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by andrew sullivan

Lauren Sherman checks in on the place of sponsored content in fashion blogging: [W]hile fashion has been slow to adapt digitally in so many ways, it was one of the first group of marketers to embrace native advertising. When fashion bloggers emerged...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Apple CEO Tim Cook officially exited the closet yesterday: For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Elizabeth Nolan Brown recently questioned the effectiveness of the Democrats’ War on Women rhetoric. Seth Masket asks for more evidence: One of the races frequently singled out for the failure of the war-on-women strategy is the Colorado Senate race,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Shannon Palus investigates eco-alternatives to traditional burial: There all kinds of green practices and products available these days on the so-called “death care” market. So many, in fact, that in 2005 Joe Sehee founded the Green Burial Council—a...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Visit the Met's New Exhibition "Death Becomes Her" Featuring the Not-So-Little Black Dress http://t.co/bcvZofk0dr pic.twitter.com/oP1ofMC3r4 — Paste Design (@Paste_Design) October 27, 2014 Hillary Kelly muses on an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum:...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Michael Specter tackles it: While there are no scientific data to demonstrate that millions of people have become allergic or intolerant to gluten (or to other wheat proteins), there is convincing and repeated evidence that dietary self-diagnoses are...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Mataconis argues that overall, the ongoing decline in oil prices is a boon to the US and other advanced industrial nations: Falling prices for oil will eventually filter through to the prices of the products derived from oil itself, including not only...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Stuart Vyse wonders: Halloween is a kind of Rorschach test of our common fears, and the available evidence suggests our nightmares fall into different categories. For example, we are afraid of murderous people and monsters, but we find them particularly...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Saturday, November 1, 2014
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Screenwriter Carey Hayes, who co-wrote the 2013 horror flick The Conjuring, discusses “the religious supernatural,” his term intended to distinguish his work from other scary movies: I coined the term to identify a certain framework, and, I suppose,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Saturday, November 1, 2014
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Adrienne Raphel reveals some fast food items on secret menus you’ve probably never heard of: In-N-Out Burger, the West Coast chain, has perhaps the most notorious fast-food secret menu. Since the nineteen-seventies, customers have been ordering Animal...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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A reader comments on this post: The excerpt from Elizabeth Nolan Brown quotes “increasing progressive activism around the idea that drunk people can’t give consent.” I’m troubled by this. The fact is, people can (and do) give consent while intoxicated....
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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John Lanchester analyzes food obsession: By the end of the twentieth century, it seemed that more or less the entire developed world was shopping and cooking and dining out in a way that was given over to self-definition and self-expression and identity-creation...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Allison Meier profiles some: In terms of abandonment, ghost towns get all the love — there are a spooky 160 of them on Atlas Obscura as of this writing. These gaping remains of human activity departed are both unnerving and often beautiful, but what...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Penny Bailey profiles a man with an extremely rare, “precious, life-saving” blood type – one shared by only 43 people since it was discovered in 1961: Rare negative blood is so sought after for research that even though all samples stored in blood...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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It seems safe to say that the GOP will pick up the Senate this year. No one can quite know the details yet, and the scale and extent of the wave (or not) remains again up in the air. But what this actually means – for policy and this presidency –...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Burkina Faso protests continue after army chief took power – opposition calls for civil rule http://t.co/9mCthlEV9e pic.twitter.com/9euG0gfjaM — AJE News (@AJENews) October 31, 2014 Burkina Faso’s president, Blaise Compaoré, stepped down today...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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And in the holiday spirit: Sam & Mattie are teenagers from Rhode Island. They are BEST friends. They met at Special Olympics while they were in grade school and have been pretty much inseparable since. For the most part, they’re normal teenage...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Matt O’Brien is disheartened by the above chart, which was created by Larry Summers: It shows how much more pessimistic the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has become about the economy, revising its estimate of potential economic down in each of...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Many readers are scratching their heads over this video: Oh c’mon – street harassment? I watched the video, read the posts, and I don’t see what the fuss is all about. Yes, it is cringe-worthy, especially where the guy walks along beside her for...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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A reader sums up a “bizarre race” in one district: The race in Massachusetts’s 6th Congressional District is getting strange. The National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same-sex marriage, is urging supporters to vote for Democrat Seth...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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In the past two days, NATO detected at least 19 Russian aircraft in international airspace. http://t.co/fajSgPzVQ0 pic.twitter.com/adRQ5MhZlX — Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 30, 2014 NATO reported an “unusual burst of activity” by Russia’s...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Nate Silver calculates that the “GOP’s chances of winning the Senate are 68.5 percent”: Which states to watch over this final weekend? I’d point to three: Alaska, Iowa and Kansas. Any polling at all in Alaska would be helpful. Iowa, depending...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Alyssa Rosenberg, addressing a recent post of mine, sharpens a point in our current debate: How much does masculine culture depend on women and femininity as a reference point? To what extent does asserting what it means to be a man necessitate pointing...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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John Hudson explains what a GOP Senate might mean for the torture report: If the Nov. 4 elections deliver a GOP-controlled Senate, the chairmanship of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee is likely to go to a North Carolinian whose unwavering support...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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For the first time in 14 years, Israeli authorities yesterday closed off the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary in the Old City of Jerusalem and prevented men under 50 from praying there this morning, out of fear of escalating tensions in the city amid whispers...