Earther.com: Why a small city in Pennsylvania just shattered a snowfall record (Spoiler: It’s about Erie.)

New York Times: Competition is ruining childhood. The kids should fight back

“Everyone tells students that the harder they work to develop their job skills — their ‘human capital’ — the better off they will be. It’s not true. In fact, the result is the opposite: more and better educated workers, earning less.”

ProPublica: Brain Drain at the EPA (This war on the scientists should terrify you. It does me. When our government hates all the smart people…you should be very, very worried.)

“More than 27 percent of those who left this year were scientists, including 34 biologists and microbiologists; 19 chemists; 81 environmental engineers and environmental scientists; and more than a dozen toxicologists, life scientists and geologists. Employees say the exodus has left the agency depleted of decades of knowledge about protecting the nation’s air and water. Many also said they saw the departures as part of a more worrisome trend of muting government scientists, cutting research budgets and making it more difficult for academic scientists to serve on advisory boards.”

Scary Mommy: Middle School Asks For Male Mentors For ‘Breakfast With Dad’ Event, 600 Show Up (Your feel-good story of the week.)