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An American Horror Story.

slate.com — In the last couple of years, Seph Lawless has photographed abandoned places including malls, factories, and houses to illustrate the costs of globalization and the impact of the Great Recession. Inherently, they've been pretty haunting images. But the photos in his new book, 13: An American Horror Story, of empty homes that...
Oct 31, 2014

These Are America’s Spookiest Homes slate.com/blogs/behold/2… via @slate Holy crap these are creepy.

Oct 31, 2014

In honor of Halloween, a nonenergy RT @Slate These are America's spookiest homes--PHOTOS: slate.me/1pbeQDJ

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Campaign contributions break records.

slate.com — If you really think about it, who among us hasn't been accused on television of coddling child molesters? A few years ago, in the spirit of Halloween, we created an "Evil Men in Black Robes" Halloween Spooktackular, pulling together some of the worst in scary judicial election attack ads. Well,...
Oct 31, 2014

'They make all of us feel filthy & sad': attack ads in partisan races for state court judges. slate.com/articles/news_…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @NormOrnstein: .@rickhasen & @Dahlialithwick on judicial elections--chilling,partisan quote from OH Supreme Ct Justice Judith French htt…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @rickhasen: Check out the picture in our piece on scary judicial election ads. Just chilling. slate.com/articles/news_… via @slate

Crash test dummies getting bigger to protect America’s obese drivers.

slate.com — America has a super-sized weight problem-one in three Americans are obese. And while the country's ever-expanding waistlines create many well-documented health dangers, there's one hazard you might not expect: Obese drivers are far more likely to die in a car crash. To help isolate exactly why that is, America's crash...
Oct 31, 2014

.@Slate: Americans are so fat Test Crash Dummies are now made huskier to correct for size. tinyurl.com/mso24km pic.twitter.com/eQGVUfLooR

Oct 31, 2014

We've come to this. MT @Slate Crash test dummies bulking up to keep America's overweight drivers safe: slate.me/1xGYlyp #fb

Oct 31, 2014

RT @Slate: Crash test dummies are bulking up to try to keep America's overweight drivers safe: slate.me/1xGYlyp pic.twitter.com/GgT7Ne2qxL

Oct 31, 2014

Sad RT @Slate: Crash test dummies bulking up to try to keep America's overweight drivers safe: slate.me/1xGYlyp pic.twitter.com/P20Xvvi1EN

Oct 31, 2014

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm? Crash Test Dummies pack on pounds to keep up with Americans slate.com/blogs/the_slat… via @slate

Is The Rocky Horror Picture Show good for the gays?

slate.com — It's Halloween, and Logo, the gay-well, gayish-cable network has a very straightforward schedule: From 10 a.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday, it's airing The Rocky Picture Show over and over and over again. Rocky Horror is a fine choice for Halloween entertainment. Apart from anything else, the movie has been one of the richest...
Oct 31, 2014

As a teen I first realized gay people were normal freaks like me at ROCKY HORROR, Oriental Theater, Milwaukee slate.com/blogs/outward/…

Oct 31, 2014

Is The Rocky Horror Picture Show good for the gays? Fun from @junethomas. Read it, children. slate.com/blogs/outward/… via @SlateOutward @Slate

Oct 31, 2014

I like this in theory but I wish they could have come up with a better framing than "was it good for the gays" slate.com/blogs/outward/…

Oct 31, 2014

There's more to Rocky Horror than a fishnets-and-bustier Halloween costume, children: slate.me/1tpmhWc

The resignation of Michigan’s villainous athletic director is why we like college sports.

slate.com — On Sept. 27, the Michigan football team was losing badly at home to Minnesota, a team the Wolverines typically destroy. The loss would drop Michigan to 2-3 on the season, a new low point for a program that's found a number of creative ways to embarrass itself over the last...
Oct 31, 2014

RT @Slate: The Resignation of Michigan's Villainous Athletic Director Is Why We Like College Sports slate.me/1xJ4TMN pic.twitter.com/2zKEEdpghP

Oct 31, 2014

Dave Brandon getting run out of town by pitchfork wielding mob = triumph of American civics slate.com/articles/sport…

