A new issue of the International Journal of Conflict and Violence is out: "Is a General Theory of Violence Possible?" From Edge, Nathan Wolfe on how to prevent a pandemic. Rebel Yelp: The replacement for newspapers isn’t Craigslist; it’s local social media. From Popular Science, is scientific ignorance environmental bliss? From The New Yorker, a review of Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown by Jennifer Scanlon. Simon Schama on America’s phobia of banks: In his mistrust of paper currency Andrew Jackson tapped into a pulsing vein of American insecurity about the moral character of money. Andrew Leonard on how obscene Wall Street salaries are proof of market failure. One nation, seven sins: Geographers measure propensity for evil in states, counties. From Utne, an aticle on the mountain that eats men: A descent into Bolivia’s dark heart. Joe McCulloch reviews A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Homer Simpson goes to mosque: A review of Richard Poplak's The Sheikh's Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop Culture in the Muslim World. From The Indypendent, an interview with George Galloway. Get Solvent Fast: When the economy hands infomercial hucksters lemons, they make limeaid. The End of Personal Finance: Decades of advice turn out to be so much garbage.