Cormac O'Grada (UCD): Eating People is Wrong: Famine's Darkest Secret? From Anthropologies, a special issue on Baja California. There’s a lockdown on the Wikipedia page for Austrian economics and wouldn’t you know it, one or way or another, it all seems to be Paul Krugman’s fault. Moon could have formed from Earth after all: Reviving and revising the giant impact theory. The Moon has had water its whole life, a new study says. Rachel Feltman on all the stuff that's on the Moon (that we know of). Society’s key to finding the next Earth: The Ars guide to exoplanets. Do people tend to live within their own ethnic groups? Carolyn Kellogg interviews Kevin Smokler, author of Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books you Haven't Touched Since High School. Virginia Ricci interviews Adam Green, cofounder of The Public Domain Review.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Neil McLynn reviews The Formation of Papal Authority in Late Antique Italy: Roman Bishops and the Domestic Sphere by Kristina Sessa. St Malachy the Ominous: Anvar Alikhan on how a 12th century clairvoyant foretold the end of papacy (and more). From Telos, Adrian Pabst on Pope Benedict XVI’s enduring legacy. Euro Skepticism: Philip Jenkins on why Benedict XVI tried, and failed, to evangelize Europe. A radical move by a conservative pope: Costica Bradatan interviews John Thavis, author of The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church. The papal abdication: Joseph Bottum on Benedict XVI’s problematic farewell. Julie Byrne on how there’s more to the Catholic Church than the pope. From List of lists on Wikipedia, here is a list of theological demons.
Jonas-Sabastien Beaudry (Oxford): Of Apes and Men. From WSJ, we, too, are violent animals: Jane Goodall, Richard Wrangham and Dale Peterson on how those who doubt that human aggression is an evolved trait should spend more time with chimpanzees and wolves. For how long will we be able to study our closest genetic relatives in the wild? W. G. Runciman reviews Wild Cultures: A Comparison Between Chimpanzee and Human Cultures by Christophe Boesch. Government scientists in the U.S. are set to end most research done on chimps. Why are we the last apes standing? Chip Walter on how childhood let modern humans conquer the planet. When did primates learn to metabolize alcohol? A chemist reenacts drunk history. Cynthia Wagner on apes and futurists. Macaque and Dagger in the Simian Space Race: Why does the U.S. suspect Iran of faking their monkey space flight? Because we did it first. As study finds most radiologists don’t notice a gorilla in a CT scan.
Peter Vonich (AFA): Constitutional Corruption: The Aftermath of Citizens United v. FEC. Eoin Carolan (UCD): Making Government Work for the 99% (and the 47%)?: Why We Need to Rethink the Separation in the Separation of Powers. Kurt Thurber on how to fix the American political system. From Wonkblog, Ezra Klein interviews Steven Teles, author of Kludgeocracy: The American Way of Policy; why Congress can’t seem to get anything done: Dylan Matthews interviews George Tsebelis, author of Veto Players; and John Sides on why gerrymandering is not what’s wrong with American politics. Nate Cohn on why Obama is wrong: Gerrymandering isn't to blame for the GOP fever — the real culprit is much simpler. John Sides and Eric McGhee on how redistricting didn’t win Republicans the House. 50 states redrawn: Neil Freeman on electoral college reform (fifty states with equal population).
Mitsuharu Vincent Okada (Hawaii): The Plight of Ainu, Indigenous People of Japan. From World Affairs, Robert Park on North Korea’s overlooked atrocities; and Joel Brinkley on South Korea’s youth: Fearless or bored? Frenemies Forever: China and North Korea share a real bond — but for how long? The Pandora’s Box of sovereignty conflicts: Lionel Fatton on far-reaching regional consequences of Japan’s nationalization of the Senkakus. Powder keg in the Pacific: Will China-Japan-U.S. tensions in the Pacific ignite a conflict and sink the global economy? There is an opportunity to fill in the G-zero world with new structures not invented in Washington, but that will take leadership and foresight from Japan and Asia more broadly. Namrata Goswami and Jenee Sharon on time to bridge Sino-Indian border differences. James R. Holmes on the top 5 navies of the Indo-Pacific.
