thursday reading list

“In archaeology you uncover the unknown. In diplomacy you cover the known.”

~ Thomas Pickering

Looking for a friend? You better find one quick before loneliness leads to your death.

Indian-produced drugs are the libertarian’s wet dream. They’re cheap. They’re unregulated. They’re being recalled due to bad ingredients, poor oversight, and criminal fraud.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is so quick, it’s amazing he’s not already in the United States. But some hard-headed obstructionism from the old fogies in his party (the PRI) could threaten to undo his administration’s progressive streak.

You know what people in Gaza need most? KFC. How hours-old fried chicken from Egypt is in demand in the Gaza Strip.

In this EPIC long-form piece from SB Nation, Costa Rica’s killer bull has taken 17 lives, but the families of the victims just want to ride him.

Yesterday, I linked to an opinion piece on austerity being necessary for reform. Today, Quartz has come back with why it isn’t.

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wednesday reading list

“One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain’t nothin’ can beat teamwork.”

~ Edward Abbey

The Atlantic Wire gives Time magazine some well-deserved grief for adding to the body of work on the “me” generation with a baby-boomer brunch talk piece (paywall) on Generation X.

Reminding us why balance of power exists, Argentine courts have declared that the government cannot prevent people from publishing/knowing the actual rate of inflation in the country by only permitting the dispersal of official statistics.

Spending millions of dollars against the much wealthier Saudis on a proxy war, the Syrian Civil War is becoming Iran’s Vietnam.

Stephen Pearlstein of the Washington Post argues that, although it has suffered damages to its reputation in recent months, austerity is necessary for reform.

Forget illegal immigrants, smart machines are our future job-stealers and this time they’ll be taking the ones that we want to do.

friday reading list

Friday. The golden child of the weekdays. The superhero of the workweek. The welcome wagon to the weekend. The famous F word we thank God for every week.

~ Unknown

In a big win for logic, The Wall Street Journal reports that Spain will drop its austerity measures in pursuit of job-creating economic stimulus. Without mentioning Spain specifically, Paul Krugman rubs it in.

A Chinese immigrant carjacked by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  later helped lead to their apprehension. It seems that immigrants are just like everyone else.

The Atlantic goes in-depth on the possibilities and potential tragedy of never leaving peak-oil and why we must transition to clean energy either way.

Dan Kadar on SB Nation grades the first round of the NFL draft. Check out how your team did.

The Atlantic Wire (rightly) mourns the transition from the classic Great Gatsby cover to the new, gaudy, film poster cover.