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Strom Cuzewon
Jul 1, 2010



The Mixed Up Brothers of Bogota

A hospital mix-up with two sets of identical twins ends up with them being raised as two sets of fraternal twins instead, one to a middle class family, one to working class farmers. Eventually they reunite.

What I love about this article is how ambiguous it is - there's no sense of closure, no grand resolution, just 4 young men trying to figure out what happens next.

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Captain Hotbutt
Aug 18, 2014

Hello, I'd like to humiliate some hussies and I'm in a hurry.


I'm not the biggest sports fan in the world, but I take a shine to sports writing. The emotions are big and it's easy to root for someone/root against someone.

What Kobe Bryant Was Capable Of

Holding the T

What the World Got Wrong About Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

RC and Moon Pie
May 5, 2011



Just in case someone hasn't read it yet, The Hunt for the Death Valley Germans.

Not traditional longform, but a multi-part series about what can go wrong when tourists completely misjudge their surroundings.

dumb.
Apr 11, 2014

Nothing beside remains.



I love reading about big crimes, and Wired occasionally puts out some really well researched and written pieces.


The Untold Story of the World's Biggest Diamond Heist
"The vault was thought to be impenetrable. It was protected by 10 layers of security, including infrared heat detectors, Doppler radar, a magnetic field, a seismic sensor, and a lock with 100 million possible combinations. The robbery was called the heist of the century, and even now the police can't explain exactly how it was done."


The Rise and Fall of Silk Road - Part 1
The Rise and Fall of Silk Road - Part 2
"In October 2013, a young entrepreneur named Ross Ulbricht was arrested at the Glen Park branch of the San Francisco Public library. It was the culmination of a two-year investigation into a vast online drug market called Silk Road. The authorities charged that Ulbricht, an idealistic 29-year-old Eagle Scout from Austin, Texas, was the kingpin of the operation. They said he’d reaped millions from the site, all transacted anonymously with Bitcoin. They said he’d devolved into a cold-blooded criminal, hiring hit men to take out those who crossed him.

The story of how Ulbricht founded Silk Road, how it grew into a $1.2 billion operation, and how federal law enforcement shut it down is complicated, dark, and utterly fascinating. This two-part series tells that story."

Bobby Digital
Sep 4, 2009


RC and Moon Pie posted:

Just in case someone hasn't read it yet, The Hunt for the Death Valley Germans.

Not traditional longform, but a multi-part series about what can go wrong when tourists completely misjudge their surroundings.

His other stories are good too.

Rhandhali
Sep 7, 2003

This is Free Trader Beowulf, calling anyone...

Outside Online always has some good long form articles
Raising the Dead, all about guys that dive stupidly deep and how often they die diving stupidly deep.

Frozen Alive, all about what it's like to freeze to death.

The Martyrdom of Leonard Peltier the story of Leonard Peltier, involved with the AIM movement in the 1970s and convicted of murdering two FBI agents on a Sioux reservation.

Randaconda
Jul 3, 2014

by Jeffrey of YOSPOS


http://charlotte.floridaweekly.com/news/2009-11-19/Top_News/THE_ULTIMATE_PERSONIFICATION_OF_EVIL.html

A really good article about a little known serial killer named Arthur Frederick Goode.

Rhandhali
Sep 7, 2003

This is Free Trader Beowulf, calling anyone...

Rape Culture in the Alaskan Frontier is an article that really struck home because I spent a few weeks up in the village that they feature, Tanana, and know many of the people in the article. Hell they have a picture of the table I ate breakfast and dinner at every day.

There's also Out Here, No One can Hear You Scream about the rampant rape and sexual abuse foistered on women in the national parks service.

Life and Death in Assisted Living a ProPublica look at how nursing homes and "assisted living" facilities are gorssly underregulated and basically a place where you send people to die slowly (or not so slowly in some cases). Something I deal with on a daily basis after seeing people who have literally not been fed and watered for days dumped off in the ER for "altered mental status" or what have you. The neglect you see in these places is profound, people with pressure sores eroding down to the bone and one patient who had a urinary catheter left in so long that it literally eroded through his penis. And yet, these places keep on trucking, even the notoriously bad ones. As my case manager puts it, there's gotta be a place for the crack whores and drug dealers to go when they get old.

