P.B.S. Pinchback became Governor of Louisiana on this date in 1872, becoming the first African-American governor of a US State. It is also Kirk Douglas’s 98th Birthday today. He’d like to remind you that he isn’t dead. The rest of the reads, no thanks to Comcast, who is punishing our neighborhood for “oversubscribing” to its cable internet service, are after the jump.
- Everybody wants to rule the world: Online businesses can grow very large very fast. Does it also make them unusual threats to competition? (The Economist)
- Diving with sharks and the joy of fear (Aeon)
- The Quiet German: The Astonishing Rise of Angela Merkel,The Most Powerful Woman in the World (New Yorker)
- Putin: How He and His Cronies Stole Russia (NYRB)
- How do you sell God in the 21st century? More heaven, less hell (The Guardian)
- Polar Bear Man (Vice)
- How dozens of failing for-profit schools found an unlikely savior: a debt collector (Washington Post)
- Inside Monopoly’s secret war against the Third Reich (EuroGamer)
- Falcons make furious comeback, fall short in Green Bay, 43-37 (Falcoholic)
- $125 million, but you can’t put too high a price on producing “Cops” exclusively through open records requests (wtoc)
- Macon can’t improve highways, soon to become bottleneck (Telegraph – Lee)
- On the plus side, we won’t have to hear as many Middle Georgians talk about Atlanta traffic.
- Journalist’s arrests during protests point to bigger problems? (wabe)