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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week


Neoliberalism: the Ideology At the Root of All Our Problems In The Guardian, George Monbiot writes about little understood but widely felt socioeconomic policy that has created many of the crises the West faces today, from widening income inequality to draconian surveillance.

Nuclear Testing and Downwinders On Utah History to Go, Janet Burton Seegmiller writes about the mistreatment by the American government of the people of Utah and other areas who were subjected to the fallout from nuclear testing in the 20th century.

Choking Dogs and Horror Films: The Strange Case of Dr Heimlich and His Maneuver On Thrillist, Nick Knoll writes about the questionable career of the man who invented the Heimlich maneuver.

Chernobyl's Hot Mess, the 'Elephant's Foot', Is Still Lethal On Nautilus, Kyle Hill writes about the humanitarian and environmental disaster the 1986 meltdown at the Chernobyl nuclear plant continues to pose for the area.

High Five! On Aeon, Nick Riggle writes about how being awesome, especially by taking social risks and energizing others, became the most important goal in American society.

May Day: America's Traditional, Radical, Complicated Holiday On the O Say Can You See blog, Jordan writes a two-part article about the history of May Day and how it became both an Anglo Spring rite and a Leftist holiday.

The Making of Labor Day On the O Say Can You See blog, Paul Buhle writes about the birth of the labor movement and its holiday to commemorate the struggle for workers' rights, while moving the labor-based h0liday away from May Day.

The Killer Hiding in the CDC Map On Slate, Jonathan M Katz writes about the cover-up by the UN and CDC of the source of the cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed nearly 8,000 people.

Buttholes and Lawyers: How A Lawsuit Threatened the Indie Music Model On A/V Club Ryan Bray writes about the 1996 lawsuit over control of the Butthole Surfer's entire music catalog.

Twitter Erupts As BBC Struggle to Keep Tory Election Fraud Under Wraps Until After May Elections On Evolve, Summer Winterbottom writes about the emergent lean toward the Right among BBC's news.

Bulldoze Jane Jacobs On Slate, Pete Moskowitz writes about the need for urban planning as a field to move beyond the ideas of the Death and Life of American Cities author, now that her vision has been hijacked and used to convert neighborhoods into playgrounds for the wealthy.

Whistleblowing Is Not Just Leaking - It's an Act of Political Resistance On The Intercept, Edward Snowden writes about the ultimate purposes of revealing classified government secrets.