Khazar-khum
Oct 22, 2008

Cat Army
2nd Battalion


Rhandhali posted:

Outside Online always has some good long form articles
The Martyrdom of Leonard Peltier the story of Leonard Peltier, involved with the AIM movement in the 1970s and convicted of murdering two FBI agents on a Sioux reservation.

Sounds like he was guilty as hell.

Bamabalacha
Sep 18, 2006

Outta my way, ya dumb rah-rah!

Khazar-khum posted:

Sounds like he was guilty as hell.

That was kinda my take away, but it was still a super interesting read.

The Good Seed.

Basically a mother tries to be inseminated with a donor egg and her son's sperm after he dies from head trauma. I was reading it on the subway earlier today and actually said "what the gently caress" out loud on a crowded train.

pookel
Oct 27, 2011



Ultra Carp

Rhandhali posted:

Frozen Alive, all about what it's like to freeze to death.
This one is really good, thank you.

quote:

The cold remains a mystery, more prone to fell men than women, more lethal to the thin and well muscled than to those with avoirdupois, and least forgiving to the arrogant and the unaware.
Also I enjoy that this is one situation in which it pays to be a hypersensitive, anxious fat chick.

Hyrax Attack!
Jan 13, 2009

We demand to be taken seriously


soundsection posted:

http://reprints.longform.org/angels-demons

"On June 4, 1989, the bodies of Jo, Michelle and Christe were found floating in Tampa Bay. This is the story of the murders, their aftermath, and the handful of people who kept faith amid the unthinkable."

Fair warning, this is one of the most horrifying things I have read.

Man this was a fascinating (and tragic read).

An interesting article is on hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard. He was a huge guy whose purpose was to fist fight and intimidate the other team. Repeat blows to the head for years combined with limitless painkillers led to tragedy. Well researched and has tons of video supplements.

(Part 1 of 3):
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/sports/hockey/derek-boogaard-a-boy-learns-to-brawl.html?_r=0&pagewanted=all&referer=

(Part 2 of 3)
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2011/12/05/sports/hockey/derek-boogaard-blood-on-the-ice.html

(Part 3 of 3):
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2011/12/06/sports/hockey/derek-boogaard-a-brain-going-bad.html?_r=0&pagewanted=all&referer=

Khazar-khum
Oct 22, 2008

Cat Army
2nd Battalion


Hyrax Attack! posted:

Man this was a fascinating (and tragic read).

An interesting article is on hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard. He was a huge guy whose purpose was to fist fight and intimidate the other team. Repeat blows to the head for years combined with limitless painkillers led to tragedy. Well researched and has tons of video supplements.

(Part 1 of 3):
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/sports/hockey/derek-boogaard-a-boy-learns-to-brawl.html?_r=0&pagewanted=all&referer=

(Part 2 of 3)
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2011/12/05/sports/hockey/derek-boogaard-blood-on-the-ice.html

(Part 3 of 3):
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2011/12/06/sports/hockey/derek-boogaard-a-brain-going-bad.html?_r=0&pagewanted=all&referer=

I read the first part of this one day at an airport. I always wondered how it turned out...especially since I've had several nasty concussions.

Roonil Wazlib
Feb 15, 2011



This one is oddly uplifting considering its subject! Focuses on the life of a crime scene/trauma cleaner and her compassion for the clients.

http://narrative.ly/the-secret-life-of-a-crime-scene-cleaner/

mania
Sep 9, 2004


The Killing of Alydar

Once upon a time he was one of the fastest thoroughbreds in the world. In 1990 he was put down after breaking his leg, an accident, it was assumed, until last year.

Skip Hollandsworth article, about the murder of a racehorse.

The Baby in the Plastic Bag

One frosty October morning, a newborn baby boy is found inside a plastic bag in an Oslo graveyard.

The baby is about to die.


The hunt for the baby's mother and the

Despite the depressing sounding blurb, this one has a pretty happy ending.

eating only apples
Dec 12, 2009

Shall we dance?



mania posted:

The Baby in the Plastic Bag

One frosty October morning, a newborn baby boy is found inside a plastic bag in an Oslo graveyard.

The baby is about to die.


The hunt for the baby's mother and the

Despite the depressing sounding blurb, this one has a pretty happy ending.

This one is so lovely

El Gallinero Gros
Mar 17, 2010



Hyrax Attack! posted:

Man this was a fascinating (and tragic read).

