1) I told myself if I found time yesterday, this would get it’s own post. It didn’t. So make sure you read it. Great Garret Epps post on John Roberts and race.
2) Really enjoyed this New Yorker article on the director of the Susan B. Anthony list (a pro-life PAC).
3) Not surprisingly, “ancient grains” are for suckers. I’m sure the people who buy this are plenty scared of GMO’s.
4) Paul Farmer says that with first-world health care 90% of Ebola victims should actually survive. We’re doing pretty well in the US so far.
5) I must admit to always being a little more fascinated by Mormon sacred undergarments than I should be. Now the church is coming clean on the topic.
6) A nice PS study that shows how the Tea Party has moved the Republican party to the right.
7) Emily Bazelon on the complications of yes means yes on college campuses.
8) Vox summarizes a Pew study demonstrating that there are basically no swing voters in this year’s election.
9) FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub came to my class a couple weeks ago. That was pretty cool. Here’s a nice piece about her and her visit to NC.
10) NYT with one of the better pieces I’ve read on the UNC athletics scandal. I went to Duke and teach at NCSU, but UNC is a flagship for our whole state and this is so unfortunate for the whole state. And as an academic, I hate to see academic integrity so undermined.
11) When is a debate not a debate? How about when one candidate never agrees to it but one organization basically pretends otherwise.
12) Peter Beinart putting Voter ID into the long American tradition of trying to keep poor people from voting.
13) Two nice takes on Iowa Senatorial candidate Jodi Ernst and welfare. The idea that private charity can make up for government is not just wishful thinking, but simply preposterous and ahistorical.
14) You can never have too much fun with Kansas‘ supply side experiment gone awry. Seriously, it’s not like anybody who’s not a complete drunk-the-kool-aid ideologue didn’t see this coming.
15) Republicans would really just prefer college students don’t vote at all. There’s been all sorts of news about the on-campus voting at Appalachian State, but meanwhile nobody has talked at all about the large inconvenience for NCSU losing it’s polling location.
16) While helping Evan practice piano, I haven’t been able to get this tune out of my head for a couple of days. Took me forever to figure it out because I was thinking it was Beethoven. Than I realized it must be some Chopin. This is one of many Chopin pieces I loved to play back in the day.