Editors’ Picks for Nov 30

PICKS are stories from many sources, selected by our editors or recommended by our readers because they are important, surprising, troubling, enlightening, inspiring, or amusing. They appear on our site and in our daily newsletter. Please send suggested articles, videos, podcasts, etc. to picks@whowhatwhy.org.



Global Warming “Hiatus” Never Happened (Russ)

Review of 40 studies debunks claim that global warming stalled 15 years back.


The High Price of Cheap Toys (Russ)

The other side of that Black Friday orgy: the horrendous conditions of the workers who make the stuff.


Mathematician Apologizes for Causing Bush 2000 Victory (Reader Pat)

An op-ed he wrote was misinterpreted, then cited by a judge, then became a partial basis for decision not to continue recount.


How to Turn $6 Million into $140,000 (Gerry)

With Ben Carson as its public face, a Super PAC founded by Newt Gingrich and his wife took money from small donors who wanted to fight Obamacare – and made most of it (the money, not Obamacare) disappear.


For Their Second Act, Keystone Killers Tackle Exxon (Trevin)

The goal is to force Exxon to face similar consequences for allegedly covering up climate change risks “as Big Tobacco did for lying about cancer.”


Ex-US Intelligence Chief on Islamic State’s Rise: ‘We Were Too Dumb’ (Trevin)

I just don’t think people took them seriously. When I first heard about the recent attacks in Paris, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, these guys are at it again, and we’re not paying attention.’”


Third Turkish Journalist Arrested Amid Fears of Ankara Censorship: Reports (Trevin)

The reporter for Hurriyet, a Turkish newspaper, was arrested after penning an “allegedly slanderous article criticizing the country’s president, local media and German news agency.”


Beauty Contest for Holocaust Survivors (Russ)

What a beautiful thing–13 women took part in the third annual pageant.