An interesting article is on hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard. He was a huge guy whose purpose was to fist fight and intimidate the other team. Repeat blows to the head for years combined with limitless painkillers led to tragedy. Well researched and has tons of video supplements.

(Part 1 of 3):
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/sports/hockey/derek-boogaard-a-boy-learns-to-brawl.html?_r=0&pagewanted=all&referer=

(Part 2 of 3)
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2011/12/05/sports/hockey/derek-boogaard-blood-on-the-ice.html

(Part 3 of 3):
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2011/12/06/sports/hockey/derek-boogaard-a-brain-going-bad.html?_r=0&pagewanted=all&referer=

I read the book this turned into and it broke my loving heart. Great read, though. https://www.amazon.ca/Boy-Ice-John-Branch/dp/1443417041/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491018709&sr=8-1&keywords=boy+on+ice

Lord Zedd-Repulsa
Jul 21, 2007

Devour a good book.



https://story.californiasunday.com/cooking-lessons

Disillusioned with fine dining, one of the world’s great chefs took on fast food. It has been harder than he ever imagined.

soundsection
May 10, 2010


"Why did 19th century explorers forget the simple cure for scurvy?"

http://idlewords.com/2010/03/scott_and_scurvy.htm


This thread is fantastic. Thanks for all the great content

Lord Zedd-Repulsa
Jul 21, 2007

Devour a good book.



Why I Gave My Kidney To A Stranger resonates with me because I wanted to do this for a long time...and then I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, which is an automatic exclusion from organ donation in the US.

Handsome Ralph
Sep 3, 2004

Johnny Pussy?



A Marine's Convictions: After a flawed sexual assualt investigation, a Naval Academy instructor fights to prove he has done nothing wrong. But did he?

Rhandhali
Sep 7, 2003

This is Free Trader Beowulf, calling anyone...

Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

Basically if you don't have medicare or "good" insurance hospitals will gently caress you as hard as they can, and this article goes into the how. Long story short is you're hosed if you get sick in the US. Enjoy debtor's prison.

ChickenOfTomorrow
Nov 11, 2012

god damn it, you've got to be kind





join the DSA in our fight for single payer healthcare in the united states, friends

we're starting with CA and NY and we'll spread from there

ChickenOfTomorrow
Nov 11, 2012

god damn it, you've got to be kind





oh whoops just noticed what thread I'm in, well, here's a longform for ya about social safety nets:

Welfare for Everyone

Hauki
May 11, 2010




The Fighter won a Pulitzer this week, about a young marine vet suffering from PTSD and struggling to return to civilian life.

Sucrose
Dec 9, 2009


Hyrax Attack! posted:

Man this was a fascinating (and tragic read).

An interesting article is on hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard. He was a huge guy whose purpose was to fist fight and intimidate the other team. Repeat blows to the head for years combined with limitless painkillers led to tragedy. Well researched and has tons of video supplements.

(Part 1 of 3):
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/sports/hockey/derek-boogaard-a-boy-learns-to-brawl.html?_r=0&pagewanted=all&referer=

(Part 2 of 3)
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2011/12/05/sports/hockey/derek-boogaard-blood-on-the-ice.html

(Part 3 of 3):
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2011/12/06/sports/hockey/derek-boogaard-a-brain-going-bad.html?_r=0&pagewanted=all&referer=

I haven't really followed it much in years, but I used to watch hockey all the time when I was younger, so reading that was really upsetting.

quote:

“There isn’t a lot of data, and the experts who we talked to, who consult with us, think that it’s way premature to be drawing any conclusions at this point,” N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Because we’re not sure that any, based on the data we have available, is valid.”

quote:

He quickly avenged his broken-jaw loss to Mike Lee. He beat Mat Sommerfeld, a rival who had torn Boogaard’s name from the back of his uniform and held it over his head after an earlier conquest. One Web site put Boogaard’s record at 18-4-4 in fights that season.

Even regular hockey play would be one thing, but you've really got to be lying through your teeth to think there's no link between brain injury and bare-knuckle boxing. Because that's essentially the crux of the issue. We've outlawed bare-knuckle boxing everywhere.......except, it seems, in the middle of a hockey rink.

Sucrose has a new favorite as of 12:57 on Apr 14, 2017

Pron on VHS
Nov 14, 2005

Blood Clots
Sweat Dries
Bones Heal
Suck it Up and Keep Wrestling


Rhandhali posted:

Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

Basically if you don't have medicare or "good" insurance hospitals will gently caress you as hard as they can, and this article goes into the how. Long story short is you're hosed if you get sick in the US. Enjoy debtor's prison.

