10 jokes only engineers will understand (tickld)
Near death explained (Salon).
New Yorker jigsaw puzzle ... three levels (The New Yorker).
Paul Krugman explains why Republicans were wrong about pretty much everything in 2014 (NY Times).
RACE IN AMERICA
House GOP Majority Whip confirms speaking role at white-supremacist event (MSNBC).
White Americans who don't finish high school have better job prospects than black Americans who go to college but don't finish (Quartz).
A black college student has the same chance of getting a job as a white high school drop out (Think Progress).
NOW, THIS IS JUST WRONG
68-year-old woman jailed for three days after trying to switch to an empty seat on a plane (The Free Thought Project).
Stephen Anderson, ex NYPD Cop: We planted evidence, framed innocent people to reach quotas (Huffington Post).
Voter ID laws fix a fake problem by creating a new one (Vox).
New Mexico's largest utility wants to charge solar owners up to $30 per month (Think Progress).
Constitutional guarantees of a republican form of government (local rule) does not extend to local governments ... Dillon's rule in Detroit and beyond (Truth Out).
NSA fesses up to improper surveillance of U.S. citizens (Huffington Post).
Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they're private corporations, immune from open records laws (Washington Post).
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Nine terrifying facts about America's biggest police force (Alter Net).
Why is no one talking about NYPD shooter's other target (The Nation)?
Social movements didn't kill NYPD officers: A man with untreated mental illness and a gun did (The Nation).
Hundreds of police, outside slain New York officer's funeral, turn their back on Mayor Bill de Blasio (Huffington Post).
THE UNSCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
7 things Americans think are more plausible than global warming (Salon).
A catalogue of shame ... This is the stupidest anti-science bullshit of 2014 (Mother Jones).
Texas' new public school textbooks promote climate change denial and downplay segregation (Mother Jones).
Official Texas review: "Creation science" should be incorporate in every biology textbook (Mother Jones).
HAVING FUN WITH AYN RAND, AND THE NUTS IN HER CASE
Insight into Ayn Rand, the nut job: Ayn Rand reviews children's movies (The New Yorker).
21 selfish Ayn Rand holiday cards (Alter Net).
Ayn Rand worshippers should face facts: Blue states are providers, red states are parasites (Alter Net).
THE 1% GAP
The gap between the richest Americans and the rest of us is the widest it's been in 30 years. Here's one reason why (Mother Jones).
That's rich! Why so many wealthy Americans think they're middle class: Hint, they're out of touch (Salon).
The U.S. is the richest country in the world, as well as the most unequal: 8 consequences of American greed (Alter Net).
Elizabeth Warren's quiet (but huge) win: Why Wall Street Lobbyists really hated "cromnibus fight" (Salon).
California saw striking jobs gains in November: More than 90,000 jobs added in the month (Sacramento Bee).
With GDP growing strongly, Republicans' economic dilemma gets more complicated (Washington Post).
Let's all screw the 1 percent: This simple move Obama could make to strengthen the rest of us (Salon).
Windowless planes could be here in 10 years - and they look amazing (Quartz).
President Obama ends social security for Nazis (Huffington Post).
25 of the most wonderful roads in the world (Earthporm).
Unearthing the truth: Mexican state violence beyond Ayotzinapa (Truth Out).