Learning from Crashes
I came up with a neat and compact little definition of a crash as a result of the recent ongoing obsession with the idea we’ve had around here. A crash is an…
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We Know It Can’t Happen Here
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I was raised in the shadows of major events. We forget that the ’60s spilled over into the ’70s: Vietnam and Watergate, school bussing, the Equal Rights…
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2 days ago
Heartless Bitches International - 'NiceGuy', 'Asshole' - Different Sides of the Same Coin
by Mithrandir After reading through your “nice guy” section, I just want to thank you for finally summing up my feelings on the matter more cleverly and…
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Eden Was a Scary Movie About Sex-Trafficking Based on a True Story—Or Was It?
Eden is a 2012 film about a suburban teenage girl kidnapped from her hometown in New Mexico and taken into a warehouse outside Las Vegas, where she is forced…
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2 days ago
Welsh Mormon History
Thomas Williams.
Of the early history of the truly noble man whose steel engraving illustrates this sketch, Bishop Farrell, who was a companion of his boyhood,…
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Matthias Matthijs and R. Daniel Kelemen | Reforms That Will Save the EU from Irrelevance | Foreign Affairs
In 1982, The Economist marked the 25th anniversary of the European Economic Community, the precursor to the European Union, by featuring a tombstone dedicated…
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The Birdcage
What we saw
How Hollywood’s toxic (and worsening) addiction to franchises changed movies forever in 2014
I did not begin 2014 by imagining that the most…
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"Witness 40": Exposing A Fraud In Ferguson
12/16 UPDATE: Following the publication of this story, Sandra McElroy acknowledged to TSG that she is “Witness 40.” Voicing concerns for her minor children,…
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Playing Chicken
And the craziest food you ever ate?
The question arrives, like clockwork, halfway through the dinner party. So I offer what guests might expect to hear from a…
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Amen! (D'Angelo's Back)
The massive weight gain didn’t make Michael “D’Angelo” Archer see the darkness that was looming. Neither did the hermit-like isolation, the shattered…
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3 days ago
This doomed Alaskan village shows just how unprepared we are for climate change
It’s a Wednesday morning in late August, the first day of classes at the Shishmaref School. The doors of the pale blue building haven’t opened yet, and the new…
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3 days ago
'Serial' Isn't About Ferguson (But It's Kind Of About Ferguson)
Serial focuses on Adnan Syed, who was a teenager when he was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, despite big question marks in the case. (But…
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#WLAMF no. 33: Black belt mistakes
Some time ago, I wrote about dating black belts. I prefer to date people who have already demonstrated the skills required to treat others well in a…
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Weight Gains
Capitalist agriculture has found the best spot to store its surplus in the bodies of workers.
It happened last summer without much media fanfare: Mexico…
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3 days ago
UAlberta opens access to published research in Canada
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This, ultimately, is the way to break the journal cartel. The “University of Alberta Libraries has opened its e-journal hosting service to all Canadian…
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4 days ago
Degrees of Danger - The Baffler
Either the driver of the car behind us was incompetent, or else he wanted us to know we were being followed. It was 3 a.m. on the mostly deserted highway…
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4 days ago
Up to a Point: They Made Me Write About Lena Dunham
Photo Illustration by Emil Lendof/The Daily Beast
My editor called and said, “Do a column on this Lena Dunham flap!”
And I said…
Actually, back up. What I did…
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China Has Overtaken the U.S. as the World’s Largest Economy
Without fanfare—indeed, with some misgivings about its new status—China has just overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy. This is, and should…
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5 days ago
My Misspent Youth
LONGFORM REPRINTS A version of this article originally appeared in  The New Yorker  and is reprinted on Longform by permission of the author. Hear Meghan Daum…
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Aliens in the valley: The complete and chaotic history of Reddit
Aliens in the Valley
The complete history of Reddit, the Internet’s front page
by Seth Fiegerman
For months leading up to his resignation, Yishan Wong looked…
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Isis: the inside story | Martin Chulov
In the summer of 2004, a young jihadist in shackles and chains was walked by his captors slowly into the Camp Bucca prison in southern Iraq. He was nervous as…
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Giving away ‘Anatoly Z.’
