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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 […]

The Freedom Of Fiction

by Dish Staff Etgar Keret speculates about why he turned to writing: What I feel about fiction is that it’s removed from life, that nothing in it is real, the characters can die or have wings. For me it’s a great release. I’m the kind of person who thinks about the consequences of his actions. […]

The Working Class Have Little Room For Error

by Dish Staff David Sheff was struck by that fact during a recent visit to the impound lot: I took a cab and entered a single-story brick building where a few dozen people were crowded together in a scene that evoked Kafka; weariness, frustration and anger were palpable. Some stood in line, some paced and […]

A Sterile Environment?

by Dish Staff Virginia Postrel suggests some improvements for hospital-room decor: When the University Medical Center of Princeton tested a mock-up room with nice views, a sofa for guests and no roommates, it found that patients asked for 30 percent less pain medication, reports the New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman. This result shouldn’t […]

Women In Wartime

by Dish Staff Karen Abbot discusses women’s experiences in the Civil War South: In the sudden absence of husbands, fathers, brothers and beaus, white Southern women discovered a newfound freedom — one that simultaneously granted them more power in relationships and increased their likelihood of heartbreak. Gone were the traditions of antebellum courtships, where family […]

Reading Your Way Through Life: Still More Readers Respond

by Matthew Sitman Reading all the reader responses to my question about the books, poems, and stories that have meant the most to you has been such a rewarding experience. My reading list certainly has grown even more unmanageable. What I’ve appreciated the most, in addition to the gratitude for books on display, are the […]

Tax Scam, AKA Business as Usual

Tim Dickinson is out with a superb piece of reporting in Rolling Stone today–a long investigation that picks up where yesterday’s headlines about Burger King and Tim Horton’s (and last month’s about Walgreens) left off. It turns out that these corporate “inversions” are huge business, and part of a trend that dates back at least […]

As War Reporters Die, So Dies War Reporting

by Dish Staff George Packer unpacks what the world lost in the murder of James Foley, and continues to lose as journalism in the Syria-Iraq war zone becomes ever more dangerous: Among the many reasons to mourn Foley’s death is the loss of his reporting, and of reporting in general, from Syria. News of the […]

Faces Of The Day

by Dish Staff Yes and Better Together supporters exchange views with one another as Jim Murphy, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development (not seen), speaks on his soapbox during his “100 Towns in 100 Days” tour on August 27, 2014 in Dundee, Scotland. Mr. Murphy, Labour MP, is touring Scotland on behalf of the […]

“It Really Doesn’t Matter Whether Or Not You Agree With The Israeli Government’s Policies”

by Phoebe Maltz Bovy Naava Mashiah finds that as some European Jews, fearing anti-Semitism, move to Israel, some Israeli Jews are moving in the opposite direction. So I see two sectors of the Jewish population, one in the diaspora, one in Israel, which believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. […]

Cool Ad Watch

by Dish Staff The city of Toronto lets the litter do the talking: One more: (Hat tip: Reddit user j0be)

Parental Whoa-vershare, Ctd

by Phoebe Maltz Bovy Alex Goldman rounds up some responses to the latest parental overshare debacle, and provides a note of clarification: The original article was written mistakenly as though the [author] had written about his son using his son’s real name. He was, in fact, using a pseudonym for his son, though critics note […]

Mental Health Break

by Dish Staff For teens that don’t think they have anything to learn from Mozart:

A War Without A Winner, Ctd

by Dish Staff Juan Cole casts doubt on how much of a victory the Gaza ceasefire really is for Israel: [W]hat the Israeli military was going for was a result similar to its 2006 war on Hizbullah in Lebanon; since that conflict Hizbullah has not fired any rockets into Israel or Israeli-occupied territories like the […]

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