A new issue of the Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security is out. Douglas L. Rogers (OSU): After Prometheus, Are Human Genes Patentable Subject Matter? Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths): The Uses of the Useless: Political Philosophies of Unemployment. Chavismo after Chavez: Javier Corrales on the race to claim the mantle of Venezuela's Revolution. Copy of sex manual banned for 200 years goes on sale, but there's little to make modern readers blush. Richard Sisk on how the Bagram jail in Afghanistan is a “tougher problem than Guantanamo”. It is striking to what degree the Washington establishment has come to normalize Republican hostage-taking of the debt limit, to see it as a predictable and almost natural element of the political landscape. If sometimes you need to acknowledge your victories and give yourself a little pat on the back, get yourself a brag partner. Salmaan Khan reviews The Democratic Imagination: Envisioning Popular Power in the Twenty-First Century by James Cairns and Alan Sears. The healing power of Batman, and other great tales from academia: Joel Smith on the 12 most interesting things we learned in 2012.