Jordan J. Paust (Houston): The UN is Bound by Human Rights: Understanding the Full Reach of Human Rights, Remedies, and Nonimmunity. How we'll know if GM is really fixed: Six metrics investors should watch to determine the success or failure of postbankruptcy General Motors. TSAstroturf: Mark Ames and Yasha Levine on the Washington lobbyists and Koch-Funded libertarians behind the TSA scandal. Harold Meyerson on how Germany got it right on the economy. Mike Brown, the co-founder of AOL Ventures, is trying to change the way AOL is seen by entrepreneurs and engineers — to erase its reputation as a moribund dial-up dinosaur. As is evident in "Out: The Glenn Burke Story", being gay was widely recognized to be, as one of the era's top stars put it, “a kiss of death for a ballplayer”. Does Facebook have a foreign policy? Facebook's global rise has limits — and real dangers — as it taps markets in unfriendly countries. David Weigel reviews Sarah Palin's America by Heart. If the International Year of Biodiversity has shown us just one thing, it is that we need to stand up for all of Nature and not just those aspects someone somewhere has decided are the more deserving. Can a bunch of mathematicians do a better job than legislators at drawing Congressional districts? The impact of post-census redistricting on the balance of power in Congress is overblown, say political scientists and mathematicians who have looked at the math behind gerrymandering (and more). "That's All Right Mama" by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup is the world's oldest rock and roll song, according to rock historian Joseph Burns, who also thinks this song could contain the first ever guitar solo break. A review of A Nation of Speechifiers: Making an American Public after the American Revolution by Carolyn Eastman.