Yes, I’m back! With more depressing articles for your weekend. Please don’t hate me too much. This week there’s an article that will make you cry, another that will make you angry and one that will make you wonder what the world has come to. But, if you make it to the end, there’s some fun and interesting things waiting for you.
- Ebola and ISIS Are Making American Voters Go Crazy: Here’s How Irrational Fears Shape Elections. (New Republic)
- EXPOSED After an accidental needle stab, a doctor’s Ebola watch begins (Washington Post)
- On Kindness: My mother is sick. (Matter/Medium) This is a phenomenal and heartbreaking read.
- Brittany Maynard and the debate about death that America needs to have: Maynard’s death was a suicide, but a legal one. The 29-year-old, who was terminally ill with a rare and advanced brain cancer known as a glioblastoma multiforme, had moved to Oregon to use the state’s Death With Dignity law. (Vox)
- Medical firm profited on pain with knockoff spine surgery hardware (Center for Investigative Reporting aka CIR)
- The Art of Not Working at Work At first, the ability to check email, read ESPN, or browse Zappos while on the job may feel like a luxury. But in time, many crave more meaningful—and more demanding—responsibilities. (The Atlantic)
- The greatest story Reddit ever told (Kernal/Daily Dot) Note: I’m not a fan of Reddit at all, I rarely ever visit there, but this story is fascinating and, strangely, heartwarming.
- How to defend yourself on the Internet (Kernal/Daily Dot) Note: Also from Reddit, this story is not so nice, but also encouraging. And the author is amazing.
- The Alex from Target marketing hoax was itself a marketing hoax: because everything on the Internet is a lie (Washington Post)
- The Internet Arcade: The Internet Arcade is a web-based library of arcade (coin-operated) video games from the 1970s through to the 1990s, emulated in JSMAME, part of the JSMESS software package. Containing hundreds of games ranging through many different genres and styles, the Arcade provides research, comparison, and entertainment in the realm of the Video Game Arcade. (Internet Archive)
- These Secret Cold War Radio Stations Are Still Broadcasting: In the early days of espionage, long before the advent of burner phones, satcoms, and other modern-day spy gadgets, getting word to field agents—especially those working behind the Iron Curtain—proved a dangerous game with global consequences should the agent’s cover be blown. But that’s where number stations, and their uncrackable radio codes, come in. (Gizmodo)