From Newsweek, hang out on the highway: An article on the accessory truckers are going nuts for; and cracking down on cockfighting: Why the bloodsport remains a thriving industry. Long before DRM-cracking and Creative Commons, thinkers like Gutenberg, Kant and Locke started the freedom of information debate, and a new site archives their really old ideas. What if three-strikes laws make criminals less likely to repeat offend—but more violent when they do? A review of A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet's Future by Roger S. Gottlieb. The past is littered with triumphant futures, and a quick look at paleofuture.com will entertain and instruct in equal measure. From Harper's, vote machine: How Republicans hacked the Justice Department. From ARPA, the letter, the spirit, and the future: An article on Rudd’s apology to Australia’s Indigenous people. Beggars can be orators: Disco Davey, Donna and Haggis were once substance abusers living on the streets; now, as a way to recover, they are donning evening gear and trying debates at Durham University. An article on ancient mechanics and how they thought. Europe makes peace with nationalism: Even in a border-free Europe, everyone wants a homeland. From Eurozine, An article on Rowan Williams and the Sharia controversy. The nukes of October: An article on Richard Nixon's secret plan to bring peace to Vietnam.
From Monthly Review, an essay on Living the 11th Thesis. Research reveals that people who wear glasses are not stereotypical geeks or nerds. The new American nerd is a beast! Former four-eyed wieners are suddenly ripped, cut, pumped, absy, hairy and huge! The Islamic Republic of Harvard? The university's latest public relations disaster — and how it could have been avoided. More on Jeffrey Sachs' Common Wealth. From PopMatters, some Amazon buyers serve as "culture jammers", expressing their contempt for advertisers through simple acts of creative customer feedback. Cultural libertarians are a growing force in America, but just how do you reach them? A new issue of Girlistic Magazine is out. A review of Muqtada by Patrick Cockburn. An interview with Carl Oglesby, author of Ravens in the Storm: A Personal History of the 1960s Anti-War Movement. Some scientific findings may be no-brainers, but these studies uncover hidden truths in conventional wisdom. From Doublethink, people who like weird sex should protect it by making sure it never becomes normal; and adaptation, the process of turning source material—most often a novel—into a movie, has been around almost as long as the movies have — what does an adaptation owe to its source material? The introduction to Law as Culture: An Invitation by Lawrence Rosen.
From Mother Jones, Blackwater, Erik Prince's expanding global private army, is at your service—and the war in Iraq was just the beginning. A review of The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better by Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee. A look at how the desert metropolis Dubai is reinventing itself as an art center. Trade secrets: John B. Judis on the real problem with NAFTA. YouTube for Smart People: Big Think seeks to smarten up the Internet by getting up close and intellectual with the most creative thinkers alive. More and more on Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear by Dan Gardner and Panicology by Simon Briscoe and Hugh Aldersey-Williams. A review of Princesses and Pornstars: Sex, Power, Identity by Emily Maguire. A review of Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America by Richard Zoglin. A review of Vanishing America: In Pursuit of Our Elusive Landscapes by James Conway. An interview with Immanuel Wallerstein, author of European Universalism: The Rhetoric of Power. From The Root, an article on the perilous politics of hair. A review of The Language of Belonging by Ulrike Hanna Meinhof and Darius Galasinski. From Der Spiegel, a special report on the story of Curveball and how German intelligence helped justify the US invasion of Iraq.