Welcome to the Politicus Pulse. Here are the links you need to see to get your day started off right. Consider this a cup of coffee for your mind.
Betting the Farm (Vanity Fair)
John White’s family has been working its 57 acre oceanfront farm in Sagaponack since 1695, the last holdouts against a tide of Wall Streeter mansions. But in an effort to save his children’s inheritance — by selling 10 of those acres to a Houston oil mogul — White may have lost it all.
The Spam Factory’s Dirty Secret (Mother Jones)
First Hormel gutted the union. Then it sped up the line. And when the pig-brain machine made workers sick, they got canned.
The “Socialist” Welfare State (The Daily Beast)
Who would have guessed that the first “welfare” state wasn’t Socialist at all?
Behind Veneer, Doubt on Future of Natural Gas (NYT)
Energy companies have worked hard to promote natural gas as the fossil fuel of tomorrow, and they have found reliable allies in Washington. But not everyone agrees.
NJ Hedge Funders To Attack NJ Teachers Unions In Ad Campaign. And What Have They Ever Done For Kids? (Crooks and Liars)
Because people who have learned to manipulate and game the economic system to make billions of dollars and have no experience with educating children (one of them who keeps a pair of brass testicles on his desk and rubs them during the trading day for good luck) are absolutely best suited to educate yours.
Say Something – James