It's a bit off topic for this thread but if this article was interesting to you check out the book Overtreated by Shannon Brownlee.

nonathlon
Jul 9, 2004
And yet, somehow, now it's my fault ...

Crimetown USA: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/politics/crimetown-usa

A piece from 2000 about the mob in Youngstown Ohio, and how they essentially displaced and controlled all civic institutions in the area and the FBI agent who spent 20 years trying to break them.

Bamabalacha
Sep 18, 2006

Outta my way, ya dumb rah-rah!


Holy mother of god, what an enormous clusterfuck. Excellent article though.

Avshalom
Feb 14, 2012

by Lowtax


a memoir of the slow public death of a beached whale. upsetting, especially if you're an animal lover, but fascinating

quote:

There came a point when strapping the whale with dynamite was the most humane option, but the clean-up afterwards – particularly when the whale had run aground on a popular public beach – was expensive. (How expensive? In time I’d look it up. Another whale, found dead nearby a few seasons hence, cost AUS$188,000 to remove. The council and the State Fisheries Department disputed who should foot the bill. ‘Because it’s a mammal, not a fish, they believe it’s not in their jurisdiction,’ said the mayor.)

quote:

I read that estuarine beluga in Canada had been found to be so noxious that their carcasses were classified as toxic waste for disposal. Tissue sampling of sperm whales around the world revealed quantities of cadmium that would kill living cells in a lab. (Cadmium, a compound found in paint and industrial manufacturing, and a by-product of burning fossil fuels, causes metal fume fever, fluid in the lungs, kidney disease and cancer in humans.) The most polluted animals on the face of the earth were thought to be American killer whales in Puget Sound, a place where the starfish had been observed actually melting.

Avshalom has a new favorite as of 10:54 on Apr 17, 2017

Rhandhali
Sep 7, 2003

This is Free Trader Beowulf, calling anyone...

Uncovering the Brutal Truth About the British Empire

Story behind author of Imperial Reckoning who exposed the deliberate suppression of atrocities committed during the last days of British rule in Kenya.

Handsome Ralph
Sep 3, 2004

Johnny Pussy?



Aaron Hernandez's brother retraces NFL star's path to murder

Solid read in light of today's news.

Mugsbaloney
Jul 11, 2012

We prefer your extinction to the loss of our job



In the context of some of those camp stories that researcher seems remarkably histrionic about her own personal "struggle" and that just rubbed me the wrong way. One Woman's Journey indeed...

Pick
Jul 19, 2009



Nap Ghost

Avshalom posted:

a memoir of the slow public death of a beached whale. upsetting, especially if you're an animal lover, but fascinating

Yeah, they'd been observed melting, but it was because of a contagious wasting disease, not pollution.

A MINIATURE LLAMA
Jul 30, 2009



Chicago Tylenol Murders, An Oral History: Account of the 1982 murder of seven people in Illinois.

Jabor
Jul 16, 2010

#1 Loser at SpaceChem

Was there ever any followup on the goon that said "oh yeah, my uncle came home a few days before the tylenol murders and told my mother not to buy any tylenol for the next few days"?

FrozenVent
May 1, 2009

The Boeing 737-200QC is the undisputed workhorse of the skies.

He called the FBI and nothing ever came out of it.

Sucrose
Dec 9, 2009


Avshalom posted:

a memoir of the slow public death of a beached whale. upsetting, especially if you're an animal lover, but fascinating

Kind of infuriating. They could have shot it in the head with a high-powered rifle until it died, but instead they let it suffer for days when its intestines hanging out and birds pecking flesh from its back.

crack mayor
Dec 22, 2008


Throwaway Informants. It's been awhile since I first read it, but I think it's perfect for this thread. A story about a young woman that got busted for some minor drug infraction. The police coerce her to flip on someone, and the consequences that followed.

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Rhandhali
Sep 7, 2003

This is Free Trader Beowulf, calling anyone...

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/09/13/us/cancer-immortality-cryogenics.html?referer=https://www.google.com/

Dying woman gets the ability for her corpse to be mutilated and put on ice after relentless futurist cheerleading and money raising from reddit. More money to the worst sorts of con artists.

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