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The American Victims of Israeli-Palestinian Violence

theatlantic.com — As violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank continued on Friday, another American became a casualty of the conflict. Reuters confirmed the death of Orwah Hammad, a 14-year-old boy, who "was born in New Orleans and came to the West Bank at age six." A State Department official (anonymously) confirmed his American citizenship.
Oct 24, 2014

An ominous uptick in the number of Americans killed by violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: theatlantic.com/international/…

John Wick: An Idiot Killed His Puppy and Now Everyone Must Die

theatlantic.com — Presumably there's a reason why we're so fascinated by hitmen in popular culture-possibly something to do with their uncomplicated codes, and their brutal efficiency, and their roles as godlike arbiters in the eternal gamble of life versus death.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @TanyaPai: .@sophiegg def wrote this RT @TheAtlantic: Our review of John Wick: An idiot killed his puppy, now everyone must die theatlantic.com/entertainment/…

A School Shooting Outside of Seattle

theatlantic.com — A school shooting was reported in Marysville, Washington just before 2:15 p.m. ET Friday, the shooting is believed to have began at 1:45 p.m. Washington State Patrol arrived at the scene just north of Seattle along with an ambulance, however, the police department has not yet offered details on the incident.

The Graduate Schools With the Richest Alums

theatlantic.com — With a median salary of $201,000, alums of Harvard Law School earn more than any other graduate school after ten years in the workforce, according to a new survey from PayScale. The survey, which also studied 600 business schools and master's and doctorate programs, found that the most valuable U.S.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @billdouglass: A bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering is worth more than any graduate* degree ('cept PE) theatln.tc/1D7RUpD

Oct 24, 2014

A BA in Petroleum Engineering is worth more than a typical graduate degree in law, business, comp-sci ... anything. theatlantic.com/business/archi…

The Best Nurses for Ebola: Robots?

theatlantic.com — Michelle Dynes and Anne Purfield, two CDC epidemiologists, recently returned to the U.S. from Sierra Leone, where they had been responding to the county's Ebola outbreak. They told the story of a baby whose mother had died of the disease, and who had been placed, for the safety of hospital workers, in a box.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @megangarber: Ebola preys on the human body by way of the human soul. The best tools for treatment take humans out of the equation. theatlantic.com/health/archive…

Oct 24, 2014

Ebola preys on the human body by way of the human soul. The best tools for treatment take humans out of the equation. theatlantic.com/health/archive…

You Don't Have to Feel Your Breasts

theatlantic.com — In October of my freshman year of college, a women's group on campus made pink shirts that had two painted handprints on the chest, along with the slogan, "Feel Your Breasts." They were cute. They were cheeky. They were provocative, in a body-positive way. They were also, sadly, unnecessary.
Oct 24, 2014

You don't need to do monthly breast self exams. Instead, here's the real way to catch breast cancer: theatlantic.com/health/archive…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @TheAtlanticHLTH: Breast self-exams haven't been shown to save lives. Here's how to actually tell if you might have breast cancer theatlantic.com/health/archive…

The Allure of Radical Islam in Canada

theatlantic.com — "Five years ago we weren't as worried about domestic terrorism as we are now," said Richard Fadden. He explained why: In the 1990s and early 2000s, Islamic terrorism was perpetrated by structured organizations with lines of command-groups like al-Qaeda and Somalia's al-Shabab.
Oct 24, 2014

ICYMI How to understand do it yourself terror attacks in Canada? theatlantic.com/international/…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @AntoniaZ: Oct Crisis, Air India, Mtl Massacre, anti-abortion violence killed more Cdns than radical Islam, David Frum theatln.tc/1sYzXHw #cdnpoli

Oct 24, 2014

Oct Crisis, Air India, Mtl Massacre, anti-abortion violence killed more Cdns than radical Islam, David Frum theatln.tc/1sYzXHw #cdnpoli

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Annie Lennox, Let Twerkers Twerk

theatlantic.com — "Twerking is not feminism," Annie Lennox declared in a recent interview with NPR after Steve Innskeep her opinion of Beyoncé. "It's not-it's not liberating, it's not empowering. It's a sexual thing that you're doing on a stage; it doesn't empower you. That's my feeling about it." This is a consistent stance for Lennox.

Once ISIS Has Chemical Weapons

theatlantic.com — Throughout this unrelenting spate of recent Middle Eastern conflicts, the specter of chemical weapons have spurred the drawing of red lines and the sending of arms. For ISIS, its bloody advance across Iraq and Syria was cause enough to inspire American airstrikes as well as the arming of opposition forces, but now the radical Sunni Islamist group is also being accused of committing attacks using chemical weapons.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @TheAtlantic: Iraq claims the Islamic State used chlorine gas in at least three attacks theatlantic.com/international/…

The Case for Trailer Parks

theatlantic.com — You've seen it before: a house, on a truck, on a highway, slowing down traffic with its yellow "OVERSIZED LOAD" sign, its tan vinyl siding nearly screaming "Trailer Park!" The snobs among us may judge these pre-fab homes as shoddily built, cheap eyesores in a country that's increasingly eschewing the suburbs for walkable urban areas.
Oct 24, 2014

The Case for Trailer Parks - why homes made in a factory might help solve the affordable housing shortage. My story: theatlantic.com/business/archi…

The President's Top Lawyer Doesn't Want to Be His Attorney General

theatlantic.com — President Obama will not nominate his former White House counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, to succeed Eric Holder as attorney general after she withdrew her name from consideration for the post. White House officials confirmed on Friday both that Obama had asked Ruemmler to think about replacing Holder and that she informed him this week that she did not want to be nominated.
Oct 24, 2014

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Birdman: A Giddy Fantasia of Broadway (and Superheroes)

theatlantic.com — Befitting the errant, bravura visuals, Birdman is a film in which almost nothing is adequately tethered. Riggan is coming gradually unglued as we watch, torn between ambition and exhaustion, the potential glory of artistic success and the easier consolations found inside a whiskey bottle.
Oct 24, 2014

Iñárritu's Birdman is a gonzo, tour-de-force black comedy, and one of the best films of the year. My review: theatlantic.com/entertainment/… #Birdman

'What the War on Terror Actually Looks Like': Laura Poitras on Citizenfour

theatlantic.com — The ultimate insider's exposé of the National Security Agency is about to hit theaters. When opensFriday in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras will have given moviegoers an unprecedented look at whistleblower Edward Snowden as he pulled back the curtain on mass surveillance in the United States and the world.
Oct 24, 2014

'What the War on Terror Actually Looks Like': My interview with Laura Poitras theatlantic.com/politics/archi…

A Moonlighting Post Office

theatlantic.com — Spitballing ideas to head off the looming death of the United States Postal Service is a national pastime at this point. Should the aging institution embrace 3-D printing? Have its trucks install sensors to collect data? Slash Saturday delivery? Offer basic banking services? Meanwhile, the deck chairs on the S.S.