* “Big chains pay better than mom and pop stores,” which is counter to the dominant narrative.
* “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League: The nation’s top colleges are turning our kids into zombies,” which matches my (anecdotal) experience.
* “Study: Decriminalizing prostitution could drastically cut HIV infections,” which is sufficiently obvious that I almost don’t want to include it.
* “Another Challenge of Parenting While Poor: Wealthy Judges;” this sort of point is under-understood.
* To the surprise of no one: “Why a New Jersey school district decided giving laptops to students is a terrible idea.”
* “Why So Many People Care So Much About Others’ Sex Lives,” which makes a number of points I’ve observed at various times in various places.
* Weird program alert: why is the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture running a grant program for Sexual Assault Prevention Research (SAPR)? Isn’t that a bit outside their purview?
* “A brash tech entrepreneur thinks he can reinvent higher education by stripping it down to its essence, eliminating lectures and tenure along with football games, ivy-covered buildings, and research libraries. What if he’s right?”
* Did you know that Texas has an official, state-funded Emancipation Juneteenth Commission?
* “Multiple Lovers, Without Jealousy: Polyamorous people still face plenty of stigmas, but some studies suggest they handle certain relationship challenges better than monogamous people do;” has anyone written the great polyamorous novel? Could anyone?
* “Elder Statesmen Declare a War on the ‘War on Drugs:’ What took them so long?” Excellent question.
* Foundation priorities can change rapidly, Ebola edition.
* In our favorite weird grant of the month, the Department of the Interior, National Parks Service has announced a single grant for the Lower Eastside Tenement Museum.