Why Some Doctors Purposely Misdiagnose Patients

JAN HAVICKSZ STEEN / FINE ART IMAGES / HERITAGE IMAGES / GETTY Hundreds of people say a Michigan doctor falsely diagnosed them with epilepsy. He wouldn’t be the first to lie to patients about how sick they are. by OLGA KHAZAN The headaches started when Mariah Martinez was 10 years old. It was 2003, and she was living in Dearborn, Michigan, with her mother and two sisters. Whenever a headache struck, she would want to put her head down, stay in the dark, and be alone.Martinez saw her primary-care physician, who referred her to Yasser Awaad, a pediatric neurologist at … Continue reading Why Some Doctors Purposely Misdiagnose Patients

How to Spot a Bad Friend

image edited by F. Kaskais by Sean Grover L.C.S.W. Are unhealthy friendships holding you back? Recently, I met up with my roommate from college. Like many old friends, we share a secret language, referring to events and situations with a single word or glance. A raised eyebrow, a sideways look, the phrase, “What size are your bananas?” and we erupt into fits of laughter while others look on perplexed. I feel invigorated whenever we meet; communication is effortless and enlivening. Which got me thinking: Why can’t all my friendships be like this? The Friends We Choose It’s a long-held belief by psychotherapists that the friends … Continue reading How to Spot a Bad Friend


by Hussein Kesvani After El Paso, a generation of early chan users and lurkers are once again attempting to reconcile what they’ve wrought Sometime around 2007, from the childhood bedroom of my parents’ house in quiet suburban London, I texted a woman I didn’t know to call her a “fucking whore.” Another anonymous user in 4chan’s “Random” board (aka /b/) had posted that she’d broken up with him for a taller, more athletic man. I was among the dozens of people who responded by threatening her. In the dead of night — my desktop computer monitor setting my room aglow — … Continue reading GROWING UP ON THE RADICAL HATE INTERNET

Conspiracy Theories Erupt After Jeffrey Epstein’s Death

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast The hashtags were out in force Saturday morning, running well ahead of the facts. by  Kelly Weill This story has been updated. Moments after billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was announced dead in what law enforcement sources described as an apparent suicide in his New York City jail cell, conspiracy theories about his death erupted. Epstein, 66, was being held on child sex-trafficking charges for his role in allegedly procuring underage girls for wealthy men. He had been on suicide watch in the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan after a previous suicide attempt last month, … Continue reading Conspiracy Theories Erupt After Jeffrey Epstein’s Death


by Joseph Longo No, I don’t want to pet her. Yes, I’m capable of love and affection — just toward other humans only I am not a dog person. I’ve never been one and never will be. I find dogs smelly, nosy, messy and expensive. I’m not judging you for loving your Pomeranian. I am judging you because you’re judging me — you’re clearly frustrated with my canine ambivalence. You probably think you didn’t hear me right, so I’ll say it again: I’m not a dog person. No, really, I’m not a dog person. And now that’s all you want to discuss. Okay, … Continue reading STOP JUDGING ME FOR NOT LIKING DOGS

The Endangered Sex Scene

JOHN CUNEO How Hollywood grew wary of intimacy by KATE JULIAN “This is my kit.” Alicia Rodis, who since early last year has been HBO’s lead intimacy coordinator, a new title that translates roughly to chief sex-scene coach, held up a clear vinyl case filled with what at first glance appeared to be toiletries and packages of pantyhose. On closer examination, though, the products and their names were mysterious. Shibue. Hibue. Stanga. “Let’s say we’re coming in to do a sex scene,” she said. “They’re simulating sex and they’re excluding genitals—we are going to see someone fully naked, but not their genitals—and … Continue reading The Endangered Sex Scene


by Caitlin Johnstone, Guest Waking Times If you have spent literally any time arguing against western imperialism in any public forum, you have had the experience of being accused of “supporting” one of said imperialism’s targets. If you argue against regime change interventionism in Syria, you’ll get accused of being an “Assadist” or “Assad apologist”. If you argue against regime change interventionism in Iran, you’ll you’ll get people saying that you “support the Mullahs”. Enter into any debate of sufficient liveliness and it’s only a matter of minutes before it happens. There was a meme going around at the height of the most … Continue reading ‘GOOD GUYS’ AND ‘BAD GUYS’ ARE A HOLLYWOOD ILLUSION