by Gary Z McGee, Staff Writer Waking Times  “Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.” ~Shakespeare The bad thing about all the devil’s being here is that we’re surrounded by goddamned devils. The good thing about all the devil’s being here is that we have something to fight against, something to overcome. We have something to be stronger than, healthier than, more flexible than. We have a rigid fragility to shatter over our flexible antifragility. We have a cowardice to match our courage against. We have an excuse to “rage, rage, rage against the dying of the light!” In short: … Continue reading FEAR IS THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM


Photo by Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty For big pharma, the perfect patient is wealthy, permanently ill and a daily pill-popper. Will medicine ever recover? by Clayton Dalton is a medical resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He attended medical school at Columbia University. Edited by Pam Weintraub Just a few years ago, infection with the hepatitis C virus guaranteed a slow and certain death for many. Available treatments were effective in about half of all patients, and the side effects could be awful. Things changed in 2014, when a new medication called Harvoni was approved to treat the infection. With … Continue reading Chronic

The ‘Jihottie’ Who Stole Her Heart

by Hussein Kesvani Was he merely an ISIS plant meant to radicalize her to join the fight in Syria? Or was he the attractive, conflicted fighter she believed him to be? The inside story of one Indian woman’s online love affair with an ISIS fighter. For the last three years, Priya’s social media feeds have been filled with tiny, lovelorn pleas sent out into the void. Things like: “I miss you, please come back”; “I am waiting for you, please tell me you are okay”; and maybe most tellingly, “After everything… I declare without any shame, or hesitation… I love you… … Continue reading The ‘Jihottie’ Who Stole Her Heart

Corporate crime: Five biggest financial scams of all time

image edited by Fernando Kaskais Cast member Norbert Leo Butz, depicting former Enron president Jeffrey Skilling, performs during a dress rehearsal of the play “Enron” in New York © Lucas Jackson / Reuters When it comes to big money there’s a whole lot of room for screw-ups, cover-ups and everything in between. The business world is no stranger to scandal with many wheeler dealers ready to gain at other people’s expense. Money managers, chief executives, lawyers… some are dead or in jail, others doing just fine, after masterminding white collar crimes amounting to billions of dollars. Let’s have a look … Continue reading Corporate crime: Five biggest financial scams of all time

What It Means That the Far Right Sees Pedophiles Everywhere

Perhaps they’ve internalized the ways their own ideology harms children by Miles Klee Estimating the true rate of pedophilia is tricky for a host of reasons, but there’s no cause to believe it’s high: Our best figures hold that around 2 percent of the population is attracted to children aged 14 or younger, and probably less than 1 percent are attracted to pre-pubescent kids. Listening to the far-right conspiracist fringe, however, you’d think that everyone who disagrees with them is collaborating to enable and commit pedophilic atrocities on a vast and highly organized scale. https://melmagazine.com/media/58e087b5195e8e9c40d1124fec6077b6?postId=3111d3a1a53e This premise has gruesome consequences. In December 2016, … Continue reading What It Means That the Far Right Sees Pedophiles Everywhere

How evil happens

SS officers and staff relax at Solahütte, a resort for camp personnel 19 miles from Auschwitz-Birkenau. The photo is from an album taken by Karl-Friedrich Höcker, adjutant to the Auschwitz Kommandant, Richard Baer. Photo courtesy the USHMM Why some people choose to do evil remains a puzzle, but are we starting to understand how this behaviour is triggered? by Noga Arikha is a historian of ideas, particularly interested in the relation between mind and body, and in tracing the genealogy of the concepts that pertain to it. She has taught at Bard College, was on the advisory board for Prospect Magazine, and was … Continue reading How evil happens

Shows like ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ may be turning viewers against welfare programs

Kim Kardashian in New York City. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Harper’s BAZAAR)  by STEPHEN JOHNSON Imagine you’re scrolling through TV channels and decide to watch ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ for a minute. On the screen you see images of material wealth: a custom Mercedes, designer clothes, the interior of a Studio City mansion. You turn off the TV. Would your attitudes toward welfare programs have changed compared to a minute before? The likely answer is yes, suggests a new study from the London School of Economics and Political Science that shows how viewing materialistic media—even for a minute—can influence people to harbor … Continue reading Shows like ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ may be turning viewers against welfare programs