There’s something that everyone, including The New York Times, is getting wrong about the effects of the California drought; Chelsea Manning is discussing her gender transition in prison via social media; meanwhile, Dick Cheney recently made hypocritical comments about President Obama. These discoveries and more below.

The World’s Deadly War Over Sand: 7 Things You Need to Know Sand. Civilizations modern and ancient have been held up by the stuff. It’s one of the main building components in construction.

The Political War Over Gay Culture Is Over, and the Gays Won In a press conference Tuesday morning, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) announced that he was asking his state’s legislature to amend a bill it passed last week to make explicit that discrimination against same-sex couples by businesses is not acceptable.

Vladimir Putin, Is That You? In an interview with Germany’s ARD television in 2008, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow recognize all of Ukraine’s borders, and that there is no issue of ethnic conflict in Crimea.

The Meme as Meme: Why Do Things Go Viral, and Should We Care? In an age where politicians campaign through social media and viral marketers ponder the appeal of sneezing baby pandas, memes are more important than ever—however trivial they may seem.

A Non-Conspiracy of Douthat’s NYT pundit ignores long history of anti-gay bias.

Apocalyptic Schadenfreude What the New York Times—and everybody else—gets wrong about California’s water crisis.

Chelsea Manning Shares Her Transition to Living as a Woman — Behind Bars For the first time, Chelsea Manning shares the details of her story as an army private who leaked classified documents, went to military prison, and sued for the right to transition into living as a woman in jail.

Meet The Weather Underground’s Bomb Guru In an excerpt from his new book about 60s-era radicalism Vanity Fair special correspondent Bryan Burrough delves into the disastrous Village townhouse explosion caused by the Weather Underground, and introduces the man who became the group’s “bomb guru” in its wake.

The Secret Lives of Hillary and Bill in the White House White House Florist Ronn Payne remembers one day in 1998, after President Clinton had publicly admitted to his affair with a former White House intern, when he was coming up the service elevator with a cart to pick up old floral arrangements and saw two butlers gathered outside the West Sitting Hall listening in as the Clintons argued viciously with each other.

New Rule: If You See Something, Film Something With another death of an unarmed black man at the hands of a white police officer roiling the nation this week, the continuation of the well-established and long-running pattern of police abuse in America is starting to seem depressingly inevitable.

Dick Cheney Sets New Low for Unmitigated Gall, Calls Obama ‘The Worst President We’ve Ever Had’ In an appearance today on The Hugh Hewitt Show former Vice President Dick Cheney joined his party in clamoring for a new war and as he attempted to whip up jingoistic feelings in his audience Cheney claimed that Barack Obama was the worst president in our nation’s history.

Why the Contemporary Art World Is Insufferable, Corrupted by the Super-Rich For the last few years, I’ve hovered above the refreshments table at art events, guzzling free wine like a peasant and stuffing napkins full of bread and cheese into my purse.

Noam Chomsky: One Day in the Life of a Reader of the New York Times A front-page article is devoted to a flawed story about a campus rape in the journal Rolling Stone, exposed in the leading academic journal of media critique.

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