Saturday, January 17, 2015

Martin Luther King Day Weekend Links

Well, at least some folks have a three day weekend.  I hope you weren't shorting the Swiss Franc.  Here are some interesting stories for your weekend entertainment:

The Fighting Indians Earn It - SBNation

The Night A Heartbroken George Foreman Boxed Five Men In One Hour - Deadspin

A Breeder Apart: Farmers Say Goodbye to the Bull Who Sired 500,000 Offspring - Wall Street Journal

Agriculture: State-of-the-art soil - Nature.  On biochar.

Essential Oils Might Be the New Antibiotics - The Atlantic.  It's worth a look, but I doubt that it'll work.

 When Americans Ate Horse Meat - Priceonomics

Iowa's Largest City Sues Over Farm Fertilizer Runoff In Rivers - The Salt.  It's significant news because it's Iowa.

The Belfast Connection - Down East.  The story of a 1980s cocaine ring in rural Maine.

Parachuting Beavers Into Idaho's Wilderness? Yes, It Really Happened - Boise State Public Radio

How well-intentioned Americans trying to save Monarch butterflies may actually be destroying them - Washington Post

6 Things I Learned From the Book "Since Yesterday: The 1930s in America" - Motley Fool.  Mainly, that the Depression was damn ugly, especially in rural America.  When it came down to it, farmers engaged in mob rule to overcome bankers.

Yep, Gasoline Lead Explains the Crime Decline in Canada Too - Kevin Drum.  I don't necessarily buy the causation, but it is at least as plausible as broken-windows policing causing the decline.

The Republican Party's war with Pope Francis has finally started - The Week.  Go Papa Frank.

Detroit in the 1940s - The Atlantic.  Note the housing issue in 1942 and the race riot in 1943. Detroit is in its present straits because of racism, pure and simple.

The Percentage of Workers in Government is at a 54-Year Low - Business Insider.  Also see, Public and Private Sector Payroll Jobs: Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - Calculated Risk.  Republicans are welcome to try to explain how Obama expanded government and hurt the private sector economy compared to Bush.  I'll stick with reality, though.

Back to the Future? Oil Replays 1980s Bust - Wall Street Journal.  Also, see Money Dries Up for Oil & Gas, Layoffs Spread, Write-offs Start - Wolf Street

2014 Global Temperature Recap - NOAA.  2014 was the hottest year on record, just not in the eastern United States.  I'm pretty sure future generations are fucked.  Also, see 9 of the 10 hottest years on record occurred since 2000 - Wall Street Journal

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