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David Brooks considers [NYT] recent studies on the frequency of given words in published books over time: The first element in this story is rising individualism. A study by Jean M. Twenge, W. Keith Campbell and Brittany Gentile found that between 1960 and 2008 individualistic words and phrases increasingly overshadowed communal words and phrases. That is […]
A woman receives a beauty treatment at the Carmen Navarro luxury beauty center in Sevilla, on May 20, 2013. By Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images.
Douthat, noting [NYT] that violent crimes are on the decline while suicides are up, blames increased isolation: As the University of Virginia sociologist Brad Wilcox pointed out recently, there’s a strong link between suicide and weakened social ties: people — and especially men — become more likely to kill themselves “when they get disconnected from society’s core […]
Brad Keywell downplays Google Glass privacy concerns: [Y]ou don’t need Google Glass to surreptitiously record something or someone. Generic-looking eyewear with hidden cameras have long been available for about $300, a fraction of Google Glass’s $1500 price tag. Show More Summary
In preparing for a rapid response to a new deadly outbreak of the flu, Craig Venter and his colleagues engineered the key part of a vaccine within hours of receiving the gene sequence of an unknown virus: The team took this information and used it to make DNA that contained both the gene sequences themselves […]
Surowiecki doubts it: The underlying issue is that in recent decades there’s been a shift in the U.S. economy: it’s become far more congenial to businesses and investors. The fundamental trends that have driven the profit boom are unlikely to be reversed. That doesn’t mean that companies are going to be able to keep slashing their […]
This sickening atrocity in London is exactly what we are paying the same kind of people to do in Syria — George Galloway (@georgegalloway) May 22, 2013
London beheading -if Christians did such a thing to a soldier in S. Asia there’d be mobs rioting, churches burning soa.li/6lgXbAW — Jonathan Foreman (@JonEForeman) May 22, 2013 A reader writes: Today’s atrocity will remind people everywhere what we are up against. Past revolutionary groups killed hostages, planted bombs and committed all manner of violent mayhem […]
An increasingly awesome look at the animal kingdom: Relatedly, Ze Frank’s latest video tackles the awesomely weird aye aye.
It was in broad daylight – by two men who attacked a British soldier near his barracks. An eye-witness account: “We saw clearly two knives, meat cleavers, they were big kitchen knives like you would use in a butcher’s, they were hacking at this poor guy, we thought they were trying to remove organs […]
There’s policing to be done.
Congress is considering a bill that would take the decision on the pipeline out of Obama’s hands. Howie Klein expects it to go through: It will in all likelihood pass the House tomorrow and, with the efforts of [John] Barrow [D-GA] and [Jim] Matheson [D-UT], will be hailed as a “bipartisan” bill. It will then go over to […]
A reader notes the striking similarity between Francis’ words today and the legendary Persian poet and mystic, as masterfully translated by Coleman Barks and John Moyne: Out Beyond Ideas Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is […]
Yesterday, Iran’s Guardian Council shocked the country by disqualifying the presidential candidacy of Rafsanjani, one of the architects of both the Iranian Revolution and the country that resulted from it. Thomas Erdbrink passes along [NYT] this succinct reaction from an Iranian citizen: “They say a revolution eats its children,” said Mehdi, 27, a teacher. “But […]
“Republicans came after LGBT families, and Democrats didn’t stand up. Who will be in the GOP’s sights next? Senators have lined up in recent months to proclaim their support for marriage equality and LGBT rights. Yet, given the first opportunity to put their vote where their talking point is, they failed. Our families need deeds, […]
Juggalos on OKCupid tumblr: Ryan Broderick rounds up some choice pics.
Spencer counts up the topics Obama should address in his upcoming national security speech, particularly his scroll of emergency war powers authorizing detention and surveillance: To date, the Obama administration hasn’t talked about rolling back any of the emergency powers it enjoys. Show More Summary
Frum comes away with a new view of the postwar-South after reading The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson’s book about the Great Migration: Many of us on the right would like to tell a story of the post-Civil War South that indicts segregation as a product of government regulation only. Wilkerson’s quashes that illusion. […]
Francis is living up to his promise.
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