Happy Labor Day!
It's understandable if you're jonesing for your daily Banter fix and this holiday has you tweaking, but fortunately, sometimes, just sometimes, there's valuable stuff worth reading on other sites. Here's what we recommend:
"The Other Neanderthal" by John Wenz
This was a pretty interesting piece on the Denisovans (or the 'other' neanderthals), a cousin to homo sapiens we've only known about for the last 4 years.
"Magnetic Mirages" by Neil Peart
I just finished reading Neil Peart’s latest travelogue about the Channel Islands, Anacapa, Santa Cruz Island and Avalon Harbor.
"#FERGUSON: An American Apartheid" by Goldie Taylor
Goldie Taylor gets personal and contextual about Ferguson.
The NSA built its own Google, which it shares with other government agencies.
"Unreality TV" by Brian Phillips
It was "Saturday Night Live Week" on Grantland, and Brian Phillips' take on Weekend Update -- including its history, its cultural significance, and why today's 24/7 news cycle makes it harder than ever for that segment to succeed -- is fantastic.