Complicated Choices Around Abortion – Abortion in the U.S.

DOf3p6qNearly one in three American women will have an abortion by age 45. Why are we so afraid to talk about it—or to acknowledge that our lives would have been so much less than we hoped for without it? Why are we pressured to feel that we should regret our choice, and that there’s something wrong with us if we don’t?


The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

A controlled detonation of recovered mustard shells near Taji, Iraq, on Aug. 17, 2008. John Paul Williams
The soldiers at the blast crater sensed something was wrong.-
— From 2004 to 2011, American and Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and at times were wounded by, chemical weapons that were hidden or abandoned years earlier.


Suspected South Korean traitors are herded into lorries on their way to execution during the Korean War, July 29, 1950

This Year’s Winner of the One Minute Film Festival Will Give You Goosebumps

Ignacio F. Rodó’s ‘Tuck Me In’ has been selected by this year’s jury as the Winner of the International One-Minute Film Festival, Filminute. The festival challenges filmmakers to “make every moment count” and this year’s winner was no exception, creating suspense and giving viewers goosebumps.

You can see the rest of this year’s shortlisted films along with the viewer’s choice award and jury recommended films at


Top economists say Piketty is wrong about wealth inequality. They misunderstood him.

The most important thing to remember anytime people fight about Piketty is that 90 percent of them haven’t read Piketty. Even the economists.UUJS5ud
—Here’s a recap. Piketty’s 600-page-plus magnum opus, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has become a surprise bestseller in the otherwise dry field of economic statistics due to its not-so-dry argument that capitalism tends toward higher and higher inequality. Now how could that be when wealth inequality and income inequality both fell between 1914 and 1970? Well, in Piketty’s telling, that only happened because of a series of unhappy historical accidents: the world wars, the Great Depression, and the sky-high taxes on the rich that we used to help pay for all that. But in the last few decades, income inequality has reached an all-time high, and wealth inequality has started to follow.
—This is the part you might have heard of.


The Age of Humans: Living in the Anthropocene | special report


Lewis M. Dabney, for Library of America, interviewed on Edmund Wilson as Critic [pdf]


Here’s Why Public Wifi is a Public Health Hazard


Dermatophagia, the Psychological Disorder That Makes People Bite Their Own Skin


Fantastically Wrong: The Murderous, Sometimes Sexy History of the Mermaid

Painter Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann’s depiction of a mermaid with the fall’s latest fashion accessory: seaweed in place of clothing. Wikimedia

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid is a heartwarming tale of a mermaid falling in love, battling evil to be with her love, and living happily ever after as a human. Just kidding. That’s the Disney version. In Andersen’s, the young mermaid has her tongue cut out, gets burned hard by the prince when he chooses another woman, and eventually dissolves into sea foam instead of saving her own life by ritualistically stabbing said prince through the heart and bathing in his blood. Seriously.


I Spent a Day Pretending to Be a Tourist in My Own City


gallery:: Fashion and Costume of the 1910s



Red Hawk of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on horseback, 1905


Iggy Azalea

Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) by Iggy Azalea on Grooveshark


Italians to Get High on Their Own Supply


Photos: The Ruins of the USSR’s Secret Nuclear Cities | WIRED


Top Science News


Nafise Motlaq photographs fathers and daughters in Iran.


“We’ll have what she’s having.”April 1943. “Baltimore, Maryland. Third-shift defense workers getting snack at drugstore on corner where their shared car will pick them up around midnight.” Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information.@.

Hitler’s secret addiction to crystal meth: The Fuhrer took ‘Breaking Bad’ drug before ranting at Mussolini… and in his last days in the bunker

A 47-page dossier compiled by American Military Intelligence claims Hitler took 74 different 687474703a2f2f692e6461696c796d61696c2e636f2e756b2f692f7069782f323031342f31302f31312f313431333035363235343135395f7770735f33345f41646f6c665f4869746c65725f4765726d616e795f735f776f2e6a7067
—medications including crystal meth-amphetamines
—He was not a pervert nor homosexual and his sexual organs showed no indication of abnormality.
—The Second World War ditty was wrong – Hitler was not monorchid


Today’s picture is from around 1900, and it shows a Stage Coach on Fifth Avenue in New York. The street looks amazingly empty and clean. I am not sure what the building is that they are in front of…. via.

Homecoming soldier, Vienna, 1946-1948 by Ernst Haas.

Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life – Slashdot

According to Scientists at Nanyang Technology University (NTU), they have developed ultra-fast charging batteries that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in only two minutes and have a 20-year lifespan (10,000 charges). The impact of this is potentially a game changer for a lot of industries reliant on lithium ion batteries. In the car industry, for example, consumers would save on costs for battery replacement and manufacturers would save on material construction (the researchers are using a nanotube structure of Titanium dioxide, which is an abundant, cheap, and safe material found in soil). Titanium dioxide is commonly used as a food additive or in sunscreen lotions to absorb harmful ultraviolet rays. It is believed that charging an electric car can be done in as little as 5 minutes, making it comparable to filling up a tank of gasoline.

via Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life – Slashdot.

Morris Gordon, [Italian-American mothers carry flags to honor their sons who have served, Columbus Day ceremony, New York], 1942 …via.

