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[Weekend Special] From Granada, governing parties wins parliament elections. From China, on lessons in capitalism. From South Africa, on creating a culture of innovation. From Spain, on celebrating Bolshevism. Was the Georgian 'velvet revolution' the result of international pressure? of (controversialist) George Soros's influence? There is something very strange going on in the Arab world. GMU's Stephen Fuller on puts value on time. Why morality is too important to be left to philosophers. A new look at when and where the original Indo - European language originated. Chairman Mao to battle the Wu-Tang Clan for hip-hop supremacy. How ugliness can mean a death penalty. And when checks disappear, will we miss them?

[Nov 28] From Colombia, many paramilitary fighters lay down their arms, kindling hopes. From India, on a new kind of 'Teflon' government. From France, how South African president Thabo Mbeki, philosopher - president, wins their hearts. From Ghana, on a new kind of paradigm for its political future, and on the role of regional actors in West Africa. From Israel, why the real dissident is the (liberal) Jewish state, and who are the freedom fighters? How Democrats are having to wrestle with religion, looking for a winning mix, even as the number of non-believers increase. Alice Von Hildebrand on The Imitation of Mary. On making the lot, bases one through ten, illegal. How a growing body of evidence supports some fantasies. And how love is like an addiction, "and the withdrawal sucks"

[Nov 27] From Mexico, on the Iron Law of Oligarchy. From Pakistan, on conceiving a grundnorm for the country. From Venezuela, an interview with President Hugo Chavez (and part 2). From Brazil, an interview with Central Banker Henrique de Campos Meirelles. From somewhere in Europe, an interview with Romano Prodi, and is the region in grip of the worst bout of hatred since the Holocaust? Crisis magazine on the truth about the Spanish Inquisition. Capitalism is nothing if not inventive—take niche Bibles. How should one look at the Mind Body Spirit people? Jim Holt establishes an Atheist Christmas Challenge. Guess what day is tomorrow? Dick Armey claims that Boston has nothing in common with the rest of the nation. He’s right. Who is Krist Novoselic, and why is he thinking of running for office? And if you got the skillz, Moby wants you to produce a commercial

[Nov 26] From the United Nations, world hunger is increasing, and on a global compact on corporate citizenship. From South Korea, sympathy for a 'Habermasian' spy. From Poland, on a national folly. From Tajikistan, on the law of the Pamirs. From Brazil, on the Canudos rebellion, 100 years later. Pinochet says he was never a dictator. From the LA Times, a special series on The Wal-Mart Effect (part 1, part 2 and part 3). Why rumors of the death of investigative journalism are greatly exaggerated. A review of books on journalism and war. A look at David Brooks, bubeleh in paradise. What's so bad about gluttony anyway? Or starving? Project Censored releases the Top 25 Censored Media Stories of 2002-2003. And Geuda Springs, Kansas requires residents to buy a gun

[Nov 25] From France, debating national culture and Islam. From Egypt, on the notorious Arab addiction to conspiracy theory, and can Bush turn words into action? From Saudi Arabia, citizens debate their future, and on seeing the funny side of Islamic law. From Canada, can girls really play with the boys? More on Georgia's velvet revolution and people power. On the geomorphology of the Australian polity. How the internet may be Africa's last hope. Why the death of small-town America has been greatly exaggerated. More on recent research into son-preference. David Brooks: "Anybody who has several sexual partners in a year is committing spiritual suicide". How Hugh Hefner won the culture war and lost his soul. What part of ‘pursuit of happiness’ don’t you understand? And on studying seductive women

[Nov 24] From Georgia, after political turmoil grips the country, President Shevardnadze resigns (and a look at Mikhail Saakashvili, opposition leader). From Lithuania, protests arise against President Rolandas Paksas. From Japan, why the neocon debate in the U.S. should be inspirational. From Australia, on the philosophy of self - improvement. From Singapore, how do think tanks justify the money spent on them? From Hong Kong, 'Long Hair' Leung tests democracy. From Pakistan, should President Musharraf take his uniform off? Meanwhile, a leftist Army wife says Americans need to give Army uniforms to hippies. The New York Times Magazine looks at the politics of online dating. And look out, Bill O'Reilly is getting very, very tired of the Christian bashers