The United States is being pulled deeper into a deadly crisis.

slate.com — America's war against ISIS is quickly turning into a quagmire. A few signs of progress have sprung up in recent days. U.S. airstrikes have slowed down the Islamist group's onslaught against the Kurdish town of Kobani in northern Syria. A much-cheered caravan of Kurdish peshmerga fighters is making its way...
Oct 31, 2014

The US is already in a quagmire in Iraq and there are no easy ways out for Obama slate.me/10GHuSl

Judge Charles LaVerdiere rejects Gov. Paul LePage's request to quarantine Ebola nurse.

slate.com — Make that Kaci Hickox 2, quarantine-happy governors 0. A Maine judge on Friday rejected the state's request to quarantine Hickox in her home, ruling that the Doctors Without Borders nurse does not pose enough of a health risk to justify her forced confinement. Judge Charles LaVerdiere's order states matter-of-factly that Hickox...
Nov 01, 2014

RT @drdahahn: "The court is fully aware of the misconceptions, misinformation, bad science, and bad information being spread... fb.me/2xLZ6vAYo

The TV adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s novel, reviewed.

slate.com — Like its heroine, Olive Kitteridge, the four-hour miniseries airing this Sunday and Monday on HBO, is quietly indomitable, more admirable than easily loveable, more likely to get under your skin than send a shock through your system. A decidedly not-warm wife, mother, and teacher, Olive (Frances McDormand) has a sharp...
Oct 31, 2014

RT @willapaskin: Olive Kitteridge, the character, stayed with me for longer than characters usually do slate.com/articles/arts/…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @willapaskin: Olive Kitteridge, the character, stayed with me for longer than characters usually do slate.com/articles/arts/…

Oct 31, 2014

Olive Kitteridge, the character, stayed with me for longer than characters usually do slate.com/articles/arts/…

Early season snowstorm zeroes in on the Carolinas and New England.

slate.com — A Halloween winter storm is underway in the Midwest, and odds of measurable snow-while still low-are also creeping up for the Deep South and New England. Chicago's first-ever White Halloween is already in the books. America's favorite weather buzzword is also back: One meteorologist has already dubbed the coming storm...
Oct 31, 2014

RT @Slate: Snowstorms might be headed toward the Carolinas and New England: slate.me/1pbfCRc

Oct 31, 2014

RT @EricHolthaus: An early season winter storm is aiming for the Carolinas & New England. Full update: slate.com/blogs/future_t… http://t.co/J…

Two lawsuits allege rape at the Georgia Tech Phi Kappa Tau house.

slate.com — Last October, a Georgia Tech student was serving as the social chair of campus fraternity Phi Kappa Tau when he sent out a frat-wide email entitled "Luring Your Rapebait." It culminated in this advice: A short guide ... the 7 E's of HOOKING UP! 1. Encounter (spot a girl or group...
Oct 31, 2014

Last year, a GA Tech frat boy said his "rapebait" email was a joke. Now, two women say they were raped at the house. slate.me/1q9WhuJ

Oct 31, 2014

two lawsuits allege serial rape at the "rapebait" frat house slate.com/blogs/xx_facto…

Harry Houdini séances happen every Halloween

slate.com — Atlas Obscura on Slate is a blog about the world's hidden wonders. Like us on Facebook, Tumblr, or follow us on Twitter. Every year on Halloween, magic enthusiasts across the country gather to rouse Harry Houdini from eternal slumber. When the great escapologist died on October 31, 1926, he left...

What are the best musicals of Broadway’s Golden Age? Behind the Library of America selections.

slate.com — What are the greatest American musicals of the Golden Age? It's an enjoyable enough parlor game to be played in a post-show reverie over Manhattans and gin-and-tonics on the red-checked tablecloths of Joe Allen's. Answering that question for posterity is another matter entirely. When I proposed the task of selecting...
Oct 31, 2014

RT @Slate: These are the best musicals of Broadway's Golden Age (West Side Story didn't make the cut). slate.me/1pbcB3n pic.twitter.com/Nu5BgYFq5u

The pumpkin Sun.

slate.com — Even the Sun is getting into the holiday spirit. That image, taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Oct. 8, 2014, shows places on the Sun where magnetic activity is high. In the far ultraviolet, the intense energies tossed around by these ridiculously strong magnetic fields can be seen, in...

