“It was such an exciting night. And if not predictable, for some of us, which I predicted much of that last night. I felt that it kind of felt like it was as it should be at this point in the race with the finishes, strong finishes, great speeches by all the candidates afterwards. I think the speeches really foretold what we have to look forward to.”—discussing the Iowa caucuses on Fox News, Jan. 4, 2012
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.