1) David Evans provides another excellent conference roundup, this time for NEUDC 2015
2) No, Monsanto is not going on trial for crimes against humanity
3) Louisiana is losing a football field of land every 48 minutes
4) "China creates an economy the size of Greece every month", among many other gems
5) Chris Blattman on ISIS recruitment and European labor market exclusion
6) Toxic workers aren't worth it
7) Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't care what you think about climate change
8) Hyperloop's new North Las Vegas facility will test a linear electric motor at speeds up to 335 mph, (half expected speed at full-scale)
9) "Like many moral practices, such as standing up for what is right or telling the truth, it can be very upsetting to commit violence, and even require special training and social support"
10) "In a sense, monetary easing has a narcotic aspect."
11) Greenpeace exposes sceptics hired to cast doubt on climate science (related)
12) GEB meets QED
13) Growing, fast and slow
14) Niño 3.4 Hit All-Time Record Strength for a 1-Week Period in November
15) Meanwhile, at the forefronts of contract theory