From The Washington Monthly, Obama’s game of chicken: Lina Khan on the untold story of how the administration tried to stand up to big agricultural companies on behalf of independent farmers, and lost. How to survive societal collapse in suburbia: Preparing for a world stripped of conveniences has always appealed to cranks and extremists, but can it be sold as plain common sense? Genetic testing can explain many things — is your sexual orientation one of them? Diane Anderson-Minshall investigates. Is love a choice? Having a preference that you did not choose is the precondition for a meaningful choice; to put it another way, the basis of free choice is choosing whatever it is you prefer, not choosing your preferences. How to live without irony: If life has become an endless series of sarcastic jokes and pop references, a competition to see who can care the least, we've made a collective misstep (and more). To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the UN Guided Tours, UN News Centre takes a closer look at the work of those at the heart of presenting the UN to the public, the UN tour guides. Wikipedia has a list of fictional diseases.