Links 2/14/14

Links for you. Science:

We need to encourage more of this
Why we don’t know how to lose weight.
End-Permian extinction happened in 60,000 years—much faster than earlier estimates, study says
100 Americans die of drug overdoses each day. How do we stop that?
Black Death Left a Mark on Human Genome

Other:

What work is and isn’t (excellent; must-read)
Meet Katya, the young Russian sadist who kidnaps gay youth for sport
Does National Public Radio Have the Ability to Control Its Obsession With the National Debt
Woody Allen Is Not a Monster. He Is a Person. Like My Father.
Preschool is important, but it’s more important for poor children
“Who Cares?” Killing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
James Surowiecki Promotes Myth of Consumer Empowerment in the Face of the Crappification of Almost Everything
The Snowden Effect, Continued
A Word To The NFL: If Gay People Can Die For Our Country, They Can Play Football
Uber Is Driving Us to Thunderdome: Conflicted, dystopian dread from a liberal who loves disruptive technology.
President Obama Has The Power And Opportunity To Implement Postal Banking
The Problem With the Common Core
Icahn drops bid to force Apple to buy back stock

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