Reading List for November 17, 2017

Decivilization in the 1960s Although I take Steven Pinker’s intellectual authority with a grain of salt (I think he’s secretly a hopeless stuffed-shirt square with an axe to grind against deviants that dates back to high school and who as an adult and a scientist has become an enforcer for the establishment), the points he covers here to explain the increase in violence in America from the 60s-80s is interesting at the least.

Ronald Reagan and the Commitment of the Mentally Ill: Capital, Interest Groups and the Eclipse of Social Policy In a well-written 1998 article in the Electronic Journal of Sociology, Alexandar R Thomas writes about how Ronald Reagan fucked us all, including the mentally ill.

Wild Bill Hickok and the Dead Man’s Hand Legend of America presents a concise but thorough overview of the life and death of the outlaw lawman of the American West.


Case Closed? In Cleveland Magazine, Erick Trickey writes about the Cleveland Torso Murders, where at least 12 people were murdered and dismembered between 1936 and 1938. The case has never been solved, but the article focuses on a particularly appealing suspect.

Lost and Found in 5280, Robert Sanchez writes about NecroSearch, a non-profit team of investigators from a range of disciplines who in their free time both locate long-missing corpses and work forensics on them to implicate their murderers.

Iran’s Nuclear Scientists Are Not Being Assassinated. They Are Being Murdered In The Guardian, Mehdi Hasan clarifies how killing its enemies drags a liberal democracy into the gutter and how the language we use to describe such acts desensitizes us and dehumanizes them.

Welcome to the Jungle On Slate, Karen Olssen provides a clear-eyed view of the importance of Upton Sinclair’s 1906 exposé of the food industry.

On Cheat Mountain In a 1936 article Time Magazine recounts the details of an airplane crash that produced a valiant effort by one of the first flight attendants.

Who First Buried the Dead? In Aeon, Paige Madison writes about the recent discovery of an archaic human ancestor that appears to have buried their dead, an act that has long been thought to be peculiar to Homo sapiens.


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