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Because journalists will make far more money from it than the old, ethical variety. Because no one has come up with a business model that can compete with it for moolah. And, above all, because readers don’t really give a shit: If people are offended...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Megan McArdle proclaims that employers “shouldn’t just give their employees vacation days; they should force them to actually leave the office and go on vacation”: I don’t really need to extol the benefits to an employee of a few days off, but...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Samira Kawash details the rise of Halloween candy: Would you believe the earliest trick-or-treaters didn’t even expect to get candy? Back in the 1930s, when kids first started chanting “trick or treat” at the doorbell, the treat could be just about...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Jacob Sullum reports on its persistence: “The black-market prices are definitely lower than recreational prices,” says Michael Elliott, executive director of Colorado’s Marijuana Industry Group. “The taxes are a big reason why, the new testing...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Brian Merchant flags a study claiming that salt degradation “has caused tens of billions of dollars worth of damage, mars an area of cropland the size of Manhattan every week, and has hit nearly one-fifth of the world’s farmland so far”: “Salts...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Criminologist Scott Bonn concludes that “the image of the evil genius serial killer is mostly a Hollywood invention”: Hollywood has established a number of brilliant homicidal maniacs like John Doe in the acclaimed 1995 film Se7en. Doe personifies...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Sarah Varney covers Mississippi’s experience with Obamacare: “There are wide swaths of Mississippi where the Affordable Care Act is not a reality,” Conner Reeves, who led Obamacare enrollment at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, told...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Reviewing Harold Holzer’s Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion, Gary Wills marvels at how the president deftly handled newspaper editors and reporters, noting that journalism in his day “was a dirty game by later standards,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Virginia Hughes investigates the purpose of drug warning labels: Does anyone actually read them? There doesn’t seem to be a lot of research on that question, though the data that does exist suggests that some patients are more conscientious than I...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Sabato’s Crystal Ball spells it out: The 2014 midterm, no matter the outcome, does not hold real predictive value for 2016. We’ve often compared this year with 1986, where Democrats bounced back to capture the Senate on a highly favorable map in...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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A reader writes: Thanks for the interesting post ["The Complexion Of The Gun Rights Movement"]. It seems to me that in the the success of the civil rights movement owes almost nothing to the possession of firearms and almost everything to passive resistance...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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How Scotland would supposedly look in 2015 if today's MORI poll was the real thing: SNP 54, LAB 4, LDEM 1. pic.twitter.com/SXaNj98Nhx — Britain Elects (@britainelects) October 30, 2014 According to a remarkable new survey: The survey, by Ipsos Mori,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Paul Howard monitors the progress drug companies and government agencies are making: If Uncle Sam doesn’t shell out the money to help develop and then buy an Ebola vaccine, no one else will. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the only other...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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There was a little kerfuffle yesterday as Goldblog reported on an Obama bigwig calling Netanyahu a “chickenshit.” My favorite bit of the column was this nugget: “The Israelis do not show sufficient appreciation for America’s role in backing Israel,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Ramesh imagines the GOP reaction: Many conservatives … would argue that the party establishment had led them to ruin. The establishment largely got its way in the 2012 presidential primaries, and then got its way again in running an agenda-less general-election...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Yesterday, the Federal Reserve announced that it was halting the bond-buying program known as “quantitative easing”, the third round of which had begun in September 2012. While the Fed won’t divest itself of the more than $4 trillion in bonds it...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Our first installment of reader commentary on Sam Harris’ Waking Up addressed the question of the self’s existence – or lack thereof. More emails along those lines here and here. Many of the following do the same, while offering clarifications...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Joe Klein is struck how Democratic candidates have “emphasized women’s issues–equal pay, parental leave, abortion rights–in the hope of luring undecided, independent women to the fold”: [Campaigning on women's issues] has been effective and...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Charles Pierce doesn’t want Hillary to get the nomination without a fight. He identifies “the worst thing about accepting as axiomatic the notion of the cleared field”: It makes effective coalition-building beyond the mainstream impossible. Change...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Dahlia Lithwick argues that it’s no longer possible to hide scary news from one’s children: At a dinner party recently, pondering the tsunami of bad and worse news this summer, a group of parents I know wondered whether the world is just a much more...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Silver calculates them: Our model estimates that while Republicans have a 64 percent chance of winning the Senate eventually, there’s only a 27 percent chance they’ll be able to claim their victory within the first 24 hours or so after polls close...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Aaron David Miller’s latest book, The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President, makes the case that Washington, Lincoln, and FDR were America’s only truly “great” presidents, and as the title implies,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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As the above chart illustrates, the epidemic remains a serious public health crisis in parts of West Africa. Nonetheless, Helen Epstein sees signs that the tide may be turning in Liberia, where “the number of new cases each week … is falling, not...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Charles Kenny delivers a reality check: It’s not just that the link between growth and particular policies is weak—so is the link between growth and politicians as a whole, whatever their ideological persuasion. Bill Easterly and Steven Pennings...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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On Tuesday, the unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after launching: Ioffe highlights Russia’s reaction: Russia Today reported that the Antares rocket was “American-Ukrainian,” and other outlets ran with it. The spectacular failure, wroteone...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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