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Interesting Articles

"Sirius XM Radio Host Ron Bennington on Plimpton" discusses the creative process and art of interviewing people.

"Body Bagger in Iraq," is a first-person account of a Marine working in mortuary affairs. She was the one first on the scene to clean up and process dead soldiers. The article is heavy, so perhaps save it for after work. Here's a teaser:

“We all had the idea that at any point this could be us on the table,” she said. “I think Marines thought that we went over there to die. And so people wrote letters saying ‘If I die I want you to know I love you.’ ‘I want my car to go to my younger brother.’ Things like that. They carried those letters on their bodies. We had a Marine that we processed and going through his wallet he had a picture of a sonogram of a fetus his wife had sent him. And a lot of Marines had tattooed their vital information under an arm pit. It was called a meat tag.”

"Autistic boy, 12, with higher IQ than Einstein develops his own theory of relativity," while ostensibly about what the title suggests, is also a reminder that brilliant people are weird.

"White Whine" is a blog about the bullshit we complain about. It's hilarious, and the guy will get a book deal out of it.

"The Reagan shooting: A closer call than we knew" is a detailed look at the attempted assassination of Ronald Regan. 

"The Looming Male Backlash" is hilarious. Have you ever talked to an anti-Semite or spent any time on conspiracy theory message boards? The Jews are always up to something. That's how "feminist" articles read to me. The Men are always scheming with their little male hands, trying to oppress women.

The authors note that women are out-earning men, and graduating from colleges in greater proportion to men. Yet even these advances are part of a grand conspiracy. For example, putting a woman into a leadership position when a company needs strong leadership most, is actually a conspiracy theory designed to oppress women::

Plus, we now have entirely new battles to fight: take “The Glass Cliff” phenomenon, in which female business leaders are more likely to be appointed to powerful leadership positions when an organization is in crisis or high-risk circumstances. These women are set up for failure—blamed for negative outcomes that were set in motion well before they assumed their new roles. To give a few examples, Carly Fiorina (Hewlett Packard), Kate Swan (W. H. Smith) and Patricia Russo (Alcatel-Lucent) were appointed to top positions at a time of tumbling share prices. All were fired or pushed out of their jobs.

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