Thrusday Ten

There’s a lot of Ebola stuff on here, sorry about that.

  • What If You Just Don’t Know If You Want Kids? Many women are certain they want kids someday. A smaller number are positive they don’t. But there’s another group that isn’t the subject of many hand-wringing studies or best-selling books: the ambivalent. The ones who vacillate between “I don’t feel compelled to have children” and “What if I regret not having had children?” (New York Magazine)
  • Hell in the Hot Zone: As the Ebola epidemic rages, two questions have emerged: How did the deadly virus escape detection for three months? And why has a massive international effort failed to contain it? Traveling to Meliandou, a remote Guinean village and the likely home of Patient Zero, Jeffrey E. Stern tracks the virus’s path—and the psychological contagion that is still feeding the worst Ebola outbreak in history. (Vanity Fair)
  • Why Don’t We Treat Teeth Like the Rest of Our Bodies? Dental care is excluded from most insurance plans for a bizarre and antiquated reason, and millions of people suffer as a result. (Atlantic) Note: I do go to the dentist regularly, but it took me a long time before I did. Thanks, mom and dad, for convincing me to go.
  • Forget GMOs. The Future of Food Is Data—Mountains of It: Inside a squat building on San Francisco’s 10th Street, packed into a space that looks a lot like a high school chem lab, Hampton Creek is redesigning the food you eat. Mixing and matching proteins found in the world’s plants, the tiny startup already has created a reasonable facsimile of the chicken egg—an imitation of the morning staple that’s significantly cheaper, safer, and possibly healthier than the real thing—and now it’s working to overhaul other foods in much the same way. (Wired)


The Thursday Ten

As was the case last week, many of these are depressing. But there are a couple of not-quite-so-depressing ones, plus some nice bonus links. One of the links I’d originally suggested if you only read one article, read that one, but after reading some more (especially the Why I Stayed and the Afghan Girls articles), I feel like there are several y’all should read.

  • How Police Caught The Cop Who Allegedly Sexually Abused 8 Black Women: Prosecutors say Officer Daniel Holtzclaw made a mistake after a series of sexual assaults on black women in Oklahoma City — he profiled the wrong woman. His family says he’s a victim of “solicited testimony” from women who have “personal motives” to lie. BuzzFeed News reports from the Oklahoma County courtroom where, Wednesday, prosecutors described a pattern of sexual harassment and assault. (Buzzfeed)
  • DATAcide: The Total Annihilation of Life as We Know It (Adbusters) Note: This is possibly one of the best I’ve ever read. Exquisite. Though probably, as my sister agreed, because it sounds like something William Gibson would’ve written.
  • How “Empire Records” Became The Unlikely Film Of A Generation: Engineered to be the teen-movie equivalent of the mid-’90s alt-rock zeitgeist, Empire Records flopped in the theaters, only to become a cult classic a generation later. For the first time, the people who made the movie talk about how it came together, why it bombed, and how it found its second life. (Buzzfeed) Note: I am one of those in betweeners who loved this movie. It was everything I didn’t know I wanted. And, to this day, my sister and friends of mine will quote this movie to each other. It’s that good to us.
  • The Afghan Girls Who Live as Boys:  In a society that demands sons at almost any cost, some families are cutting their daughters’ hair short and giving them male names. (The Atlantic)
  • “Son, Men Don’t Get Raped” Sexual assault is alarmingly common in the U.S. military, and more than half of the victims are men. According to the Pentagon, thirty-eight military men are sexually assaulted every single day. These are the stories you never hear—because the culprits almost always go free, the survivors rarely speak, and no one in the military or Congress has done enough to stop it (GQ) Note: Trigger warnings for sexual assault and graphic descriptions of rape. 

Today’s bonus links are animals and books!

  • Scientists uncover five new species of ‘toupee’ monkeys in the Amazon: While saki monkeys may be characterized by floppy mops of hair that resemble the worst of human toupees, these acrobatic, tree-dwelling primates are essential for dispersing seeds across the vast Amazon landscape as they primarily dine on fruit. After long being neglected by both scientists and conservationists, a massive research effort by one intrepid researcher has revealed the full-scale of saki monkey diversity, uncovering five new species. (Mongabay)
  • New 96-Page Murakami Work Coming in December: Haruki Murakami’s next book, “The Strange Library,” sounds surreal and experimental even for an author whose work features talking cats, giant frogs and malicious miniature people. (New York Times) Note: I am buying this. I need to own this. I need to own all Murakami, tbh.