Apoorva Anubhuti (NUJS): Americanisation of International Law. From Salon, the War Room Hack Thirty is a list of our least favorite political commentators, newspaper columnists and constant cable news presences. Research finds upper-class people have trouble recognizing others' emotions. Empathizing 101: A Capital University experiment to determine whether students can learn empathy is generating excitement among experts who study the behavior. Is karaoke a passing fad? Kevin Brown, PhD investigated. Why I am a Monarchist: John Medaille on how monarchy is the highest form of democracy. The Family Research Council is labeled a "hate group" by the SPLC over their anti-gay rhetoric. From Cafe Babel, democracy gives birth to mathematical proof. The flat earth and geocentric world are examples of wrong scientific beliefs that were held for long periods — can you name your favorite example and for extra credit why it was believed to be true? From PopMatters, we all shine on: A tribute to John Lennon. When mustaches attack: Unless you’re a comic-book villain or stuck in the 1980s, you’re probably aware that mustaches get a bum rap in the 21st century. If you’re interested in issues to do with personal identity, and the conditions under which it does or does not endure, then you may want to check out "You’re Being Tortured in the Morning", another new interactive activity at Philosophy Experiments. The first chapter from Gossip and the Everyday Production of Politics by Niko Besnier. Grasslands preserve the lonely prairie: North America’s grasslands filled an ecological role that goes mostly unfilled in their hugely reduced state. A Civil Rights-era murder is resolved after forty-five years, as 77-year-old former Alabama state trooper James Bonard Fowler heads to jail.