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.

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friday reading list

“Somebody has to do something, and it’s just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.”

~ Jerry Garcia

In case you didn’t have time to watch Obama’s hour-long speech (video) on the changing War on Terror, best to check out the NYTimes’ coverage of the main points and the Code Pink interruption (video).

According to Russia, Assad has agreed to take part in peace talks with rebels and Russia may withdraw support for the human rights abuse addict.

Sure, it may give us real news in a refreshingly “treats us like adults” way, but isn’t Al Jazeera just the Qatari government trying to get our guard down?

Despite a nuclear threat from a psychotic child savior to its north, South Korea has taken the time to create the world’s most rigorous carbon market. What’s our excuse?

Feeling blue? Treat yourself to some found poetry from the Google search box.

tuesday reading list

 

“Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.”

Fran Lebowitz

As social scientists have long-predicted, poverty is swinging back towards the suburbs.

As the president is so hopelessly mired in ridiculous scandals, we must ask ourselves, “Could Obama handle a real scandal?”

As the perpetually-unstable Lebanon attempts to separate itself from the civil war in Syria, Hezbollah has waded up to its neck in the violence.

Among the chronicles of the 1950s, only Gary Winogrand’s photos have captured the insanity of avant garde parties without the censorship of memory.

You’re not naughty anymore. As kink hits the mainstream, researchers apply canonical psychologists and philosophers to learn more.

best of the sunday times

Front Page
Get to know Pakistan’s current political and economic situation through the state of its railroads.

International
Hong Kong’s bookstores thrive as Chinese nationals buy mountains of exposés and dirt on the Chinese political elite.

Sunday Review
Thomas Friedman on drought, climate change, and the Syrian Civil War.

Travel
A case for getting away from the city and deep into the heart of nowhere.

Book Review
Ellen Ullman reviews Evgeny Morozov’s tirade against technology and internet centrists who believe that the internet is the answer to an imperfect humanity.

friday reading list

 

“Change is the process by which the future invades our lives.”

Alvin Toffler

It was tough to see how the bloody Syrian Civil War could have gotten any worse but, with Russia providing Bashar al-Assad with a batch of advanced anti-ship cruise missiles, it just got a lot worse.

There’s more jobs, more hours, better pay, and even some lower costs here in America. Here are 7 charts from Quartz on why Americans can handle a payroll tax hike.

With a bleak outlook for Pakistan’s elections, take the refreshing Shezan mango drink’s view of Pakistani politics.

Your uncle graduated from high school and he’s not taking sh-t from anyone. Here are a few one-liners from ClimateProgress on talking climate change with him.

A group of female morticians are taking the public education approach to fixing America’s unhealthy detachment from death and mortality.

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.

thursday reading list

“A professor is someone who talks in someone else’s sleep.”
~ W.H. Auden

Fareed Zakaria writes in the Washington Post on the Syrian Civil War and America becoming perilously close to losing its credibility to waffling on the conflict.

Giant swamp rats are taking over Louisiana and eating everything.

Jeet Heer in the American Prospect on John Meynard Keynes and the sexuality of one of the world’s most famous economists.

The one-time nine-month ruler of Rwanda now lives on government assistance in Virginia. The Washingtonian looks at how the King wants to return if his people will have him.

A look into the old Soviet Union, where scientists attempted to forcibly inseminate women with chimpanzee sperm to create the Soviet Ape Men.

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.