[Weekend Special] From Zimbabwe, hundreds of human rights activists are arrested. From Russia, on the reinvigoration of the Communist Party, and on a plan to solve the Dniester-area problems in Moldova. From Australia, on the case of Ralph Hahnheuser, animal rights activist. From Canada, does the country have a culture? From India, why the pope and the media are wrong about Hindu conversions. Dani Rodrik of Harvard on reforming economic reform. A report on the second European Social Forum. Why civil society groups are leery of the new FTAA agreements 9and a comment from The Nation). "Karl Marx is buried in Poland": More on Leszek Kolakowski. From Business Week, a special report on corporate philanthropy. And why the truth about beauty is anything but simple

[Nov 21] On Politics, Religion, and the Culture Wars: From Pakistan, on debate, discourse and democracy. From Turkey, on the progress of democratic reforms, and a list of active militant Islamist groups. From Egypt, why those who believe in the clash of civilizations must be pleased, and more on the founding of a non-Arab party. From India, secular parties join forces against BJP. From Israel, gospel verse found on ancient shrine. Richard Perle admits Iraq invasion was illegal. A profile of Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret Marshall. On democracy, the founders, and Judge Moore. An interview with Richard Neuhaus on religious freedom and "Dignitatis Humanae". Is Christianity still relevant? A debate. GOP is about to release first campaign ad. The Nation reviews Wesley Clark's Winning Modern Wars: Iraq, Terrorism, and the American Empire. And on the betrayal of secular humanism: "All human beings are out of their fucken minds - every single one of them"

[Nov 20] From Equatorial Guinea, armpit to Kuwait. From Pakistan, on muckracking and the road to enlightenment. From Kenya, why Africans can be world kings. From India, Hindus urged to curb 'Muslim threat' by having big families. From China, on an epidemic infecting the nation. The transcript of Bush's speech at Whitehall Palace. An interview with Wesley Clark (and part 2), while choking up becomes a rule of the political road. On an elusive history of American women told through food. "What one aspect of living in Hillsboro satisfies you the least? -The influx of Hispanics". And thank goodness for The Simpsons

[Nov 19] From Kenya, how the war on terror becomes an assault on freedom. From Switzerland, countries are split as an ITU information summit nears. From Iran, on law, virtue and rights. From Belarus, on the lingering legacy of militant atheism. From Great Britain, how many immigrants is enough? From the Boston Globe, the MA Supreme Court opens the door to gay marriage within six months, with mixed reactions from the locals and with national repercussions. Will a Federal Marriage Amendment pass, or will same-sex marriage change civilization as we know it? More from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN. An interview with Harold Varmus on open access publishing. And a list of top US social justice organizations 

[Nov 18] From East Timor, an interview with President Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão. From Serbia, a new war crimes courthouse opens for business. From Georgia, will Shevardnadze face Milosevic's fate? On the zero-sum games in Central Asia’s games with frontiers. London Mayor Kenneth Livingston on the greatest threat to life on this planet. Can Democratic presidential candidates compete in the South? (and a discussion). The Clergy Leadership Network is formed to counter conservative policies. What makes Alexandre Pires an anomaly in the world of Latin music? Brooks on Lucky magazine: "Happiness is so middle class..." Why mothers must say “excuuuse me” to the 'opt-out revolution'. And men enter the name game

[Nov 17] From Europe, a campaign is launched to save the draft EU constitution. From India, on Martha Nussbaum and human frailty, and on thinking cosmic to save the world. From South Africa, how game theory can be a useful tool for business. From Barbados, on the burden of manhood. From Brazil, on Lula's balancing act and next big fight.. From Venezuela, an anarchist perspective on Hugo Chavez. From Colombia, nomadic tribe faces extinction, while in Spain, a whistling language returns. A look back at the horror of Jonestown.  As tolerance of deaths is tested, especially in communities over - represented by men and women who fight for the common good, the president of the last Christian nation, and a bullo di periferia, visits Europe, while Saddam sends out a message (and the full text). And is there a problem with intolerance in a free society?

