The Psychic Benefits of non-GM Foods

Unless you, too, happened to see the Subaru (at least, I think it was a Subaru. The story is so archetype-ally appealing if it’s a Subaru) cruising through Ann Arbor the other day with a pro-GMO labeling sticker on the…

Back from Bosnia (and Belgrade and Britain) Again

Over the course of a decent number of individual trips to the Yugosphere I’ve spent a decent amount of cumulative time in it, so with each successive trip it gets a little harder to do or see something I’ve never…

On the Balkans, the Former Yugoslavia, and the Unity of Spaces

The other day, as she is wont to do, my mother sent me a link to something on the Internet; this time it was to Nicholas Bakos’ blog, which you can find here. If you’re reading this blog, we’re probably…

Parliamentary Politics & Psychic Political Satisfaction

It’s easy to make fun of parliamentary political systems because depending on the institutional setup and the political environment you can have parties garnering well under fifty percent of the vote and nevertheless installing one of their own as prime…

The Power of Names

Names convey information, whether we want them to or not. See a resume from somebody named Thurston Charles Dockery III and you can bet he owns a few hundred pairs of Sperrys and uses summer as a verb. So if…

We’re All Just Making It up as We go Along

Depending on what news sources you read, a thing that may have occupied your attention of late is Spain’s mini secession crisis. To simplify somewhat, Catalonia wants to hold a referendum in only Catalonia on seceding from Spain, and the…

It’s All about the Touches – or, against the Fetishization of Flash in American Soccer

Writing for Sports Illustrated’s blog Planet Futbol this week, Stanley Kay had an interesting piece this week about U.S. Soccer’s plans to locate and nurture talent which otherwise might go undiscovered by today’s ecosystem of pay-to-play clubs and youth soccer associations….

China’s Charter 77 Moment?

The Economist ran a leader in last week’s edition arguing that Xi Jinping’s new enthusiasm for the rule of law, as indicated by a raft of new policies related to China’s constitution is “good news in two ways”: First, it…

Four Reasons to Fund Goofy-Sounding Social Science Projects

Earlier this week Representative Lamar Smith, a Republican from Texas, wrote this piece arguing for limiting NSF-funded research to only that which was “in the national interest”, the standard embraced by the, “original statute that created the National Science Foundation.” I…

Flag-gate in Belgrade – Just A Blip

I had not intended to write anything about the drone incident at the Euro 2016 qualifier, because I didn’t think there was much constructive to say. But then today came around, and I was planning to post something, and I had…