Why are there so many random events in the Winter Olympics?

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The Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi begin momentarily, but the competition has already started. The athletes have too much work ahead of them to wait. As the chart above (from The Economist) shows, the number of events in the Winter Olympics has increased steadily and is now approaching 3 digits. About […]


BuzzFeed ‘community’: Soviet Union ‘got racial equality right before America’

, , , , , , ,!/bhweingarten/status/426141399890014208 There’s a post at Buzzfeed’s community-contributed section titled, get this, “29 Astounding Soviet Propaganda Images Promoting Racial Equality.” The subtitle is “Whoa. The Soviet Union got racial equality right before America?” Here’s first paragraph: Under its policy of internationalism, the Soviet Union tried to eliminate racism right from the beginning — aggressively instituting domestic […]


The Strange, Isolated Life Of A Tuberculosis Patient In The 21st Century

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While volunteering for the Peace Corps in Ukraine in 2010, I contracted a severe version of drug-resistant tuberculosis. Two years of painful, isolating treatment taught me the vital role social media may play in finally eradicating this disease. One of the loneliest nights of my life was when I masturbated for an Australian stranger on […]