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Links for you. Science:

Which Is More Important: Military Drones Or A Cure For Cancer? (excellent)
Geographic Divergence in Mortality in the United States
Entitlement, Success and Meritocracy
Pro-fat an unhealthy status quo
Fitting and overfitting data

Other:

Ta-Nehisi Coates on The Tribe That Rubs Shit In Their Hair™ (excellent)
I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on: Few of the politicians who so brazenly proclaim the benefits of drones have a real clue how it actually works (and doesn’t)
He built this city (sort of). How Tom Menino intentionally — and in some cases unintentionally — molded a world-class metropolis to his liking
Menino’s Associates: Who got rich under Menino? Plus: Meet the henchmen, the departed, and the resurrected of the Menino administration.
Follow Hungary’s lead on junk-food taxes
Mother and Son Blow Bubbles in Freezing Cold and Discover Something Beautiful
U.S. Struggles to Keep Pace in Delivering Broadband Service
Lean in to what?
“Honey, I Shrunk Killed the Middle Class”
Jesse Willms, the Dark Lord of the Internet
Contrarians, Not Conservatives
What Are The Gobshites Saying These Days? (Elliot Fucking Abrams)
Was Jesus ‘white’? Wrong question

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