Friday, August 04, 2017

Friday Links!

One of the best assortment of links ever posted in this space.

This is a phenomenal story: THE DRUG RUNNERS: The Tarahumara of northern Mexico became famous for their ability to run incredibly long distances. In recent years, cartels have exploited their talents by forcing them to ferry drugs into the U.S. Now, with their land ravaged by violence, they’re running for their lives.

From Brian Witte, and these are oh-so-beautiful: National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest 2017.

From C. Lee, and this is a fascinating read: Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world. Next, and this is an outstanding read, it's How Firaxis saved XCOM from complete disaster. Well, these rules sound much more thoughtful: Monopoly was invented to demonstrate the evils of capitalism. This sounds like a disaster: Loss of Fertile Lands Fuels 'Looming Crisis' Across Africa. Here's part two of a great series: The complete history of the IBM PC, part two: The DOS empire strikes. It has sadly become very clear that our criminal justice system is, in many places, a criminal enterprise: She was convicted of killing her mother. Prosecutors withheld the evidence that would have freed her.

From Joshua Buergel, and I had no idea: Transgender soldiers served in the Civil War. Also, and this is a terrific read, it's Forget To Remember: Roger Craig and the Sabermetrics of Jeopardy.

From James Lee, and this is both interesting and sad: Done in the Dark (Lamar Odom).

From Steven Davis, and this is a good read: The Ghost Villages of Newfoundland. Next, and this is thought-provoking, it's 'It's digital colonialism': how Facebook's free internet service has failed its users. This is fascinating: The Radical, 600-Year Evolution of Tarot Card Art.

From Wally, and this is a great story: Swimming eagle rescued by Maine lobstermen.

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