Somebody Please Buy The World Some Damn Medicine

In “Ebolanomics,” James Surowiecki writes for The New Yorker about why we don’t have an ebola vaccine yet. In short, because there aren’t enough (rich) people in developed countries who need it, so the pharmaceutical companies have no incentive to develop it. Or, no financial incentive, which is the only real incentive there is.

Ebola may or may not effect you, but the pending resistance to antibiotics sure might! And the same rules apply. Sure, lots of people with money need antibiotics and would be willing to pay for them. But we’d have to limit the use of a new antibiotic in order to maintain effectiveness, so by their nature, antibiotics limit return on research investment. Guess we’ll all just die instead.

But wait! There is some hope.

The Fate Of The Knowledge Worker

Marthine Satris has a very on-point essay up on the Millions today, called "Collared or Untied: Reflections on Work in American Culture." She talks about the creation of the white-collar "knowledge worker" and its place in everything from Portlandia to Dickens, then looks at two new books about work: Biz Stone's memoir, the title of which I am too embarrassed to copy and paste, and Nikil Saval's Cubed. Love you, Marthine.

On Being a Grown Woman

Artist Molly Crabapple writes for VICE on how she feels about turning 30 now that she's done it, despite how much everyone made her worry about losing her youth, beauty, innocence, and so on.

This Sun, That Moon

Jane Catherine Lotter wrote her own obituary. It’s beautiful. What a cool lady. (“I was given the gift of life, and now I have to give it back. This is hard. But I was a lucky woman, who led a lucky existence, and for this I am grateful. I first got sick in January 2010. When the cancer recurred last year and was terminal, I decided to be joyful about having had a full life, rather than sad about having to die. Amazingly, this outlook worked for me. (Well, you know, most of the time.) Meditation and the study of Buddhist philosophy also helped me accept what I could not change. At any rate, I am at peace. And on that upbeat note, I take my mortal leave of this rollicking, revolving world-this sun, that moon, that walk around Green Lake, that stroll through the Pike Place Market, the memory of a child’s hand in mine.”)

Living Our Best Thirty-something Lives

All of my friends are summer babies, it seems, and we're all turning 30 and asking each other how it feels. We dreaded it a few years ago, making lists about all the things we wanted to accomplish and fearing we wouldn't get to any of them. And we didn't really! I ACCOMPLISHED NONE OF MINE. Zero. I didn't visit a new continent. I didn't publish a short story. I didn't make a zine. I didn't even do the easy ones, like run a 5k or chop all my hair off!

Arranged Marriage: Probably Not the Answer We’re Looking For Here

WNYC's Arun Venugopal takes to the streets for his Micropolis series and talks to New Yorkers about "the struggle to find that special someone" and whether or not there is an answer to be found in arranged marriage. Per one 28-year-old Brooklynite Venugopal found smoking outside of a bar in the West Village, "Helllll no."

The Less Romantic Side of Farm Life

A early season blizzard in South Dakota has killed between 10,000 and 20,000 cows. Some farmers are reporting a loss of 30% and even 50% of their herds. Al Jazeera has a really well-reported story about how farmers are coping (for now: on their own, since the government is shut). The line that explains the loss: “Those calves were this year’s paycheck. The cows were bred to produce next summer’s paycheck. Producers are really reeling from that.”

The cows were still in their summer pastures. It isn’t supposed to blizzard in October.

Snacking Habits of the Post-Millennial

There is a lot to love about this Venessa Wong piece in Businessweek. "Generation Z," first of all. What happens after them? I mean I know climate change is real and happening and we're screwed, but WE HAVE RUN OUT LETTERS. Someone really should have planned ahead with this.

The Downsides of Trying to Retire ‘Inside of Your Screensaver’

Suzanne McGee has lived in six continents on three continents, and understands the allure of wanting to jump on a plane, head south, and never turn back -- especially when it looks like you might not be able to retire until you're 125. Imagine! Living in some cheap place for $25,000-ish a year and never enduring another winter like this one again. I certainly spend every January swearing up and down I will do this some day soon. But of course there are downsides -- cultural differences, complicated visas, leaving behind friends and family who you'll have to pay a lot of money to go visit. Also these more practical challenges I hadn't thought of:

Is the Debt Ceiling Prepper Christmas?

I love a prepper update, and today Mother Jones’s Tim Murphy takes to the prepper boards to see if they have anything to say about the shutdown and the debt ceiling. They do! (A TIP: “Learn to use a firearm and have ammunition on hand to defend yourself when the masses start fighting for whatever resources remain.”)