From the Center for Public Integrity, after the meltdown: Lauren Kyger investigates the subprime lenders, Wall Street banks and government regulators that were most responsible for the crash — and finds few if any have been held accountable. From Project Syndicate, a series of articles on the Lehman legacy, including Adair Turner on the failure of free-market finance; and Anat Admati on five years of financial non-reform. Kevin Roose on how, yes, Wall Street has changed since Lehman went bust. 5 years later, we've learned nothing from the financial crisis: Why haven't we destroyed the idea that destroyed the world? Matthew Yglesias on what we haven’t learned from the crisis: Our old theory of what to do was wrong, and we don’t have a new one (and a look at how Wall Street has changed since the crisis, but Washington hasn't). Gillian Tett on how the insane financial system lives post-Lehman. Mike Konczal on what we get wrong when we talk about “the financial crisis”: The focus on Lehman obscures the fact that there were really three crises — and biases the conversation about financial reform. Sheila Bair, former FDIC chairman, reflects on the state of the banking system today, and what comes next. Neil Irwin has the complete list of Wall Street CEOs prosecuted for their role in the financial crisis. Malcolm Harris interviews Nathan Schneider, author of Thank You, Anarchy, on what happened, what didn’t happen, and what might still happen with Occupy Wall Street (and more).


A new issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report is out. Elroy Dimson (LBS), Peter L. Rousseau (Vanderbilt), and Christophe Spaenjers (HEC Paris): The Price of Wine. Judit Takacs (HAS) and Ivett Szalma (Lausanne): How to Measure Homophobia in an International Comparison? From The Economist, a special report on biodiversity. Practice isn’t everything: The “magic number of greatness” debunked. Hark, the psychiatrists sing, hoping glory for that Revised DSM thing: Phil Wolfson reviews The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry by Gary Greenberg. Michael Ignatieff on how to save the Syrians. The tech world produces a lot of genuine rebels — Pax Dickinson isn’t one of them (and more). From the ACLU to spy world to academia: Law professor Tim Edgar has worked on both sides of the surveillance debate, and he sees lessons to privacy advocates and government officials alike. Andrew Kliman on Post-Work: Zombie social democracy with a human face? Too much of a bad thing: A look at the prevalence of rape in Asia. Al Sharpton: Identity politics has given way to “identity politics of policy”. The Ig Nobel Prizes are in: Here are the winners of the strangest science awards of the year. Fred Kaplan on a win-win-win for everyone (except the Syrians): The U.S.-Russian deal on Assad’s chemical weapons shows diplomacy is possible when interests converge. Molly Redden on the men running the Koch Brothers’ “secret bank”.


From Grist, is humanity smarter than a protozoan? David Roberts wonders. From Vice, Nathan Curry on how the First World is destroying the Third World through climate change — actually, humanity is getting verrrrrrry close to extinction. Is energy a deadlock for humanity? Maciek Hacaga on how technology isn't going to solve our resource constraints. New green vision: Fred Pearce on technology as our planet’s last best hope. Jon Turney reviews On Gaia: A Critical Investigation of the Relationship between Life and Earth by Toby Tyrrell. Sir David Attenborough warns against large families and predicts things will only get worse (and more). Everything is exactly as they said it would be, when they said "we're fucked". Betting on humanity’s future: Ronald Bailey reviews The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Over Earth’s Future by Paul Sabin. Lawrence Rifkin on the survival of humanity: An existential catastrophe would obliterate or severely limit the existence of all future humanity. From i09, George Dvorsky on how the pseudoscience of Social Darwinism nearly destroyed humanity; and on how a new digital ecology is evolving, and humans are being left behind. From Long Now Foundation, toward a manual for civilization: Our ability to collaborate is a strength, but beyond a point we risk losing comprehension of the infrastructure that supports our modern lives — how can we retain that knowledge? Odette Gregory on why there is no need for an end: What if our grand questions about the world ended with, “I don’t know” — would that harm us?


