Hopefully everyone had a very fine Christmas. Here are some entertaining stories for your enjoyment this holiday weekend:
The Last Wrestler - SB Nation. Looking at the decline of college wrestling and the Tea Party's concept of the decline of America through the athletic biography of Jim Jordan, who is my concept of the do-nothing government employee. The article is very interesting, though. I may have to revisit it in depth, if I get a chance.
Jerry Tarkanian and Walter Byers: Adversaries Who Left Mark On N.C.A.A. - New York Times
The Best Eleven Minutes In Sports in 2015 - The New Yorker
U.S. Bread Basket Shifts Thanks to Climate Change - Scientific American. This is why farmers ought to be concerned about global warming.
Boxing Day, explained - Vox. I could handle the drinking part.
America's Top Shale Gas Basin In Decline - OilPrice
The Siege of Miami - The New Yorker
When the KKK Was a Pyramid Scheme - Priceonomics. One of many in the history of politics for conservative bigots.
The last time an American tycoon exploited terrorism - Pando
Manifest Injustice - St. Louis Magazine
The Koch-like Family You've Never Heard of Influencing State Legislatures - Political Research
Hey, Hipsters: Please Save Us From Ted Cruz - P.J. O'Rourke
Republican Poverty: 93 of the Poorest 100 Counties in America Are In Red States - Addicting Info
The State of Rural America in 2015 - Modern Farmer. Remember, this is at the end of the biggest boom in agriculture in almost 40 years.