A new issue of The Humanist is out. P. S. Ruckman Jr. (Rock Valley): The Study of Mercy: What Political Scientists Know (and Don't Know) About the Pardon Power. From Commentary, Michael Gerson and Peter Wehner on how to save the Republican Party. Samantha Buchalter on tattoos as intellectual property: No laser removal without removal of legal protections. From NPR, a special series on Puerto Rico, a disenchanted island. From Newtopia, the Platonist on Sunset Blvd: Hiram K. Jones the Western Wonder. From LSE Review of Books, Susannah Wilcox reviews Land by Derek Hall. Can the human race survive? Robert de Neufville investigates. From Counterpunch, who will step up to defend the Constitution? Dave Lindorff on why Obama should be impeached. Dan Nosowitz on how kids are still drawing 1900s idea of what dinosaurs looked like.
From Foreign Affairs, an interview with General Stanley McChrystal on his memoir My Share of the Task. From Small Wars Journal, modern warfare is a thinking officer’s game: Jonathan A. Bodenhamer on why the U.S. military needs more leaders with technical educations; and Benjamin Kohlmann on intellectual curiosity and the military officer. This is your military on drugs: In today's armed forces, performance-enhancing drugs are as common (and legal) as combat boots. Navy Times has won an important ruling in its legal challenge to force U.S. Strategic Command to release investigative reports into an allegedly abusive Navy official. First came the flying saucers, and now another Air Force experiment has shed some light on a past space endeavor — except this time, it was to be at the expense of the moon. Airman Challenge gives you a chance to try your hand at U.S. Air Force missions in an interactive online game.
A new issue of Rhizomes is out. From Guernica, Marie-Helene Westgate interviews Melissa Febos on her dominatrix memoir, teaching sexuality in literature, and what it takes to make a great sex scene; waging war on sex workers: Zoe Schlanger interviews the journalist and former sex worker Melissa Gira Grant on what feminists get wrong about prostitution; and the training camp where Stasi once learned to catch secrets with sex is a now free-love commune, but even free love isn’t easy — meet a radical community’s jealous lovers. To Joe Scarborough and the whole team of anti-debt television personalities, calibrating out the ideal terms of debt reduction is like calibrating out how much to spend fighting Hitler. Are the Republicans beyond saving? Elizabeth Drew wants to know. A new King of Magazines emerges.
Peter Chow-White (Simon Fraser) and Sandy Green, Jr. (CSU-Northridge): Data Mining Difference in the Age of Big Data: Communication and the Social Shaping of Genome Technologies from 1998 to 2007. Barbara J. Evans (Houston): The First Amendment Right to Speak about the Human Genome. Jonathan Xavier Inda (Illinois): For Blacks Only: Pharmaceuticals, Genetics, and the Racial Politics of Life. What is bioinformatics? Mark Ragan explains. How many species had their genomes sequenced? Thanks to cheaper, faster sequencing, we can look at any genome. Could Obama’s genetic code be used against him? It’s time to stop obsessing about the dangers of genetic information: People are smarter and more resilient than ethics debates give them credit for. Can they patent your genes? Epigenetics: New research suggests that people's experiences, not just their genes, can affect the biological legacy of their offspring.
David W. Opderbeck (Seton Hall): The Problem with Neurolaw. Lisa Heinzerling (Georgetown): Undue Process at the FDA. From Britannica, Gregory McNamee on the geography of the supermarket. Does language shape thought? John McWhorter on the pernicious persistence of a linguistic theory. Mary Mycio on the world’s oldest pornography: It’s at least 3,000 years old, and it’s bi-curious. Ben Alpers on the three-fifths clause and the founding in contemporary public discourse. On February 7th, Mississippi officially became the last of the Civil War states to ratify the amendment abolishing slavery in the United States. Ezra Klein on the best reason to worry about the deficit. Adam D. Moore reviews Unpopular Privacy: What Must We Hide? by Anita Allen. Why aren’t more countries run by economists? Because everyone hates economists— economists are the worst.