Links: Police raids on the innocent, meditation and writing, methane and the atmosphere, warfare, and more

* “Marijuana raids are more deadly than the drug itself.” Unsurprisingly.

* “Yuval Harari, author of Sapiens, on how meditation made him a better historian,” more interesting and less trendy than the title makes it sound.

* Jeff’s story about Live Action Role Playing (“LARP”), from the “Work and Video Games” post.

* “7,000 underground gas bubbles poised to ‘explode’ in Arctic.” Those are methane bubbles. If you’ve not heard of the Clathrate Gun Hypothesis, see the link. Also, the NYT published, “What You Can Do About Climate Change.”

* “Americans’ Shift To The Suburbs Sped Up Last Year,” mostly because building there is legal; we are all paying zoning’s steep price.

* “Going Under the Knife, With Eyes and Ears Wide Open.”

* “Why is this little construction crane illegal in New York City? Dan Mooney’s Skypicker crane could save millions in building costs—but not from the Astoria warehouse where it’s been mothballed.” File under “rent seeking,” among other things.

* “Warfare helps explain why American welfare is different: One way of seeing the fight over health care is as a clash between two different Wagner’s laws.” In short, European countries created government-run medical programs to ensure that their populations could fight WWI and WWII, but there is much more of interest.

* “Some Saudi women are secretly deserting their country;” good.

* “In search of excitement,” one of these “state-of-the-novel” articles; the novel seems to have been dying for decades and yet people keep reading and writing them!

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