If you work at a bank, a school or a government office, you've got a three day weekend. For the rest of us, there are two days to take in these stories:
The Gyms of Holmes County - SB Nation. Even though this story generally follows girls basketball, Perry Reese, Jr. gets a shout out. If you've never read the remembrance of Reese in Sports Illustrated, I highly recommend it.
The Wow Factor - ESPN the Magazine
Buy Crop Insurance, Double Your Money and The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now) - A government subsidy for farmers twofer from The Salt. And yes, the crop insurance article is pretty accurate. We seem to get about 7 to 10 years' premiums back most times we have a major claim on crop insurance.
For $100 and Some Beer, This Student Spent Three Months Camping on a Dairy Farm - Modern Farmer
Organic honey is a sweet success for Cuba as other bee populations struggle - The Guardian
What Americans Used To Eat - Priceonomics
The Tragedy of the Woolly Mammoth: Does An Economic Problem Explain Their Extinction - Pacific Standard
The chips are down for Moore's Law - Nature
In Aftermath of Terror Attacks, Tensions Rise in Idaho Over Refugee Workers - Wall Street Journal
Watch 1,400 Workers Lose Their Jobs At Once-Because Their Jobs Are Going To Mexico - Fast Company
Poverty in Charlotte: 'It Was Never OK' - Charlotte Magazine
How America Is Putting Itself Back Together - James Fallows. Fallows is one of my favorites, and the American Futures series has been excellent. This is the summary article.
New Hampshire is a fraud - Washington Post
Why Today's GOP Crackup Is the Final Unraveling of Nixon's 'Southern Strategy' - The Nation. America would be a better place if it was.
Trump questions Cruz's faith - The Hill. If Ted Cruz is an exemplary Christian: A. I don't want to be a Christian, and B. I may be a black man.
Don't Worry, the Porn Star Ted Cruz Used in an Ad Only Did Softcore Stuff - Esquire
The Facebook Primary - FiveThirtyEight. If Carson is #1, it is kind of meaningless, but interesting nonetheless.