Yep, summer's almost over. The fair runs through Thursday, then school starts back up. Here are a few stories to enjoy if you aren't eating fried foods or watching livestock beauty contests:
Hellbent, But Not Broken - SBNation
The Other Oil Boom - Texas Monthly. Texas olive oil.
How the Midwest's Corn Farms Are Cooking The Planet - Mother Jones. The headline is a bit alarmist, but it is always good to hear what folks on the anti-Big Ag side are saying.
A Muscle Drug For Pigs Comes Out of The Shadows - The Salt. More resistance to Big Ag.
In Defense of the Cockroach - The New Yorker
One of the newest, most viable forms of clean energy could beat all other existing options - Business Insider. Algae.
The California "Energy Miracle" - Priceonomics
The Lowly Lightbulb Outshines Solar And Wind On U.S. Power Grids - Bloomberg. But don't take away conservatives' 130-year old lighting technology.
Evil but Stupid - n+1
A DuPont twofer: The Teflon Toxin - The Intercept, and Up in the Tower - Texas Monthly
The Midwest, Home of the Supermodel - The Atlantic
The Kansas Experiment - New York Times Magazine
Republican Presidential Contenders Flock To Iowa State Fair - Wall Street Journal and The Political Circus Is Coming To The Iowa State Fair - Bloomberg. One reason to avoid the Iowa State Fair. Another reason: the Iowa State Patrol seems to hang out on I-80 and harass anybody pulling a trailer by busting them for commercial truck violations (I know from experience).
The Geography of Profanity - Pacific Standard (and the source at Jack Grieve's Homepage). Surprisingly, Western Ohio is a hotspot for the C-word.