Links: The mind-boggling cruelty of the drug war, changing your mind, status, love, social porn, and more

* If you read nothing else today read “Financial Hazards of the Fugitive Life, which concerns Alice Goffman’s brilliant book On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City.

* Loving what I used to hate, note especially the section on weight lifting, and also this: “We don’t need to preserve our first opinions as if they are our pure, untarnished, true nature.” It’s good in combination with “Being wrong, and a partial list of ways I’ve been wrong.”

* “So You’re Not Desirable …:”

The old axiom says beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When it comes to initial impressions, this statement is not really true: Consensus about desirable qualities creates a gulf between the haves and have-nots. But the truth of this maxim increases over time: As people get to know each other, decreasing consensus and increasing uniqueness give everyone a fighting chance.

* Speculative but fits my experience: “Women Call Other Women ‘Sluts’ to Guard Their Social Standing.”

* Man claiming to have been an “All-Source Intelligence Analyst, with the BDE S2 shop” describes the Bowe Bergdahl incident in ways largely ignored in the rest of the media; I would not call this the final word.

* Another Redditor describes the breakdown of Venezuelan society.

* Sugar is incredibly, unbelievably bad for you; “The data says that the dose on average that is safe is six to nine teaspoons of added sugar per day. Currently, Americans are at 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day. That excess is driving obesity, diabetes, lipid problems, heart disease, cancer, dementia, fatty liver disease — virtually every chronic metabolic disease that you can think of is being driven by this excess of sugar.”

* “Social porn: why people are sharing their sex lives online.” (Maybe.)

* “Prisoners of Sex,” interesting on many levels including this mention of “the tension between our culture’s official attitude toward sex on the one hand and our actual patterns of sexual and romantic life on the other.” Also useful in the context of the link immediately above.

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