From FiveThirtyEight, is Marco Rubio the electable conservative? Nate Silver investigates. Richard Viguerie offers $10K “Liberty Prize” to anyone who helps conservatives “take over the Republican Party”. Tea Party Patriots apologizes to Karl Rove for an "absolutely unacceptable" picture that showed him wearing an SS uniform. Missouri Republican Mike Leara wants to make it a felony for his fellow lawmakers to propose gun laws. Georgia's legislature has inched ahead on a resolution endorsing the repeal of the 17th Amendment. A bill considered by Oklahoma Representatives would prevent teachers from giving a student’s paper a failing grade if it tries to disprove biological evolution or anthropogenic climate change. Conspiracy O’ The Week: Obama will declare Christians insane, put them in asylums, feed on their souls. Taegan Goddard on how Republicans are committing political malpractice.
Christopher Rowe (Melbourne): The New Library of Babel? Borges, Digitisation and the Myth of a Universal Library. From JETWI, a special issue on Networked Digital Technologies. From Wired, a special series on the decades that invented the future, the trends and technologies that will shape the decade we’re living in now (in 12 parts). How to predict the future of technology? Gareth James and Gerard Tellis on how Moore's Law does not apply for most industries, including the PC industry. Jason Torchinsky on how information in America moves 33,480,000 times faster than it did 200 years ago. Supercomputers have gotten incredibly powerful — here are the most difficult engineering problems they are trying to crack. Research suggests any two pages on the web are connected by 19 clicks or less. When will the Internet reach its limit (and how do we stop that from happening)?
Thomas Kemple (UBC): The Spatial Sense of Empire: Encountering Strangers with Simmel, Tocqueville and Martineau. Anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon talks to Inside Higher Ed about his new book, Noble Savages, and his lengthy and exceptionally controversial career (and more and more). Jeremy Waldron remembers Ronald Dworkin (and more by Eric Posner). The virtues of stone age dental hygiene: A study of bacterial DNA from the calcified dental plaque on 34 skeletons in Northern Europe has shown that our ancient ancestors had much better teeth than we do today. New sexual revolution: Polyamory may be good for you. Unlike the period of mourning usually observed when an elite periodical dies, no eulogies were written for Policy Review in other publications. Here is a cheat sheet from Screenwriting for Dummies.
Noam Lubell and Nathan Derejko (Essex): A Global Battlefield? Drones and the Geographical Scope of Armed Conflict. Unmanned aircraft have proved their prowess against al Qaeda; now they’re poised to take off on the home front — patrolling borders, tracking perps, dusting crops, and maybe watching us all? Terrorists will attack us with drones — bet on it. William Saletan writes in defense of drones: They're the worst form of war, except for all the others. In written responses to questions submitted by the Senate, John Brennan refused to rule out drone assassinations of American citizens on US soil. Liberals are more likely to favor targeted killings once they know it’s Obama's policy. What the Obama administration isn’t telling you about drones — the standard rule is capture, not kill. Joe Pappalardo on everything you wanted to know about drones. From The State, Adam Rothstein on how to write drone fiction (and more).
Ryan Goodman (NYU): The Power to Kill or Capture Enemy Combatants. From World History Connected, a forum on Travelers and Traveler's Accounts in World History. From Wired, a look at 7 massive ideas that can change the world. Colin Lecher on what happens when researchers give people superpowers: Do they use them to do good or evil? From New York, Wesley Yang on the life and afterlife of Aaron Swartz: The precocious coder, hacker visionary, and “pirate” was already a tech legend by the time he’d turned 17, but in the weeks since his suicide last month, at 26, his friends and comrades have tried to turn him into something else — a martyr. Caribbean rum wars: Larry Luxner on how a brewing tax battle stirs frustration with the U.S. Are we intellectually lazy? Yes we are, but we do know when we take the easy way out, according to a new study.
Susanne Gratius and Miriam Gomes Saraiva (CEPS): Continental Regionalism: Brazil's Prominent Role in the Americas. Par Engstrom (UCL): Rising Brazil: What Role for Human Rights? Stuart Vincent Campbell (Minnesota): Brazil, Blasphemy, and Free Speech: Why the US Must Maintain Strong Freedom of Expression Protections in Spite of International Pressure to Punish Anti-Religious Hate Speech. Pat Robertson’s American Center for Law and Justice is now opening branches in Brazil. Pastor Benny Hinn's son detained for allegedly beating man at Brazilian crusade. From Boston Review, Leonardo Avritzer examines Brazil's experiments with direct democracy via the revival of national conferences; and F. Daniel Hidalgo looks at electronic voting in Brazil. Brazil’s indigenous affairs department (FUNAI) has announced that it will send a team of specialists to investigate the situation of uncontacted Awa, the “world’s most threatened tribe”. It’s raining spiders in Brazil.
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.