Wandering Eye: UMD blowing lots of money on football, Exxon knew about climate change, and more

Exxon knew about—and planned for—global warming 25 years ago, even as it was telling anyone who asked that the science wasn't there yet. This, anyway, is the conclusion the LA Times has drawn from a review of thousands of the oil giant's archived internal documents. Exxon scientists knew that warming Arctic seas would make it a little easier to drill there, the documents reveal—even though the same climate trends would result in worse storms, bigger waves, and melting permafrost. "We considered climate change in a number of operational and planning issues," Brian Flannery, who was Exxon's in-house climate science adviser from 1980 to 2011, told the reporters. At the time he thought the science was uncertain; still, his projections were, in the reporters' words, "spot-on."

While Arctic sea ice thinned, the North Atlantic off the U.S. coast was warming too, and that resulted in a 20-year boom in lobster production. Quartz looks at that boom this week and tries to figure out why it happened and where it's going. In short, we have cheap and abundant lobsters now because of warming seas off Maine, combined with the fact that we've caught almost anything else that eats 'em. Enjoy it while it lasts, cause it won't. (Edward Ericson Jr.)


Now that football coach Randy Edsall is out at the University of Maryland, the school has to search for a replacement and figure out how they'll pay for it. Edsall's salary ranked second among all state employees, according to data compiled by The Sun, and the college is now forking over millions for him to not be its football coach. According Forbes contributor Steven Salzberg, a former professor at the school, this is generally a bad idea for an institution of higher learning, especially during a budget crunch. As he points out, they basically did the same thing five years ago when they fired Ralph Friedgen to hire—Randy Edsall. So where's the money coming from? In a conversation with The Sun's editorial board, university president Wallace Loh says, "We joined the Big Ten and . . . a reason for joining is money . . . We are in a very different situation than when we let go of [Ralph] Friedgen and we hired Randy Edsall." Phew, it's a good thing the athletes don't see any of that Big Ten money. (Brandon Weigel)


Amber Rose has been the target of innumerable hateful comments regarding her sexuality from nobodies on Twitter and from former partners Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa. But, as Lauren Nostro put it in her story for Complex, Rose has also become "a reluctant role model for sluts (a.k.a. women who, like men labeled simply 'men,' enjoy having sex)" in part because of how she owns her body and the presentation of her body, but also because she's a mom, and everyone knows that when women become mothers they stop being sexual human beings. Most women—whether or not they're vocal about their sexuality—face this policing of their bodies regularly, and oftentimes from other women, because internalized misogyny is still a problem. It was heartening to see Rose use her celebrity to reach a broader audience when she organized a SlutWalk in Los Angeles earlier this month on her own dime to support a message of sex-positivity, love for other women, and respect for each other's choices and struggles—and to reclaim the word "slut." And it was doubly encouraging to see her talk so frankly about that internalized misogyny that so many women have to fight against. "I was a slut-shamer. I was disgusting," she says in Nostro's story. "I came down on women all the time if I felt insecure. I feel like every woman has done that because it's what society teaches us to do." (Rebekah Kirkman) 

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