Volume 2.36 (September 2-8)

Picks of the Week— Some weeks, I cannot choose between two really good articles.  This week has brought an embarrassment of riches– I can’t choose between three.

Academy Fight Song (Thomas Frank, The Baffler)

Logo, Bullshit & Co., Inc. (Oliver Reichenstein, iA)

The Social Life of Genes (David Dobbs, Pacific Standard)

Politics

Five Things We Know About Obamacare– And One We Don’t (Jonathan Cohn, New Republic)

The Limits of Nullification (Robert Levy, NYT)

Cybersecurity

Our Newfound Fear of Risk (Bruce Schneier, Schneier on Security)

NSA Able to Foil Basic Safeguards of Privacy on Web (Nicole Perlroth, Jeff Larson and Scott Shane, NYT)

Syria

A Translation Guide to Foreign Policy Gibberish (Micah Zenko, Foreign Policy)

Marching as to War? (Andrew Sullivan, The Dish)

There Will be Blood (Patrick Mason, Peculiar People)

Drones Over Damascus (Audrey Kurth Cronin, Foreign Affairs)

Nothing humanitarian about the empire (Editorial, Socialist Worker)

Saving Obama from Himself (Andrew Sullivan, The Dish)

Your Labor Day Syria Reader (William Polk, The Atlantic)

Economy

Should countries be more like families? (Roger Scruton, BBC)

The Next Emerging Market Crisis (Simon Johnson, NYT)

AFL-CIO Has Plan to Add Millions of Nonunion Members (Steven Greenhouse, NYT)

Foreign Affairs

The American Jewish Cocoon (Peter Beinart, NYRB)– Well, sort of foreign, I guess…

The Big Picture

On the Edge of Poverty, at the Center of a Debate on Food Stamps (Sheryl Gay Stolberg, NYT)

America’s Jobless Generation (Jeff Madrick, NYRB)

A Death in Valdosta (Jordan Conn, Grantland)

Not Very Giving (Rob Reich, NYT)

American Schools are Failing Nonconformist Kids (Elizabeth Weil, New Republic)

Science

Berks, Wankers and Wonks: how to pitch science policy advice (Stian Westlake, The Guardian)

Crimes against Humanities (Leon Wieseltier, The New Republic)– contra Steven Pinker

Sports

The Crisis (Charles Pierce, Grantland)– “The $765 million that the NFL has agreed to pony up [for a concussions settlement] is boutonniere money to these people; they must have had to go through the cushions on the sofa twice.”

Mormonism

The (Mormon) Sex Girls Explain it All (Rachel Piper, City Weekly)

Bob Dylan, Joseph F. Smith and the Price of Revelation (Steve Taysom, By Common Consent)

Celebrations of Learned Men: Nibley, Schoolmen and the Denial of Revelation (Allen Hansen, Worlds Without End)

Why Mormon Feminism Should be About Men Too (Emily Belanger, Peculiar People)

10 Common Arguments Against Women’s Ordination in the LDS Church (Winterbuzz, Feminist Mormon Housewives)

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