A new issue of NeoAmericanist is out. From New York, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman on the NYPD Division of Un-American Activities: After 9/11, the NYPD built in effect its own CIA and delved deeper into the lives of citizens than did the NSA. Security v freedom: The war on terror haunts America still — it should recover some of its most cherished values. Sign at Christian school in Arkansas says “Staff is Armed”. Dylan Matthews on how the natural-born citizenship clause is the subject of frequent interpretative debate — but it should just be junked altogether. Felix Salmon on the negative value of US citizenship. A civil service for the 21st century: Merit-based hiring systems in US state and local governments are more than a century old, and some of them make managing the public workforce difficult and complicated. Mary Ellen Lennon reviews Inventing the Egghead: The Battle over Brainpower in American Culture by Aaron Lecklider. Christopher Heaney on the toughest historical reenactment in America. Shaul Magid argues that Zalman Schachter-Shalomi is the Rebbe for post-ethnic America — but is cosmotheism a good idea? This amazing map shows every person in America: Segregation, diversity, and clustering become very clear when every human becomes a dot. American Cheese: The big grin hasn’t always been America’s default facial expression, but cameras, casting directors, and cosmetic dentistry have changed how we want to see ourselves. What’s the state of American Studies? Ray Haberski investigates.


From Surveillance and Society, a special issue on Surveillance Futures. From TNR, is there a future for moderate Islamic politics? Issac Chotiner interviews Olivier Roy; and the New Truthers: Muhammad Idrees Ahmad on Americans who deny Syria used chemical weapons. From THE, Cary Cooper reviews The Triumph of Emptiness: Consumption, Higher Education, and Work Organization by Mats Alvesson; and Martin Cohen reviews Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking by Douglas R. Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander. Cass Sunstein reviews Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir. From The Magazine, Michelle Goodman on the $63,000 machine that transforms pot plants into concentrates; and Lisa Schmeiser on how we can be responsible for machines. Facebook privacy and kids: Don’t post photos of your kids online. Noam Scheiber goes inside the mind of Cory Booker: It’s more Paul Ryan than Paul Wellstone. Nitasha Tiku on why Pax Dickinson matters. Maureen O’Connor on why the De Blasio family matters: Meet the “boring white guy” of the future. From BusinessWeek, Peter Coy on how Paul Krugman won the crisis — and lost the argument. Bursting the neuro-utopian bubble: Pyschosocial problems cannot simply be solved in the neuroscientist's lab (and more). Greg Stevens pretended to be a white supremacist — here’s what he discovered.


Franita Tolson (FSU): The Constitutional Structure of Voting Rights Enforcement. John Greabe (New Hampshire): Withholding Constitutional Remedies. Luke M. Milligan (Louisville): The Forgotten Right to Be Secure. Peter J. Aschenbrenner (Purdue): Our Aesthetic Constitution. Nathan Cortez (SMU): Do Graphic Tobacco Warnings Violate the First Amendment? Lawrence B. Solum (Georgetown): Originalism and Constitutional Construction. Jack M. Balkin (Yale): The New Originalism and the Uses of History. Stephen C. Yeazell (UCLA): Courting Ignorance: Why We Know so Little About Our Most Important Courts. Carrie Menkel-Meadow (Georgetown): Doing Good Instead of Doing Well? What Lawyers Could be Doing in a World of “Too Many” Lawyers. Cohen on the most powerful dissent in American history: A smart new book reveals precisely how and why Oliver Wendell Holmes changed his mind about the first amendment. The Supreme Court has a long history of standing athwart history yelling stop — this Supreme Court, however, wants to shift history into reverse. Ginsburg and Scalia’s Supreme Court complaints: Do they agree about what’s wrong with the Roberts court? Stephen Rohde reviews The Federalist Society: How Conservatives Took the Law Back from Liberals by Danielle McLaughlin and Michael Avery. Elizabeth Warren's powerful speech: Supreme Court is on the path to being a "wholly owned subsidiary of Big Business".


A new issue of Arctic and North is out. Michael Burger (Roger Williams): The Last, Last Frontier. Asya Pereltsvaig on the growing importance of the Arctic Council. Dru Oja Jay on Nunavut and the future of Canada's Arctic: Inuit challenge Canadian government over failures on Nunavut deal's 20th anniversary. You can download The Fast Changing Arctic: Rethinking Arctic Security for a Warmer World, ed. Barry Scott Zellen. Suzanne on a new use for drones — studying the Arctic: Researchers and universities are using the planes to track the environment, from oil spills to Arctic melt. If you were a pilot flying low over the Arctic, this is what you'd see. The Big Melt: Andrew Curry on the race to find, and save, ancient artifacts emerging from glaciers and ice patches in a warming world. The North Pole isn't melting, but parts of Siberia are baking and burning. Russia moves to promote northeast passage through Arctic Ocean. From Mother Jones, as ice in the fabled Northern Sea Route melts, it could drastically cut shipping times from the Far East to Europe; and how much should you worry about an Arctic methane bomb? Recent warnings that this greenhouse gas could cost us $60 trillion have received widespread publicity — but many scientists are skeptical. Very cold scientists discovered 100,000-year-old fossils of very cold microbes buried underneath the surface of a frozen Antarctic lake — we have not seen the film, but is this or is this not the very plot of The Thing?


