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Dogs (and Cats) Can Love

theatlantic.com — I'm not a dog person. I prefer cats. Cats make you work to have a relationship with them, and I like that. But I have adopted several dogs, caving in to pressure from my kids. The first was Teddy, a rottweiler-chow mix whose bushy hair was cut into a lion mane.
RT @bairdjulia: Don't you love when scientists confirm the bleedingly obvious? This study confirms dogs love. As do cats. Goats, too. theatlantic.com/health/archive…
Don't you love when scientists confirm the bleedingly obvious? This study confirms dogs love. As do cats. Goats, too. theatlantic.com/health/archive…
"That's how I ended up in Arkansas with a goat in my lap." The science of animal/human bonding. m.theatlantic.com/health/archive…
SMH cc: @ricksantorum RT: @akmattos: "we essentially found that the goat might have been in love with the dog." theatlantic.com/health/archive…
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Game of Thrones Stumbles Into Rape

theatlantic.com — So, about what happened in the Sept of Baelor... If you watched "Breaker of Chains," the Game of Thrones episode that aired Sunday night, you were probably shocked by a scene in which Jaime Lannister rapes his twin sister, Cersei, by the body of their dead son, the murdered kinglet Joffrey.
And re: rape culture, WTF were #GameOfThrones' showrunners thinking? "Know what this show really needs? More rape" m.theatlantic.com/entertainment/…
This passage of prose is why it is impossible for me to read a single page of George RR Martin. theatlantic.com/entertainment/…
RT @DouthatNYT: "... this time they did it so carelessly that even they didn’t recognize where it had taken them." Yep. http://t.co/5R4YviG…
RT @ginatrapani: Game of Thrones show runners say Cersei/Jaime scene was consensual. Deluded much? (trigger warning) theatlantic.com/entertainment/…
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The Fake 'Asian' Who Fooled 18th-Century London

theatlantic.com — A Modest Proposal makes a passing reference to "the famous Psalmanazar, a native of the island Formosa." This blond, blue-eyed "savage" claimed people ate children in his homeland. "When any young person happened to be put to death," Jonathan Swift recounted, "the executioner sold the carcass to persons of quality as a prime dainty."

My Students Don't Know How to Have a Conversation

theatlantic.com — Recently I stood in front of my class, observing an all-too-familiar scene. Most of my students were covertly-or so they thought-pecking away at their smartphones under their desks, checking their Facebook feeds and texts. As I called their attention, students' heads slowly lifted, their eyes reluctantly glancing forward.

The Dark History of EI, the Latest Frat Accused of Rapey Emails

theatlantic.com — When I started as a student at American University a decade ago, freshman women were warned to stay away from parties hosted by an unofficial fraternity called Epsilon Iota, or EI. And we largely did-apparently to the dismay of EI members.
RT @kalanigordon: The dark history of EI, the latest frat accused of rapey emails (American University, former Alpha Tau Omega): j.mp/1f2UKXe
The dark history of EI, the latest frat accused of rapey emails (American University, former Alpha Tau Omega): j.mp/1f2UKXe
The dark history of EI, the latest frat-like group accused of sending rapey emails: theatlantic.com/health/archive…

Your Friendly Neighborhood Drug Dealer

theatlantic.com — As "Carlo" walks around New York City, his gentle manner, warm smile, and crisp button-down shirts do nothing to betray that he has some $10,000 in illegal drugs stashed in his pockets. In his 30s and from the Upper West Side, Carlo is a high-end dealer in some of New York's purest narcotics.
“This isn’t something I can do forever. People always get caught." Your Friendly Neighborhood Drug Dealer: theatlantic.com/features/archi…
RT @TheAtlantic: The life of your neighborhood drug dealer: Working in America's black-market economy theatln.tc/1f0lirV #longreads
"The margins get thinner every year.” theatlantic.com/features/archi… Behind the scenes of the everyday black-market drug economy by @RoyKlabin
RT @TheAtlantic: Your friendly neighborhood drug dealer: What it's like to work in America's everyday black-market theatln.tc/1f0lirV
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How Did Canada's Middle Class Get So Rich?

theatlantic.com — America's middle class has been richest in the world for decades, but as David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy write in the Times' new site The Upshot, we've lost that distinction to our neighbors from the north. Canada is officially home to the richest middle class on the planet, according to figures crunched from the Luxembourg Income Study Database.
#Canada's rich middle class (compared to peer nations) prompts envious debate south of the border theatlantic.com/business/archi…
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The Redemption Song of Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter

theatlantic.com — The New York Times obituary of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was long on detail about the man's grim upbringing, boxing prowess, and wrongful convictions, but dreadfully short on the many ways in which he spent the last decades of his life helping other exonerees.
"Hello, my name is Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, and I am happy to be here. I am happy to be ANYWHERE." theatlantic.com/national/archi…
Less like a hurricane, more like a comet. How Rubin Carter changed the world, one speech, one exoneration, at a time. theatlantic.com/national/archi…
RT @CBSAndrew: Redemption Song. Just posted @TheAtlantic my new piece on the life and death of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. http://t.co/npTwHc…
Redemption Song. Just posted @TheAtlantic my new piece on the life and death of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. theatlantic.com/national/archi…

The Class War Inside the Republican Party

theatlantic.com — It took David Perdue about 20 seconds of speechifying to expose a tension roiling the Republican Party. Speaking in January, the former business executive turned Georgia candidate for U.S. Senate asked a group of local Republicans to parse the resumes of his primary foes. "There's a high-school graduate in this race, okay?"