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A Sand Wedge Issue, Ctd

by Dish Staff The public isn’t buying criticism of Obama’s golf habit, but as usual, there’s a distinct partisan split: The opinions of Republicans, who mostly think Obama plays too much golf, and independents, who are split on the question, look a bit more like the current president’s favorability numbers when his name is mentioned. […]

Every Sex Worker Is Somebody’s Daughter, Ctd

by Dish Staff A reader adds his two cents to the discussion: I wouldn’t want my daughter to make her living in porn, but not because I have a moral objection to it. My problem is with the career trajectory. A porn actress’s earning power peaks fairly early on. And after that happens and she […]

The Battle For The Youth Vote

by Dish Staff The Onion is watching it closely: Libertarian Nick Gillespie – shock – suggests a more libertarian candidate would do the GOP good: If the economy stays flat or especially rough for younger Americans, or if we’re plunged back into aimless wars without end, all that will make things tougher still for any […]

Hollywood Handouts

by Dish Staff California Governor Jerry Brown has approved a bill offering up to $330 million in tax credits to subsidize film and TV production in the state over the next five years. Dennis Saffran blasts a similar program in New York, which costs taxpayers millions and offers little in the way of a return: […]

Chart Of The Day

by Dish Staff Swearing may be getting more common: Kristin Jay, a psychologist at Marist College who’s collected data on public swearing says that, on the whole, it seems to be getting somewhat more common. Recently, she and her husband Timothy Jay asked a group of American adults to rigorously record every time they heard […]

Counting The Poorest Among Us

by Dish Staff Jordan Weissmann highlights some recent attempts to ascertain how many Americans live in extreme poverty—under $2 a day—that came up with very different numbers: According to H. Luke Shaefer of the University of Michigan and Kathryn Edin of Johns Hopkins, the number of families living under that low, low line has grown […]

An Apple A Year

by Sue Halpern What do I (think I) know about the new iPhone 6? That it’s going to have a bigger screen. That’s it’s going to have two bigger screens since there will be two models. That the model with the even bigger screen is not going to be available right away. That both screens […]

The Spiral Of Silence

by Sue Halpern When I read this Pew report last week, about how social media does not foster meaningful dialog about public policy among people who might not share one’s own view, I can’t say that I was surprised. Researchers, interested in finding out if Facebook and Twitter encouraged people to engage with each other […]

Face Of The Day

by Dish Staff A soldier inspects a woman with an infrared thermometer for signs of fever, one of the symptoms of Ebola, at a checkpoint in Nikabo, a village in Kenema, Sierra Leone, on August 27, 2014. According to the World Health Organization, the outbreak has now killed more than 1,500 people across four West […]

Golden Age of Radio, Ctd

by Bill McKibben So many great responses to my musings on audio documentaries yesterday with lots of suggestions:, with the inimitable veteran Christopher Lydon and his equally inimitable producer Mary McGrath; 99%...Show More Summary

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

by Phoebe Maltz Bovy I want to thank the Dish readers who responded to my recent post on anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Yes, even the furious ones. You’ve helped clarify my thoughts on the topic. Below, I respond to several (overlapping) dissents. One reader writes: Regarding Phoebe’s post “It really doesn’t matter whether or not you […]

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 […]

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