View gallery . View gallery . The phone rings at the ranch house in the Horse Prairie valley of Montana , and Cyndi Peck puts on her headset and settles in for…
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How the NYPD is using social media to put Harlem teens behind bars
The untold story of Jelani Henry, who says Facebook likes landed him in Rikers The Henry brothers, Asheem and Jelani, were born exactly one year apart to the…
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Welcome to Paradise
Paradise is a brothel in Stuttgart. It’s one of Germany’s “mega-brothels” and, like a lot of those establishments, it has a Moroccan theme. Picture a Sultan’s…
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5 days ago
The Trenchcoat Robbers | Alex Kotlowitz
The New Yorker Even those who were close to Ray Bowman didn’t know him very well. He led an unadorned life on the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri, in a small…
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The Brotherhood of Recovering Addicts | Narratively | Human stories, boldly told.
A year inside a pair of small-town boarding houses where a battered band of brothers are the only thing keeping each other alive. 35 minutesCanonsburg Chester…
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The Untold Story of the Doodler Murders
1. At 1:57 a.m. on January 27, 1974, a corpse was found at the water’s edge on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Gerald Earl Cavanaugh, 49, had been stabbed multiple…
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5 days ago
Striving, Surviving, Suffering and Slacking
The more I learn about the life stories of others, the more I tend to view mere survival as an accomplishment in the median case. This is an odd view of…
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7 days ago
C.I.A. First Planned Jails Abiding by U.S. Standards
WASHINGTON — Just six days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, President Bush signed a secret order that gave the Central Intelligence Agency the power to…
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8 days ago
Everyone Should Know The Story Of Alyssa Peterson | Religion Dispatches
I was moved to tears this week when I learned about Alyssa Peterson, a devout 27 year-old Mormon woman from Flagstaff, Arizona, who killed herself on September…
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8 days ago
The Legend of Panther Girl
SHE WAS WAITING in her Chevy at a dusty intersection in rural Mississippi when the gunman struck. It was September 17, 1973, and Ann Casey was touching up her…
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9 days ago
Who Is Zwarte Piet?
The arrival of Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) and Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) in a Frisian village in the Netherlands on November 24, 2012. (Patrick Post / Hollandse…
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9 days ago
How I Defeated the Tolkien Estate
Home » Beauty » How I Defeated the Tolkien Estate How I Defeated the Tolkien Estate Austin Gilkeson on December 8, 2014 in Beauty
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Susan Sarandon on Her Vampire Lesbian Sex Scene With Catherine Deneuve
Welcome to Sexpositions, a weeklong Vulture celebration of sex scenes in movies and on TV.
Throughout her long and fearless career, Susan Sarandon has appeared…
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10 days ago
Confessions of a Mortician — Matter — Medium
By Eric PuchnerPhotographs by Matt Eich
I was in the crematory with two fresh deliveries when my host, a mortician named Caleb Wilde, opened the bag containing…
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10 days ago
The Babies in the Freezer: Stories of Neonaticide
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By Nabeelah Jaffer • December 08, 2014 • 6:00 AM
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Women who kill their newborns…
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By the Numbers: Half of the Senators Who Voted for Obamacare Will be Gone in 2015 (Greg Giroux/Bloomberg Politics)
The day’s must-read political news and opinion pieces are scattered across hundreds of news outlets and blogs, too many for any one person to read.
Fortunately,…
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11 days ago
The Racist, Classist Origins of Broken Windows Policing
Photo by Alain Le Garsmeur/Getty Images
Broken windows policing is back in New York City, and it may have killed Eric Garner. “Broken windows” is an…
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11 days ago
3 Ways Homeschoolers Actually Socialize Differently than School Kids
CC image courtesy of Flickr, Patrick Gannon. Image links to source.
