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Boko Haram Hostages Speak Out

Former abductees tell their stories to Human Rights Watch: Adam Taylor describes the disturbing findings: What is life like for the women and girls held captive by Boko Haram? That’s one question Human Rights Watch (HRW) attempted to answer with a new video, in which international nongovernmental organization interviewed a number of people who had […]

Flavorful Highs

Jacob Sullum defends them: Although flavored e-cigarettes and marijuana edibles are intended for adults, appeal to adults, and can be legally sold only to adults, the prohibitionists argue that they cannot be tolerated because they also appeal to minors. The same rationale has been offered for bans on flavored tobacco products and sweet malt beverages. […]

The Best Of The Dish Today

The Dish’s favorite pet photographer has a new book out – and a puppy time-lapse to plug it: It’s the kind of advertizing done right. I’m sorry that these end-of-the-day musings keep referring to the collapse of ethical journalism, but, hey, how can you ignore a story like this on CNN’s blatant conflict of interest […]

Liberty’s Biggest Billboard

The author of Liberty’s Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty, Elizabeth Mitchell, celebrates the statue’s 128th birthday, which is today: [W]hat Bartholdi did back in 1871 when he first came to pitch his idea to America was make Bedloe’s Island, a former oyster bed, home to America’s core promise. If the […]

An ISIS-Guided Tour Of Kobani

In the above video, released last night, ISIS prisoner John Cantlie “reports” from Kobani, the northern Syrian Kurdish town that has been under siege by the militants for over a month, purporting to debunk the Western media narrative about the battle while promulgating ISIS’s own version of the story. “Perhaps what’s most odd about the […]

Muddy Medicine

Psychiatrist Simon Wessely suggests that doctors in his field have a deeper appreciation for complexity than other medical professionals do: Not for us the simplicities of some other parts of medicine. Here is a cancer – take it out. There is a bug – kill it. In psychiatry, the ability to tolerate uncertainty is an […]

Face Of The Day

An Indian Hindu devotee poses for a photograph as she offers prayers a day ahead of the Chhat festival on the Yamuna river in New Delhi on October 28, 2014. The Chhat festival is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun), Agni (fire), and Lord Kartikeya or Muruga. Devotees fast during the day and in the evenings […]

How Suicide Gets Swept Under The Rug

Lindsay Cox lost both her parents to suicide when she was 12. But she doesn’t want how they died to define them: If my parents died of nearly any other cause within months of each other before I hit puberty, most people would see it as a complete and utter tragedy; they’d readily accept their […]

A Poehler-ized Book

Amanda Hess situates Amy Poehler’s new autobiography in its literary and cultural context: This month, Poehler finally releases [her] handbook, the comedy/memoir/advice collection Yes Please. In her introduction, Poehler describes reading...Show More Summary

The Philosophy Of Drunks

Emma Green presents some (very) French research findings. Bar-goers in Grenoble were asked “to give their opinion on two of philosophers’ favorite quandaries: the so-called trolley problem and its cousin, the footbridge problem”: In the first, people must choose whether they would flip a switch to divert a runaway trolley, killing one person but sparing […]

Dissents Of The Day

A reader quotes new reporting on the Matthew Shepard case: It was fairly well known in the Laramie community that McKinney wouldn’t be one that was striking out of a sense of homophobia. Some of the officers I worked with had caught him in a sexual act with another man, so it didn’t fit – […]

Egg Freezing On The Company Dime, Ctd

A personal story from the in-tray adds some critical context: I have read this conversation with some interest, because it is all too close to home. Tomorrow, my wife and I are transferring a frozen embryo after a fresh transfer failed in late August. For these reasons, I have become all too conversant on the […]

Quarantanamo, New Jersey, Ctd

Chris Christie went on TV this morning to defend his mandatory quarantine policy for health workers returning from Ebola-afflicted countries: “I don’t think it’s draconian,” Christie, appearing on the Today show, said of New Jersey’s mandatory 21-day quarantine on health care workers returning from Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea. “The members of the American public […]

Has The CDC Been Too Blasé?

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for people at risk of coming down with Ebola, meaning primarily health workers returning from West Africa: On Monday, the CDC broke down people in the orbit of Ebola into four categories. Those at highest risk are anyone who’s had direct contact with an […]

Yglesias Award Nominee

“Argument is like all other human behaviors: subject to conditioning through reward and punishment. And we’ve created these incentives on the left: always politicize; always escalate; always ridicule. We’re living with the consequences of those tendencies now. Unfortunately, I don’t know how we build a new left discourse, given that the two current modes of […]

Book Club: Does The Self Exist? Ctd

A reader flags the long podcast seen above: I started reading Waking Up after watching Sam Harris on Joe Rogan’s podcast. In it, Harris recounts his case against free will and mentioned that he thought that the self was an illusion. I am sympathetic to that view and in a manner believe it to be […]

A Tale Of Two Brazils

Jan Piotrowski discusses the results of Sunday’s other big election, in which incumbent president Dilma Rousseff, head of the left-wing Workers’ Party (PT), narrowly won re-election over her center-right, pro-market competitor Aécio Neves: The upshot is that the president will lead a riven country. She romped to victory across swathes of the poor north and […]

The Flower Of The Arab Spring

Updated: 5.2M Tunisians head to the polls, with a new consitution and a sense of optimism — AJE News (@AJENews) October 26, 2014 Big election news out of Tunisia, where the moderate Islamist party Ennahda has conceded Sunday’s vote to their secular rivals Nidaa Tounes: Official results have yet to be announced, but […]

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