Praise where praise is due: an update on an essential organization

It was invented in the 1890s; it hasn’t been improved upon since: "The perfection of the paper clip"
(Plus- Karl Popper)

Fascinating fasteners:

Find out "Why Americans pay more for lunch than Britons do"
(Plus- Luther Crowell)
“Luncheon: as much food as one’s hand can hold”*…

Chew on the cost of comestibles:

John Margolies’ photographs of roadside America
(Plus- Thomas Wolfe)
“Another Roadside Attraction”*…

Peer through the car window:

A pre-2020 census look at the wide dispersal of the nation’s Hispanic, Asian and black populations: Six maps that reveal America’s expanding diversity
(Plus- The Star-Spangled Banner)
“Society is unity in diversity”*…

Delight in difference:

An act of preservation: Randy Hage's "NYC Storefronts in Miniature"
(Plus- Montaigne)
“Artifacts of our oldest cultures give evidence that the human race has always made things in miniature”*…

Get small:

While studying materials made from DNA-coated nanoparticles, researchers found a new form of matter: "Strange Metal-like Bonds Discovered in Customized Crystals"
(Plus- Irène Joliot-Curie)
“Matter is energy waiting to happen”*…

Ponder primary properties:

Half a century later, Gallup offers a rundown of the major ways U.S. norms have changed: "10 Major Social Changes in the 50 Years Since Woodstock"
(Plus- Sailor Moon)
"Turn! Turn! Turn!"*...
Ponder Progress:

The mesmerizing process of making chicken wire
(Plus- the man who invented vinyl)
“Chicken wire?”*…

Get twisted:

The money sent home by 270 million immigrants around the world now exceeds foreign direct investment: "Remittances: the hidden engine of globalization"
(Plus- the most common birthday)
“Money is the opposite of the weather. Nobody talks about it, but everybody does something about it”*…

Pass it on:

Robert Sapolsky on the biology of "us and them": "This is your brain on nationalism"
(Plus- Ariosto)
“Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages, it is the rule”*…

Muse on membership:

A look back (courtesy of @PulpLibrarian) at the autodidact's library of choice: Pelican Books
(Plus- Buffon)
“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly”*…

Double-down on democratization:

Caveat comedenti: "Sartre's bad trip"
(Plus- Jerome Horowitz)
“The rule of thumb is the more profound the experience, the longer you should wait before doing it again”*…

Contemplate crustacea:

Whose votes count (and how much): "Who benefits from the Electoral College?"
(Plus- the first Labor Day)
“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all”*…

Exercise your franchise:

China's creation of money to tide its companies and their investors through trying economic times (like these) has potentially dangerous downsides: "China’s ‘helicopter money’ is blowing up a bubble"
(Plus- The Price is Right)
“He who controls the money supply of a nation controls the nation”*…

Practice parsimony:

From ancient Rome to modern Atlanta, the shape of cities has been defined by the technologies that allow commuters to get to work in about 30 minutes: "The One Weird Rule That Explains Urban Sprawl"
(Plus- absolutely nothing)
“The city, however, does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand”*…

Whistle “Heigh Ho”:

There are very many very good reasons not to burn down the Amazon rain forest. Still, humans could burn every living thing on the planet and still not dent its oxygen supply: "The Amazon Is Not Earth’s Lungs"
(Plus- the Great Fire of London)
“Oxygen / Everything needs it”*…

Take a deep breath:

An attempt to map every music genre that exists, no matter how obscure: "Every Noise at Once" does its darnedest to create order out of chaos
(Plus- "Courage")
“If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing”*…

Hum along:

A few of his favorite things: "The 'Confessions' of Karl Marx"
(Plus- John Bunyan)
“If anything is certain, it is that I myself am not a Marxist”*…

Contemplate character:

Humanity needs to get better at knowing how to get better: "We Need a New Science of Progress"
(Plus- Mo Money Mo Problems)
“Progress is our most important product”*…

Proceed purposively:

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