A new issue of The Journal of Transnational American Studies is out. Bobby Gard-Storry on an assessment of the impact of Danish rule on Greenland. Canadian literature in the early twenty-first century: Earl Fitz on the emergence of an inter-American perspective. Beyond the Continental Divide: The Obama Administration's "pivot to Asia" is a mistake — America's geo-economic future lies in a bold and far-reaching integration of North America. Viva Amerexico: Mark Bittman on discovering brilliant Mexican-American cuisine in — of all places — Mexico (and more and more on the taco, Mexico's real national snack). A review of Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession by Chuck Thompson. An article on Mexican farmers up against Canadian mining Goliaths. Large glacier, twice the size of Manhattan, breaks off from Greenland — absolutely, positively not a sign of global warming (and more and more). Welcome to the “megadrought”: The 2000-2004 North American drought was the worst in 800 years. How many Mexicans must die for America’s drugs? A review of The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future by Robert A. Pastor.
Shannon O’Hara (St Andrews): Monsters, Playboys, Virgins and Whores: Rape Myths in the News Media’s Coverage of Sexual Violence. A look at how to use psychological tactics to avoid strangers on a bus. How an activist fathered a media critic: A review of Why Are We the Good Guys? Reclaiming Your Mind from the Delusions of Propaganda by David Cromwell. Beam us up, Mr. Scott: Maria Konnikova on why misquotations catch on. Leaky geopolitics: An article on the ruptures and transgressions of WikiLeaks. “What if there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?” A look at how brain imaging can predict how intelligent you are. A review of The Least of All Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza by Eyal Weizman. Voting Matters: Teresa Ghilarducci, Richard McGahey, Charles K. Wilber and Daniel Finn on issues to consider before election day.
John Shuford (Gonzaga): “The Tale of the Tribe and the Company Town”: What We Can Learn About the Workings of Whiteness in the Pacific Northwest. From Psychology Today, does white identity predict positive or negative attitudes towards diversity? From Taki’s Magazine, John Derbyshire on places white people like; Gavin McGinnes on 10 hatefacts for those who hate facts; and what is a racist? Steve Browne wants to know. From American Renaissance, a review of Race and Economics: How Much Can be Blamed on Discrimination? by Walter E. Williams. From Alternative Right, a review of The Way of Men by Jack Donovan (and more); and Brett Stevens on the endgame of civilization (and more). Ten years after founder William Pierce's death, key neo-Nazi movement National Alliance is “a joke”. Kevin Alfred Strom remembers Dr. Pierce. From the New York Observer, former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke may hate the Jews, but he sure loved his dog, Torri. A look at how the Sikh temple shooting returns attention to the military’s white power problem. John McWhorter on making moral judgments about “White Power” music.
From the Atlas Society, William R Thomas on why liberals should like Ayn Rand. Jonathan Chait on how the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy is on your screen. Dwight Garner reviews Paterno by Joe Posnanski (and more). Deluded individualism: Why do we continue to insist on our independence and self-determination — stubbornly, irrationally and often recklessly? From Contexts, in 2008, the media hailed the coming of an “Obama Revolution” — four years later, commentators on both the left and right are disappointed, to say the least. By the time King Mohammad Zahir Shah died this summer, at age 92, he could hardly have seemed less representative of the country he ruled from 1933 to 1973. Nikos Salingaros and James Kalb on why contemporary architecture is against God and man. How much is a body worth? Storm Theunissen investigates.
Nicolas Jullien (Telecom Bretagne): What We Know About Wikipedia: A Review of the Literature Analyzing the Project(s). From The Awl, Jane Hu on what "real life" means on Wikipedia. The people’s encyclopedia under the gaze of the sages: A systematic review of scholarly research on Wikipedia. Meet Justin Knapp, the hardest working man on Wikipedia. James Winters is on the frontlines of Wikipedia’s “editorial wars”. Is Wikipedia facing a volunteer staffing crisis? Founder Jimmy Wales says “no”. The NEW! Agency “redefines” Wikipedia, provides designs to make it “better, friendlier and clearer”. Wikipedia has become the new thorn in the side of countless startups, small businesses, celebrities, and prominent executives — here's how to take control of the situation. Kevin Morris on a sneak peek at Wikipedia's radical, controversial redesign. A look at how Wikipedia won Olympic gold. Beyond reliability: Heather Ford on an ethnographic study of Wikipedia sources. Wikipedia for the weird: There is now a list of organisms named after famous people.