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If You Keep Texting, Your Head Will Fall Off

theatlantic.com — "It is an epidemic. Or, at least, it's very common," New York-based spine surgeon Kenneth Hansraj told The Washington Post last week. He was referring to something that is being called "text neck," a purported condition of the spine related to the posture of bending forward to look at a phone.
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Self-Segregation: Why It's So Hard for Whites to Understand Ferguson

theatlantic.com — The shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the anger poured out in response by Ferguson's mostly black population, has snapped the issue of race into national focus.
Nov 25, 2014

THIS. MT @ChicagoReporter: One reason whites have such a hard time understanding #Ferguson? Self-segregation theatln.tc/1Cdg7Qj

Nov 25, 2014

There's a reason those denying that #Ferguson is about race largely come from the most insular parts of our country: theatln.tc/1vLi5nt

Nov 25, 2014

RT @ChicagoReporter: One reason whites have such a hard time understanding #Ferguson? Self-segregation -- white social networks 91% white. theatlantic.com/national/archi…

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The Man in the Middle

theatlantic.com — Chuck Schumer, the brash New York senator, helped drive the Democrats' recent rise to power with what he says is a critical insight about the American middle class-that it is more affluent, and wants different things from an activist government, than most policy makers think.
Nov 25, 2014

you lay it out well but I don't find it persuasive @JoshuaGreen: It's actually pretty well laid out in the piece: theatlantic.com/magazine/archi…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @JoshuaGreen: He laid out his own tax-centric ideas heavily informed by a Harvard prof whose sway he'd come under: Elizabeth Warren theatlantic.com/magazine/archi…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @JoshuaGreen: He laid out his own tax-centric ideas heavily informed by a Harvard prof whose sway he'd come under: Elizabeth Warren theatlantic.com/magazine/archi…

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How to Land an Airplane, If You're Blind

theatlantic.com — People are capable of a lot. I spent much of this afternoon flying a small airplane, with my wife Deb. The idea (after closing an article) was to get off the East Coast, toward our destinations in the west, before the latest winter storm immured people in the east for Thanksgiving.

Nick Drake, 40 Years After His Death: How the Internet Finally Made Him Into a Star

theatlantic.com — In the summer of 1970, a young American musician named Brian Cullman was invited to play at Les Cousins, a legendary folk club in London's Soho district. His own performance was forgettable, he later admitted. But he never forgot the strange set Nick Drake played just after him: His shyness and awkwardness were almost transcendent.
Nov 26, 2014

I bought every album after seeing that ad: "How the Internet (and Volkswagen) Made a Dead Folksinger Into a Star" Theatlantic.feedsportal.com/c/34375/f/6258…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @michikokakutani: Nick Drake died 40 yrs ago: "How the Internet (and Volkswagen) Made a Dead Folksinger Into a Star theatlantic.com/entertainment/…

Nov 25, 2014

Some deep cuts here on the 40th anniversary of the death of Nick Drake. theatlantic.com/entertainment/…

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Ferguson Grand Jury Has Reached a Decision in Michael Brown Case

theatlantic.com — The grand jury in the Michael Brown shooting investigation has reportedly reached a decision on whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson on criminal charges related to Brown's death. An announcement on the decision is expected on Monday, and no matter the decision large scale demonstrations are expected in Ferguson, St.
Nov 25, 2014

The white ruling elite! Fuck over Ferguson AND enable years of rape culture on college campuses. America! theatln.tc/15qfG6G #UVrApe

Nov 25, 2014

RT @TheAtlantic: Liveblog: Ferguson protests spread to New York, Washington, Los Angeles, and Oakland theatln.tc/1v7YJpK

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Witnesses Saw Michael Brown Attacking-And Others Saw Him Giving Up

theatlantic.com — A grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri, has ruled that there is no probable cause to believe Officer Darren Wilson committed a crime when he killed Michael Brown. Prosecutor Robert McCulloch has now Put another way, in their estimation, the state doesn't possess enough facts to cause a reasonable person to conclude that criminal charges are true.
Nov 25, 2014

RT“@TheAtlantic: Significant contradictions between eyewitness accounts helped spare Darren Wilson from indictment theatln.tc/1pimvQB

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How Not to Make a PSA About Rape

theatlantic.com — Hungarian democracy has suffered a number of blows in recent years, including the erosion of media and religious freedoms and the rise of the fascist, anti-Semitic, homophobic Jobbik Party, while also producing more curious plans like a " fat tax" and the world's first " Internet tax."
Nov 25, 2014

Hungary tells women: If you don't want to get raped, don't eat hamburgers suggestively: theatlantic.com/international/…

Nov 25, 2014

I guess short skirts, high heels, make-up, dancing and drinking all call out "rape me!" says Hungarian police. theatlantic.com/international/…

FYI, See Below - The Atlantic

theatlantic.com — Email is the worst, but some emails are worse than others. The worst emails are forwards. And the worst forwards? Not the jokes your uncle sends you from his AOL account, but the ones your boss or your coworkers send along from some obscure corner of Administrivistan.
Nov 25, 2014