Hollaback's look at street harassment in NYC edited out the white guys.

slate.com — On Tuesday, Slate and everyone else posted a video of a woman who is harassed more than 100 times by men as she walks around New York City for ten hours. More specifically, it's a video of a young white woman who is harassed by mostly black and Latino men...
Oct 30, 2014

RT @clementine_ford: The problem with that catcalling video? They edited out the white guys: slate.com/blogs/xx_facto…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @SunnyHostin: Catcalling video - editing out all the catcalling white guys, maybe you should try another take. slate.com/blogs/xx_facto…

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Serial podcast episode 6, "The Case Against Adnan Syed," dissected. Did Adnan Syed kill Hae Min Lee? (AUDIO)

slate.com — Serial, a new podcast from This American Life, is investigating the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, a Baltimore area high school student. Here at Slate we are following the story closely, discussing each new episode as it appears. This week, Katy Waldman and David Haglund are joined by Mike Pesca, who interviewed the...
Oct 31, 2014

THANK YOU @SLATE! I needed this: Did Adnan do it? An in-depth discussion of the latest ep of @Serial slate.com/blogs/browbeat… via @BrowBeat

Oct 31, 2014

RT @xwaldieeeeeeek: New Serial Spoiler Special is up! Come for Nisha, stay for marvelous guest star @pescami (and of course @dbhaglund) slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Lessons from Ebola, enterovirus, MERS, influenza.

slate.com — Ebola. Enterovirus D68. MERS. Influenza H7N9, H10N8, H5N1, H1N1. Chikungunya. Babesia. Heartland virus. Zika virus. Anaplasma. Some of these pathogens are infamous. They make the news because they cause dramatic symptoms or have high death rates. Some are newly discovered viruses that we've never previously encountered in nature. Others are...
Oct 31, 2014

RT @rocza: "We are awash in epidemics, large and small, localized and global." slate.com/articles/healt… by @aetiology

Oct 31, 2014

We will always have new epidemics. #Ebola will not be the last. Human behavior is biggest Q. By @aetiology slate.com/articles/healt… via @slate

The state’s failures are rooted in its violent and racist history.

slate.com — Driven by its high poverty rate, Mississippi ranks low on health and wellness. It has one the highest rates of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes in the country, as well as the highest mortality rate for infants and adults. These ills are worst among its black residents: 43.2 percent of...
Oct 31, 2014

The broader story here is that a federalist approach to anti-poverty policy is bound to fail low-income blacks. slate.com/articles/news_…

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Protesters compared to black Americans.

slate.com — A prominent Hong Kong political figure says protesters in her city shouldn't be upset by the slow pace of democratic reforms because black Americans also had to wait many years for voting rights. From The Standard: The chairwoman of the Financial Services Development Council, Laura Cha Shih May-lung, has spelled...
Oct 31, 2014

How not to win over the Hong Kong protesters: telling them to wait for voting rights like American slaves did slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

Oct 31, 2014

So, the conclusion here is wrong—Hong Kong demonstrators shouldn’t wait for democracy—but the assertion isn’t. slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

What to know about the Marvel movies' oddest new superheroes.

slate.com — Marvel Studios announced its superhero plans for 2016 and beyond in a splashy media event Tuesday, and even casual fans have plenty to get excited about: High-wattage sequels like Thor: Ragnarkok, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Captain America: Civil War, and a third Avengers movie so massive it needs a...
Oct 31, 2014

RT @Slate: Wait, what's an Inhuman? A primer on Marvel Studios' oddest new superheroes. slate.me/1xIgyLM pic.twitter.com/xkxP8ekcvC

Oct 31, 2014

RT @jon_fischer: For @slate, I wrote a primer on the Inhumans and Lockjaw, the greatest dog in the universe slate.me/1rGpJrF

Oct 31, 2014

For @slate, I wrote a primer on the Inhumans and Lockjaw, the greatest dog in the universe slate.me/1rGpJrF