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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Wyoming considers firing squads The Associated Press writes about legislation returning the firing squad as an option to state prisons for executions.

Just a Handy Guide for Rebooting Civilization On Hazlitt, Linda Besner reviews a book that seeks to encapsulate useful knowledge for reestablishing society's progress after a collapse.

A Brief History of the St. Bernard Rescue Dog On Smithsonian, Jess Blumberg sorts myth from fact concerning the St. Bernard dog breed and its origin and use as a rescuer of hapless travelers through a particularly brutal pass in the Swiss Alps.

Snowden's First Move Against the NSA Was a Party in Hawaii In Wired, Kevin Poulsen writes about a crypto party, where hackers teach inexperienced users to protect their computers from surveillance, hosted by Edward Snowden as he was contacting Glenn Greenwald.

Is It Possible to Create an Anti-Love Drug? In New York magazine, Maia Szalavitz investigates research into drugs that can reduce the ties that bind humans together in relationships.

The Science of the One-Inch Punch In Popular Mechanics, William Herkewitz writes about the physics and physiology beneath Bruce Lee's famous punch, delivered from just a short distance but able to knock an opponent from his feet.

The empire strikes back: How Brandeis foreshadowed Snowden and Greenwald On Salon, Andrew O'Hehir writes about the uncanny foresight found in Justice Louis Brandeis' dissent to a Supreme Court ruling that allowed warrantless wiretapping by federal agents.

Google is Breaking the Internet In a post on his eponymous blog, Jeremy Palmer writes about Google's efforts to shape the Internet into a version of its liking, rather than simply cataloging it as it is.

In Search of Serendipity On Intelligent Life, Ian Leslie writes about the shrinking of serendipity by the expansion of targeted filtering.

Glenn Greenwald on NSA Leaks: We've Erred on the Side of Excess Caution In an audio file on Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviews journalist Glenn Greenwald about his book chronicling his role in Edward Snowden's NSA whistleblowing thus far.