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The Mind Is The Body

By Emily Anthes/Undark

Nearly two decades ago, Donna Jackson Nakazawa's immune system launched a misguided attack on her own body. Her white blood cells - which typically fight off invading pathogens - went to war against her nerves, destroying the layer of fatty insulation that helps nerve cells transmit their signals. Nakazawa, a journalist and author, had Guillain-BarreĢ syndrome, a rare autoimmune condition that caused muscle spasms and left her temporarily unable to walk.

But alongside these physical symptoms, she also began to feel as though something had gone amiss in her mind. She developed severe anxiety and began experiencing troubling memory lapses, even forgetting how to tie her daughter's shoes.

"I could not shake the feeling that just as my body had been altered, something physical had also shifted in my brain," Nakazawa writes in her new book, The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed The Course of Medicine.

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Posted on February 23, 2020

History Club

A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
Chicago Blog Review

Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

The Mind Is The Body

By Emily Anthes/Undark
Yet more evidence arrives that mental illness is actually every bit as biological as, say, cancer or a diabetes.

Posted on February 23, 2020

It's Happening Here

By Michael Winship/Common Dreams
"Americans today are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism or communism in the twentieth century. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so."

Posted on February 18, 2020

Manufacturing Doubt: The Corporate Manipulation Of Science

By Christie Aschwanden/Undark
Whether the issue is opioid addiction, climate change, or the health consequences of sugar, silica dust, diesel exhaust, or even America's most-watched professional sport, vested interests are standing by with paid experts to direct the conversation away from known harms to focus instead on uncertainties, real or imagined.

Posted on February 14, 2020

The Case For Multiparty Democracy

via New America
If voters learn what politics should be about through electoral campaigns, multiparty and two-party democracy communicate different messages. Multiparty democracy communicates that democracy is about building coalitions and alliances. Two-party democracy communicates that democracy is about the true majority triumphing.

Posted on January 24, 2020

The Fall Of 1987

By Doug E. Doug
A dope novel.

Posted on January 14, 2020

How To Blow The Whistle

By Boing Boing
"If you need to avoid leaving a metadata trail about your interest in this topic, make sure to buy at a physical bookstore and pay with cash."

Posted on January 10, 2020

Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens The Unsolved Murder Cases Of The Civil Right Era

By The National Press Club
Known as "the South's Simon Wiesenthal," Jerry Mitchell received a genius grant in 2009 and still works as an investigative reporter for the Jackson, Mississippi Clarion-Ledger.

Posted on January 8, 2020

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