Must Read: Xeni Jardin’s “The Diagnosis” – [Boing Boing]
I have breast cancer. A week ago, I had breast cancer, and the week before that, and the week before that. Maybe five, eight, even ten years ago, the first bad cell split inside me, secretly. But I didn’t know. This is how I arrived at knowing.
Two friends of mine were recently diagnosed. When news of the first came, I felt sadness. When news of the second came a few weeks ago, I felt a different kind of shock. I’d never had a mammogram. Even though I was ten years younger than the time they say you need to start, it felt like time to start, and when her news came I thought: I need to do this right now. For my friends, for me. Solidarity. Something small I can do, some little action against the big unknowable that swoops down without warning and strikes the ones we love.
6 ‘Based on a True Story’ Movies with Unpleasant Epilogues – [Cracked]
The 40 Best Memes Of 2011 – [BuzzFeed]
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The King of All Vegas Real Estate Scams – [Business Week]
As Las Vegas’s housing supply exploded, so did the competition among lawyers and contractors to represent new homeowner associations in so-called construction-defect lawsuits. It was in this environment, according to plea agreements recently unsealed in an ongoing FBI investigation, that a shadowy outfit cooked up a brazen scheme.
The 12 Days of Christmas? That’ll Cost You A Record $101,119.84 – [The Atlantic]
Every year, the wonderfully dorky economists with PNC bank celebrate “The 12 Days of Christmas” the way only wonderfully dorky economists could. They calculate what it would actually cost for your true love to buy 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers pipers piping, and so on, all the way down to the partridge in the pear-bearing tree.