The best of Bad St. Louis Cardinals Writing - SBNation. Also, to dampen down the Cardinals fans are great meme, we've got: Some Fools Are Selling Darren Wilson Cardinals Shirts - Deadspin
Hunter S. Thompson's 1958 cover letter for a newspaper job - BoingBoing
Finding a Video Poker Bug Made These Guys Rich, Then Vegas Made Them Pay - Wired
Shale Boom Tested as Sub-$90 Oil Threatens U.S. Drillers - Bloomberg
The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy - IEEE Spectrum.
On 23 December 1924, a group of leading international businessmen gathered in Geneva for a meeting that would alter the world for decades to come. Present were top representatives from all the major lightbulb manufacturers, including Germany’s Osram, the Netherlands’ Philips, France’s Compagnie des Lampes, and the United States’ General Electric. As revelers hung Christmas lights elsewhere in the city, the group founded the Phoebus cartel, a supervisory body that would carve up the worldwide incandescent lightbulb market, with each national and regional zone assigned its own manufacturers and production quotas. It was the first cartel in history to enjoy a truly global reach.Farmers Gain Weapon Against Devastating Pig Virus - New York Times
The cartel’s grip on the lightbulb market lasted only into the 1930s. Its far more enduring legacy was to engineer a shorter life span for the incandescent lightbulb. By early 1925, this became codified at 1,000 hours for a pear-shaped household bulb, a marked reduction from the 1,500 to 2,000 hours that had previously been common.
EPA Withdraws From Clean Water Case, Farm Bureau Declares Victory - Modern Farmer
Why History Should Replace Economics in the 21st Century - io9 (h/t Crazy Canuck). Also,see Bonfire of the Humanities - Aeon
The Team That Invented the Birth Control Pill - The Atlantic
Our cities' water systems are becoming obsolete. What will replace them? - Vox
In Defense of Obama - Krugman
When The Snows Fail - National Geographic. See also, Draining California