Well, we're in the dog days of summer (and the craft breweries are already turning out Marzenbier and Pumpkin Ales) and here are some interesting stories to check out this weekend:
How 2 Iowa Reporters in 1973 accidentally started the world's largest bike tour - Vox
This Kentucky Distillery Is Blasting David Bowie Songs to Flavor Its Brandy - Vice
The complex mix that makes bacon taste so good - BBC
Hay for cheese? Barter booms in cash-squeezed rural Greece - Reuters and With Greek banks still shuttered, unsold eggs point to deeper woes - Washington Post
Out of the Box - Texas Monthly. Charles Goodnight and the original food truck.
Sam Adams Could Turn Benedict Arnold Because of Taxes - Bloomberg
TPP pressure on Canada, but U.S. is super-star in agriculture subsidies - Financial Post
Ohio State Fair for the win:
Who wears a size-40 shoe and weighs a ton? Ohio State Fair's new Smokey - Columbus Dispatch
See Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, Brutus Buckeye honored with butter sculpture: photos - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Butter sculptures through the years - Columbus Dispatch
Deep-fried pie? Donut ice cream bar? The State Fair offers it all - Columbus Dispatch
A Dream Undone - New York Times. On the gutting of the Voting Rights Act. I remember wondering years back why the Farm Bureau opposed the Voting Rights Act. As I watch the importance of the rural vote in Republican power dynamics, I understand the origin of that opposition a little more.
Consider the Can - The Big Roundtable. From Roughly 100 Fantastic Magazine Articles from 2014 - Conor Friedersdorf
The Candidates - London Review of Books. Sad but true. What a fucking clown show.
What militarism means - The American Conservative. About the F-35.
FBI enlisting public help to uncover corruption in Kentucky - WYMT. Two words: Richie Farmer. Also see Kasich's Assets Valued at $9.2 to $22.1 Million - Bloomberg. Remember, the guy grew up in a working-class family and had a grand total of two non-government jobs in his life: Fox News host and managing director at Lehman Brothers. That's called cashing in on government service.
Iran calls for Israel's nuclear disarmament - Christian Science Monitor. Calling out the ultimate double standard.
What Happens One Hour After Drinking A Can Of Coke - The Renegade Pharmacist