Chatting with the Artist Who Turned Edward Snowden into a Mobile Sculpture s


Bye Bye Baby: Big Brother and the Holding Company |


15 Words That Are Way More Interesting Than They Seem | Mental Floss


Avenue du Commandeur…(de la rue d’Alésia)…1877-1878

Charles Marville…(1813 – 1879)… via.


Bourke’s Luck Potholes

Bourke’s Luck Potholes are a natural water feature found within the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, about 35km north of Graskop on the R532 road. Located at the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon, these cylindrical potholes on the bedrock have been carved over thousands of years by sand and pebbles swirling around in whirlpools when the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River. Initially, water borne pebbles carved out small depressions, which soon trapped river debris further accelerating erosion. The hollows grew over time and deepened to cylindrical potholes up to several meters deep.
—The potholes were named after an unsuccessful gold prospector named Tom Bourke who discovered signs of alluvial gold in the canyon in the late 1880s. He quickly staked a claim and began to pan for gold. Unfortunately for him, Bourke never stuck gold, although hundreds of others found riches just south of where he predicted the presence of the precious metal. Bourke’s gold mine proved to be completely fruitless but his legacy lives on at Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Ironically, some tourists treat Bourke’s Luck Potholes as a “wishing well” and many have dropped coins into the potholes.


Dating Is a Numbers Game

Sam Yagan, CEO of Match and a founder of OkCupid, explains the proliferation of dating sites and why he thinks everyone should be looking for love online.


Women Who Travel Alone: A Reading List |6 stories

Here are six stories about women who travel alone, featuring The Hairpin, Salon, New York magazin


The Eugenics Record Office’ Recreates a Dark Time in a Laboratory’s Past

An old stucco house stands atop a grassy hill overlooking the Long Island Sound. Less than a mile down the road, the Ywmbh5Yrenowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory bustles with more than 600 researchers and technicians, regularly producing breakthroughs in genetics, cancer and neuroscience.

But that old house, now a private residence on the outskirts of town, once held a facility whose very name evokes dark memories: the Eugenics Record Office.


Blessed are the wastrels, for their surplus could save the Earth

Building resilience, one yacht at a time. Eyesplash – let’s feel the heat, CC BY-ND
—In a world where too many go to bed hungry, it comes as a shock to realise that more than half the world’s food production is left to rot, lost in transit, thrown out, or otherwise wasted. This loss is a humanitarian disaster. It’s a moral tragedy. It’s a blight on the conscience of the world.
—It might ultimately be the salvation of the human species.


No, marijuana is not actually “as addictive as heroin”


Chasin' the Bird (C. Parker) by Charlie Parker & Miles Davis on Grooveshark

Georgian Hospitality: “God Tests You By Sending You Guests”

[friend sends this from Georgia, not the Georgia Ray Charles sang about]

ohn Wurdeman talks about toasting and his wines. [


This Man’s Simple System Could Transform American Medicine | WIRED

Unnecessary medical treatments costs $210 billion a year in the US. David Newman’s Site could help change that.


Unnecessary medical treatments cost $210 billion a year in the US. David Newman’s site could help change that. Andrew Hetherington

Katherine Carpenter couldn’t sleep. For more than a week she’d been coughing herself awake every night and then hacking until she retched. Finally, she decided to see a doctor.
—The physician suspected bronchitis and wrote Carpenter a prescription for heavy-duty cough medicine. She also suggested antibiotics. That’s pretty standard: Up to 80 percent of people who go to a physician for acute bronchitis are prescribed antibiotics. But Carpenter, an import entry agent for UPS, didn’t want antibiotics. She thought they’d stop working if you take them too often, and she suspected her symptoms were caused by a virus, which antibiotics don’t affect anyway.
—She didn’t know it, but her hesitation had science on its side: A meta-analysis in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews looked at 17 trials on antibiotics for people with acute bronchitis, and concluded that they only slightly shorten the duration of the illness—if they have any benefit at all. (And of course there’s the issue of antibiotic resistance to consider.) In the end, Carpenter refused the prescription, and her bronchitis eventually cleared up. But the experience left her with the distinct impression that she was just one more patient on the medical assembly line. “I felt like a number,” she says.


Moving a Car to the Top of a School Building in 1936

In 1936, engineering students of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) showing off their newly learned skills by moving a car to the top of their school building. “TECH 2 HELL” was written on the roof of the car.


Why cancer researchers are excited about this amoeba -w/video

A type of amoeba that lives in soil has a gene that is very similar to a tumor-fighting gene found in humans.

The human gene is called PTEN. When it’s healthy, it stops tumors from growing. But the gene is prone to mutations, and those mutations are linked to lots of cancers

via READ.

American soldiers posing behind a number of mines, grenades, and other explosives captured from the Germans, c. 1944.

Secrets of the strong-minded

“It was one of those perfect days. I think that’s what everyone remembers. And now whenever dyDFnsTthe day’s too perfect and the sky’s too blue, I think: what might happen?”September 11, 2001. Lisa Siegman was in her first year as principal of Public School 3 PS 3 in downtown Manhattan. Up on the fourth floor, the fifth-graders had a direct view down to the World Trade Center. “They had a perfect view of the towers,” Lisa says. “The kids saw people jumping. People were running into the halls of the school, just doubled over.”