Wednesday, November 6th, 2013


Your Blue Period

According to a recent study, clinical depression is now the second-leading cause of global disability (behind lower respiratory infections). "Between 1990 and 2010, the global burden for depressive disorders increased by almost 38%." On the plus side, more people are depressed in part because of higher life expectancy numbers (at least I think that's the plus side).


A Teachable Election

Yesterday, the election results apparently taught us all a lot. CNN has a list of 5 things we learned from election night 2013. NPR fills us in on 7 election lessons we should have seen coming. MoJo shares a guide to 6 things you might not know about New York's mayor-in-waiting (including the fact that he's a Red Sox fan). But most of all, we learned what this election means for the one that is scheduled for 2016. That race was mentioned about once every ten minutes on CNN's TV coverage.

+ The biggest winner of the night was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who basically won the first statewide primary for the next presidential election. Now that Chris Christie is the clear GOP frontrunner for 2016, it's as good a time as any to start writing pieces that explain why he can't win. If you want to understand more about Chris Christie (or even if you don't), you should definitely read Jeffrey Goldberg's 2012 Atlantic piece on Christie and Bruce Springsteen: The governor and the Boss--a tale of politics, rock and roll, and unrequited love.

+ The other things people voted on yesterday; including pot, gambling, and secession. If you legalize the first two, there's no need to consider the third.

+ Detroit has its first white mayor in 40 years. While we're on that topic. Here's a look at the 33 whitest jobs in America.


Farm Team

"I've seen on the news that some Congress members or American citizens say undocumented workers are taking their jobs. We're not taking their jobs. In the 14 years I've been here, I've never seen an American working in the fields." Farm Confessional: I'm an Undocumented Farm Worker.


Digging Up Dirt

"They knew what was happening. Of course they knew. If someone does something on the base, everyone sees it. Everyone knows everything that's going on inside the team.'" Rolling Stone's Mathieu Aikins on the bodies dug up outside a U.S. Special Forces base in Afghanistan: The A-Team Killings.



The end of an era is near. In the next few months, Blockbuster's 300 remaining retail stores will be shut down. And you just got that news without having to leave your house. Just like you get your movies.


Can You Hear Me Now?

Yet another study suggests that yelling at your kids can be as harmful as hitting them. I guess I'll see what happens when I whisper, "Give me back my iPad."

+ In France, Wednesday could become a school day.


I Am Whatever I Say I Am

When I am feeling down or tired, my friend Mordy often advises me to act like I'm happy and energetic. And maybe there's something to that technique. According to a recent study on exercise, if you tell yourself that you're not as tired as you think you are, that statement can become true. Unfortunately, I keep telling myself that I could use a pint of mint chip ice cream.

+ Want to avoid being mugged? Walk differently.


Just Add Water

"Life without food is darkness and headaches and restlessness. I can't sleep. I can't read. Music -- even soft, ridiculously washy music -- seems jarring." From GQ's Ben Marcus: How the Terrible, Insufferable Six-Day Water Fast Made Me a New Man.


Hashtag Human

Quartz has a quick overview of the impending Twitter IPO. Ironically, the tech company's IPO could provide a rare win for humans.

+ Alexis Madrigal on what Tweets with ridiculous numbers of Retweets say about Twitter.

+ NY Mag takes a look back at Twitter's founder feuds (Spoiler alert: Whoever ends up with a billion bucks won.)


The Bottom of the News

"If your job is to actually write the contents of these thoughts down in digestible language for television, you will most likely deplete your trivia supply in about two weeks." In the NYT, David Levinson Wilk shares the secrets of a game show writer.

+ What are the odds that the Kansas City Chiefs will have a perfect season? They could be the worst 9-0 football team in history. But their coach was squeezed out by the Eagles and their winning quarterback was dumped by the 49ers. And the football gods have spoken.

+ The Houston Astrodome is set to face the wrecking ball.

+ The newest thing. Instagram envy.