[Weekend Special] Princeton's Robert George on the case for preserving the definition of marriage. On Globaphobia: Why arguments against the FTAA are flawed. A review of Gore Vidal's Inventing a Nation. On raising doubts over just how arrogant Americans really are--the invention of Iraq illegal? Who cares? Anarchy in the USA: A review of Murdering McKinley, and on the selective solidarity of the Left. How to defeat terrorism without creating new enemies. Grist magazine on the greenest building of them all, and a consumption manifesto. A review of books by Tariq Ali and Noam Chomsky (and a discussion), and more reviews of The Breaking of Nations. And from National Review, on isms, wasms and South Park Republicanism

[Nov 28] On the 50-50 America phenomenon making the cover of Time: That, Herr Hegel, is a zeitgeist moment, with which conservatives have compromised. So "Damn Grotius! Damn Pufendorf! Damn Vattell!". A look at the life and work of Milton Friedman, and why should persons interested in economics read the history of technology and science at all? Joshua Micah Marshall reviews America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy. Why Iranian liberation will not come from the US, but from women. The text of John McCain's recent speech at CFR on Iraq: Is it like Vietnam? Yes, no, and forget Vietnam! And yet... Why superpowers act out of self-interest, not morality, and the US in Iraq is no different. And on patriotism as the first refuge of politicians

[Nov 27] On the Politics of Sex, Gender, and Marriage: How the gay marriage debate is forcing a re-evaluation on many levels. But is allowing gay marriage the same as endorsing it? Should the courts decide? And how does it all matter anyway? Jeffrey Rosen and Jonathan Rauch debate the issues. From the Village Voice, why this is no time to celebrate for gays and lesbians (listen up, Andrew Sullivan), since social conservatives plan to save the institution. All over the world, you better watch out, though: The PC assault even reaches Israel, and Singapore considers legalizing oral sex. A review of Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century. From allAfrica, how women are kept trained, yoked and tied in Zimbabwe, while in Ghana there is talk of sexual and reproductive rights in the political arena. And yet, some women submit to the Darwinian consumer experience known as the sample sale

[Nov 26] From Foreign Affairs, what Harry Truman can teach George Bush. Walter Cronkite speaks about America's own tragic character, he who stands between democracy and repression. Richard Norton Smith on ten rules to judge a president (and part 2). From the Palestine Chronicle, an interview with Norman Finkelstein. From the IMF, on preserving the benefits of globalization. A review of Stokely Carmichael's memoir, Ready for Revolution. More on After the New Economy. Thoughts on centralist conservatism and command morality. On the American litigation system: "It's ludicrous, but it works". Rappers may have reinvented murder as entertainment, but make sure to get their vote. And how different things evolve and come on stream at different times

[Nov 25]
From Time, how the US became a nation divided. Does intelligence matter far less than brute force in winning wars? On seeking an alternative to a Jewish state and the three state solution in Iraq. How democracy is a weapon to beat men of violence. On the socialist left's attitudes towards the state. What the US economy could learn from Schroeder's New Germany. Tibor Machan on the roots of governments' crises. From The Spectator, on the moral case for the death penalty, legislating in favor of marriage, and terrorism and democracy. A review of The Breaking of Nations: Order and Chaos in the Twenty-First Century.  A conversation with Howard Zinn and that guy from Radiohead. On Tupac's status as messiah. Kenan Malik on why we still believe in race. Here's a list of the top 10 conservative idiots. And Cullen Murphy on setting standards

[Nov 24] From The Atlantic Monthly, George Soros (self-styled philosopher and central banker to the Democrats) on the bubble of American supremacy, a review of books on the benefits of conspicuous consumption, and a flashback on the development of marriage.The first shots have been fired in the inter-generational wars. More on the US-UK 'special relationship'.  From iranian.ws, on Islam as a dangerous ideology (and part 2). On a task force that helped create the Red State/Blue State America. A Heritage lecture on The origins of the modern American conservative movement. On books that explain the Christian worldview, remembering C. S. Lewis, and can smart Christians "have it all"? On taking economics as a matter of faith. And Wired looks at the science behind the new understanding of the brain

