Pinon Carlarne (Moritz): Arctic Dreams and Geoengineering Wishes: The Collateral Damage of Climate Change. Elizabeth Burleson (LSE): Polar Law and Good Governance. Who owns the North Pole? Staking your claim at the top of the world is a messy and complicated science. Cinnamon Arctic Fever: In the far north of Alaska, the fragile food web that supports polar bears and humans alike may be starting to unravel. As Russia stakes a claim, the race to control the Arctic heats up. Greenland has been the majestic canvas on which domesticated Denmark could project its national dreams of greatness — even if they came with a serious risk of frostbite. Did climate change cause Greenland's ancient Viking community to collapse? Josh Rothman on the Arctic's mythic past. Global warming is set to bring the Arctic into play as a key strategic region for the US, China and Russia; can a stable set of rules be crafted? An exceptional wildfire in northern Alaska in 2007 put as much carbon into the air as the entire Arctic tundra absorbs in a year. From The Spectator, a review essay on the Heroes of the Ice Age. A look at how the thawing Arctic opens up new shipping routes on the "roof of the world", but Arctic resource wealth poses dilemma for indigenous communities. The physical changes from global warming are visible in the Arctic almost in real time — and they are a warning for those of us who live in more comfortable latitudes. From Geographicus, an article on speculative polar cartography, then and now. When Greenland's ice melts, where does the water go? Arctic ozone hole breaks all records: Earlier this year ozone loss over the Arctic was comparable to that over the Antarctic. Envisioning a new Antarctica: The Book of Ice explores the art, science and politics behind the stateless continent. Cryo Scoop: Ice islands and a new Antarctic map.
A new issue of the Journal of Social Inclusion is out. Gregory F. Nemet and Evan Johnson (Wisconsin): Do Important Inventions Benefit from Knowledge Originating in Other Technological Domains? Richard A. Booth (Villanova): Sex, Lies, and Life Insurance. Ezio Di Nucci (Duisburg-Essen): Sexual Rights and Disability. Maria Tamboukou (East London): Archive Pleasures or Whose Time Is It? Histories of momentous events are being written more rapidly, but does an increase in immediacy lead to a loss of perspective? Extremism in defense of extremism is no vice: What's wrong with challenging the status quo? Spectacular stone structures in the Arabian peninsula rival the Nazca lines of southern Peru in their intricacy — thank Google for the find. A review of books on Scientology. Why did consciousness evolve, and how can we modify it? (and part 2) Think Different: Rightbloggers mourn the death of noted conservative hippie-hater Steve Jobs. Why education is not an economic panacea: Education, in and of itself, is not an antidote to poverty and inequality. From TED, Mark Pagel on how language transformed humanity. Print vs. Online: Jack Shafer on the ways in which old-fashioned newspapers still trump online newspapers. WaPo breaks First Lady Lunch news: “Dumbest news story ever written in human history”. A review of The Future of Money: From Financial Crisis to Public Resource by Mary Mellor and The Economics Anti-Textbook: A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Micro-Economics by Rod Hill and Tony Myatt. Some say Occupy Wall Street protesters aimless; facts say otherwise. Corruption, murder, and the beautiful game: Brian Phillips on FIFA's scandalous history. Traces of humanity: What aliens could learn from the stuff we’ve left in space. The Ghost Sport: Boxing, today relegated to the margins, was once central to American life.
Brando Simeo Starkey (Villanova): You’re an Uncle Tom! The Behavioral Regulation of Blacks on the Right Side of the Criminal Justice System. The most racist thing that ever happened to me: For many blacks, it's more painful and subtle than any slur. Racism without racists: Even the most successful black Americans can feel haunted by a vague, invisible form of discrimination — Thomas Chatterton Williams's advice is to stop looking for it. Black America is moving south and to the ‘burbs — what’s it mean? A review of Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities. An interview with Elizabeth Anderson, author of The Imperative of Integration. For Alondra Nelson, health and science applied to Black bodies do not necessarily lead to the re-racialization of Black identity, they are also means of collective empowerment and can help to negotiate one’s ethnic identity. Post-Blackness Theory: Toure argues that African Americans should never have their racial loyalty or authenticity questioned — Randall Kennedy disagrees (and more and more and more on Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means to be Black Now). A review of The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency by Randall Kennedy. All the President's Frenemies: In publicly attacking Barack Obama are Tavis Smiley and Cornel West upholding the prophetic tradition of Martin Luther King or acting out of personal pique — or both? That Obama has been gifted with critics, who are not always wise in their words, is unfortunate — it makes his words, on race at least, look wise, by default. It's time we had an Angry Black President: We're way past echoes of MLK — Obama should stick to his new tough line with the GOP. The first chapter from Still a House Divided: Race and Politics in Obama's America by Desmond S. King and Rogers M. Smith.