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Visions of utopia arrive in London from around the world

The city’s first design biennale explores the possibility of other, better ways of living. See 10 ideas from the exhibition that aim to shape our future

party in the street: let’s talk about vietnam

Earlier this week, I discussed Professor Amenta’s insanely generous review, “Raising the Bar for Scholarship on Protest and Politics,” which just came out in Contemporary Sociology. We’ve been discussing Amenta’s criticisms. On Tuesday, I discussed why it is useful to see the wars in Iraq an Afghanistan as part of a broader war on terror. […]

The Indolence of British Capitalism

The state is a committee for managing the common affairs of the bourgeoisie. That Marx was one sharp fella. For an insight 170 years old, it has proved remarkably durable. Except in one respect: states often fall short of enforcing these "common affairs" and instead are beholden to a clutch of favoured businesses and industries. Show More Summary

What to Do with All the Wild Horses?

Rumors are circulating that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has plans to euthanize 44,000 wild horses. The rumor is partly true. An advisory board has authorized the BLM to do so; they have yet to make a decision as to whether they will. Even the possibility of such a widespread cull, though, has understandably sparked outrage. […]

Trump Unrestricted

September 15, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston Commas are important. Sometimes. I waved to the young man who was wearing a gray suit. “Who was wearing a gray suit” is a restrcitive clause. It’s called that because it limits the subject....Show More Summary

Utopia is unobtainable, but worth pursuing for all our sakes

A Bronze Age civilisation that came closer to utopia than we have yet, shows us that we should make sure the world has abundance, freedom and peace

Why Oregon is So Generous

The Atlantic recently reported that Oregon has a higher proportion of families on welfare than any other state in the U.S. With high food-stamp consumption, subsidizing, healthcare, and extended time limits, Oregon has dedicated itself to a relatively robust and available social security net. Show More Summary

Understanding “Latinos For Trump”

As the 2016 presidential campaign enters the final stretch, Donald Trump has doubled down on his hard-line stance on immigration. In his August 31st immigration policy speech, Trump proposed implementing extreme vetting and employing a deportation force, and opposed amnesty for more than 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. Polling by Latino Decisions, […]

The real utopia: This ancient civilisation thrived without war

The Indus civilisation seems to have flourished for 700 years without armour, weapons, inequality or royalty. Here’s how to build a paradise on Earth

pro-religion, pro-science

Tim O’Brien of UW-Milwaukee and Shiri Noy of U-Wyoming have a new article in Socious (“A Nation Divided: Science, Religion, and Public Opinion in the United States“) that explores people who are both religious and pro-science. From the press coverage: “If we look at the modern group and the traditional group and their political and […]

Theresa May and the Boundary Review

And just like that my constituency disappears. Wrapping like a skeewiff cummerbund around the svelte middle of the Potteries, Stoke-on-Trent Central stretches from a hint of countryside up Stockton Brook way, and snugly grips Baddeley Green, Abbey Hulton, and Bentilee. Show More Summary

How forensic science can stop slaughter of endangered wildlife

Technology to investigate wildlife trafficking is rapidly improving, but countries also need to agree new ways of working and better training and resources

Oil pipeline construction halted after Native American protests

The conduit for oil has sparked protests and a lawsuit led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and now the US has halted construction on a section of the pipeline

Primate labs give us an edge, says China’s brain project chief

China’s new brain project is uniquely placed to deliver breakthroughs in neuroscience and artificial intelligence, explains Mu-ming Poo

Knowing you’re being manipulated doesn’t stop it from happening

Subtle nudges to alter our behaviour still work if we're told about them beforehand, making us donate more to charity and eat healthier food

Al Shabaab weakened but not defeated in Somalia

(RAND Corporation) Efforts to weaken the al Qa'ida-linked terrorist group al Shabaab in Somalia have had some success over the past five years, but the US campaign there is now in jeopardy, according to a new RAND Corporation study.Show More Summary

party in the street: response to amenta

In the most recent Contemporary Sociology, Irvine’s Edwin Amenta wrote an incredibly kind and generous review of Party in the Street (“Raising the Bar for Scholarship on Protest and Politics“). It’s really humbling to have such an accomplished researcher so deeply engage with our work and find so much value. Not only did Professor Amenta […]

Bye Dave

Asked why he wanted to be Prime Minister, Dave reportedly replied it was because "I thought I'd be rather good at it". Well, I have some news. He turned out to not be very good at all. And as he draws a curtain on a political career that hadn't even begun when this century started, it's time to reflect and take stock. Show More Summary

Broccoli v. French fries: Appealing to teens' impulse to rebel can curb unhealthy eating

(University of Chicago Booth School of Business) A new study from Chicago Booth finds that by appealing to widely-held adolescent values, it's possible to reduce unhealthy eating habits and motivate better food choices among adolescents.

Scientists find stress negatively affects chances of conception

(University of Louisville) University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences epidemiologist Kira Taylor, Ph.D. found that women who reported feeling more stressed during their ovulatory window were approximately 40-percent less likely to conceive during that month than other less stressful months.

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