1. The Yid Army Goes to War — BuzzFeed
Is Tottenham Hotspur’s nickname an anti-Semitic slur that should get its fans arrested, a misunderstood tradition, or a rousing cry for Jewish pride? Whatever the answer, it has become a flashpoint for discussion of free speech, civility, and the public image of an increasingly lucrative sport. Read it at BuzzFeed.
2. The Internet Is Being Protected By Two Guys Named Steve — BuzzFeed
Chris Stokel-Walker reports on how the Heartbleed bug has put the spotlight on OpenSSL, the security toolkit used by many of the internet’s biggest sites and looked after primarily by two men who’ve never met in person. For the first time, Steve Marquess and Stephen Henson speak about how they became the overworked, underpaid stewards of our online security. Read it at BuzzFeed.
3. “Ugh. I miss it.” — Washington Post
A haunting portrait by Eli Saslow of a veteran trying to acclimate to civilian life, and the numerous challenges he faces. “Like so many vets, they missed the camaraderie. And as with so many vets, their lives at home were defined less by togetherness than by isolation, which took on many forms.” Read it at the Washington Post.
4. What Michael Did — Toronto Star
Amy Dempsey reports on a Ontario family ripped apart twelve years ago when the grown middle child, a schizophrenic, murdered his mother. “How does a family learn to live with a loss of such magnitude while occupying conflicting roles: husband, daughter and sons of the victim, and also father, sister and brothers of the killer?” Read it at the Toronto Star.
5. Inside Bryan Singer’s Wild Hollywood World — BuzzFeed
Known for surrounding himself with beautiful young men, X-Men director Bryan Singer has found his private life under intense scrutiny due to a lawsuit alleging sex abuse. Adam B. Vary investigates Singer’s tangled network of power, money, sex, and gay Hollywood. Read it at BuzzFeed.
6. Sia Furler, the Socially Phobic Pop Star — New York Times
Steve Knopper profiles the reclusive musician who has struggled with addiction and doesn’t crave fame. “Writing for others allowed Furler to hide in plain sight for years.” Read it at the New York Times.
7. Enduring Guilt — ESPN The Magazine
Ten years ago athlete-turned-soldier Pat Tillman was accidentally killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. Mike Fish explores how that happened, and how the lives of his family and those implicated in his death are still intertwined. Read it at ESPN The Magazine.
8. The Mind Readers — Medium
In an article that originally appeared in Mosaic Science, Roger Highfield discusses the doctors working to free apparently vegetative patients who, brain scans reveal, can still think and feel: “The number of patients with disorders of consciousness has soared in recent decades, ironically, because of the rise and success of intensive care and medical technologies.” Read it at Medium.
Creator Joel Hodgson, eventual host Mike J. Nelson and more lend their perspectives on the cult television program. Brian Raftery writes: “At a time when depictions of geekery were limited mostly to Urkel and Comic Book Guy, the denizens of the Satellite of Love were brazenly brainy—which explains why MST3K’s fan base reportedly included such meganerds as Al Gore and Patton Oswalt.” Read it at Wired.
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