What went wrong with economicsThe Economist
090718economist2And how the discipline should change to avoid the mistakes of the past

Congress’s new health-care plan – Soak the richThe Economist
The House of Representatives turns its back on common sense

090718macleans3Canada’s best and worst run citiesMacleans, Canada
Maclean’s exclusive survey of the best and worst run cities, compiled by the Halifax-based Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, looks at a city’s efficiency-the cost of producing results-and the effectiveness of its services, including how well each city does when it comes to things like maintaining roads and parks, picking up garbage and putting out fires. And the winner is? Charlottetown.

Why do you leave the one you love? Macleans, Canada
Mark Steyn writes on Canada’s Dominion Day of how our ‘funny creative people’ adore our social safety net, not that they stick around to use it.

090718bmjLet’s talk about assisted dyingBritish Medical Journal
Editor of BMJ Fiona Godlee reviews some recent developments

Exploring preferences for place of death with terminally ill patients: qualitative study of experiences of general practitioners and community nurses in England British Medical Journal
Daniel Munday, associate clinical professor in palliative medicine, Mila Petrova, research fellow, Jeremy Dale, professor of primary careexplore the experiences and perceptions of general practitioners and community nurses in discussing preferences for place of death with terminally ill patients.

090718newscientistEditorial: The burning truth about calories New Scientist
With obesity rising across the developed world, you’d think the revelation that food labels get their calorie content wrong would lead to an outcry and calls for a change. Well, you would be wrong. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) looked at the issue a few years ago and decided to do nothing. That means that the calorie counts recorded on the packages in your shopping cart may be out by up to 25 per cent.

The calorie delusion: Why food labels are wrongNew Scientist
Bijal Trivedi writes that  according to a small band of researchers, using the information on food labels to estimate calorie intake could be a very bad idea. They argue that calorie estimates on food labels are based on flawed and outdated science, and provide misleading information on how much energy your body will actually get from a food.

090718gourmetPolitics of the plate: tosic strawberriesGourmet
Barry Easterbrook writes that California’s governor will soon decide whether to approve a new—and possibly very dangerous—pesticide for use on this beloved summer fruit.

Book Review – Rustic Fruit Desserts Gourmet
With fruit piled high at your farmers market this month, you’re probably itching to bake. We’ve found just the cookbook—filled with mouthwatering cobblers, buckles, slumps, and pandowdies—to inspire you

090718vanityfairIt Came from WasillaVanity Fair
Despite her disastrous performance in the 2008 election, Sarah Palin is still the sexiest brand in Republican politics, with a lucrative book contract for her story. But what Alaska’s charismatic governor wants the public to know about herself doesn’t always jibe with reality. As John McCain’s top campaign officials talk more candidly than ever before about the meltdown of his vice-presidential pick, Todd S. Purdum tracks the signs-political and personal-that Palin was big trouble, and checks the forecast for her future.

090718spectatorFor Answers To The Afghan-Pakistan Conflict, Ask: What Would Curzon Do? The Spectator
David Kilcullen, the influential counter-insurgency strategist, seeks inspiration in Curzon’s experience as Viceroy of India to assess what Pakistan must do to deal with the extremist threat – and how Nato can help drive the ‘steamroller’

Top 50 Political Scandals: Part TwoThe Spectator
Part Two of The Spectator’s Guide to the Top 50 Political Scandals – counting down from No. 25 to No. 1.And the winner is? The Profumo affair, 1961-1963.

090718newstatesmanMake no mistake, this imperial war in Afghanistan cannot be wonNew Statesman, UK
The magazine’s leader recalls that the magazine warned in 2001 that this conflict could put Britain and the US on the wrong side of the moral argument. There is no military solution to the conflict… Politicians argue over the number of helicopters and Land Rovers at the disposal of British troops serving in Helmand, labouring under the misconception that superior firepower will eventually win the day. It will not – and it is fanciful to suggest otherwise. There is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.

newrepubhlicWho Lincoln Was – The New Republic
Sean Wilentz writes of who he was and was not: the images and illusions of this momentous bicentennial year.

The New DemocratsThe New Republic
Abbas Milani writes of an intellectual history of the Green Wave – how two rival ayatollahs reacted to the challenge of the Constitutional Revolution of 1905 would divide Iranian Shiism–and lay the groundwork for what is taking place today.