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  1. Abandoned States: Places In Idyllic 1960s Postcards Have Transformed Into Scenes Of Abandonment : DCist

    I’m a sucker for lined-up “now and then” photos and these of holiday spots in the Catskills are nice. (via The Online Photographer)

  2. Considerations On Cost Disease | Slate Star Codex

    On why (American) housing costs, teaching, healthcare, universities, etc cost much, much more than they did a few decades ago, but are, if anything, worse. (via @genmon)

  3. Why Growth Will Fall | by William D. Nordhaus | The New York Review of Books

    On how the rate of increase of standard of living and economic growth in the US was greatest from 1870-1970 and will never be the same again.

  4. 4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump – Medium

    This was a good read on a segment of Trump’s supporters being like, or actually, 4chan in origin.

  5. You Are Still Crying Wolf | Slate Star Codex

    Good on keeping some of the Trump stuff in perspective. Yes, he’s terrible but the media tends to focus on certain things out of all proportion to their actual importance or relevance.

  6. The State of the Presidential Debate - The New Yorker

    Interesting history of the debates and how they came to be what they are. (via @antimega)

  7. Inside The Federal Bureau Of Way Too Many Guns | GQ

    How the non-computerised method of finding out who bought a particular gun, from its make and serial number, works in the US. Crazy.

  8. They Could Have Picked… (London Review of Books)

    Eliot Weinberger on all the Republican presidential candidates other than Trump. At this point it’s become easy to forget that they were *all* nutjobs. Still, makes me thankful to live in the UK.

  9. Who Are All These Trump Supporters? - The New Yorker

    A good read by George Saunders. “What unites these stories is what I came to think of as usurpation anxiety syndrome—the feeling that one is, or is about to be, scooped, overrun, or taken advantage of by some Other with questionable intentions.”

  10. I’m With The Banned — Welcome to the Scream Room — Medium

    Laurie Penny. A good read, but depressing. I don’t know what you, we, do when people who believe nothing get all the attention.

  11. America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny — NYMag

    There are loads of worried articles about Trump but this is a nice long overview of worries. (via @spongefile)

  12. How Trigger Warnings Are Hurting Mental Health on Campus - The Atlantic

    Fascinating. Things like this, and the behaviours and attitudes amplified by social media, make me wonder what the world will be like when today’s 20-year-olds are in charge. (via @preoccupations)

  13. The Jefferson Grid (@the.jefferson.grid) • Instagram photos and videos

    Lovely. Aerial shots of squares of the US as marked out by the Public Land Survey System, originally created in 1785. (via Bldgblog)

  14. Jackson Lears reviews ‘The Age of Acquiescence’ by Steve Fraser · LRB 16 July 2015

    How left-leaning beliefs have disappeared in the US, mostly over the first half of the 20th century. (Subscribers only)

  15. PLOS ONE: The Rise of Partisanship and Super-Cooperators in the U.S. House of Representatives

    For the couple of diagrams showing how the number of congresspeople voting cross-party has changed over time. I love attempts to visualise party political changes over time.

  16. Deep Springs College - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    26 students, no fees, isolated location, students and staff all work on the ranch/farm. (via The New York Review of Books)

  17. Mr. Miller Doesn’t Go to Washington - Matt Miller - POLITICO Magazine

    “A candidate’s memoir.” Being a candidate sounds like even less fun than I ever thought it would be.

  18. Why Diners Are More Important Than Ever | Serious Eats

    Partly for the list of NY diners at the end, although the article’s good in itself. Lots of the points defining diners also sounded like British cafes (“caffs”, not cafés). (via Kottke)

  19. Your Job is Political: Tech Money in Politics

    Whether you agree or not with the activities of the VCs mentioned here, it’s good to be reminded that working for VC-funded startups doesn’t only make the VC richer (if all goes well), but funds whatever they want to spend their money on. Do you know what that is?

  20. The American Room — The Message — Medium

    Paul Ford on the rooms in (American) straight-to-camera, self-filmed YouTube videos and much more, very good. (via Kottke)

  21. The Case for Reparations - The Atlantic

    This was good. More about the case for having a discussion about the case for reparations. It was more affecting to me than, say, ‘Twelve Years a Slave’, which was too easily put in the “that’s just history” or “one person’s experience” buckets.

  22. The 1950s Flying Saucer Conventions at an Underground Rock House | Messy Nessy Chic

    Lots of great photos from LIFE magazine, and a good story. Very ‘Gods Without Men’. (via @GreatDismal)

  23. Rumsfeld’s War and Its Consequences Now by Mark Danner | The New York Review of Books

    This series of articles on Rumsfeld is a good read. But this, the first article, is the only one that’s available to non-subscribers.

  24. Picture This: U.S. Cities Under 12 feet of Sea Level Rise | Climate Central

    Altered photos showing what parts of some US cities will look like. Always reminds me of that bit in one of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars books where they go back south-east England, chimney tops poking out of the sea. (via @greatdismal)

  25. Happiness Is a Worn Gun | Harper’s Magazine

    Thinking about what it’s like to carry a gun around, and pondering the arguments for/against gun ownership and open or concealed carry.

