Busy week this week, so not a lot of time for putzing around the Internet and reading (this is definitely a blessing, and not a curse). Still, there were a few great things that caught my eye for one reason or another:
Ferguson is just the tip of the iceberg.
Radley Balko from the Washington Post wrote a long, well-researched piece about the exploitation of poor and minorities in St. Louis County. Ferguson has (obviously) been in the news lately, but the problems are more regional than that, and demonstrate an appalling intrusion of the government into people's lives.
Columbia University: rape is okay.
Most of the feminist-leaning pieces I've read this week focus on Jennifer Lawrence and the other celebrities affected by the iCloud hack. Here's a (short) piece on a Columbia student who was raped, and has been fighting with the school all year to see her rapist expelled.
How to design a great logo.
Enough said. I'm a sucker for any article on how to execute great design, and few people do it better than the folks at Chermayeff & Geismar. There's enough takeaways here for anyone, from amateurs to professional designers.
Ants are fucking terrifying.
The Borg notwithstanding, hive minds freak me out. I found this video of a bunch of ants build a daisy chain to pull an enormous millipede back to their hive. Apparently this behavior has never been seen in ants before; we're doomed.
America continues to be governed by stupid.
Tom Coburn is retiring from the senate this year, and intends to devote much of his energy to pushing for a constitutional convention. Justice Scalia summed this terrible idea up well: "I certainly would not want a constitutional convention! Whoa! Who knows what would come out of it?" This article is a good explainer on why this idea sucks for everyone.
The destruction of the Central African Republic
Slate published this terrible story of a family and two brothers in the Central African Republic, which is being torn apart by a religious civil war (and receiving almost none of the attention we're seeing in Iraq/Syria).