The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

The Most Wanted Man In The World In Wired, James Bamford interviews Edward Snowden in Moscow and he continues to evade the US agencies that seek to capture him. The in-depth story includes new revelations from the Snowden files, including the likelihood that they are providing cover for other NSA whistleblowers.

Why do we have blood types? On Mosaic, Carl Zimmer writes about what remains a medical mystery, why our blood cells build additional molecular structures atop themselves, which differentiates and separates them from large portions of the human population.

You're 16. You're A Pedophile. You Don't Want To Hurt Anyone. What Do You Do Now? On Medium, Luke Malone writes about the fragmented attempts to provide a safe means for pedophiles who have not and do not wish to act on their urges to get help.

The Sad, Strange, True Story of Sandy Allen, The Tallest Woman In The World On Buzzfeed, Sandra Allen writes a bittersweet profile of a woman who shares her name and for many years was the world record holder as the world's tallest woman and the life that title provided her.

The Spies Next Door In the Washingtonian, Matt Mendelsohn writes about his deceased next-door neighbors, both of whom worked for the CIA, and one of the agency's most secretive operations of all time, the raising of a Russian nuclear sub.

The great historic house museum debate In the Boston Globe, Ruth Graham writes about a developing sentiment among some larger historic preservation boards that small, often rural, house museums don't fulfill much purpose and should be shut down.

The making of the Keller black widow: Did Michele Williams get away with murder? On Culturemap's Dallas site, Claire St. Amant covers the story of a Texas woman who is accused of murdering her husband for money and potentially getting away with it due to the extraordinarily good job of cleaning up the crime scene, something she admits doing.

Terminal Lucidity: Myth, Mystery or Miracle? On Discover, the Neuroskeptic writes about the unusual phenomenon in the neurological literature where people with profound cognitive disabilities experience normal function right before death.

A Wrinkly Purpose On The Question Gene, Bernadeta Dadonaita writes about research into the teleology of fingers wrinkling when exposed to water.

How Stone-Age Despots Evolved On LiveScience, Stephanie Pappas writes about how rulers gained a foothold among hunter-gatherer societies amid the evolution of agriculture.

Can You Commit a Felony in Idaho's Portion of Yellowstone and Not Face Charges? On Quora (published on Slate) David Raynor writes a response to this question based on the arcane vicinage protection of the Constitution, which appears to apply everywhere in the U.S. except a 50-square-mile patch of Idaho.

The Box That Built The Modern World On Nautilus, Andrew Curry writes about the invention of the standardized shipping container and, by proxy, the modern cargo transportation network that fosters the global economy.

How Anonymous Got It Right and Wrong in Ferguson In the Washington Post, Andrea writes about the cyber attacks carried out by Anonymous on Ferguson, Missouri, where civil unrest over the shooting death of an unarmed teenager has been met with a militarized police response.

Waiting For Dark On Wired, Andy Greenberg writes about two anarchist hackers (one of whom designed and published the 3D-printed Liberator handgun) as they release an encryption program that will make bitcoin perfectly anonymous.

How a Squad of Ex-Cops Fights Police Abuses In Mother Jones, Jason Fagone writes about an task force in a Florida public defender's office made up of former detectives that investigates whether their indigent clients are actually guilty of their accused crimes.

Enriqueta Marti The Wikipedia entry for an early-20th-century child kidnapper and murderer in Barcelona, Spain.

Scanning the Supermarket Barcode, from Punch Cards to Vanity Branding A History of the Supermarket Barcode On Good, Peter Smith writes about the origin of the bar code and how it's led to the expansion of the big box mega chain store.

The Cave Where Mayans Sacrificed Humans Is Open For Visitors On the Daily Beast, Nina Strochlic writes about a recently-discovered cave where the remnants of ritual sacrifice have been preserved in the stone for a millennium.

Open defecation: busting a few myths On Live Mint, Diane Coffey writes about a recent poll of rural residents of India that sought to find why they prefer to defecate in the open rather than use latrines.

The Truth We Won't Admit: Drinking Is Healthy On Pacific Standard, Stanton Peele writes about a surprising revelation: that medical science supports the idea that moderate drinking is healthy and abstaining is dangerous.

Meriwether Lewis' Mysterious Death On Smithsonian, Abigail Tucker writes about the questions that still surround the death of explorer Meriwether Lewis in a lodge along Tennessee's Natchez Trace nearly 200 years ago.

Sapiosexual - Turned on by Intelligence On Sapiosexual.com, Kayar Silkenvoice defines a recent word.

Broken Teeth and Fake-umentaries: Another Shark Week Gone By On NPR's Monkey See Blog, Alastair Bland writes about the current state of Shark Week and how it differs from previous years.