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Old 03-09-2015, 09:14 PM
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Not as long as many in this thread, but doesn't really fit anywhere else. It's a nice essay on the dangers of enforced optimism. The Happiness Conspiracy: Against Optimism and The Cult of Positive Thinking
Something I have to complain about is the way that (some) people complain about my complaining.

I think there is a lot of confusion between pessimism and depression.
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Old 03-19-2015, 04:46 PM
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This could probably also go in the mental illness thread, but it is pretty long.

Rogue Wounds | Lapham's Quarterly

It's about malingering and battle fatigue and hysteria and the bizarre lengths to which the medical establishment goes to maintain a social narrative, and it is very good.

There's also a scene in which a guy tackles a lady and forcibly wrests her faux prolapse (fauxlapse) from her rectum, and a guy dies of nostalgia, and it tells you how to make fake polyps out of rooster nards.

You like that sort of thing.
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:47 PM
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:13 AM
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This is a really good example of the kind of thing that longform journalism is best at: Taking something that could easily be cast as simple outrage bait and actually explaining how things got the way they did.

Rape, Drugs and Disorder Shake California Group Home and Provoke Reform Efforts - ProPublica
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This series on domestic violence in South Carolina just won a Pulitzer. It is definitely long, in eight installments, but it's worth the time, I think. (I read the first couple installments yesterday, and just started on the third now when it occurred to me I should post it.)

Till Death Do Us Part | The Post and Courier
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If Obama Had Governed Like This in 2009, He'd Be the Transformational President We Hoped For | Alternet

The writer was channeling me.
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:05 AM
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Not sure if this is long enough to satisfy lisarea's needs, but it looks worthwhile and I haven't had time to finish it so Ima leave it here for laters:

Are Economists in Denial About What's Driving the Inequality Trainwreck? | naked capitalism

From the linkWhat’s really causing the growing gap between haves and have-nots? Is it mechanical market forces? Outsourcing? Real estate? As Taylor sees it, economists have gotten the answer wrong. Worker exploitation and outsized business profits are factors, but even more key are the unjustified payments to the wealthy generated by our outsized financial sector. This hasn’t just “happened.” Flawed economic theory and politicians beholden to the rich lead to policies that make it happen. We can fix the problem, but it will take bold steps.
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Not sure if this is long enough to satisfy lisarea's needs
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Old 03-25-2016, 12:44 PM
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Once you finish bingeing OITNB, read this:

My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard
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Old 06-25-2016, 11:19 PM
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This is a pretty good article, and you should read it if you know how.

The Disadvantages of Being Stupid - The Atlantic

(And I just now notice that it's not really all that long, I guess. But I'm already here, so.)
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Given the subject of the article it would be churlish of me to mock you for stupidly only noticing too late that it's not really all that long. Also because it's still too long for me.

I am all for mocking stupid people, like 52% of British people, but I'm very keen on angrily mocking and voting out the people who both increased the number of stupid people (by destroying education) and denying people opportunities (by so many means).
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I mean, yeah, I mock stupid people too, but it's that ignorance + arrogance type of stupid usually. The sort of thing that causes people to express very strong opinions about things they don't understand. That's not just low IQ, but low barriers to confidence. Like, I don't even know if Trump supporters are actually lower IQ or if they're just intellectually lazy and prone to emotional arguments.

I've probably told this story before because I have been here way too long and am running out of stories I haven't told you yet, but I used to work with this woman who was a little slow. She was perfectly functional and all, but she just had a hard time sometimes grasping complicated or abstract concepts and things like that. But she was really great. She had sort of hit her career ceiling and was happy to stay right where she was, basically doing the things other people considered tedious, like proofreading and filing and organizing things. And she was really good at them. Because she wasn't bored, she didn't fuck up from inattention like bored people do.

And that was fantastic because she was taking a lot of the burden off other people, freeing up their time, and doing a better job at that sort of thing than any of us did. She was really happy with things just the way they were, she didn't have ambitions to move up in the organization or anything, because she loved the job she had already.

And when she told our boss that in her annual review, HE FIRED HER. He fired her for recognizing that her abilities were best suited for the position she already had, and for being happy with things the way they were.

Of course, everyone else was pissed off as hell when we found out, but it was a very tough job market at the time, so we couldn't just up and quit. So we just simmered and everyone hated their jobs a little more after that.
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Yes, there's a big difference (in mockworthiness) between anti-intellectual stupid people (which your Repubs seem to have been very keen on creating) and people of simply low intelligence who aren't arrogant about it.
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NO IT IS YOUR TURN TO BE THOSE GUYS.

Suck it up for a week, Joe, and then you can go back to blaming us.
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Suck it up for a week, Joe, and then you can go back to blaming us.
Yes ma'am :deepsigh:
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Fine! I will stop calling all of the annoying drivers on the road stupid idiots. I already had to give up lame so as not to insult people with bad legs. I'm just going to have to go with cockwomble from now on.
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Suck it up for a week, Joe, and then you can go back to blaming us.
Yes ma'am :deepsigh:
The week's over, btw.
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The new science of cute | Neil Steinberg | World news | The Guardian

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Why I hitchhiked the Rust Belt in search of the American man | US news | The Guardian
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It's not superlong. But it's a good read.
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