It serves no one, really, for me to continue blogging and reporting at the usual pace during Thanksgiving. The people counting on me for cranberry and sausage stuffing will be let down. The people not reading the Internet won't notice.
Instead, I give you a story about the city of Pontiac, Michigan, the model for the state's new, controversial (we're talking "people gathering signatures to overturn it" controversial) revision of a law that allows all-powerful Emergency Managers to take over municipalities that are failing. I also give you this.
TODAY IN SLATE
Justice Ginsburg’s Crucial Dissent in the Texas Voter ID Case
The Jarring Experience of Watching White Americans Speak Frankly About Race
How Facebook’s New Feature Could Come in Handy During a Disaster
The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented
Sprawl, Decadence, and Environmental Ruin in Nevada
You Should Be Able to Sell Your Kidney
Or at least trade it for something.
- Texas Lab Worker on Cruise Tests Negative for Ebola as Dallas Hospital Apologizes
- Police Use Tear Gas to Break Up College Pumpkin Festival Turned Violent
- Racist Rancher Cliven Bundy Challenges Eric Holder in Bizarre Campaign Ad
- Supreme Court Allows Texas Law That Accepts Handgun Permits but not College IDs to Vote
An All-Female Mission to Mars
As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.