On Jammed Jets, Sardines Turn on One Another – NYTimes.com

With air travelers increasingly feeling like packed sardines, flying has become a contact sport, nowhere more than over the reclined seat.

via On Jammed Jets, Sardines Turn on One Another – NYTimes.com.

Online Christmas Tree Orders Rising as Convenience Trumps Tradition – Businessweek

The entry of big retailers is making life more difficult for the pioneers of online tree sales.

via Online Christmas Tree Orders Rising as Convenience Trumps Tradition – Businessweek.

In Tech Buying, U.S. Still Stuck in Last Century – NYTimes.com

Longstanding laws intended to prevent corruption and conflict of interest often saddle agencies with vendors selected by distant committees and contracts that stretch for years, even as technology changes rapidly. The rules frequently leave the government officials in charge of a project with little choice over their suppliers, little control over the project’s execution and almost no authority to terminate a contract that is failing.

via In Tech Buying, U.S. Still Stuck in Last Century – NYTimes.com.

Another Massive Problem With U.S. Democracy: The FEC Is Broken – Dave Levinthal – The Atlantic

As the nation heads into what will undoubtedly be the most expensive midterm election in history and a 2016 presidential election that, in no small way, has already begun, the FEC is rotting from the inside out.

via Another Massive Problem With U.S. Democracy: The FEC Is Broken – Dave Levinthal – The Atlantic.

The Battle Within the Democratic Party | The Atlantic


Things are not going well for Democrats. Riding high just weeks ago after Republicans shut down the government, the party now finds itself in a swoon: President Obama’s ratings have hit an all-time low. The implementation of healthcare reform remains a mess.

Vulnerable Democrats are scrambling to distance themselves from the White House, and the party is on track to lose seats in the House and Senate next year.

The Battle Within the Democratic Party – Molly Ball – The Atlantic.

Good Parenting Skills: 7 Research-Backed Ways to Raise Kids Right

Good Parenting Skills: 7 Research-Backed Ways to Raise Kids Right.

Is US losing global influence? | TheHill

Is US losing global influence? | TheHill.

Juniper vs. Palo Alto Networks: Firewall court battle set to begin – Network World

Juniper alleges that Palo Alto’s firewalls are based on intellectual property that Juniper gained in its $4 billion acquisition of NetScreen in 2004, and that this technology was developed by Nir Zuk, the former CTO at NetScreen, and Yuming Mao, a former engineering architect there. Later, Zuk and Mao went off to found Palo Alto, a maker of application-aware, or next-generation, firewalls.

via Juniper vs. Palo Alto Networks: Firewall court battle set to begin – Network World.

Japanese robot crushes rivals at DARPA challenge – Network World

Japanese robot crushes rivals at DARPA challenge – Network World.

Bargain-hungry shoppers buy less on weekend before Christmas | Reuters

Bargain-hungry shoppers buy less on weekend before Christmas | Reuters.