Friday, May 1, 2015

The Guide to Discworld and Politicians and Every Kind of Loophole Ever Made (May 1, 2015)

I admit I have never read any Terry Pratchett. But io9 was kind enough to do a guide on what to read and where to start. So now I'll take a little dive and see how the water is... This, plus several other great reads.
  • You should read Discworld (io9)
  • The best explanation I've read for why politicians argue constantly and rarely seem to accomplish anything (Romy Asks)
  • The best data on police misconduct is cobbled together by an academic (ex-police, disbarred attorney) who uses a heck of a lot of Google Alerts -- what? (538)
  • Everyone gets government handouts, the ones for the rich are just called something else (WonkBlog); some of the numbers that show that the U.S. gives more handouts to U.S. citizen, especially through tax breaks, than other countries and gets way less "good" out of them (WonkBlog)
  • Another fascinating, insider look at Pixar, specifically at the technology they invent in order to tell stories (TechCrunch)
  • On Eyewitness Testimony -- Sneak Peek: Not A Happy Story (Vice)
  • You may never want to eat processed food again, or Why Loopholes in Even Obscure Laws Are Really, Really Important (Public Integrity)
  • As we look forward to more computers in more places (aka, The Internet of Things), we might want to start by fixing all the security holes first (Medium)
  • Tell yourself a happy self-narrative and reap the benefits (WSJ)

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