As expected, the United Nation's today overwhelmingly voted to upgrade the Palestinians' status to "nonmember observer state," despite the wishes of the United States and Israel. The final vote: 138 for and 9 against, with 41 abstentions. You can read more on the vote, and what it means, over at the Washington Post.
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.