[Weekend Special] Which party in the White House means good times for investors? From Open Source Media, essays on the dialectic of liberation, the false promise of the internet, and rating US schools in cyberliberties. From Better Humans, on the concept of personhood, how species may evolve through giant leaps, and on turning the galaxy into beer cans. From The Globalist,  17 reasons for US difficulties in Iraq and war justifications, and a look at Michael Ignatieff, liberal imperialist. A review of After the New Economy. Focus on Latin America: Why an Alliance for Progress is still needed, sizing up US-Brazil relations, and from Foreign Affairs, some short reviews of books by Mauricio Font, Gallup, Gaviria and Lora, and Mala Htun. And from Al-Ahram, Political Theory 101

[Nov 21] On Politics, Religion, and the Culture Wars: A review of Robert Bork's Coercing Virtue: The Worldwide Rule of Judges. Why the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals should be divided. Or can the whole judiciary be scrapped? A debate on the Pledge of Allegiance is shaping up for the Supreme Court. A review of Sexual Rights in America, and are bans on same - sex marriage constitutional? It's been a gay few weeks. Dahlia Lithwick on "Jeremiah" Scalia. The text of Pat Buchanan's 1992 Republican Convention Speech. Essays on the politics of meaningless, and what conservatism means (with some dividing fault lines within it). Two reviews of Lost Christianities. A review of books on white supremacists, "the other terrorists". Why don't President Bush and Osama bin Laden just get a room? Philip Bobbitt on Bush as a great leader, but a poor politician. And a look at the US-UK special relationship", or a transatlantic love story, with Venetian Europe in the middle

[Nov 20] From Left Business Observer, on the perils of third party politics, and an interview with Joseph Stiglitz. Thomas Frank on The God That Sucked. From National Review, on the dreaded I-word, and Lowry vs. Franken on books. Meet James Glassman, Exhibit A of journo-lobbying. From OJR, a media critic's job is never done. Blueprint Magazine on the cultural fault lines of American politics. An Insight interview with Thomas Bowden, author of The Enemies of Christopher Columbus. How young black males are becoming job untouchables. And the Socialist Worker reports from the European Social Forum

[Nov 19] On War, Justice, and the American Way:
From nthposition, how great powers bring themselves down, the end of the European coalition, on 9/11 and free will, a declaration of independence, and a review of Michael Mann's Incoherent Empire. Seyla Benhabib on a history lesson in peace. On the realpolitik of Bush's democratic revolution (and part 2). From Salon, an interview with William Schulz of Amnesty International: "The antiwar left must confront terrorism".  Chalmers Johnson on assassination squads. From the Portland IMC, an essay on the genocidal mentality (part 2 and part 3). On the legitimacy of Palestinian resistance, and what happens in Israel's Facility 1391? More on anti - Americanism.  And comic book artists declare their patriot acts

[Nov 18] From Opinion Journal, is it fair to liken apologists for communism to Holocaust deniers, and is there an inextricable link between anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism? From The New York Times, on a proposal for universal health care vouchers, on the essence of the growing mutual fund scandal, and Eliot Spitzer, along with his go-to guy, writes on business regulation. From CJR, should Walter Duranty's Pulitzer Prize be pulled? Conservatives debate the death penalty. How Christians are using fair trade to help the world's poor. Asia Times' Spengler compiles a list of characteristic features of American culture. From opednews, a guide to current events for dummies, and 31 ways to take on the neocon think tanks. And a short primer on liberals and conservatives

[Nov 17] Amartya Sen on democracy and its global roots. From Green Horizon Quarterly, on war and peace in the twilight of the nation-state system. George Monbiot comments on the European Social Forum. Christopher Hitchens on understanding Al-Qaida's bombing in Istanbul (and what next?), and Joe Klein on extreme peacekeeping. On a new-look Security Council: What makes a winner? Molly Ivins doesn't mind if you call her a Bush Hater. An interview with Sam Smith of the Progressive Review. Here's the introduction to David Horowitz's new book, Left Illusions: An Intellectual Odyssey (and part 2), and Bill Moyers' keynote address to the National Conference on Media Reform. Farai Chideya on what you call a black war hero. Ever notice how politics has its fashion trends? Sidney Bloch is a psychiatrist with a heart. And why bad, brassy girls can have the last laugh