"Most work emails are purely defensive missives. They seek to shift effort, hide omissions, or provide cover" theatlantic.com/technology/arc…

Nov 25, 2014

"The power of the corporate email forward comes from the fact that its contents go unprocessed." FYI, See Below theatlantic.com/technology/arc…

Nov 25, 2014

Work email, as defined by @ibogost: A "futures market for excuses and rationales for not getting them done." theatlantic.com/technology/arc…

Nov 25, 2014

Corporate email "creates a futures market for excuses and rationales for not getting them done” theatlantic.com/technology/arc…

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Budweiser, Losing Ground to Craft Brews, Will Change Advertising to Attract Young Drinkers

theatlantic.com — Think about it: When was the last time you went to a bar, sat down, and ordered a Budweiser? That I'm even asking this question is remarkable. A couple of decades ago, Budweiser, owned by ABInbev, was the best-selling beer in the United States, and the brand your snobby European relatives brought up when insulting American beer.

Adults Who Live In Tree Houses

theatlantic.com — http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/383163/adults-who-live-in-tree-houses/ Would you live in a tree house? The appeal is obvious to any kid, but it can seem like a daunting idea for adults. In this short documentary, we interview a number of people who build, live in, and love tree houses. These are far from the tree forts of childhood memory, though.

Nudging College Students to Prevent Rape and Sexual Assault

theatlantic.com — In the summer of 1998, I carried a good friend off the roof of a UC Berkeley frat house. I didn't belong to the frat. In fact, neither of us were Berkeley students. We'd taken a road trip there for "welcome week" because, among my high school friends, the incoming freshmen at Berkeley were scheduled to begin college before anyone else.
Nov 25, 2014

"Even a light touch could accomplish a lot. 'Dude, you're drunk. Leave her alone. Eat this pizza.'" m.theatlantic.com/education/arch…

The Identity Crisis Under the Ink

theatlantic.com — Some weeks ago, during a bleary-eyed subway ride to work, I found myself staring at a young woman on the other side of the car. She wore business attire with a North Face jacket and flip-flops, and she had an infinity symbol tattooed along the outside of her left foot, only a portion of the loop had been left out to make room for the word Love.

'The President Will Have Some Deeper Things to Say'

theatlantic.com — In a ceremony that fell between the bookends of an exceptionally turbulent day, President Obama posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner on Monday. The highest civilian honor for three civil rights activists, who were murdered by klansmen and buried in a dam in Mississippi while working to enfranchise black voters in the summer of 1964.

The Gospel of Rudy Giuliani

theatlantic.com — On Sunday, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani went on Meet the Press to discuss the killing of Michael Brown. Giuliani offered the kind of candor and tough talk that almost made him president: The fact is that I find it very disappointing that you're not discussing the fact that 93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks.
Nov 25, 2014

This Ta-Nehisi Coates satire of Rudy Giuliani is delicious: theatln.tc/1xMRPbO

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Confessions of a Private Eye

theatlantic.com — "Investigator maintained visual contact of the subject." I became a private investigator in the 80s. When I started out, I had a pair of binoculars and a 35mm Pentax SLR with a zoom lens. I sat in the back of my surveillance vehicle with no connection to the outside world.

When Raising the Minimum Wage Isn't Enough

theatlantic.com — BURLINGTON, Vt.-Johann Kulsic arrived in this city with an optimistic feeling that he'd finally begun his ascendancy to the middle class. He'd been accepted into the University on Vermont with a partial scholarship, and he looked forward to leaving behind the poverty of his upbringing in Rhode Island, and making something of himself, perhaps studying computer science.
Nov 25, 2014

Good question | "If we raise wages but don’t stabilize people’s schedules, what does it do for them?" theatlantic.com/business/archi… on @TheAtlantic

Nov 25, 2014

Final vote today in SF on Retail Workers Bill of Rights, addressing scheduling problems I wrote about this morning. theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Nov 25, 2014

In what other state can a reporter separately run into both the governor and the state's only Congressman? #Vermont theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Nov 25, 2014

Vermont has some of the most progressive wage laws in the country, but workers are still struggling. My piece from VT theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Scenes from a Ferguson Protest in New York City

theatlantic.com — In the wake of the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday night, a crowd of about 300 protesters assembled in Union Square, just one of the many local protests in New York City, mirroring those across the country. Protesters carrying signs with the faces of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and other black victims of police violence.

Michele Flournoy Withdraws from Consideration for Defense Secretary

theatlantic.com — Michele Flournoy, a top candidate to replace Chuck Hagel as Defense secretary, has taken herself out of contention for the job just a day after President Obama announced its vacancy. A former senior official at the Pentagon, Flournoy was widely considered a leading contender to become the first woman ever to run the Defense Department.
Nov 25, 2014

Michele Flournoy will not be the first woman to the lead the Pentagon after all. theatlantic.com/politics/archi…