Edward Dutton (Oulu): Towards a Scientific Model of Culture Shock and Intercultural Communication. From Phenomenology and Practice, Erika Goble (Alberta): Facing the Ugly Face. From the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, a special issue on the future of motorcycling. Steve Clemons on the real defense budget. If you are in the magazine business and you are not excited about all the changes taking place today, you need to exit the business. Superheroes around the world: CarrieLynn Reinhard on how people around the world view superheroes. Richard Dawkins on The Magic of Reality and how we know what's really true. David Limbaugh laments "the radical display of hate and intolerance" directed at his brother, Rush. So, Lenny Dykstra is finally going to prison. Billionaire rankings: Bloomberg launches daily list of the world’s richest people. Chris Arthur on financial literacy education for citizens and financial literacy education and freedom. If governments want to encourage good citizenship, they should try making the desired behavior more fun. Get Shortey: He thinks there’s a plot to slip human foetuses into the food chain.

From Bad Subjects, Joseph Natoli on the neoliberal/right-wing psyche. The Republican Brain: Chris Mooney on why even educated conservatives deny science — and reality. From FDL, a book salon on The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin by Corey Robin. What sets conservatives apart from authoritarians and fascists? As the term "conservative" is co-opted more and more by true reactionaries, the whole supposedly "conservative" outlook is rooting itself more and more in the past, and an increasingly distant past at that. What is a conservative? Right-leaning thinkers answer one of three questions to help define both their ideology and their challenges for the future. Can conservative intellectuals go home again? Know your gnostics: Gene Callahan on how Eric Voegelin diagnosed the neoconservatives’ disease. From The University Bookman, a review of Edmund Burke For Our Time: Moral Imagination, Meaning, and Politics by William F. Byrne; a review of From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism by D. G. Hart; and a review of Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America by Benjamin L. Carp.

Daniela Calanca (Bologna): Italians Posing Between Public and Private: Theories and Practices of Social Heritage. Ran Hirschl (Toronto): The Nordic Counter-Narrative: Democracy, Human Development, and Judicial Review. George Lakey on how Swedes and Norwegians broke the power of the "1 percent". Do institutions really matter? Francis Fukuyama on how the questionable relevance of institutions is brought home by the controversy over Hungary’s new constitution. The intellectual, the individual, and the state: An interview with Henrik Berggren, author of A Wonderful Time Ahead: A Biography of Olof Palme (and more). The Mystery Pilgrim: Augustine the Aleut hit Europe's most famous pilgrimage route, the Camino Santiago de Compostela, first in 2002, and then again in 2007, 2009 and 2011. A review of Vampire Nation: Violence as Cultural Imaginary by Tomislav Z. Longinovic. A decade from today, 20 percent of some Eastern European countries will have a Roma ancestry — yet despite strength in numbers, the cycle of exclusion and marginalization persists. Thermopolia of Pompeii, an ancient snack bar of the Roman Empire, has been re-opened.

A new issue of the Journal of Humanistic and Social Studies is out. From International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Gilda Sedgh, Susheela Singh, Stanley K. Henshaw and Akinrinola Bankole (Guttmacher): Legal Abortion Worldwide in 2008: Levels and Recent Trends. Peter Singer weighs in on infanticide paper. Here's why the government thinks it can kill you overseas. Leaked e-mails suggest bin Laden not buried at sea? Spying on the Koch Brothers: Michael Mechanic goes inside the discreet retreat where the elite meet to plot Barack Obama's defeat. The Koch brothers have launched an extraordinary campaign to take control of the Cato Institute — will they destroy it? (and more and more) Scotland's "Day of Destiny": On October 18, 2014, Scots will get a chance to vote for independence. In an article in the American Journal of Bioethics, Loyola bioethicist Kayhan Parsi is calling political satirist Jon Stewart "our greatest public intellectual. This is no joke." The first black Disney princess loves watermelon. Tim Tebow explains why he "Tebows" and uses Bible verses.

Jessica Pykett (Aberystwyth): The New Maternal State: The Gendered Politics of Governing through Behaviour Change. Noa Nogradi (Pompeu Fabra): Abortion in a Genderless Society. Amy Shields Dobson (Monash): Hetero-sexy Representation by Young Women on MySpace: The Politics of Performing an "Objectified" Self. Deborah Tuerkheimer (DePaul): SlutWalking in the Shadow of the Law: Rape and Sexuality in Legal Theory and Practice. Sluts Unite: By standing up to Rush Limbaugh’s slur, Sandra Fluke shows how sex positivity is recharging feminism. The other side of well-being: What makes a young woman become an anorectic? From Interface, a special issue on feminism, women’s movements and women in movement. A review of The Return of Feminist Liberalism by Ruth Abbey. Shattering the glass slipper: Why the color pink has noted feminist author Peggy Orenstein seeing red. Princess at work: Naomi Wolf on how the pretty, docile creature is passe — princessing is good, hard work these days. Nathan Jurgenson on constructing a lesson plan to teach Pinterest and feminism.