[Weekend Special] Norman Geras (Manchester): Minimum Utopia: Ten Theses, and The Controversy About Marx and Justice. A new issue of The Red Critique: Marxist Theory and Critique of the Contemporary is out. Takis Fotopoulos on Cornelius Castoriadis and the democratic tradition. An interview with economist Michael Yates, and a review of The Literary Book of Economics. From The Washington Post, a review of Lester Thurow's Fortune Favors the Bold: What We Must Do to Build a New and Lasting Global Prosperity; more on Stiglitz; and James Galbraith reviews Robert Rubin's In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington. And Financial Times reviews 3 books on the roaring 90s

[Nov 28] A new issue of Minerva: An Internet Journal of Philosophy, is out, including papers on moral character, intentionality, and the dumb sublimity of law. A review of Quine and Davidson on Language, Thought and Reality. A review of Descartes’ Cogito: Saved from the Great Shipwreck. And from the Latin American Studies Association, Guillermo O'Donnell (Notre Dame): Democratic Theory and Comparative Politics and Polyarchies and the (Un)Rule of Law in Latin America; Philip Oxhorn (McGill): Social Inequality, Civil Society and the Limits of Citizenship in Latin America; Joseph Thome (Wisconsin): Searching for Democracy: The Rule of Law and the Process of Legal Reform in Latin America; and Miguel Schor (Suffolk): The Rule of Law and Democratic Consolidation in Latin America

[Nov 27] Philosophy, Political Theory, and Law: Tom Keck (Syracuse): From Bakke to Grutter: The Rise of Rights - Based Conservatism pdf. John Setear (Virginia): Taking Both Biology and International Law Seriously: Evolutionary Biology, Neo-Realist Theories of International Relations, and the Promise(s) of International Law. A chapter from Rethinking Politics and Law for the Administrative State, by Ed Rubin pdf. And from APSA's Law & Politics Section, a review of Freedom & The Court: Civil Rights and Liberties in the United States; a review of The New Politics of Crime and Punishment; a review of Legislative Deferrals: Statutory Ambiguity, Judicial Power, and American Democracy; a review of Plea Bargaining's Triumph: A History of Plea Bargaining in America; and a review of Lawyers and Vampires: Cultural Histories of Legal Professions

[Nov 26] A new issue of the Post Autistic Economics Review is out. A review of Unprincipled Virtue, and a review of Thinking About Knowing. A student essay on Democratic Peace Theory: the remedy for war, or the legitimisation of western foreign policy? pdf A review of Colin McGinn's The Making of a Philosopher, and a review of Dematerializing: Taming the Power of Possessions. Why research proves ephemeral on the web. From Chicago, "This isn't your father's UIC". A profile of USF's Earl Conteh-Morgan. How geek icons become philosophy class fodder. From the CHE, on the growth of Hispanics in higher education, and on Japanese book publishing. A review of Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. And how to overcome graphomania

[Nov 25] From EJIL, Carl Landauer: Antinomies of the United Nations: Hans Kelsen and Alf Ross on the Charter. American Scientist interviews David Suzuki. On the humanities' role in combating terror. A review of Diversity: The Invention of a Concept. The Young Conservative of Texas lists professors it considers too politicized. On plans to involve children more in running UK schools. Should kids be forced into chasing 4-year degrees? How online model essays have made cheating a piece of cake. 36 die, 140 injured in Moscow student hostel fire. A review of Doubts about Darwin: A History of Intelligent Design. On  celebrating UNESCO's Philosophy Day. Stephen King makes a prize call for populism. A review of books on art, beauty and other obsolete ideas. And some advice on keeping yourself going in the search for an academic job

[Nov 24] Vivienne Jabri (London): Pinter, Radical Critique, and Politics. From New Left Review, on the American origins of the UN, a review of Black Earth: A Journey through Russia after the Fall, and some reflections on Fredric Jameson’s narratology of modernity. A new issue of The Examined Life On-Line Philosophy Journal is out, on Free Will and Morality (with an introduction). Papers from a conference on "The George W. Bush Presidency: An Early Assessment" (with a chronology pdf), and John Dean provides some comments (and part 2). A review of The Politics Presidents Make, by Rick Valelly, a political scientist who fights terrorism. More on pugilist-academic Loic Wacquant. Why life isn't one big SAT score. And the text of Umberto Eco's lecture at the newly opened Bibliotheca Alexandrina

