The Baffler,  January 28, 2015

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• Today in Oh Really?: British researchers at the University of Warwick “have for the first time provided strong evidence for what conspiracy theorists have long thought—oil is often the reason for interfering in another country’s war.”

• Per New York magazine, one of New York City’s poorest neighborhoods, East New York, “is suddenly the focus of both private speculators and City Hall, which wants to build thousand of units of affordable housing there—and by announcing its plans is fueling a land rush.”

• New York may get more national attention, but meanwhile, there seems to be an epidemic of excessive use of force by cops in Cleveland; the Plain-Dealer investigates. (Via The Marshall Project.)

• Today in Billionaires: Billionaire preppers are buying up airstrips and farms in New Zealand, you know, just in case. (Via Kevin Roose.)

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Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire, I say, shut up, the lot of you.