A mixture of new stories and lists of the best of 2014:
Best of Longform: SB Nation's Finest Features of 2014 - SB Nation
Inside the Indiana Megadairy Making Coca-Cola's New Milk - The Salt. Fair Oaks Farms.
China's Pork Obsession Is Endangering The World - The Economist via Big Picture Agriculture
The Ugly Goatlings of 2014 (Or Stories You Should Have Read) - Modern Farmer
Dealing Christmas Trees In New York City - Priceonomics
A Tree Is Known By It's Fruit - Texas Monthly. Murder and family secrets.
The Messy Minds of Creative People - Scientific American blog
Chicago gave hundreds of high-risk kids a summer job. Violent crime arrests plummeted - Wonkblog
As North Dakota Oil Town Booms, a Priest Steadies the Newcomers - New York Times
Oil Jobs Squeezed as Prices Plummet - Wall Street Journal. “Having to do everything yesterday costs a lot of money. People will quit making $150,000 a year for $25,000-a-year skills.” See also, Some States See Budgets at Risk as Oil Price Falls - New York Times
The Best Wired Stories of 2014 - Wired
14 for 2014: Great Reads From The Wall Street Journal - Wall Street Journal
The Real Story of How America Became an Economic Superpower - The Atlantic
Ground Truth: In Dozier's neglected cemetery, a search for lost boys and the reasons why they died - Tampa Bay Times
Longreads Best of 2014 - Longreads
It's a Wonderful Life, Comrade - Truth-out. How the FBI believed Communists were behind the movie, It's a Wonderful Life, and how Ayn Rand was involved in that report. Also, Cult Edit of It's A Wonderful Life Is the Best Holiday Movie You've Never Seen - Wired
RAND Corporation report says the Iraq War was George W, Bush's greatest blunder - Raw Story. News of the Obvious. Thanks RAND.
Now that the Dow has hit 18,000, let us remember the worst op-ed in history - Wonkblog
Also, I just read James Fallows's cover story in next month's The Atlantic, and it will definitely get a post when it goes up online.