* How ICE went rogue: Inside America’s unfolding immigration crisis. A horrible story that will require national reckoning.
* Climate Report: Not Good. Maybe we should do something about it?
* Beyond fiction: Scott Aaronson’s arrest.
* “The Toll of America’s Obesity.”
* Electric scooters will work in NYC. This is obvious, but it’s also amazing to see the small-c conservative NYT editorial board figure it out. Also, “The Real E-Scooters Story Is Much More Boring Than Media Coverage Suggests.”
* “The Origin Story of Marie Kondo’s Decluttering Empire.” I would guess Kondo is overrated by her adherents and underrated by most people.
* Rich Absentee Landlords Make a Killing from California’s Prop 13. This is congruent with a Grant Writing Confidential post I wrote, “L.A. digs a hole more slowly than economics fills it back in: The Proposition HHH Facilities Program RFP,” which will be of general interest to many of you.
* “How Bill Browder Became Russia’s Most Wanted Man,” an insane story reminiscent of John le Carré but published in The New Yorker.
* “Yes, Another Science Blog: Dear Academia, I loved you, but I’m leaving you. This relationship is hurting me.” From 2014 but characteristic of the genre.
* Shockingly, a sociology professor and gender studies person is embroiled in controversy. Who would have thought? I know it’s depressing to see all these pieces about why it’s a wise idea to stay out of academia, but people keep going into the meat grinder.
* “The Modern Automobile Must Die: If we want to solve climate change, there’s no other option.” More of the obvious, but here it is.
* Identity politics weaken democracy and we should do a lot less of them. Focus on ideas, not the speaker’s demographics.
* “Can We Talk About Toxic Femininity?” Not my view, but it’s telling how little we hear this phrase.
* Massachusetts gives workers new protections against noncompete clauses. Good. Every state should.
* “What Does Knee Surgery Cost? Few Know, and That’s a Problem.” We need price transparency now.
* “Companies dropping college degree as hiring requirement.” Good news if true, but this could easily be a bogus trend story.