friday reading list

“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?

monday reading list

“I think we agree, the past is over.”

~ George W. Bush

Paul Miller of the online tech magazine, The Verge, has finally finished his year of living without the internet. Guess what! You can be just as unproductive without Reddit and Facebook.

Reuters reports this morning that the UN has evidence that the Syrian Rebels used the Sarin gas, not the Assad regime. Score one for Obama having played it close to the chest on this one. Score zero to whoever is found to have provided the rebels with chemical weapons.

With the conservative media beginning to turn against him, Marco Rubio may no longer be the right poster child to pass immigration reform while saving face for Republicans who face staunch opposition to reform in their home states.

Not to be dissuaded by the Patriot Act or hiked-up security measures in a post-9/11 world, al Qaeda has begun a new strategy of recruiting disenfranchised American Muslims to take up smaller attacks on US soil.

What makes a book business? Richard Nash of the Virginia Quarterly Review looks at the publishing industry and how they must change to stay afloat in a world of eContent.