Gleanings - storms, vegetables, violence, grace, and a correction


The sky before Katrina struck, from
Correction: I been snookered. As alert reader Alex Witze pointed out, these photos were taken by stormchaser Mike Hollingshead in Nebraska and Kansas in 2002 and 2004, and have passed around the net in other guises ever since. For more amazing storm photos, go to Hollingshead's site, He has some doozies.

You may be shocked but not surprised to hear that Insurance Company Dropped Customers With HIV.

We knew this, but The World Needs More Vegetarians.

Robert Kaplan ponders the challenge that is Man Versus Afghanistan.

I am finding Instapaper's newsroll suprisingly well-targeted. Along with news, it coughs up keepers such as:

1. The Atlantic looks at the contributions of a particularly distinguished investigative journalist, John Crewsdon, who was recently released from the Chicago Tribune.

2. David Foster Wallace's delicious profile of Roger Federer.

The human beauty weâre talking about here is beauty of a particular type; it might be called kinetic beauty. Its power and appeal are universal. It has nothing to do with sex or cultural norms. What it seems to have to do with, really, is human beingsâ reconciliation with the fact of having a body.(1)

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