  26. WHAT THE FLUCK!

    I know many people roll their eyes at Adam Curtis, but no one writes these wide-ranging stories like he does, illustrated with video. (Even if I can’t watch the video because it’s Flash.)

  27. United States of America v Ross William Ulbricht (PDF)

    This is the criminal complaint against “Dread Pirate Roberts” of Silk Road, and is well worth a scan. Quite readable, and it’s interesting to see how they worked out who he was from a few online slip-ups.

  28. Watch this (4 minutes) and recall that every one… - Fresser.

    So many people are idiots. Really, idiots. I wish this clip showed more of the interviewees being told Obamacare and The Affordable Care Act are the same.

  29. Loopy Ideas Are Fine, If You’re an Entrepreneur | Pedestrian Observations

    Good on the vagueness and unreliability of the Hyperloop plans, and also on America’s willingness to unquestioningly think successful people can succeed at anything they fancy.

  30. Lead Poisoning: The Ignored Scandal by Helen Epstein | The New York Review of Books

    “America’s failure to address the lead paint problem early on may well have cost the American population, on average, five IQ points.” If you ever need another example of why government regulation of industries is necessary.

  31. Terrorist or Martyr? by Christopher Benfey | The New York Review of Books

    Solely for this incidental quote from Nathaniel Hawthorne, after commenting on the “gloom” of Harper’s Ferry: “Yet there would be a less striking contrast between Southern and New-England villages, if the former were as much in the habit of using white paint as we are. It is prodigiously efficacious in putting a bright face on a bad matter.” (Subscribers only)

  32. Getting Nearer and Nearer by David Cole | The New York Review of Books

    Just for the bit about how the courts’ “job is to enforce the law, even if, and especially when, public opinion is against it. … Democracy is not particularly good at protecting the rights of minorities. … [Courts] will sometimes make decisions that result in short-term backlash.”

  33. The Taste for Being Moral by Thomas Nagel | The New York Review of Books

    For the six types of moral response and the description of how conservatives emphasise all of them in their appeal, but liberals only, relying also on reason. Which is why conservatives tend to appeal most to most people.

  34. Can Hospital Chains Improve the Medical Industry? : The New Yorker

    About new ways large US hospital chains are trying to optimise things, but actually most interesting when talking about how The Cheesecake Factory does its logistics and training. (From August 2012 via ?)

  35. Anna Catherine Dr to Summer Rain Dr - Google Maps

    Impressive: two houses in Florida that back on to each other, but to get from one to the other by road is a 7 mile journey. (via Paul Mison)

  36. Shooters: How Video Games Fund Arms Manufacturers • Articles • Eurogamer.net

    On the licensing deals between gun makers and video games. “We want to know explicitly how the rifle is to be used, ensuring that we are shown in a positive light… Such as the ‘good guys’ using the rifle.” (via @matlock)

  37. The rapidly increasing ideology of the US Republican Party

    A chart showing the changing political positions of US political parties since 1789. I’d love to see something similar for the UK. (via Kottke)

  38. Over the Decades, How States Have Shifted - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com

    Really nice visualisation of how different states have voted over time. (via The Functional Art)

  39. The Gay Path Through the Courts by David Cole | The New York Review of Books

    Subscribers only unfortunately. But I liked this for its descriptions of how the Supreme Court rules on things, and how cases that are ostensibly about a particular crime are used to force a decision on constitutional issues. Also about how the Court tries (ideally) to follow, rather than lead, society.

  40. Top Ten differences between White Terrorists and Others | Informed Comment

    Brilliant. One for the asymmetry file. (via Daring Fireball)

  41. Republicans for Revolution by Mark Lilla | The New York Review of Books

    “People who know what kind of new world they want to create through revolution are trouble enough; those who only know what they want to destroy are a curse.” Also for the definitions of “liberal” and “conservative” half-way through, and the potted history of the origins of neoconservatism.

  42. Killing Our Citizens Without Trial by David Cole | The New York Review of Books

    On drone killings: “As long as the Obama administration insists on the power to kill the people it was elected to represent — and to do so in secret, on the basis of secret legal memos — can we really claim that we live in a democracy ruled by law?”

  43. Escape into Whiteness by Brent Staples | The New York Review of Books

    Some of the details of 19th and early 20th century courts etc deciding whether specific mixed-race individuals count as white or coloured are bizarre, as if part of some kind of epic theatre piece.

  44. Predators and Robots at War by Christian Caryl | The New York Review of Books

    “The US Air Force now trains more UAV operators each year than traditional pilots.” “There are already more [military] robots operating on the ground (15,000) than in the air (7,000).” “…a pilotless aircraft … ‘has the same rights as if a person were inside it, … official policy.’”

  45. The Court: A Talk with Judge Richard Posner by Eric J. Segall | The New York Review of Books

    Interesting (and subscribers only) but saving it for this quote: “We have a political system in which the definition of a gaffe is telling the truth.” Also, for some reason I love reading about the American judicial system.

  46. School ‘Reform’: A Failing Grade by Diane Ravitch | The New York Review of Books

    I suspect much of this angry-making article applies to UK education too. Surely anyone working on, or funding, policies for education really should spend at least a few weeks with a variety of teachers and children.

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