The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

The Death of Expertise On The Federalist, Tom Nichols writes ab the increasing scorn heaped on the concept of expertise, the basis of which may be the democratization of knowledge fostered by the web.

Lyubov Orlova: Ghost ship carrying cannibal rats 'could be heading for Britain' In The Independent, Adam Withnall writes about a Russian cruise ship that was abandoned and drifting across the Atlantic, empty except for a large population of rats.

Thomas Jefferson Needs A Dead Moose Right Now To Defend America On the NPR blogs, Robert Krulwich writes about an overlooked tidbit of history, when Thomas Jefferson requested a moose be stuffed and sent to France to prove that American fauna were not diminutive compared to European species.

How boots of first world war troops brought a foreign invader to Scotland In The Guardian, Robin McKie writes about the recent discovery of a species of fungus not previously found in Scotland on the grounds of a former WWI mental hospital.

No, animals don't have rights In The Week, Damon Linker writes about his provocative view that humans are in danger of losing their status as the most distinctive species by putting humans and animals on equal ground.

The evolution of lethal intergroup violence In a 2005 issue of the journal of the Proceedings of the Nationals Academy of Sciences, Raymond C. Kelly tracks the development of war among hominids and finds evidence that war is a recent development in human history.

Melting glaciers in northern Italy reveal corpses of WWI soldiers In the Telegraph, Laura Spinney writes about how one of the lesser-known battle fronts, near the mountainous border between Austria and Italy, is revealing its history as the ice retreats.

"This hypocritical, swindling world" -- One hundred years ago, a mysterious suicide in the halls of Pennsylvania Station The Bowery Boys blog publishes a post about a still-unidentified man who took his life in the middle of rush hour at Penn Station in 1914.

Why Are Upworthy Headlines Suddenly Everywhere? In The Atlantic, Robinson Meyer writes about a recent change to Facebook's News Feed algorithm, the surge in traffic it's created among new sites and what it says about the company's battle with Twitter.