I heard you like links, so I posted some.
* ["Political identity is fair game for hatred": how Republicans and Democrats discriminate](http://www.vox.com/2015/12/7/9790764/partisan-discrimination) -- Tracing our evolution, as a culture, from one of more or less mutual respect and unity to partisan acrimony. * [GOP preparing for contested convention](https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gop-preparing-for-contested-convention/2015/12/10/d72574bc-9f73-11e5-8728-1af6af208198_story.html?postshare=5821449782081267&tid=ss_tw) -- I would take this with a big grain of salt, but could spell big trouble for Republicans if true. * [Patriotic bald eagle attacks Donald Trump, makes GIFs great again](http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/12/09/trump_attacked_by_time_s_eagle_gif.html) -- This is completely petty but I don't care. There is something unspeakably beautiful and poetic about a bald eagle attacking Trump. * [Trump sets his own campaign on fire: the Donald's increasingly insane behavior is all part of a strategy](http://www.salon.com/2015/12/09/is_trump_setting_fire_to_his_own_campaign_why_his_increasingly_insane_behavior_may_be_calculated/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow) -- Another one I wouldn't really take at face value. More of an amusing conspiracy theory than anything. * [A Fox commentator just called Obama a vulgar name. And got suspended for it.](https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/12/07/a-fox-commentator-just-called-obama/) -- A rather surprising move from Fox News, especially considering how (relatively) tame the comments were.
* [Lots of atheists, more Muslims, fewer Christians and Jews: this is the new America](http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/damianthompson/100250598/lots-of-atheists-more-muslims-fewer-christians-and-jews-this-is-the-new-america/) -- This is from 2013 but still an interesting look at how American demographics have changed. * [Paris climate change negotiators need more time](http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/12/11/459353994/paris-climate-change-negotiations-to-enter-an-extra-day) -- A good resource if you want to get up to speed on the climate change conference happening in Paris right now.
Science and Technology
* [We don't need a thinner iPhone](http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/30/9820416/apple-rumors-headphone-jack-lightning-port-iphone) -- Apple's planned elimination of the 3.5mm headphone jack in future iPhones seems to be driven by a desire to make iPhones even thinner. But why?
* [An Ordered Universe](http://anordereduniverse.tumblr.com/) -- My friend Olivia runs this blog and speaks on many topics, from fandom to work-life balance to religious freedom.