Who’s fighting your drug war? Meet Private Morales, a 22-year-old Honduran who loves Facebook and dreams of the US.
"Punk is musically boring and philosophically dumb…. British culture needed an enema, and punk was there with the nozzle." - Bob Casale, 1978
We remember Devo guitarist Bob Casale, who passed away yesterday at age 61, with our profile from 1978: "Devo’s Primal Pop" by Barbara Graustark.
Founding Devo guitarist Bob Casale died suddenly on February 17th of heart failure at age 61, reports Rolling Stone.
Here’s our Devo profile from the October 30, 1978 edition of Newsweek: "Devo’s Primal Pop" by Barbara Graustark.
If there were fewer possible psychiatric diagnoses, would fewer people consider themselves ill?
A growing number of health experts suspect that psychiatric care is drifting toward “diagnostic inflation,” in which the rate of mental disorders balloons as a result of new diagnoses - and not due to an increasingly troubled population. What’s worse is that this process may be fueled by the very document that is supposed to control it.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a 1,000-page behemoth that is now in its fifth edition, gives researchers and clinicians across the country a common language for discussing the ins and outs of a mind that is not well, ideally allowing everyone to agree on who is and isn’t ill.
The manual is produced by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Although the APA has insisted that its signature document should not be read as a rulebook, with definitions set in stone, a publication of this scope and caliber inevitably shapes the field.
If the DSM-5 says your pain doesn’t align with its definition of pain, you can be certain that, in the eyes of most psychiatrists, lawyers and policy makers, you’re not in pain. ('A Pill for Every Ill')
Happy 81st Birthday to us!
The first issue of Newsweek was published in 1933 and covered a wide-range of topics that… pretty much reflect the issues we’re facing today, from dog sledding in Central Park on a balmy day that reminded the author of ‘Alaska in spring time,’ to a president who may be awarded ‘extraordinary powers’ in wartime.
The magazine was founded by editor Samuel T. Williamson, and run from a Dayton, Ohio headquarters.
It cost $4/year to subscribe.
Here’s an un-fun experiment: the next time your kid’s in the other room, sneak a peek at her science textbook. Chances are, it says evolution is just a theory and global warming is debatable.
If you’re living in Louisiana or Tennessee, you may also want to check out what your kids’ teachers are discussing in class: Teachers in those states are now allowed to teach creationism along with evolution and to argue both sides of global warming - even over the objections of their school principals and superintendents.
In 2013, nine anti-science bills were introduced in seven states, and legislators nationwide have filed about 50 bills in the past 10 years declaring evolution a “controversial” idea whose opposing side, creationism, must be taught in the interest of academic freedom. Though most of these efforts died in committee - as South Dakota’s did last week - some become law.
It’s all being done under the guise of fairness: Missouri’s House Bill 1587, creeping toward a vote, would force principals and administrators to let teachers “help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of the theory of biological and hypotheses of chemical evolution.”
The bill’s authors say it’ll help students “develop critical thinking skills, and respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about controversial issues, including biological and chemical evolution.”
Students at top tier universities in the U.S. might find themselves kicked out because their school’s immediate reaction to their mental health crisis is not to treat - it’s to expel. A Newsweek expose by Katie JM Baker.