Editors’ Picks for Oct 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.


Thousands of Syrians Return Home Because Exile so Awful (Russ)

Situation in Jordan and other welcoming countries miserable.


FBI Director Comey: Mass Incarceration “A Distortion,” Warns Against Criticizing Police for Brutality (Trevin)

The DoJ is “puzzled.” The White House, “irritated.” Even The New York Times admits he doesn’t provide evidence for his claims. The director’s comments are red meat to Republicans who have used them to criticize President Obama for not being supportive of law enforcement.


European Parliament Clears Path for Snowden Asylum (Trevin)

Snowden described the development as a ‘game-changer’ and added, ‘This is not a blow against the US government, but an open hand extended by friends. It is a chance to move forward.’”


Governor Setting Up Office to Help Wrongly Convicted (Russ)

Iowa may lead the way on coming reforms for the apparent legions who are in prison, but didn’t do it.


Jeremy Corbyn and the Revival of the Left (Russ)

What can we learn from the unexpected triumph of the comparably radical new head of UK’s Labour Party?


How Wal-Mart Became the Town Square in America (Russ)

In small towns, Wal-Mart is not just part of life, it is life.


Be on the Lookout for Donald Trumpkins (DonkeyHotey)

The Internet is rife with people carving Jack o’lanterns in the image Donald Trump. Here are some examples:

• Trumpkins: Carving Donald Trump’s Face Into Pumpkins Is All the Rage This Halloween – [Newsweek]

• Carve your own Donald Trumpkin in time for Halloween [Mashable]

• How To Carve Donald Trump’s Face Into A Pumpkin This Halloween [Huffington Post]

• Woman transforms 374-pound pumpkin into Donald ‘Trumpkin’ [USA Today]


Robots Help Bedridden Experience Art and the World (Russ)

Pretty amazing development — quadriplegic tours museum and kicks a soccer ball.