[Weekend Special] John Dryzek (ANU): Liberal Democracy and the Critical Alternative pdf. Alexander Pruss (Georgetown): Love and the Double Effect. Taking a stroll with A. C. Grayling, and a review of his What is Good? The Search for the Best Way to Live. From Pravda, an excerpt from Nikolai Berdyaev's The sources and the idea of Russian Communism. A look at the life of "hardliner" Richard Pipes. From Duke, academics disagree on Title VI overhaul. From Chicago, a talk on the humanities and the problem of partisanship. From Yale, academics go from classrooms to the charts. From Harvard, a look at Australian aborigines, and Kurt Cobain vs. Master P: Multiple approaches to education. And from China, on a "homosexual health sociology" course at Fudan's medical college

[Nov 21] On Politics, Religion, and the Culture Wars: From EPPC, conversations with Philip Jenkins and David Brooks, Samuel Huntington, and Jean Elshtain, and essays on freedom, liberalism, and the politics of the Bible. From the Journal of Religion & Society, James S. Spiegel (Taylor): Advocating for the Devil: Hearing Al-Qaeda's Case Against the United States; Owen Thomas (GTU): Political Spirituality: Oxymoron or Redundancy?; David G. Schultenover (Creighton): An Anthropological View of the Modernist Crisis; and a review of Surviving Diversity: Religion and Democratic Citizenship. A student essay on social capital and Christian denominations pdf. From H-Net, reviews of books on Jerusalem, Jewish identity, a history of the Arabs, Arabs at war, and church/state relations. And purple patches on democracy and religion, the reconstruction of religious thought, Arabism and Religion, imams and emirs, and the Islamic economy

[Nov 20] From The Next American City, (Planning) About Face: How Social Capital Transformed Chattanooga, and a review of Dead Cities. Columbia University hosts a symposium (with texts online) on Constitutions, Democracy, and the Rule of Law. The Royal Society hosts a meeting on positive psychology and the science of wellbeing. The Global Review of Ethnopolitics publishes a special issue on Northern Ireland. "This isn't what I thought I was signing up for". From Stanford, on uber - patriotic street maintenance workers. And here's an online book: A Theory of Democratic Politics, by Erik Moberg

[Nov 19] Jurgen Mackert (Humboldt): Global Capitalism: Three Converts to Anti - Globalization. From Chicago, a star panel discusses “The Idea of Violent Resistance”. After the Goldin tumult, BU wonders where to go next. A reminder of what a long road union organizing and contract negotiating can be in academia. More on the chemistry of sex and love. A review of Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body. Jane learns that she is a tetragametic chimera. A review of The Story of V: Opening Pandora's Box. How is beauty a product of evolution? From Vanderbilt, a look at The Making of Fornication, by Kathy Gaca. The Catholic Church may help you find a suitable mate. And if you’ve never been sober in a room full of intoxicated freshmen, you are missing out on an interesting time

[Nov 18] Niall Ferguson (NYU) and Laurence J. Kotlikoff (BU): Going critical: American power and the consequences of fiscal overstretch. From Jouvert, Mohammed Ben Jelloun (EHESS): Agonistic Islam. From the Journal of Libertarian Studies, an articles on Hayek and tradition, politics and the coming collapse, and counterfactuals in economic law pdf. The WSWS publishes two chapters of The Heritage We Defend: A Contribution to the History of the Fourth International, by David North. More on John McWhorter's Doing Our Own Thing. Some literature: On going places you would otherwise never see, recent US fiction, and Don Quijote de la Mancha makes a comeback. And why you can't dissent in earnest if you have no intimations of what you believe

[Nov 17] Susan Wolf (UNC): The Meaning of Lives pdf. Charles Travis (Northwestern): Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: A Revolutionary Path pdf. From The Chronicle of Higher Education, Scott McLemee on a new generation of Sartre scholars. From Extropy, on democracy and transhumanism. From Insight on the News, a debate on 'alternative' teacher certification, pro and con. Philosophy professor (and accused anti-Semite) Tariq Ramadan raises hackles in France. Attention, top executives: If you're thinking about going into academia to relax, don't. On how the marketing mindset overtook higher ed, as colleges are pressured to contain tuition. It’s journal renewal time and tough decision making is taking its toll on academic librarians (and those defrocked, too). And on a pretty idea about as genuine as the jackalope