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Teaching A Fish To Walk

by Dish Staff Carl Zimmer unpacks a fascinating new study, on bichirs (a type fish that “mostly live in lakes and rivers” but “will sometimes crawl across dry land with their fins”): McGill scientists wondered what would happen if they forced the fish to grow up out of the water. To find out, they reared […]

Is The Islamic State A State?

by Dish Staff D.B. revisits the question of whether ISIS can really live up to its self-proclaimed “statehood“: IS’s mission is to create its own caliphate, but until now many of its sources of revenue have depended on its host states. … IS has not proven adept at running anything other than the most basic […]

Literary “Self-Segregation”

by Dish Staff Jess Row ponders why “most white writers, like most white Americans, particularly those over 30, still feel a profound psychic distance between themselves and black people”: [T]he defining experiences for people my age (that is, Generations X and Y) fall in the tumultous years between 1988 and 1992—the years of Tawana Brawley, […]

Mental Health Break

by Dish Staff A super-close super-cut: (Edited together by Jaume R. Lloret. Hat tip: Justin Page)

The Sex Offender Next Door

by Dish Staff Jesse Singal argues that registered sex offenders should be able to live wherever they please: [L]aws designed to restrict where sex offenders can live are really and truly useless, except as a means of politicians scoring easy political points by ratcheting up hysteria. There are many tricky social-scientific issues on which there […]

A Poem For Thursday

by Alice Quinn Our last selection from Samuel Daniel’s sonnet sequence, To Delia: When winter snows upon thy sable hairs, And frost of age hath nipped thy beauties near, When dark shall seem thy day that never clears, And all lies withered that was held so dear, Then take this picture which I here present […]

The Path To Legalization In DC

by Dish Staff Jon Walker finds a silver lining to gridlock on the Hill : [L]ast month the House approved the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill with a policy rider from Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) which would prevent D.C. from using funds to implement marijuana reform. It was designed to stop Initiative 71, […]

The Plight Of The Yazidis Isn’t Over, Ctd

by Dish Staff #Yazidi women living in construction site in Zakho after fleeing Sinjar. Heart-breaking stories and tragedy not over.— jane arraf (@janearraf) August 26, 2014 While the White House views the operation to break the siege on Mount Sinjar in northwestern Iraq as a success, Spencer Ackerman, Mona Mahmood and Kenton Powell report […]

Nine-Year-Olds And Uzis Don’t Mix

by Dish Staff Dish alum Katie Zavadski brings us up to speed on a tragic story: A young girl sporting pink shorts and a long braid fatally shot her gun instructor on Monday, after the weapon she was firing recoiled in her hands. Charles Vacca, 39, died at a Las Vegas hospital that night. The […]

The Media’s Racial Slant

by Dish Staff Alexis Sobel Fitts highlights evidence of it: In a study of the Chicago broadcast media, a research team found that black defendants were more likely than defendants of other races to be shown through a mugshot rather than a personal picture or none at all. Another study of television coverage found black […]

Yep, This Sure Looks Like An Invasion, Ctd

by Dish Staff Evidence is mounting that Russia has launched an outright invasion of Ukraine: In Brussels, a Nato military officer told Reuters that the alliance believes there are now more than 1,000 Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine. Russia has repeatedly denied it is fighting in Ukraine, and speaking after the Minsk negotiations, Putin said […]

An Actual Exit from Climate Hell

by Bill McKibben Earlier today I went after libertarians for their troubles with climate change. But it’s conservatives in general that have been the real hypocrites here, given that the least conservative thing you can possibly imagine would be running the temperature of the earth way out of the range where human civilization has previously […]

Don’t Speak, Memory

by Sue Halpern I’ve been reading various reports (like this one) of the success of a research group at MIT in taking the sting out of bad memories by switching the bad ones with good ones: “In our day to day lives we encounter a variety of events and episodes that give positive or negative […]

The Safety Divide

by Dish Staff A recent poll measured it: Only 22 percent of those who identified themselves as nonwhite and live in urban settings said that they feel “very safe” on the streets near their homes at night, compared with nearly twice as many urban whites, some 43 percent. Thirty-four percent of urban minorities said they […]

Will The ISIS War Come To A Vote? Ctd

by Dish Staff Jay Newton-Small doubts an authorization would pass Congress in the run-up to midterm elections. For that reason, she argues, Obama probably won’t bother asking for one: “Congress does not have the political will to approve a War Powers Resolution when the American people have very little appetite for war,” said Ron Bonjean, […]

Let Them Build Seawalls

by Bill McKibben As a good Dish reader, I know I’m supposed to take libertarianism seriously, and so I try, even if every time I contemplate Ayn Rand I find myself wishing I’d been born to a different species. It’s possible that my trouble stems from the fact that dealing with climate change is notoriously […]

A Less Than Visionary Foreign Policy

by Dish Staff After listening to Obama’s recent interview with Tom Friedman, Greg Djerejian wishes the president’s foreign policy showed “more transformative greatness”: It is very easy to take cheap pot-shots at Obama. We must recall the alternatives would have been tragically worse. Even within his own party, as Hillary Clinton’s recent comments to Jeffrey […]

In The Mood To Procrastinate

by Dish Staff Derek Thompson examines why we put thing off: In the last few years … scientists have begun to think that procrastination might have less to do with time than emotion. Procrastination “really has nothing to do with time-management,” Joseph Ferrari, a professor of psychology at DePaul University, toldPsychological Science. “To tell the […]

“Africa Is Where The Future Is”

by Dish Staff And that’s what Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry believes is missing from most analyses of China’s involvement in the continent: For sure, China’s drive into Africa is mainly motivated by natural resources. But this is merely the catalyst of a broader phenomenon, which is really driven by the frustration of so many Chinese with the […]

Obscure Diagnosis, STAT!

by Dish Staff Julie Beck explains how TV medical dramas have warped our perception of health care and illness: Treatments for patients with seizures are sometimes downright dangerous, with doctors trying to hold patients down, or put things in their mouths (they could choke). Patients tend to survive cardiac arrest more often on television than […]

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