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A collection of a few links, many thoughtful, that I’ve read recently.

Losing Ground: In 50 years, most of southeastern Louisiana not protected by levees will be part of the Gulf of Mexico. The state is losing a football field of land every 48 minutes — 16 square miles a year — due to climate change, drilling and dredging for oil and gas, and levees on the Mississippi River. At risk: Nearly all of the nation’s domestic energy supply, much of its seafood production, and millions of homes. (Propublica)

Between the World and Ferguson: In the days after 9/11, it was common to hear people say that it was the first time Americans had really experienced terrorism on their own soil. Those sentiments were historically wrong, and willfully put aside acts that were organized on a large scale, had a political goal, and were committed with the specific intention of being nightmarishly memorable. The death cult that was lynching furnished this country with such spectacles for a half century. (New Yorker)

The State of the Internet is Awful, and Everybody Knows It: Things look a lot different now. The internet won, and despite killing off thousands of jobs in the print industry, it created many more than expected in an ever-multiplying array of new web ventures. But now that it won, it’s increasingly unclear that was a good thing. A lot of people who work in internet media secretly—or in many cases, not-so-secretly—hate it, and some even suspect they are actively making the world a dumber place, as they very well may be. (I was one of them, which is a big part of why I decided to quit.) Good writing and journalism have not gone extinct, but have been reduced to sharing an undifferentiated plane with lots of cynical, unnecessary, mind-numbing, time-wasting “content,” much of which hardly qualifies as writing at all. (Patrol)

Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain: But beware the false break. Make sure you have a real one. The summer vacation is more than a quaint tradition. Along with family time, mealtime and weekends, it is an important way that we can make the most of our beautiful brains. (New York Times)

Journalism and the internet: Is this the best of times for journalism? No. But it’s hardly the worst of times either. The fact is that there was no “golden age of journalism.” Journalism has always been a messy and chaotic and venal undertaking in many ways — the internet didn’t invent that. All the web has done is provide us with more ways to produce and distribute both ephemeral nonsense and serious journalism in greater quantities. (Gigaom)

Haruki Murakami: ‘My lifetime dream is to be sitting at the bottom of a well’ (Guardian)

The Hunt for Brooklyn’s Hidden Creeks: The environmental planner and map maker for the City of New York is preparing to hunt down the creeks that Brooklyn buried but couldn’t kill, in hopes that what he finds up here can help revive the canal below. As a very cool dad, Eymund’s group, itself birthed from the community-based technology sharing site Public Lab, has a very-dad moniker: CSI. Creek Scene Investigation. (Vice/Motherboard

The Micro-Dwellings of Hong Kong: From chicken-wire cages to glassed-in galleys, designers are working to make the city’s tiniest spaces livable. (Medium)

Throwing cold water on the challenge: The ice bucket challenge to fight ALS has been a tremendous success in fundraising. So are there any legitimate reasons that many people object to the campaign? (Medium)

Video Games, Misogyny, And Terrorism: A Guide To Assholes: There’s something rotten deep within gaming culture. Andrew thinks it’s time we cut it out. (Badass Digest)

The Dawn of the Post-Clinic Abortion: Some abortion rights campaigners say that their movement’s focus should be on normalizing medical abortion at home. In an essay in February on the website RH Reality Check, Francine Coeytaux and Victoria Nichols argued for over-the-counter status for misoprostol, the less restricted of the two drugs. They called it Plan C, a reference to the morning-after pill, Plan B, which they see as a model for how the abortion pills might one day become readily available, even if it seems politically impossible now. (New York Times)

The Boy with Half a Brain: Zionsville’s Jeff and Tiernae Buttars surrendered their son William to the most radical procedure in neurosurgery. The grim choice to remove a portion of his brain left everyone changed. (Indianapolis Monthly)

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