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According to science, kids like chocolate and other flavored cigars. So do mechanics, strippers, rappers, and everyone else.

International
Indecision and no good options has led to the failed US attempt to diffuse the Egyptian crisis.

In recent years, Kingston’s most violent neighborhoods have broken from Jamaica’s violent past.

National
Looking for a Masters degree? Get it online.

Arts & Leisure
Returning to comedy via Funny or Die, Chappelle is back.

Sunday Business
How Jeff Bezos’ past in business helps us know what to expect at the Washington post.

Sunday Review
Maureen Dowd on Hillary, the Clinton Foundation, and MONEY! Margaret Sullivan on the Clinton campaign in waiting.

Travel
The draw of California’s Mount Tamalpais for a recently-divorced writer.

Magazine
With a struggling economy and increasing inequality, a debate on the merits of giving money directly to the poor.

Book Review
Three books that unearth the politics of our day and how our leaders see themselves.

Sports Sunday
Russel Baze is the winningest jockey you’ve never heard of. [awesome multimedia experience]

Reading List: Friday, August 16, 2013

“The protests never stopped throughout the night and we will continue our sit-ins and demonstrations all over the country until democracy and the legitimate rule are restored in Egypt.”

~ Essam Elerian

(Muslim Brotherhood leader)

Bill Lamb, owner of Louisville’s WDRB wants to become the “dominant digital address” in the Louisville market.

Jonathan Miller offers a plan for a truce in the War on Coal on the Daily Beast (utilizing many Kentucky stereotypes).

After yesterday’s intense violence, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has asked its supporters to take part in a “march of anger” against the military-led government.

ABC’s Joe Brettell asks what all of us are wondering: “Is Rand Paul for real?

Rather than rape charges, Robin Thicke and Pharrell’s summer jam, Blurred Lines, has brought them into legal conflict with Marvin Gaye’s family and record label who claim they weren’t the first to think of it.

Only child? Middle Child? Baby of the family? Your birth order determines who you are.

Only 449 days until the 2014 election

Louisville

Insider Louisville on people buying and building all over town (except maybe the West End)

The Courier-Journal illustrates a new downtown master plan that would bring in two-way streets and green space and all we would lose is the Belvedere.

On the heels of CMT’s Guntucky, the Indianapolis Star reports that reality TV is taking up a junkyard in Southern Indiana for its next look at Middle America.

Kentucky

Courier-Journal says Mitch McConnell’s seat is seen as the key to Republican hope of regaining Senate control and holding onto it.

But Real Clear Politics seems to think that he’s in trouble.

Because Bevin is seeking out support in Northern KY.

Everyone McConnell nose is holding theirs. [WHAS][CNHI] [C-J][C-J] [National Journal] (& many more)

And BuzzFeed is reporting that Sarah Palin has jumped on the Rand Paul bandwagon already.

Oh, and the New York Times just wanted to let us know that Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) is raking in the moula!!

Elsewhere

Atty. General Holder seeks to avert mandatory minimum sentences for some low-level drug offenders says the Washington Post

Dealbook tells us that the US might actually be arresting bankers for white collar crime. A pivotal moment indeed.

Bloomberg questions whether the NRA is prudent in lobbying for gun sales to teens (tweens?)

 

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“With Larry, my wife always says that it’s hard to be happy if you want to have the most money because you’ll never have the most money. He’s kind of been going about his life just on the basis of ‘who knows what’s going to come next?’ and just sort of maximizing his experiences, given the opportunities in front of him.”

~ Jeremy I. Bulow,

economics professor at Stanford,

friend and co-author of academic

papers with Larry Summers

Front Page
Larry Summers‘ tireless pursuit of wealth and influence, his Wall Street ties, and his general depth of both knowledge and experience are both an asset and a liability.

International
The Andean Yawar Fiesta, or Blood Festival, sees the tying of a angry condor to the back of an enraged bull.

National
Two high-profile, high-damage oil spills in Michigan and Arkansas call into question the wisdom of implementing the Keystone XL.

