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Why You Should Get Vaccinated

It prevents outbreaks like this: A spokesman for the California state health department has told Reuters that he believes “unvaccinated individuals have been the principal factor” in a mid-December measles outbreak at Disneyland that has infected more than 70 people in six western states and Mexico, including five Disney employees. Sarah Kliff spells out how […]

The GOP’s New Year

This was to be the winter of their deep content. Having won the mid-terms on a platform of pure fear and panic, they had Washington DC in their pocket. The agenda was going to be theirs’ – even if they hadn’t run on much of a platform. They would prove to be a capable governing […]

Growing Up Poor In A Rich Neighborhood

It appears to have drawbacks: In research just published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, they uncovered a surprising result among children in the U.K.: Low-income boys who grow up around wealthier peers have more behavior problems like lying, cheating and fighting than their counterparts who grow up immersed in poverty. That result […]

Is Christie Too Unpopular To Win?

The New Jersey governor looks like he’s prepping for a run: [ launched a federal political action committee, or PAC, Monday as he seeks to lay the groundwork for a likely 2016 presidential campaign. Harry Enten deflates the Christie hype with the above chart: Some nominees, such as Democrats Michael Dukakis and Bill Clinton, weren’t […]

A Side Effect Of Local Newspapers Dying

Danny Hayes discovered that “the impoverishment of local political news in recent years is driving down citizen engagement”: [O]ur analysis, based on a large-scale study of local coverage and citizen behavior in every congressional district across the country, demonstrates that the fading of two-newspaper towns is not the only problem. When the content of local […]

Another Snowpacalypse?

Those of us in the Northeast are watching the beginning of this week’s big blizzard, which will likely inundate 29 million people with as much as three feet of snow and up to 55 mph winds. So far 4,360 flights have been cancelled and NYC’s public transit system could grind to a halt. The National […]

The Greek Backlash Against Austerity

Over the weekend, Greek anti-austerity party Syriza, lead by firebrand Alexis Tsipras, claimed a resounding victory. Matt Schiavenza contemplates the sizable implications: Tsipras’ victory presents the troika—a consortium consistingShow More Summary

The Limits Of New Scientism

Steven Shapin explores the question of whether or not science can make us good. He notes that while modern iterations have shorn religion of its claims to authority, “the ambitions of the new scientism may be self-limiting”: Different scientists draw different moral inferences from science. Some have concluded that it is natural and good to […]

Map Of The Day

Nathan Yau made a zoomable map of how we commute: He zeros in on some outliers: As you might expect, a lot of people take public transportation to work in the New York City area, along with Washington, D.C. In New York county, an estimated 58% of workers use public transportation, and in the former, […]

Why Do We Call Terrorists Cowards?

Reviewing Chris Walsh’s Cowardice: A Brief History, Kyle Williams offers an answer: The first and perhaps most visceral is that, short of obscenities, it is one of the nastiest words that can be wielded against someone—and has been for a long time. Cowards are anathema in the Revelation of St. John, among the first to […]

Art After Auschwitz

Ryu Spaeth reviews Suspended Sentences, the recently-translated collection of works by Patrick Modiano, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature last year, noting the author’s interest in Paris during the Nazi occupation. He considers how...Show More Summary

Playing God

Will Wiles explores the phenomenon of “god games,” like Banished, “in which the player guides a small group of people in building a small village, which with careful guidance can become a small town.” He contemplates what their growing popularity suggests about players: Post-apocalyptic scenarios often have undertones of amoral consumerist wish-fulfilment, in which we […]

The Landscape Of Loss

In an interview worth reading in full, the poet Christian Wiman explores how being raised in West Texas has shaped his thinking: Loss is conspicuous in “Keynote”: “I had a dream of Elks, / antlerless but arousable all the same, // before whom I proclaimed the Void / and its paradoxical intoxicating joy.” The “infinities […]

A Poem For Sunday

“Report to the Mother” by Etheridge Knight: Well, things / be / pretty bad now, Mother— Got very little to eat. The kids got no shoes for their tiny feet. Been fighting with my woman, and one / other Woe:—Ain’t got a cent to pay the rent. Been oiling / up / my pistol, too— […]

Mental Health Break

Go full-screen for this, and don’t worry, you don’t have to watch the whole thing: From the description: 80 Minutes from the Bow of the Gunhilder Maersk as she traverses the South China Sea from Vietnam to China. Shot and assembled in 4K as a single take with no frame-breaks. (Hat tip: Kottke)

Quote For The Day II

“Faith is sensitiveness to what transcends nature, knowledge and will, awareness of the ultimate, alertness to the holy dimension of all reality. Faith is a force in man, lying deeper than the stratum of reason and its nature cannot be defined in abstract, static terms. To have faith is not to infer the beyond from […]

Remains Of The Day

Oliver Morton, pausing before a reconstructed gorgosaurus at the Manchester Museum, marvels that “absolutely all that remains of that creature’s life is this scarred skeleton”: We often think of fossils as being in some way ancestral relatives, if not of humans, then of some other aspect of nature, parts of some great unfolding story. But […]

What Is Humanity’s Greatest Invention?

Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, offers an answer: Humanity’s greatest invention is religion, which does not mean necessarily mean belief in gods. Rather, religion is any system of norms and values that is founded on a belief in superhuman laws. Some religions, such as Islam, Christianity and Hinduism, believe […]

Face Of The Day

Alice Yoo captions: Photographer Graham McGeorge won multiple awards for the photo above, including the Merit Prize for the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Contest. On his website he has more than a handful of photos that show these eastern screech owls doing what they do best, camoflauging themselves in their natural environment. McGeorge believes that […]

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