Recent reads.

library4Dead babies near oil drilling sites raise questions for researchers. Lofholm, N., The Denver Post (Oct. 2014). (“numbers show an upward four-year trend in infant deaths: One in every 95.5 burials in Uintah County in 2010 was a baby, according to Young. In 2011 it was one in every 53. In 2012, one in every 39.7. And in 2013 the number jumped to one in every 15.”)

The American Dream Is Leaving America. Kristof, N., The New York Times (Oct. 2014). [From the headline we thought this piece was about how we all want to get the fuck out of this corrupt right-wing fracked-up shithole of a country—but no, it’s actually about our dismal education system, once the envy of the world. –Ed.]

Whistleblowers: IRS officials behind ‘fraudulent’ multi-billion dollar corporate tax giveaways. Ahmed, N., Raw Story (Oct. 2014). (“‘IRS officials have ‘intentionally undermined the authority of the IRS Whistleblower Office’ to avoid taking action ‘in cases involving billions in corporate taxes due.’ The IRS also refuses to enforce laws for ‘large corporate taxpayers,’ resulting in giveaways of further billions, despite applying the same laws with ‘draconian strictness to small business, the self-employed, and wage-earning individuals.’”) [Sounds about right. –Ed.]

4 Illegal Drugs that Could Safely Treat Depression. Derbyshire, D., The Guardian via AlterNet (Oct. 2014). (“Science continues to show how cannabis and psychedelics can work psychological wonders.”)

Ending a Pregnancy Is a Common, Normal Event in Women’s Lives—Let’s Talk About It That Way. Pollitt, K., excerpted from Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights (Picador USA, 2014) via AlterNet (Oct. 2014). [h/t SJ]

Illustration to be Handed Out at Public Schools: Human Bible Sexually Assaulting Woman. Hughes. B.M., CNS News (Oct. 2014). [They report this like it’s a bad thing. Huh. –Ed.]

A Hispanic man delivers absentee ballots, and now conservatives want him dead. Kaufman. S., Raw Story (Oct. 2014). [They seem nice. –Ed.]

A Pair of Entrepreneurs Want to Make Sure Every Woman Is Able to Orgasm. Bianco, M., Mic (Oct. 2014) (with VIDEO). [No argument here. –Ed.]

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