A new issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report is out. Elroy Dimson (LBS), Peter L. Rousseau (Vanderbilt), and Christophe Spaenjers (HEC Paris): The Price of Wine. Judit Takacs (HAS) and Ivett Szalma (Lausanne): How to Measure Homophobia in an International Comparison? From The Economist, a special report on biodiversity. Practice isn’t everything: The “magic number of greatness” debunked. Hark, the psychiatrists sing, hoping glory for that Revised DSM thing: Phil Wolfson reviews The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry by Gary Greenberg. Michael Ignatieff on how to save the Syrians. The tech world produces a lot of genuine rebels — Pax Dickinson isn’t one of them (and more). From the ACLU to spy world to academia: Law professor Tim Edgar has worked on both sides of the surveillance debate, and he sees lessons to privacy advocates and government officials alike. Andrew Kliman on Post-Work: Zombie social democracy with a human face? Too much of a bad thing: A look at the prevalence of rape in Asia. Al Sharpton: Identity politics has given way to “identity politics of policy”. The Ig Nobel Prizes are in: Here are the winners of the strangest science awards of the year. Fred Kaplan on a win-win-win for everyone (except the Syrians): The U.S.-Russian deal on Assad’s chemical weapons shows diplomacy is possible when interests converge. Molly Redden on the men running the Koch Brothers’ “secret bank”.

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