Fmr. Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) and Robert Redford clash with the Navajo nation on the place of horse slaughter in cultures past and in the nation’s future.

Arts & Leisure
Famous for her desert depictions, Georgia O’Keefe also kept some greens on her pallet.

Sunday Business
What happens when tumblr sells for 1.1 billion and the Boston Globe slips away for a fraction of that? New world. New media. New math.

Sunday Review
Maureen Dowd on Obama’s increasingly embroiled positions and Hillary’s parallel rise in absentia.

Travel
There is a masochistic luxury to walking through the inhospitable swamp of the Florida Everglades.

Magazine
Five years later, the US financial system looks disturbingly like it did in pre-recession. Did we waste our economic woe without restructuring a faulty system?

Book Review
The Village, a Novel by Nikita Lalwani, depicts a BBC film crew’s difficulties in capturing the life of an Indian prison village.

best of the sunday times

“An objective rule in the process of modernization is we have to complete the process of urbanization and industrialization.”

~ Li Keqiang (Chinese Prime Minister)

Front Page

As China attempts to accelerate the urbanization of its rural farmers, high costs and pitfalls abound.

As a conservative legislature makes abortion an increasingly difficult option for Texans, Mexico offers a prescription-free abortion pill just across the border.

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“Thursday, the House passed a farm bill that stripped out the food stamp program, breaking a pact that for decades has protected the nutrition needs of low-income Americans. It was the first time since 1973 that food stamps haven’t been part of a farm bill, and it reflected the contempt of the far right for anyone desperate enough to rely on the government for help to buy groceries.”

~ New York Times Editorial

Following the death of a Free Syrian Army commander at the hands of al-Qaeda militants, the FSA has declared war on al-Qaeda.

If pesky drought is getting between you and proper nutrition, Solid Water, a powdered water made in Mexico, may be your solution to hydration without so much water.

As fracking increasingly transforms the Earth’s crust into a jigsaw puzzle, heavily fracked areas now risk increased earthquakes.

House Republicans celebrate subsidizing more food that they can keep out of the hands of poor people.

Live long and suffer? Are we so focused on longevity that we have sacrificed quality of life?

wednesday reading list

“It is time to bring Mitch McConnell home. You know, after 30 years of obstruction and 30 years of do-nothing in the United States Senate, we need somebody up there that is going to represent Kentucky.”

~ Gov. Steve Beshear (D-KY)

The world’s top carbon polluters have accidentally decreased emissions to save money. The market has spoken.

After failing miserably thus far to appear either moral or powerful in Syria, maybe the US should take some tips from the Russians.

Rappers spit like the have a lot more in the bank than they do. The Young Money of Nikki Minaj and Lil Wayne doesn’t stand up to the Old Money of Jay Z, Diddy, or Dre.

Did Amanda Bynes really throw that bong out the window? You’ll have to wait until September to know for sure.

Louisville son, Matthew Barzun, has officially been named US ambassador to Great Britain.

tuesday reading list

 

“Every human being, every citizen has the right to request asylum under the declaration of human rights, under inter-American legislation, under our constitution or our law on foreigners. Snowden has the right to request asylum and it’s our country’s sovereign right to grant asylum or not. When the time comes we will decide.”

~ Ecuadorian President Rafael Corea

rebuffs threats from Washington

and Snowden’s pleas for asylum

Just 2 years after gaining independence, South Sudan depends largely on oil exports for sustenance. With reserves running low, it needs to diversify its economy.

With elections slated to happen in 7 months, the Egyptian army picks Finance Minister El-Beblawi as Premier.

Machiavelli says that it is better to be feared than loved, but the rabblerousers at Harvard say “be loved first, then feared.”

Eight years before Seal Team 6, Osama Bin Laden was pulled over for speeding in Pakistan. But those eight years brought us one kick-ass movie!

As the US prepares to leave Afghanistan (possibly with zero troops on the ground), isn’t it time we sat down and talked to the Taliban about our future apart?