HA note: The following is reprinted with permission from Libby Anne’s blog Love Joy…
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11 days ago
Afghanistan: The Making of a Narco State
Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan is named for the wide river that runs through its provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, a low-slung city of shrubby…
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11 days ago
You’re Wrong, You’re Wrong, You’re Definitely Wrong, and I’m Probably Wrong, Too
When I was a teenager in the late 1950s, growing up in a hundred-year-old exurban farmhouse north of New York City, the butcher-paper weeklies floated down and…
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Who killed Eddie Snowshoe: The fatal sentence of solitary confinement
It’s a routine night at Edmonton’s maximum-security prison until the guards reach the Solitary Unit. The time is 9:11 and the two guards are making their…
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“Everything is problematic” | The McGill Daily
I’ve been a queer activist since I was 17. I grew up in a socially conservative rural town where people would shout homophobic slurs at me from the windows of…
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12 days ago
How al-Qaeda works like the Boy Scouts
A chain of white confessions on Twitter — and its backlash — showcases the best and worst of American talk on race.
Much of the discussion of the president’s…
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12 days ago
The Sexodus, Part 1: The Men Giving Up On Women And Checking Out Of Society
“In school, boys are screwed over time and again. Schools are engineered for women. In the US, they force-feed boys Ritalin like Skittles to shut them up. And…
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Personal Yet Dazzlingly Eclectic 'Notes' On Race
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Eula Biss, author of Notes from No Man’s Land, won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. hide caption
In 2002, Eula Biss published a slim book of…
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The Port Authority Bus Terminal: Myth, Mystery, Mess — Failed Architecture
The Port Authority Bus Terminal: Myth, Mystery, Mess
Author Margaret McCormick
SummaryA sordid history full of egos, sabotage and reputation issues made New…
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Eron Gjoni, Hateful Boyfriend
Eron Gjoni in a rapidly descending elevator, I presume. (Artist: Sarah M.)
So, there’s this indie game I bought recently, called “Hatoful Boyfriend”. It’s a…
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Honey Boo Boo, Snake Oil, and Ebola: The Weird World of Young Living Essential Oils
What do you get when you cross a lethal viral infection with an ambitious product pitchman who can smell a sucker from 100 paces?
A FDA investigation.
That…
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14 days ago
New "Goblins vs. Gnomes" Cards Now Available in 'Hearthstone' Arena Mode
Just two day ago, Blizzard announced that “Goblins vs. Gnomes,” the newest themed expansion for Hearthstone [Free (HD)], was set to go live on December 8th,…
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More Important Scientific Discoveries
THOMAS F. BERTONNEAU writes: As a side issue, not entirely related to the discussion of the age of the earth, this is the funniest critique of scientism that I…
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14 days ago
Why has human progress ground to a halt? – Michael Hanlon – Aeon
We live in a golden age of technological, medical, scientific and social progress. Look at our computers! Look at our phones! Twenty years ago, the internet was…
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15 days ago
$10,000 in free CMS consulting that could save your next project
One of my favorite panels at Gilbane is Stump the CMS Consultant where the audience poses hard questions to a battle-tested panel of CMS experts. The 2014…
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16 days ago
Alien | Typeset In The Future
My third post about typography in sci-fi has been gestating for a while now. Indeed, it’s been slowly taking shape – you might say it’s been forming itself…
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16 days ago
Building healthier hospitals
“If one room can alter how we feel, if our happiness can hang on the colour of the walls or the shape of a door, what will happen to us in most of the places we…
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16 days ago
The Limits of Jurisdiction
For the past six years, Karen has lived in Missouri with her adoptive parents. But a Guatemalan couple are convinced the child is their kidnapped daughter,…
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16 days ago
The Weight of Guilt
Fishing
Death, disgrace, and a handful of knockers: inside the secret world of competitive bass fishing cheaters.
