Sunday, December 11, 2016

Mid-December Weekend Links

Here are some interesting stories from the last couple of weeks:

Mount Union kept out of DIII championship for 1st time since '04 - ESPN

"Gosh, It's Beautiful" - ESPN.  On how a boring video game became the most valuable ever.

Battle lines in California's water wars are redrawn in Trump era - Financial Times.  Mass-scale agriculture in California is doomed to failure in the era of climate change, but that won't stop it until it does too much damage to be corrected.

Big Farms Are Getting Bigger And Most Small Farms Aren't Really Farms At All - Fivethirtyeight.  I never knew that any property with enough land to be able to produce $1000 in farm revenue was counted as a farm.  That is a stupid and useless governmental definition.

After A Sour Decade, Florida Citrus May Be Near A Comeback - The Salt.  Scientists make inroads against citrus greening.

Emerging land use patterns rapidly increase soil organic matter - Nature

If Waffle House Is Closed, It's Time To Panic - Fivethirtyeight

How Statistics Solved a 175-Year-Old Mystery About Alexander Hamilton - Priceonomics

Mass Extinction and Mass Insanity - The Automatic Earth

How the Twinkie Made the Superrich Even Richer - New York Times.  Private equity sucking away money that used to be shared with workers.

American Hustle - Epsilon Theory

Trump's Chumps: Victims of the Old Bait and Switch - Counterpunch.  Trump's Cabinet is especially horrible for working-class voters.

Rationale for Texas' Largest Corporate Welfare Program was a 'Typographical Error' - Texas Observer.  Growth in Texas won't continue forever.  When it slows down, Texans will wish the state had taxed businesses and invested those revenues in education and infrastructure.

Religious Right Reinvigorated by Donald Trump - Wall Street Journal.  The continued link between anti-gay religious figures and take-from-the-poor-and-give-to-the-rich politicians is a guaranteed loser for Christianity and the country.  Expect religious attendance to continue to decline.

The Rust Belt Needs a Bailout.  A Big One. - Bloomberg.  I don't think that bailing out the Chicago and Illinois pension systems is the best place to throw money at the Rust Belt, but some crazy person does.

Why Blue States are the Real Tea Party - New York Times.  This will be more important as the rural economy continues to struggle despite Donald Trump's useless promises.

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