tuesday reading list

“We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised—and it should be.”

~ Edward Snowden

(NSA Leaker and Professional Coward)

Mo’ people, mo’ problems. We’re not growing enough food to continue feeding the world’s ever growing population.

A gang of unlikely misfits coming together to create something great, thats right. The Gang of 8 is the Wu Tang Clan of Immigration Reform

In a wild West where wildfires reign supreme, the Hotshots are the elite group of firefighters charged with facing the increasingly frequent heat.

Those who are ignorant of the past are doomed to repeat it. What happens when education no longer imparts a sufficient understanding of where we have been?

In case you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend the Lexington Herald-Leader‘s series on Eastern Kentucky, Fifty Years of Night.

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the best of the sunday times

Front Page
US forces in Afghanistan must adapt to their support role just as the Afghanis must learn to lead on their own.

Business
She’s not quite the Dalai Lama, but Mata Amritanandamayi (aka Amma or “the hugging saint”), has traveled the world, spreading love and creating an empire based on hugs.

Travel
A look into Andrew Wyeth’s Pennsylvania house and boyhood home offer a glimpse into the life of an intensely energetic painter and a family of luminaries.

Sunday Review
Jo Robinson discusses the role of nutrition in health and how farmed food has lost much of the nutrition that was held by the wild foods gathered by our ancestors.

David Leonhardt pines for a new corporate tax code that is fairer, simpler, and actually makes sense. Fareed Zakaria wrote about tax reform as well on Wednesday in the Washington Post.

While the Middle East is still exploding with violence and revolution, Israel has become complacent on moving forward in a peace process with Palestine.

Magazine
The title says it all: Billy Joel on not working, not giving up drinking and not caring what Elton John says about any of it. Also, some reflection on a life of telling it like it is.

Book Review
In 41 False Starts, Janet Malcom’s collection of essays and profiles on artists and writers, a combination of biography and literary imagination makes Malcom an educational alternative to David Sedaris.

wednesday reading list

“If you don’t have anything profound to say, don’t say anything at all.”

~ Future Twitter Prompt

You probably saw his interview on the Daily Show. With threats from the Morsi government now just part of his life, Bassem Youssef has become the most important man in Egypt.

Are America and Russia in a war to out-embarrass each other’s spy agencies, or has anti-Americanism in Russia brought the metaphorical public beating back into style.

Can 3D printing with nutrient-based ink help us print our own meals, give us pizza on Mars, and feed the world?  Define feed.

Months after Inside Climate News won the Pulitzer Prize for covering the Dilbit (Canadian tar sand sludge) spill in the Kalamazoo River, ICN now asks why data on the spill is rapidly disappearing from the EPA’s website.

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