Danny Ray Davis wasn’t just a fisherman, he…
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16 days ago
The Wanderers
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Six in 10 people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia become lost at least once. Why do they wander, and how do we stop them?
By Amy Dempsey -…
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The Ride of Their Lives
Rodeo bulls, like the boys who dream of riding them, are unpredictable creatures. They can start out shy and skittish, then suddenly turn ornery. They’ll lie…
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17 days ago
Money ≠ Happiness. QED.
For most of human history, the two birds More and Better roosted on the same branch. You could toss one stone and hope to hit them both. That’s why the…
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17 days ago
LRB · Alexander Clapp · Diary: I was a Greek neo-fascist
In Kalamata I introduce myself as an American neo-fascist with a strong interest in Greek history. Sceptically at first, later with fervour, a few members of…
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17 days ago
My Husband Left Me For a Stripper, How I Found Love Again
H er husband left her penniless and heartbroken , but Lee Gaitan found love in ways she didn’t think possible. — On Christmas Eve, 2002, the same year that my…
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18 days ago
Stay Monogamous Using Polyamorous Principles
We have recently seen public discourse challenge monogamy; messages noting it as unnatural, unrealistic, and breeding infidelity. In a New York Times article,…
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In The Hospital, There's No Such Thing As A Lesbian Knee
“ Although a curled lip seems to be the universal sign for “You disgust me,” we weren’t at all sure that the question was motivated by homophobia.
“ What if…
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18 days ago
When Can a Mall Cop Beat You Up? And Other Important Questions for Mall Security
In the brand-new trailer for Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, a bumbling mall security guard named Paul Blart punches someone in the gut. As she keels over, Blart’s jaw…
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18 days ago
Heroin Takes Over a House, and Mom
Darkness fell on Wood Court on Staten Island, and they came. Footfalls on the gravel path, their crunch-crunch-crunch setting dogs barking, babies wailing,…
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18 days ago
Love in exile | Mark Gevisser
“Gays Engage!”
This was the headline on the front page of Malawi’s Nation newspaper, on 28 December 2009, beneath a photograph of Tiwonge Chimbalanga and…
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19 days ago
Crush Point - The New Yorker
On Thanksgiving Day, 2008, shoppers began lining up outside the Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, Long Island, at 5:30 P.M., near a small, handwritten sign that read…
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19 days ago
The Mine Disaster That Shook Turkey
That morning, Tugba woke at 4 to clean the three-room stone house, which leaned into a hill full of apple trees. She and her husband, Ahmet, grew up here in…
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19 days ago
My Life In The Locker Room: A Female Sportswriter Remembers The Dicks
My Life In The Locker Room: A Female Sportswriter Remembers The Dicks Originally published June 4, 1992, in the Dallas Observer . Reprinted here with permission…
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19 days ago
Why are realities relational to the existence of God ignored or denied by atheists, disbelievers and anti-religionists; and not understood by most of the faithful?
Why are realities relational to the existence of God ignored or denied by atheists, disbelievers and anti-religionists; and not understood by most of the…
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21 days ago
Who Were Joseph Smith's Wives?
After officially acknowledging earlier this month that founder Joseph Smith had multiple wives, some of them as young as 14, officials at the Church of Jesus…
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22 days ago
New York Is Killing Me - The New Yorker
Gil Scott-Heron is frequently called the “godfather of rap,” which is an epithet he doesn’t really care for. In 1968, when he was nineteen, he wrote a satirical…
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22 days ago
How to Defeat the Islamic State — Medium
By Blake Hall with Michelle Seaton
10/10/2014
There are only about 5,000 Americans who enjoyed access to a dedicated interpreter while actively patrolling…
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23 days ago
The greatest story Reddit ever told
At around 8:30am on the morning Dante Orpilla planned to pay back the woman who had saved his life, he made a phone call.
Scenarios about the way things were…
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23 days ago
Shady XLII: Eminem in 2014
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What if maturity is a myth? It’s a question that plagues a lot of people as they get older and find that, while they may change physically, their brains…
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