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Love In The Ruins

by Sue Halpern For the past five years I have spent every Tuesday with my dog at our local public nursing home, and in the time have spent many hours with people with dementia. I say dementia, the generic, rather than Alzheimer’s, because many residents have varying degrees of memory loss, not all of it […]

“No Angel”

by Dish Staff Crazy how the NYT is demonizing kid for burnin herb when a few weeks ago they were patting themselves on the back for endorsing legalization— Lacking Iron-Man (@OrdinaryK) August 25, 2014 Yesterday, the NYT took heat for using those words to describe Michael Brown. Yglesias fired back by recalling an experience he […]

Massive Selloff

by Bill McKibben Well, sort of. News overnight that Australia’s prestigious Sydney University has announced its endowment will stop making any new investments in coal, and start reviewing its existing holdings. It comes after an intensive campaign from Greenpeace Australia, and my friends at, and is only one of many victories for the divestment […]

Gluten, Free At Last

by Sue Halpern Sometime before my toddlerhood I became a failure to thrive baby. Food was going right through me; I wasn’t gaining weight. And so my parents took me to the doctor, and tests were done, and I was diagnosed with celiac disease. Certain foods were eliminated from my diet. Others were offered up […]

Spoiler Alerts Are Officially Common Courtesy

by Dish Staff That’s according to a new survey from TiVo. Dan Solomon elaborates: [Most respondents] have had their entertainment fun capsized by someone with an itchy Twitter finger – 78 percent of respondents say that they’ve had movies/TV/sports spoiled. The most common spoilers–major plot points on a TV show (64%) and character deaths on […]

Conspiracy Theorists All Around You

by Dish Staff Jesse Walker examines the scope of conspiracy theories: Enemy Above stories tend to be overrepresented [in the scholarship]. And that in turn can skew the results. When researchers draw conclusions about people who are especially prone to seeing conspiracies, they might actually be telling us about people prone to seeing a particular […]

Prenatal Complexity

by Dish Staff Ananda Rose presents real-life examples of the two opposite ends of the abortion debate. First, she tells the story of a woman, whom she calls Julie Smith (name changed), who carried a fetus with severe abnormalities: Her first choice, she says, was to give birth at a hospital but not to offer […]

The Obamacare Bump

by Dish Staff Sam Wang argues that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion has become a political plus for Republican governors who support it: According to these data points, Republican governors who bucked their party’s stance and accepted the policy are faring better with voters—in these races, an average of 8.5 percentage points better. Considering that crusading against […]

Will The ISIS War Come To A Vote?

by Dish Staff If Obama wants to secure the public’s backing for the fight against ISIS, Jack Goldsmith recommends that he bring it to Congress for a vote: The President must eventually educate the nation about why the United States is going to be deploying significant treasure and possibly some blood in Iraq and probably […]

Creepy Art Watch

by Dish Staff This guy used a 3-D printer to paint a nude self-portrait in his own blood: (Hat tip: Chris Plante.)

Cutting Hours Cuts Profits

by Dish Staff Over-reliance on part-time workers isn’t good for anyone: Since 2006, the retail and wholesale sector has cut more than a million full-time jobs and added half a million part-time positions. A study of one large retail chain, conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, found that scheduling […]

Gas Attack?

by Bill McKibben A new study in Nature describes a new possible climate threat. We’ve known for some time that there is lots of methane stored in frozen form in the world’s oceans. The best known of these clathrate formations are in the Arctic, but today’s study finds them across the Atlantic, and by implication […]

A Sand Wedge Issue

by Jonah Shepp Grief then golf. Obama gives his critics plenty of ammunition.— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) August 21, 2014 Obama has come in for a lot of criticism for remaining on “vacation” in Martha’s Vineyard and proceeding with his regularly scheduled golf outings despite mounting crises in Iraq, Ukraine, and Missouri. Ezra Klein identifies […]

Libya Just Keeps Getting Worse

by Dish Staff Departures area of #Tripoli International Airport. #Libya— Asma Siyala (@asmasiyala) August 25, 2014 Meanwhile, in Libya, the The NYT reports that Egypt and the UAE have secretly launched airstrikes on Islamist militias battling for control of Tripoli: Since the military ouster of the Islamist president in Egypt one year ago, the […]

Foley’s Impossible Ransom, Ctd

by Dish Staff Bucking the pundit consensus, Leonid Bershidsky argues that the US should not dismiss out of hand the option of paying terrorist groups ransoms for civilian captives like James Foley and Steven Sotloff: Not leaving the ransom option open fits the logic of war. Either the U.S. Marines will drop out of the […]

Face Of The Day

by Dish Staff From the BearsWithBeaks subreddit, guess what this fine creature is called? The Beagle, of course. (Hat tip: Neatorama. Photoshop by Reddit user What_No_Cookie.)

Childhood Memories

by Sue Halpern Last week, Dr. David Sulzer’s lab at Columbia Medical School reported that researchers were able to reverse the symptoms of autism in mice by administering a drug that prunes synapses. Though scientists have known of the connection between synaptic overload and autism, this was the first time that they have been able […]

Parental Whoa-vershare

by Phoebe Maltz Bovy So the most egregious example of parental overshare that I’ve yet encountered has just appeared. Depressingly, it’s in the same publication as my own first published piece on the topic. It’s from a father who caught his 9-year-old son looking at porn: His eyes darted back and forth, as if looking […]

Mental Health Break

by Dish Staff A pit bull catching some serious air: Yesterday’s “Flower Power” here.

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