidency to a mayor like Giuliani? Old habits: Elizabeth Kolbert on how the Giuliani method may defeat him. Giuliani's neocon guru was hot for Jackie O: Norman Podhoretz' secret sex fantasies about liberal icon revealed. From Opinion Journal, Republicans seem especially in need of a long talk on a flat couch — so let's put them there. With candidates leaving voters dissatisfied, a splintered GOP seeks a unifying presence.
From Air & Space Power Journal, David R. Mets on True Confessions of an Ex-Chauvinist: Fodder for Your Professional Reading on Women and the Military; a review of Finding the Target: The Transformation of American Military Policy by Frederick W. Kagan; a review of The Age of Total War, 1860–1945 by Jeremy Black; a review of Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance by Ric Gillespie; a review of Becoming Eichmann: Rethinking the Life, Crimes, and Trial of a “Desk Murderer” by David Cesarani. A new issue of Air Force Magazine is out including Guam, all over again: The island is the pivot of a sweeping realignment of US forces in the Pacific.
From American, soccer’s import battle: Will England establish quotas on the number of foreign players allowed on each Premier League team? From New English Review, baseball and cricket are regarded as the "national pastime" in America and Britain respectively although both have long fallen behind American football and basketball in the United States and soccer in the U.K. A look at why the Heisman is no key to NFL glory: Why do so few winners make it in the pros? Mitchellball: How the steroids report changes the Moneyball story. Even in the aftermath of the George Mitchell report, it’s useful to recall that in baseball not all cheaters are created equal.
From The New York Observer, an end of an era as Times kills recording room. Fit to print? The New York Times is intent on ripping up its own ethical rulebook and shooting itself in the foot by hiring a notorious rightwinger William Kristol. The pleasure principle: Michael Hirschorn on why newspapers should try giving readers what they want, not just what editors think they need. Switching sides: Local newspaper shake-ups are leading former journos to the dark side of media relations. The editor as curator: As newspapers expand their online operations, will editors continue to have an active — and valued — role in the journalistic process? Gawker blasts into sci-fi with a new blog, Io9, with Annalee Newitz as editor; and Gawker gets newsier; snarky backlash inevitable.
Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton on being stonewalled by the CIA: What we do know is that government officials decided not to inform the 9/11 commission to investigate one the greatest tragedies to confront America. The year in oversight: The good, the bad and the ugly of the Democratic Congress' year of trying to gavel the Bush administration into order. Legal fictions: Dahlia Lithwick on the Bush administration's dumbest legal arguments of the year. Open to the public: These days, former special prosecutor Kenneth Starr pursues service and conscience in the law. A review of Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices and Life Lessons From the White House by Egil "Bud" Krogh.
From Smithsonian, thinking like a monkey: What do our primate cousins know and when do they know it? Laurie Santos is trying to read their minds. A review of Machiavellian Intelligence: How Rhesus Macaques and Humans Have Conquered the World by Dario Maestripieri. A review of The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild by Craig Childs. A boom in panda production is good for both bears and business. A review of The Domesday Book of Giant Salmon: A Record of the Largest Atlantic Salmon Ever Caught by Fred Buller (and more). Take that, Ahab: A review of The Whale Warriors: The Battle at the Bottom of the World To Save the Planet's Largest Mammals by Peter Heller.