From M/C Journal, a special issue on mining. Jack M. Balkin (Yale): Verdi's High C. La nouvelle trahison des clercs: When scholars sell out, the consequences are grave. David Dayen on Newark's terrible new foreclosure fix idea: Activists in the city think eminent domain can save their neighborhoods. Consciousness after death: Brandon Keim on strange tales from the frontiers of resuscitation medicine. Ned Resnikoff on when the union’s the boss: While some level of personal sacrifice on the part of union organizers is inevitable, that can’t justify rendering them powerless over their own workplace conditions. James V. Schall on avoiding “prosperous wickedness”. Abnormal is the new normal: Why will half of the U.S. population have a diagnosable mental disorder? A look at 5 basic facts of life (that were made up by marketing campaigns).