A new issue of Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy is out. Makoto Usami (TIT): Intergenerational Justice: The Rights of Future People or the Duty of Fair Play. Donovan Miyasaki (Wright State): A Nietzschean Case for Egalitarianism. Enzo Rossi (Wales): Can Tolerance Be Grounded in Equal Respect? Idowu William (Obafemi Awolowo): From Cultural Popularity to the Paradox of Relevance: A Critical Discourse on the Endangered Status of Citizenship Theory. The introduction to Relative Justice: Cultural Diversity, Free Will, and Moral Responsibility by Tamler Sommers. More than three centuries ago, Spinoza recognized that the unfettered freedom of expression is in the state's own best interest — have we forgotten? A review of Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists by Daniel Dorling. An interview with Ted H. Miller, author of Mortal Gods: Science, Politics, and the Humanist Ambitions of Thomas Hobbes. The boundaries of justice: Amartya Sen on David Hume and our world. A review essay on Amartya Sen’s The Idea of Justice. Harvard’s Political Philosopher: Eric P. Newcomer on the Harvey Mansfield story.

James A. Gardner (Buffalo): How to Do Things with Boundaries: Redistricting and the Construction of Politics. From the Journal of Future Studies, a special issue on Path Dependence as Theoretical Scaffolding for Futures Studies. "God is dead" theologian William Hamilton dies. A feminist theologian has stoked controversy by publishing a paper arguing that Jesus might have been a hermaphrodite. From International Socialist Review, James Illingworth on slavery and the origins of the Civil War; the rise and fall of New World slavery: An interview with Robin Blackburn, author of The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights; and reading Karl Marx with Abraham Lincoln: John Nichols on utopian socialists, German communists, and other republicans. Forget bookcases: Now you can buy an entire house from IKEA. The inside story of how the banks beat Washington: Why the Federal Reserve let Wall Street institutions return money to shareholders. Alex Rosenberg on why understanding science is hard and seduction by the humanities is easy. Ezra Klein on the invisible welfare state of the top one percent.

A new issue of Liberty is out. Micah Schwartzman (Virginia): What If Religion is Not Special? Paul Horwitz (Alabama): Law, Religion, and Kissing Your Sister. Basyle J. Tchividjian (Liberty) and Victor Vieth (NCPTC): When the Child Abuser Has a Bible: Investigating Child Maltreatment Sanctioned or Condoned by a Religious Leader. Fleecing the flock: The big business of swindling people who trust you. Buying the Body of Christ: How the communion wafer arrived in the capitalist marketplace. Evangelicals of all stripes are outraged at a new marriage book by controversial Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll. Atheism in America: Godlessness is the last big taboo in the US, where non-believers face discrimination and isolation. A review of The Bible, the School, and the Constitution: The Clash that Shaped Modern Church-State Doctrine by Steven K. Green. The Americans with Disabilities Act makes it illegal to discriminate against people based on their disabilities — unless, apparently, the institution doing the discrimination is a church. Occupying Faith: What Occupy can learn from the mistakes of the Church.

Jerome L. McElroy (Saint Mary’s): Island Demography: A Review of Selected Caribbean Contributions. From Music and Politics, Jocelyne Guilbault (UC-Berkeley): The Question of Multiculturalism in the Arts in the Postcolonial Nation-State of Trinidad and Tobago. From Small Axe, a review of Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions by Jane G. Landers; and who lacks an ethical code? A review of The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti by Kate Ramsey. A review of Haiti: The Aftershocks of History by Laurent Dubois. The earthquake in Haiti proved so devastating partly because the country’s development model had failed so completely — now those funding the reconstruction of the country are pursuing the same disastrous path. A review of The Sugar Barons: Family, Corruption, Empire, and War in the West Indies by Matthew Parker. Caribbean's high crime rate is hindering development, report says. Can Caribbean regional integration facilitate economic growth? One of the world’s largest oil refineries will close, stunning nearly 2,000 workers and threatening to upend the reeling economy of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico has long flirted with the idea of becoming the 51st state — this year voters will once again have their choice at the ballot box.

From the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, Igor Berkhin (IDC) and Glenn Hartelius (ITP): Why Altered States Are Not Enough: A Perspective from Buddhism; and a special section on ecopsychology. Kodak changed the way we see, share, and remember the world — then the world itself changed. A review of Contesting Democracy by Jan-Werner Muller and How to Change the World by Eric Hobsbawm. Somehow, earlier this year, a philosopher managed to goad the world into vanquishing an evil villain; perhaps more surprising was the philosopher in question: Bernard-Henri Levy. This advert for the Guardian's open journalism, screened for the first time on 29 February 2012, imagines how we might cover the story of the Three Little Pigs in print and online. The big debate over the oldest life on Earth: One researcher says he has the oldest fossils ever found; another says that's just mangled, pressure-cooked rock. "Yo, is this racist?" Andrew Ti’s Tumblr has your (hilarious) answer. How I became a troll: John Emerson explains why he's such a horrible person.