Well, it was a very dry and record-breaking quick harvest. Here are some interesting stories to check out this weekend:
A Better Game? - Sprint Football at Princeton - SBNation
Cutting Competitions: A Century Long Texas Tradition - VICE Sports
The Big Comeback of Benjamin Hochman - St. Louis Magazine
Meet Baseball's Least Exciting Announcer - Wall Street Journal
State Fairs Give New Repertoire a Whirl - Wall Street Journal
A Global Chill in Commodity Demand Hits America's Heartland - New York Times. I was predicting this for a while. It looks like it is here.
Cattle rustling U.S.A., where 'Rawhide' meets 'Breaking Bad' - Reuters
To Feed Humankind, We Need the Farms of the Future Today - Newsweek
Tasting The Balvenie's $50,000 Compendium of Ultra-Rare Whiskies - Bloomberg. $50,000?
Last Word with Farmer-Author Wendell Berry - Modern Farmer
Cows - The Atlantic
Who Becomes a Nun in 2015? - Pacific Standard
Y'all, Norwegians Use The Word "Texas" As Slang To Mean "Crazy" - Texas Monthly. Makes sense to me.
What Became of the Boy Who Shot His Sister Dead - The Trace
An Engineering Theory of the Volkswagen Scandal - The New Yorker. I definitely see pride as a motivating factor. My experience is that engineers hate executives who are dumber than them criticizing them for not coming up with a solution for some insoluble problem, and are then more likely to go corner-cutting to get around the bullshit demands. If an exec tells them they can't use the urea solution to meet the emission standards, I can see them coming up with the defeat device to bullshit the dumbass boss.
How an F Student Became America's Most Prolific Inventor - Bloomberg. I would love to sit in on those brainstorming sessions.
John Locke's Road to Serfdom - Jacobin
The Navy's Sitting Ducks - Bloomberg
New Northeast snowfall map shows Tug Hill is a bulls-eye each winter - Syracuse.com. 240 inches of snow a year? Wow.