- In advance of a full repeal, Trump's FCC is undermining net neutrality. Updated 21h ago
- Killing net neutrality would vastly strengthen the relationship between where you get your data and what you can surf.
- Repealing net neutrality may spawn backlash from the very trolls whose platforms the regulations protect.
- McCain is building a reputation for standing up to Trump. He also says Palin was worth it. Updated 2d ago
- Mark Sanford holds a marathon Town Hall session with the Charleston chapter of Indivisible.
- Exactly one House Republican has called for an independent investigation into Russian interference.
- This is what quantum physics looks like in real time. Updated 6d ago
- Researchers used ancient starlight in an experiment and still found quantum entanglement.
- Tangled up in q? Why our certainty around entanglement recently increased by a factor of "ten million billion."
Thirty years after Warhol's death, a medical historian discovers how a "routine" surgery turned fatal.
Prior to his death on Feb. 22, 1987, Warhol had been ill for at least a month, but had delayed treatment due to his fear of hospitals. He needed gall bladder surgery, which many assumed would be a simple operation, enough that it triggered a wrongful-death lawsuit four years later:
Dr. Cox [Warhol's attending physician] said he first diagnosed a gall stone in 1973, but Mr. Warhol adamantly rejected surgery because he feared hospitals...
He described how Mr. Warhol had tried other treatments, including an experimental drug, and some untraditional remedies, such as wearing staples as earrings and carrying crystals in his pocket, to ward of maladies.
"He was convinced if he was hospitalized, he would die," Dr. Cox said.
Ryan found that Warhol's hypochondria probably killed him. When Warhol finally checked into the hospital for surgery—after at least a month of illness—the operation turned out to be anything but routine:
[T]he sick man was at last on the operating table at New York Hospital (now NewYork-Presbyterian). The surgeon found a gallbladder full of gangrene; the organ fell to pieces as he removed it, he said.
As Dr. Ryan learned in his research, Warhol was dehydrated and also emaciated from having barely eaten in the previous month; had for years been taking a daily dose of speed; and was still suffering from the effects of a brush with death in 1968, when he was shot by an enraged hanger-on, Valerie Solanas. Only a brilliant surgeon and brilliant luck had saved his life then—he had been declared dead in the emergency room and had nine damaged organs.
Antihistamines kept me up instead of putting me to sleep, so it was a day of horror but it went by fast. 1/23/87— Andy’s Diary (@WarholLives) January 23, 2017
Went to the office and Ian McKellen was there for lunch…And he was so cute, he’s so sexy. 1/14/87 pic.twitter.com/ujuqsE4GQr— Andy’s Diary (@WarholLives) January 14, 2017
It was a boring party. No stars. Just Nancy Reagan and President and Mrs. Carter. Basically it was a big office party. 2/7/83— Andy’s Diary (@WarholLives) February 7, 2017
Trump's war on leaks will likely cause more chaotic leaking.
A reading of different reports on contemporary leaking in government reaches the following conclusion: "Leaks are part of how the government manages the press and maintains its own popularity. A leak can get a story onto the front page, or if the first leak did not create the right impression, the information flow can be massaged by yet another leak."
Meaning, as we are learned to expect chaos from the Trump White House, we should expect ongoing examples of chaotic leaking. As Obama’s former chief of staff William Daley noted, “I’m all for leaking when it’s organized.”
To decipher current Left-Right battles, only reading the broad strokes obscures the details that matter.
As liberal as we are, we do like reading things that don't necessarily carry water for the White House, but shade in some blank spots.
1. "How disorderly is Sweden really?", Marginal Revolution
It remains correct that an American city such as Orlando typically will have more murders than all of Sweden in a year. But it is also important to process the distinction between objective and subjective metrics of disorder. A jaywalker in Germany disrupts public order and flouts norms more than is the case for a single jaywalker in New Jersey, for instance. Sweden is relatively orderly, in part, because the public and psychological reactions to acts of disorder are relatively severe and traumatic, even if those same acts might be perceived as less significant in other contexts. It is quite possible that Swedish norms are being threatened by the level of disorder currently in the country, even if to a Nigerian it all might seem absurdly neat and tidy.
2. Bill Maher takes credit (not convincingly) for Milo Yiannopoulos's downfall, New York Times
When I say, “That’s not unreasonable” [to not want to share a bathroom with a transgender person] it’s because women have said that to me: “I want to know,” or “I’m not comfortable with someone in the bathroom, even if they, in their minds, have decided they are a woman.” Doesn’t that opinion count at all?
3. "Reality Begins to Set in on Obamacare—For Both Sides," Mother Jones
Reality has set in for everyone. The Republican rank-and-file has finally figured out they never really cared all that much about taxing the rich an extra three points to provide health care for everyone. The Democratic rank-and-file has finally figured out that Obamacare is a pretty good program and it's worth fighting for... Did we really have to elect Donald Trump to figure this out?
4. "When the Enemy of Your Enemy Is... Your Enemy," National Review
The Left’s identity politics is focused on racial, ethnic, and sexual identity—aspects of identity that place you somewhere in the hierarchy of intersectionality. The Right’s identity politics comes with a label: enemy of the Left. So long as you’re wearing that button, you’re presumptively on our side and you’re nearly bulletproof. Until it turns out that you’re not. Until we jump the wrong way because we substituted political laziness for a philosophy. Until we embrace somebody nasty because the other side hated him or her and stop caring about truth so long as the other side is triggered. Then we become the bad guys. And that’s a problem.
- While Brazil's corruption scandal engulfs Latin America, Olympics stadiums get vandalized. Updated 1w ago
- The death of a Korean businessman slowed Duterte's killing spree.
- Trump is still embarrassingly connected to his businesses. Here's an overview of his most environmentally hazardous properties.
- Engineers and environmentalists saw issues coming for Oroville. Now a "nightmare scenario" is in play. Updated 1w ago
- Wild footage from a California Highway Patrol plane.
- As climate change progresses, expect many more Oroville Dam disasters.
The Long Tail of the Attica Prison Riot
The Attica prison uprising lasted five days. Some people have spent four decades living with the cover-up. It took a historian 13 years to get to the bottom of what actually happened.
Announcing the 2017 Tournament of Books
It’s been a long, turbulent sleep, but now the Rooster wakes. Introducing the shortlist, judges, commentators, and Zombie poll for the 13th edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books.
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- The conflict in Yemen won't be fixed easily, and Trump's botched military raid certainly didn't help matters. Updated 1w ago
- Chemical agents and disinformation were integral to Assad's retaking of Aleppo.
- America's longest-running war, full of nuance, demands patience to grasp. Huh.
- A great short video on the workings of ingroups, outgroups, and social identity theory. Updated 1w ago
- Your Friday brain juice: How ordinary people can become trolls.
- Tennis great Roger Federer is known for his grace. Here's someone who learned to match him move for move.