From Fair, a special issue on environmental journalism in the greenhouse era. Who funds contrariness on climate change? Greenpeace is accusing one of the U.S.'s largest conglomerates of sowing confusion around scientific assertions behind climate change. The debate over global warming has created tensions between two groups that might be expected to agree on the issue: climate scientists and meteorologists, especially those who serve as television weather forecasters (and more). From The New Yorker, are skeptics winning the climate war? Elizabeth Kolbert wants to know. From The Economist, there are lots of uncertainties in climate science — but that does not mean it is fundamentally wrong; action on climate is justified, not because the science is certain, but precisely because it is not; and dealing with climate change might mean tinkering with the oceans and the atmosphere — those who could do so would like the regulations to be clear. An excerpt from How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate by Jeff Goodell. We need birth control, not geoengineering. Breaking the growth habit: An interview with Bill McKibben. Building a green economy: Paul Krugman on how we can afford to tackle climate change. Aligning economic value with currently unpriced things — in nature and society — could be the ticket to global sustainability. Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster on what every environmentalist needs to know about capitalism. A review of Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution by Heather Rogers. An interview with Anna Lappe, author of Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It. Forget cap-and trade — this is a climate bill you can love.


Christian Davenport (Notre Dame) and Molly Inman (Maryland): The Puzzle of Iraqi Mortality: Surges, Civilian Deaths and Alternative Meanings. From Big Think, an interview with Satoshi Kanazawa on evolutionary psychology. Israel is a small country, not known for its nature — but during migration, its skies fill with millions of birds traveling between Africa, Asia, and Europe. The preposterous reality: 25 hedge fund managers are worth 680,000 teachers (who teach 13 million students). A review of Dreams in Exile: Rediscovering Science and Ethics in Nineteenth-century Social Theory by George E. McCarthy. Sarah L. Courteau reviews The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky. A review of The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History by Jason Vuic. Ever since modern diplomacy was invented in Renaissance Italy, states have found it necessary to exchange envoys for the purpose of reaching (or breaking) agreements, whether on parchment or by video conference. The rise of Public Diplomacy 2.0: The global media environment is changing — public diplomacy needs to keep up. A review of A God Who Hates: The Courageous Woman Who Inflamed the Muslim World Speaks Out Against the Evils of Islam by Wafa Sultan. More and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on Michael Sandel's Justice and Amartya Sen's The Idea of Justice. A review of Anton Chekhov, A Brother’s Memoir by Mikhail Chekhov (and more). Chekhov and Conservation: The great Russian author drew inspiration from the countryside and explored the practical and spiritual impact of trees on people, as well as on the environment and climate. A review of Inventing a Socialist Nation: Heimat and the Politics of Everyday Life in the GDR, 1945-1990 by Jan Palmowski.


Eric Trias and Bryan Bell (USAF): Cyber This, Cyber That, So What? From the latest issue of Parameters, a review essay on war in the information age. From Harvard International Review, a special issue on Waging Modern War. The new rules of war: John Arquilla, the visionary who first saw the age of "netwar" coming, warns that the U.S. military is getting it wrong all over again — here's his plan to make conflict cheaper, smaller, and smarter. From Armed Forces Journal, P.W. Singer on the rise of the tactical general: Beware the temptation to micromanage through unmanned systems (and Seth Hettena reviews Singer's Wired for War); Donald Drechsler and Charles Allen on why senior military leaders fail, and what we can learn from their mistakes; and are there limits civilian authority? Pat Paterson on how critical thinking and moral courage outweigh loyalty. What happens when the U.S. military decides that an academic discipline's professional ethics code is a nuisance? One wonders what would happen, just once, if lawmakers, and for that matter, presidents, of both parties, completely ignored the academics who offer them free advice; such outcomes may be worth pondering as the Ivory Tower plots to do some social engineering on America’s military. From H-Net, a review of Military Orientalism: Eastern War through Western Eyes by Patrick Porter. American Blitzkrieg: William J. Astore on the U.S. Military's German fetish. From The American Interest, Stephen Peter Rosen on the dual origins of American bellicosity. The first chapter from U.S. Military History for Dummies by John C. McManus. The war of new words: William F. Owen on why military history trumps buzzwords. Why do all the letters sent by military wives disappear? For comfort, we have blogs instead.


Carlos Frade (Salford): The Sociological Imagination and its Promise Fifty Years Later: Is There a Future for the Social Sciences as a Free Form of Enquiry? From Logos, Michael Lowy on Anticapitalist Readings of Weber’s Protestant Ethic: Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin, Gyorgy Lukacs, Erich Fromm. From the Annals of Improbable Research, a special issue on geography and teabagging. From Business Week, a cover story on why the Obama Plan is working: Polls say the economy is heading in the wrong direction, markets say it's back on track — this time, the markets are right. From The New Yorker, a review of The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century by Alan Brinkley; and a review of Kitty Kelley’s Oprah. An interview with Jonah Lehrer on books on decision-making. From NCR, Jason Berry on how money paved way for Marcial Maciel's influence in the Vatican and on how Fr. Maciel built his empire. The practice of treating the Catholic Church as a state has been bad for women's equality and gay rights; now, the unfolding sexual abuse scandal reveals another dark side of the Holy See's status. Exploring issues of security in a time of terror, Sarah Pickering’s Explosions, Fires, and Public Order goes behind the scenes at training sites for British government forces. Yona Zeldis McDonough reviews The Bird Catcher by Laura Jacobs. The portion of households that owe no income tax is a popular talking point on cable television and talk radio but relies on a cleverly selective reading of the facts (and more). The obligation to prosecute: An excerpt from Rule of Law, Misrule of Men by Elaine Scarry. Reviving Kunqu: The opera form is building a new audience base with a new five-year promotion plan for campuses. The retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens provides a foothold for a strong liberal presence on the Court.


Swagger Like Us: Should women amplify their aggression to mimic successful men, or should they play up what supposedly makes them different? A review of When Men Dance: Choreographing Masculinities across Borders. Standing up like a man: What kind of a woman uses a funnel to go to the bathroom? Porn is unrealistic, what about romance novels! An anti-porn polemic inspires a debate over whether male or female fantasy is more harmful to relationships. The best way to understand the recent fuss about "artificial sperm" and the "end of men" is to consider old versions of the same debate. Gender and concepts of masculinity strongly shape feminist men’s experience as feminists in a world that considers them to be neither real men, nor real feminists. Feminism-for-men is now America's white-collar default setting. As more women have taken on a breadwinning role and men and women have transformed into domestic co-laborers, the Art of the Wife is disappearing (and a debate). Having or growing a pair is the easy part — knowing how and when to artfully say Fuck It is the true measure of a modern man. Women do make men throw caution to the wind, research confirms. A review of The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine (and more and more and more and more). New research suggests sexual objectification hinders some women’s cognitive ability. Men don't sit around as a group sharing their deepest feelings, as women are likely to do, but don't assume male friendships are inferior. Are men more belligerent? Men are more dangerous, but women can be just as aggressive. First came women’s studies then men’s studies and now a new field in reaction to both: male studies. An article on "retrosexuals", the latest lame macho catchphrase. Empty Nest: It's the men who suffer when the kids leave.

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