Posted at 1:00 pm , on February 6, 2019
The past is some whack shit. It has asbestos, Taco Bell’s Waffle Tacos, and analog eBay. That last one is what we used to call auction houses in the beforetimes (which was weird cause everyone was like “what the hell is eBay?”) In any case, those places are still around and primarily servicing rich people, like the auction house out of Pennsylvania where Dave works, with phone bidding being part of his duties. This is what his job has taught him:
Posted at 1:00 pm , on February 4, 2019
Almost everyone has a story about a neighbor from hell, and if you don’t, you’re either very lucky or… it was you; you were the neighbor from hell. Not literally of course. Playing loud music until late at night or not cleaning up after your dog might be incredibly annoying but they don’t make a shitty neighbor a “demon” or anything like that. Harry would know because he actually lived next door to one of history’s greatest monsters: Jeffrey Dahmer, who raped, mutilated, killed, and ate (though not always in that order) at least 17 people between 1978 and 1991. This is what Harry has learned from living next to a literal neighbor from hell.
Posted at 1:00 pm , on January 28, 2019
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Posted at 1:00 pm , on January 25, 2019
For-profit hospitals were first invented by a man who, when faced with the wails and groans of people in pain and in need of medical attention, was only able to hear the sounds of a cash register opening. Since then, FPHs have flourished in the United States, trying to quite literally turn shit into gold, only here the shit might be infected with cholera or something. Maybe not exactly in Mary’s case because she used to work for a for-profit psychiatric hospital. Still, the experience has taught her a lot about running a medical facility as a profit-oriented business, like: Don’t. Just don’t. Here’s why: Continue reading
Posted at 1:00 pm , on January 23, 2019
Today, the Supreme Court has allowed President Trump to ban transgender people from serving in the military. A lot has been said on the topic but the focus of all the debates has primarily been on trans women, which is how these things usually go. I felt like we are not talking enough about trans men (people assigned female at birth) not just in the context of the military ban, but just in general. That’s why I reached out to Edgar and Ash to learn more about the lives, experiences, and obstacles faced by people like them. This is what I’ve learned: Continue reading
Posted at 1:00 pm , on January 21, 2019
Some people should never be parents, and I’m not just talking about the mother who named her daughter “Abcde.” No, there simply are people out there who are incapable of providing a loving and stable environment for children yet still have them, figuring “Eeeeh, what’s the worst that could happen?” And when the worst does happen, that’s when departments of family, CPS, foster care etc. step in to fix the problem. Unfortunately, the system isn’t very good to say the least. And to say the most: it’s a deeply-broken nightmare from which we can’t wake up. Steve, who’s seen it all firsthand, has the full story. Continue reading
Posted at 1:00 pm , on January 18, 2019
It sucks when you’re suffering from Baby-Face Syndrome. You always need to show your ID when buying booze, you have trouble getting into R-rated movies, and your boss might ask you to go on dates with child predators. Clarissa found out about that last part after she joined R.AGE, the youth desk for The Star – Malaysia’s largest English newspaper.
In 2016, the paper conducted an investigation where they had their reporters pretend to be underage girls on popular chat apps and see how many adults would ask them out. Short answer: way too many, and Clarissa—being one of the few people in the office who could pass for 15—was eventually chosen to go and meet these men in cafes etc and secretly record all the creepy stuff they said to her. This is what she’s learned along the way: Continue reading
Posted at 1:00 pm , on January 16, 2019
Despite being the best motivation ever to work out besides your spouse giving the mail carrier flirty looks, prison isn’t actually that good for your health. And not just because of the violence, isolation, depression, and meals that legally have to be sold as animal feed but, like, for animals that have embezzled from a children’s cancer charity or something. The real problem starts after all those things have kicked your butt and you find yourself in need of medical attention. That’s when people like Rebecca, who served over 2 years at a large women’s prison, learn that… Continue reading
Posted at 1:00 pm , on January 14, 2019
The National Guard is such a big joke around the country that when That ‘70s Show wanted to make sure we all knew the Formans’ neighbor Bob Pinciotti was a loser, they just announced he used to be in the NG. Unlike Kurtwood Smith’s Red, a Navy man who killed America’s enemies by clubbing them to death with his gigantic penis (and it was still flaccid at the time.) Here’s the thing about that: I talked to Sergeant Christian who served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard and also patrolled the streets of Boston during the hunt for the Tsarnaev brothers, and I’ve learned a few things. Short version: we vastly underestimate the work that National Guardsmen do. Long version: Continue reading
Posted at 1:00 pm , on January 11, 2019
The U.S. is in the midst of a heroin crisis. It’s estimated that tens of millions of Americans are addicted to some kind of opiate, with heroin overdose deaths reaching unprecedented heights all across the country and… You know what? This topic is so depressing that the only way we’ll get through it is if I call “heroin” by some other, friendlier name, like “Jeffrey.” So, the thing about Jeffrey is that he gets really angry when you try to stop being his friend and the best way to combat this is by befriending another, weaker version of Jeffrey (so… Jeff?), which here stands for methadone. I wanted to learn more about this process so I talked to Bob who works at methadone clinic, and he told me that… Continue reading