Friday, July 17th, 2015


Shall We Play a Game?

They serve on the front lines in an new era of warfare. And the gig comes with parking. It also apparently comes with a tremendous amount of stress. The NYT's Christopher Drew and Dave Phillips explain why, for the first time, the Air Force is cutting the number of drone flights. "Having our folks make that mental shift every day, driving into the gate and thinking, ‘All right, I've got my war face on, and I'm going to the fight,' and then driving out of the gate and stopping at Walmart to pick up a carton of milk or going to the soccer game on the way home -- and the fact that you can't talk about most of what you do at home -- all those stressors together are what is putting pressure on the family, putting pressure on the airman." (I'm guessing it's also pretty stressful for those on the receiving end.)


Tennessee’s Valley

So far, the FBI hasn't been able to find any solid links between the Chattanooga shooter who killed four Marines and international terrorist groups. It's unclear whether that should make us feel better or worse.

+ Investigators are going over Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez' trips to Jordan, blog posts, and computer files to find a motive for the rampage.


Weekend Reads

"As with the end of feudalism 500 years ago, capitalism's replacement by postcapitalism will be accelerated by external shocks and shaped by the emergence of a new kind of human being. And it has started." The Guardian's Paul Mason makes the case that the end of capitalism has begun. (Great, I was this close to finally coming up with a business model...)

+ "Is There a Viable Alternative to the Iran Deal?" Three Atlantic writers debate the merits of the nuclear agreement.

+ "Few crimes are tougher to investigate than those that occur at sea. There are no cameras on the corner, no phones to tap, usually no weapons to retrieve." The NYT takes you aboard a notorious boat for a trip into the lawlessness of the high seas: Stowaways And Crimes Aboard A Scofflaw Ship.

+ Joe Namath is worried that football gave him brain damage. And now he's certain he's found a solution. But don't believe him if he guarantees victory this time.

+ The Pixar Theory of Labor.


I … Wait for it … Do

Want your marriage to last? Then definitely do not get married too early. And whatever you do, don't get married to late. WaPo on a new study that found the optimal age when you should get hitched.

+ "They went about dividing the loft into two connected but utterly distinct living areas, each with its own bedroom, kitchen, dining area and workspace." Allison Paschke and John Danskin explain the living conditions that saved their marriage. It all started with two separate front doors. (If you can't stand the heat, get your own kitchen.)


When Larry Met Rally

Apparently, the street liked Google's latest earnings report. The company just set a record by adding $60 billion to its market-cap in single day. Not a bad start for the company's new CFO.

+ Variety looks back at the time that Blockbuster could have bought Netflix for $50 million. (Ironically, at the time they went under, I had a VHS tape that was so late, I owed Blockbuster $50 million.) Before we call this an epic fail, let's keep in mind that if Blockbuster had purchased Netflix, by now Netflix would probably be worth less than Blockbuster paid for it.

+ Tesla now lets you go even faster.


Downward Dogma

"Those small-batch, hemp-woven Daisy Dukes you bought in Dumbo are far more likely to be made in a sweatshop than your $7 H&M gym shorts." Michael Hobbes on why we can't seem to get rid of sweatshops: The Myth of the Ethical Shopper.

+ How casual is too casual? FastCo wonders, what's with all the yoga pants?


Yellow Journalism

"We searched to try to find anything to charge him with. It is not a crime to stick a camera where a kid is dying or try to sell it." Ohio police figured out a way to arrest a guy who saw two teenagers dying in a crashed car and decided his next move should be to take out his camera and start filming.

+ A dude in Rancho Cucamonga just got arrested for overturning a lemonade stand and trying to get away with a pink and turquoise money box. (That moment when your cellmate asks, "So what are you in for?")

+ The NYT on policing and the city's tough choices when it comes to public urination.


Ant, I Hero

While you're admiring Ant-Man's box office prowess this weekend, don't forget that real ants are pretty damn strong for their weight. NatGeo introduces you to some real life creatures with amazing super powers.


Exercising Gluten

"My friend is celiac. We haven't had any entertaining with beers. So, that's why I develop this pill -- for my friend." A professor at the University of Alberta says he's developed a pill that could allow celiac disease sufferers to enjoy pizza and beer.

+ Quartz: Sit-down restaurant food is just as unhealthy as fast food.


Bottom of the News

"This is the most ignorant piece of text I read today." That's how one reader responded to my latest post. In other words, it's a damn good rant from a man who reads too much news and is working at high altitude: Just Admit It, Part One (This will feel good, I promise).

+ All this week, I've been coming at you from the friendly confines of Tahoe House, where you'll find good coffee, warm hospitality, and the fastest WiFi in the Sierras. And now they know who's been using it all up for the last five days.

+ NYT: Women who dye their armpit hair.

+ GQ: This is your brain on a Pitbull song.