Reading List for December 29, 2017


Sex, Satanism and the 19th Century ‘War of the Magicians’ On History Answers, James Hoare writes about the intense rivalry among the occultists who claimed to be prophets and magicians in mid-19th century France, who gave rise to the satanic churches.

σα_1US Prisoner Gouged Out Eyes After Jail Denied Mental Health Care, Lawsuit Says In The Guardian, Sam Levin writes about Ryan Partridge, a Colorado man who, during an acute bout of schizophrenia, attempted suicide twice and plucked out his eyes and was beaten and tased  by guards in response.

The Cutthroat World of Victorian Orchid Hunters On Modern Farmer, Andrew Amelinckx writes about the men whose incursions into the tropics in the 19th century fueled the orchid craze back in Victorian England.

Bussed Out In The Guardian, the paper’s Outside In America team writes about the policy among some major cities to offer free bus tickets to homeless people…

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Reading List for December 29, 2017

Reading List for November 23, 2017


Death Trips On The Baffler, Ann Neumann writes about the rise of death doulas, non-medical professionals who assist people who are dying in order to make their death a more comfortable one, and all of the assumptions about death, faulty or wise, that profession is based on.

Time of Death: Some Patients Prefer to Die Alone On Pallimed, Lizzie Miles writes about  those people who don’t feel comfortable – even in an unresponsive state – about dying with their loved ones around them and, in a way, sneak their deaths when their families leave momentarily.

singlealone_newspaperclip-e1375130719726Neoliberalism and the Global Financial Crisis [Automatic PDF Download] a 2009 paper, University of Wollongong researcher Sharon Beder very clearly shows exactly how the neoliberal policies created under Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher and continued today are responsible for the enriching the wealthy at the expense of the middle and lower classes. Please read this.

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Reading List for November 23, 2017

What it has taken me 33 years to learn

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-You can be funny and kind or funny and cruel. The second one is easier, but the first one is worth it.

-Dip the french fry in the Frosty. Go on, try it.

-Habit is a powerful force we forget about until it’s turned against us. Be careful which ones you create.

-You will remember the most embarrassing crap you do in your life forever and in perfect clarity. Everyone else will remember the kindest things you do. It all comes out in the wash.

-If you’re doing a remote podcast, it’s worth it to record audio locally and mix it together. Trust me on this one.

-You’re the only one who can let go of your grudges. It’s worth it, I promise. They’re not doing you any good.

-Doing the good, brave, kind things can feel silly if you let your internal critic get in the way. Reminder: No…

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Hurricane Katrina by the Numbers: 10 Years Later

10 years!


This week marks the tenth anniversary of the tragic day that Hurricane Katrina violently swept through the southeastern United States. The historic storm killed almost 2,000 people, left thousands stranded without homes, and scarred many lives for years to come.

Katrina initially touched down in southeast Louisiana as a category 3 storm on August 29, 2005 at 6 am. As it worked its way up the southeast, it left the city of New Orleans unrecognizable. Over 100,000 homes were destroyed and 80% of the city was flooded.

The government issued close to $142 billion in relief funds for the southeast region of the country, providing injured and displaced people, food, shelter, and medical care.

The southeastern United States is still recovering 10 years later. The population of New Orleans dropped drastically after Hurricane Katrina, from 483,633 residents before the storm, down to around 200,000 in 2006. Relief organizations like Habitat…

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Last Week Tonight‘s John Oliver Offers Brilliant New Year’s Eve Survival Tips

John Oliver is brilliant


John Oliver has a few thoughts about New Year’s Eve that just might save your life — or, at the very least, spare you from the most uncomfortable night of the year.

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Likening the holiday to the death of a pet — “You know it’s going to happen,” he says, “but somehow you’re never prepared for how truly awful it is” — the Last Week Tonight host offers up several easy excuses to avoid awkward holiday parties, our favorite being “I’m on a cleanse.” (Because, honestly, no one will ask for further explanation.)

In fact, the only scenario Oliver doesn’t have a solution for is an invitation to a girls night because, frankly, he’s never been invited to one. “I’m such a Samantha, he explains. “Women are intimidated by…

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Last Week Tonight‘s John Oliver Offers Brilliant New Year’s Eve Survival Tips