A new issue of The Humanist is out. From the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture and Natural Resources Law, Prabhakar Singh (National University of Singapore): No Roses Without Thorns: Global Consumers of Cut Flowers as Political Actors. From n+1, Mark Greif on Mogadishu, Baghdad, Troy; Or, heroes without war. In his new book, Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical Marks, Keith Houston reveals the stories behind esoteric punctuation marks, from the pilcrow to the manicule to the octothorpe, a.k.a. the hashtag. The changes to the Dow Jones industrial average show the absurdity of the Dow Jones industrial average. Emily Bazelon on why Syria is a legal triumph: If a deal holds up, it will be a tremendous victory for international law, despite Obama’s bungling. A study finds dreaming is still possible even when the mind is blank. Chris Lehmann on one thing that the NSA got right: Steve Jobs commanded a vast legion of zombies. Molly Redden on why new Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is bad news for non-Australians. Laura Helmuth on the best critique of alternative medicine ever: It’s an animated video and it’s hilarious. Donald Prothero in how the Discovery Channel jumped the shark during “Shark Week” (and more). The Colonist of Good Will: Thomas Meaney on how Algerian Chronicles shows that Albert Camus still has something to say to us — not about terrorism but economic justice. David Wong on the 6 weirdest things we've learned since 9/11.


Janine Young Kim (Marquette): Postracialism: Race after Exclusion. From Saturday Evening Post, a special series on The Long March on Washington. Emily Badger on the real cost of segregation in 1 big chart. Activist Tim Wise is on the defensive — it's not a pretty sight. What is the incentive for students to perpetrate racial hoaxes? Noah Rothman wonders. Diamond Sharp on 15 black feminist books for everyone: Solidarity may be for white women and black power for black men, but these books are for everybody. Richard D. Kahlenberg on a refreshingly honest book about affirmative action: Randall Kennedy admits it helped him — and proves why we need it. From the Brian Lehrer Show, a conversation about a conversation about conversations about race. In a possible first and under heavy security, KKK and NAACP meet in Casper (and more). Has Drudge become more race-baity? Mimi Dwyer and Julia Fisher on the numbers. Adam Rothstein on freeing resistance from civil disobedience. A study suggests Southern slavery turns white people into Republicans 150 years later. Outgoing NAACP president Ben Jealous speaks to The Root's editor-in-chief Henry Louis Gates Jr. about his decision to step down (and more). Chris Hedges on Cornel West and the fight to save the black prophetic tradition. Martin Kitch on how hating a black president isn’t necessarily racist. Edward Wyckoff Williams on using humor in the dialogue on race.


Andreas Rasche (CBS), Sandra Waddock (BC), and Malcolm McIntosh (Griffith): The United Nations Global Compact: Retrospect and Prospect. Daphne Barak-Erez (Tel Aviv): Whose Administrative Law is it Anyway? How Global Norms Reshape the Administrative State. Andrea C. Bianculli (FUB), Xavier Fernandez-i-Marin (ESADEgeo), and Jacint Jordana (Pompeu Fabra): The World of Regulatory Agencies: Institutional Varieties and Administrative Traditions. Marjan Ajevski (NCHR): International Criminal Law and Constitutionalisation: On Hegemony Narratives in Progress. Arthur Boutellis (IPI): Driving the System Apart? A Study of United Nations Integration and Integrated Strategic Planning. Gina Heathcote on gender politics and the United Nations Security Council. Maximilian M. Meduna on how organized crime and UN peace operations came to converge in fragile states. Charanya Krishnaswami on the United Nations’ shameful history in Haiti. Monique Chemillier-Gendreau on how many countries have signed international conventions guaranteeing democracy and human rights, but there is — as yet — no authority to ensure those commitments are honoured and no sanctions for those who dishonour them. The U.S. ignores the U.N. Charter because it’s broken: Eric Posner on why Obama should explain what should replace it. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), a senior member of the House Science Committee, says global warming is a plot by liberals to “create global government to control our lives”.

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