Sports and Culture:
[S1] A true badass, Bush I skydives to celebrate his 90th birthday.
[S2] The Guardian takes us inside the World Cup protests.
[S3] I’m missing something if Miss Indiana is plus-sized.
[S4] Hafthor Julius Bjornsson (The Mountain from Game of Thrones) deadlifts 994 pounds
[S5] Bob Mankoff’s latest column on the perfect cartoon
[S6] On the ascent of Sir Mix-a-Lot – I must admit: “Baby Got Back” has been stuck inside my head for a good chunk of my adult life.
[S7] The cult of Boba Fett – If George Lucas is reading this: please don’t ruin Boba Fett with a spin-off!
Art and Nature:
[A1] From James Hanley: Vertigo warning: beautiful photographs of spiral staircases
[A2] El Nino prediction for 2014. Could this save California from its drought?
[A4] This is being called a miracle oil. Human physiology is far too complex to have me convinced.
[A5] Obama’s comments on combating climate change remind me of Obama’s comments on immigration reform, health care reform, drawing down wars abroad, etc. – audaciously hopeful and perhaps unlikely to result in any significant positive changes.
[A6] In the latest turn in the STAP cell controversy, scientists wonder did STAP cells ever even exist?
Economics and Politics:
[E1] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Reason article, but the original work was done by The Nation.
[E2] From James Hanley: Reihan Salam on why New York should not relax work requirements for welfare recipients
[E3] From James Hanley: The law in its majestic equality: Spikes to keep the wealthy from taking a nap in public.
[E4] Is our imported seafood the product of slave labor?
[E5] Estimated financial costs of autism are staggering.
[E7] Is it possible the Koch’s are just philanthropists? Or, philanthropists first and partisans second? Marybeth Gasman believes there will be strings attached to the latest Koch donation to the United Negro College Fund.
[E8] Scientists urge China to develop a sounder land management strategy.
War and Peace:
[W4] Boko Haram, possibly the most evil organization in existence today.
[W5] D-Day – possibly the most important event in all of world history, and it was just a short time ago.
[W6] On the last US soldier executed for desertion, PVT Eddie Slovik.
[W7] Finally: dog poop