• If one word could be removed from fashion writing, I'd pick the following: "effortless."
  • I’m starting to have a sick feeling about prospects for American workers — but not, or not entirely, for the reasons you might think.

    Yes, growth is slowing, and the odds are that unemployment will rise, not fall, in the months ahead. That’s bad. But what’s worse is the growing evidence that our governing elite just doesn’t care — that a once-unthinkable level of economic distress is in the process of becoming the new normal.

    And I worry that those in power, rather than taking responsibility for job creation, will soon declare that high unemployment is “structural,” a permanent part of the economic landscape — and that by condemning large numbers of Americans to long-term joblessness, they’ll turn that excuse into dismal reality.

  • Greatest science article ever! "Japanese macaques will completely flip out when presented with flying squirrels, a new study in monkey-antagonism has found. The research could pave the way for advanced methods of enraging monkeys."

  • Some rural roads in the U.S. are being converted from paved to gravel. "Are the number and condition of our roads leading indicators of a lost sense of common cause, lost shared purpose, crumbling political stability? Do we stop investing in and maintaining public goods because we feel no common cause with the other people likely to benefit from them? How do empire's crumble? Surely from within, at least at first. The internal weakening of shared purpose and sympathy, bolstered by mindlessly shrinking tax revenues that otherwise would have maintained the infrastructure of a complex, advanced capitalist and commercial society, must make it easier for the barbarians to storm the maintenance-deferred, crumbling gate."