Here are some stories to read as we say goodbye to winter:
Countdown to March: Life and Death with a Small Town Team - SBNation. Valpo.
Pete Rose, the king of hits, keeps hustling - Cincinnati Enquirer
Theme jerseys score for charity, publicity - MiLB.com. Anything for some free publicity and a buck.
One of the Baltimore Ravens Just Published an Insanely Complex Study in a Math Journal - Bloomberg.
Pain From The Grain: Farm Belt Town Languish As Prices Drop - The Salt. Expect more of these stories going forward. We are entering a multi-year downturn.
Crop Subsidies Soar Under 2014 Farm Bill "Reforms" - Environmental Working Group (via Big Picture Agriculture). Expect more of these stories, too.
As drought worsens, LA water agency offers cash to Sacramento Valley farmers - Sacramento Bee. California has one year of water in storage. Expect more of these stories, too, if El Nino doesn't ride to the rescue (which is doubtful, considering how serious the drought is). More drought news here. Finally, This has been the warmest winter on record, except in the most politically important part of the world - Washington Post
Farmland Without Farmers - The Atlantic
Plant businesses have struggled since the recession - Marketplace. Featuring a local business.
Donora Steels Itself for the Loss of Its Bridge - Wall Street Journal. As I've said before, we can't even maintain the existing infrastructure we have, let alone the new infrastructure of sprawl we keep building. This is a prime example of how we abandon the infrastructure in older, declining areas and rush to build infrastructure wherever the higher income folks are moving to. It's crazy.
Inside Graphene City, Birthplace of a Wonder Material - Vice
Learning to Roughneck - Texas Monthly
Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe? - The Atlantic. Admittedly, I am far from a Zionist, but the anti-Semitism in Europe is pretty shocking and intimidating. However, I'd still say no, at least in the abstract, from the safe confines of Western Ohio.
A Friend of the Devil - The New Yorker
Letter From Berlin: Why Are the Germans So Hellbent on Austerity? - The Nation
The Coming China Crisis - naked capitalism. Bad news for the world economy, and especially bad news for American agriculture and anything Australian.
Fallout From the GOP's Lack of Diversity - Wall Street Journal. It isn't so much the lack of diversity as the lack of empathy. The party just can't help coming off as hateful assholes towards anyone who isn't white or (actually more like and) successful.
Tax Cuts Still Don't Pay for Themselves - The Upshot. No shit. 30 years of evidence put into use. Next up in news of the obvious - Al Qaeda and ISIS are not existential threats to the United States.
Scott Walker and the Continuing Power of the Republican Cult of Reagan - New York Magazine. Also, in the I hate Scott Walker and everything he does category, Scott Walker Is the Worst Candidate for the Environment - Slate
All of America's folk heroes, in one map - Vox