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Dangerous Finds: Brain-eaters don’t go crazy; STOP Obama’s trade deal; The dirt on Hugh Hefner
06.11.2015
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Brain-Eating Tribe Immune to Dementia: “This is a striking example of Darwinian evolution in humans.” (ABC News)

Elizabeth Warren Launches Last-Minute Blitz to Stop Trade Bill: With a critical series of House votes scheduled for Friday, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is making a last-minute push to kill President Barack Obama’s bid to secure fast-track trade negotiating authority. (Bloomberg)

Montana Republican: Noah was 600 years old when he built the Ark, so why do Americans need retirement? “There’s nothing in the Bible that talks about retirement” says fuckstick tech millionaire who is running for governor. It’s your Christian duty to work for hundreds of years. (The Raw Story)

The ‘Sticky Fingers’ story: After Altamont, as their world was spinning apart, the Rolling Stones made one of the greatest albums in rock ’n’ roll history. (Slate)

Video shows off-duty Florida cops repeatedly kicking black man sitting on curb: Noel Carter, a 30-year-old banker from the Miami area, filed an affidavit Wednesday asking the state to bring battery charges against the two off-duty officers who were moonlighting as security guards. (Raw Story)

It’s official: Louisiana public schools are using the Book of Genesis in high school science classes: Louisianans can now get a 19th Century education to accompany their 19th century economy. (Salon)

Holly Madison Spills The Shit About Hugh Hefner In A Tell-All: She was just an innocent girl in a mixed up crazy ol’ world. Or something like that. (Dlisted)

Bernie Sanders insists his momentum is no fluke: “This is not an educational campaign. This is not a protest campaign. This is a campaign to win,” said a confident Sanders. (Politico)

Jeb Bush Says His Views ‘Haven’t Changed at All’ on Unwed Mothers: Fuck this dumbass, am I right? (Yahoo!)

Same Sex Couple Threaten Not To Give A Shit If Other Couple Divorces: If Christian divorce does go ahead gay couple will have no choice but to go on with their lives completely unaffected by such a dumb stunt. (SBS)

These are the most creative paintings of all time according to a computer: Who says art is subjective?  It’s just that it’s impossible to confirm or deny the results, researchers admit. (PopSci)

Below, Mouth & MacNeal sing their million-selling 1972 megahit “How Do You Do?”

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Dangerous Finds: Mike Patton shat in Axl Rose’s OJ; California is sinking; Siouxsie reunion
06.10.2015
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Faith No More’s Mike Patton Once Shat in Axl Rose’s Orange Juice: Well someone had to to do it. (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Libertarianism is for white men: The ugly truth about the right’s favorite movement: Republicans’ demographic challenges have been well documented. Libertarians’ problems are even worse. (Salon)

One Nation, Under Sedation: Medicare Paid For Nearly 40 Million Tranquilizer Prescriptions In 2013. (Crooks & Liars)

Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin reunite for ‘Hannibal’ premiere! First time the co-founders of Siouxsie and the Banshees have been seen in public for 13 years. Photo shared on Marc Almond’s Twitter. (Post-Punk)

California Is Literally Sinking Into the Ground: And it’s going to cost taxpayers big time. (Mother Jones)

Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson Have Told Their Son To Stay Off Social Media: Chet Haze is a fucking idiot be proud of it, yo. (D-Listed)

If Your Bullshit Detector Isn’t Shrieking, It’s Broken: Wishing it was true doesn’t make it true—it makes you a chump who fell for the con. (Of Two Minds)

Survey: Obama’s Trade Proposal a Tough Sell for Most Americans: Two-thirds of Americans—Republicans and Democrats alike—say protecting American industries and jobs by limiting imports is more important than allowing free trade so they can buy products at lower prices from any country. (NBC News)

Let down by Obama, some black voters ask: Is it even worth backing Clinton? Good question! (Washington Post)

Republicans to start eating their own in 5, 4, 3…? Jeb Bush, feeling vulnerable, is about to go all Mitt Romney on their asses (No More Mister Nice Blog)

Hannity Explains to Witness What Really Happened at McKinney: Officer Was ‘Provoked’ and in the process makes himself look like a colossal idiot yet again. She might have been there, and seen it with her own eyes, but let big Sean Hannity tell the black girl what she really saw! (Mediaite)

Texas abortion law ruling: Latinas more likely to avoid clinics and self-terminate: Low-income and ‘landlocked’ undocumented women may have difficulty accessing care in the state, stoking fears that self-induced abortions will increase. (Guardian)

Below, Shirley Bassey sings “Diamonds are Forever” on the Morecambe and Wise Christmas special of 1971:
 

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Dangerous Finds: Wealth gap fueling social unrest, Rand Paul vs the GOP; Why Bernie’s gonna win!
06.09.2015
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My Prediction: Bernie Sanders Will Win the White House: Compelling reasons why, when the dust settles, it’s going to be a Democratic Socialist Senator from Vermont who will be the next President of the United States. Doubt it? Read this analysis. (Washington’s Blog)

Driver Sues City After Video Shows Cops Admitting They “Don’t Know Why” They Pulled Him Over: He had his cell phone recording these dumb fucks the entire time. (Gothamist)

Billionaire Cartier Owner Sees Wealth Gap Fueling Social Unrest: “We cannot have 0.1 percent of 0.1 percent taking all the spoils,” said Johann Rupert, who has a fortune worth $7.5 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. “It’s unfair and it is not sustainable.”(Bloomberg)

Oops: Franklin Graham moves bank accounts from gay-friendly bank to one that sponsors gay pride events: Even bags of wet hair think Franklin Graham is a fuckin’ big dummy. (Raw Story)

NYPD chief Bratton says hiring black officers is difficult: ‘So many have spent time in jail’ I wonder how that happened? (The Guardian)

Birth Control That Works Too Well: A Colorado program to give low-income teens long-acting contraception dropped the teen abortion rate dramatically. But conservatives refuse to fund it. (The Nation)

Wall Street fears leftward swerve by Hillary Clinton: As Sanders gains traction, Clinton’s backers expect her to take a tougher stance on banks. (Politico)

Jeb Bush In 1995: Unwed Mothers Should Be Publicly Shamed Guess where he got this idea? One guess? If you guessed Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter, that’s the right answer! (Huffington Post)

Republicans Trashed Democracy in Michigan. Now They Want To Trash It in Your State, Too As Governor Snyder sets out on a national tour to sell the “Michigan Story,” other states should be wary of such a depressing tale. (Mother Jones)

Senator Unveils New Obamacare Attack, Immediately Becomes A Laughingstock Sen. John Thune (R-SD) probably wishes that he’d thought twice before debuting a new attack on the Affordable Care Act on Twitter. (ThinkProgress)

Rand Paul Battles the GOP Over 9/11 Secrets: The Kentucky Republican is pushing an amendment to declassify 28 pages from the congressional report—and exactly zero of his GOP colleagues are behind him. (The Daily Beast)

Catholic League president: Pope wrong on climate change because God never said ‘air pollution is intrinsically evil’ And there is nothing I can add to that. Snark fails me in the presence of such low level superstition and derpitude… (Raw Story)

Must read interview with rapper Divine Styler: ‘It’s getting hot. It’s going to get worse before it gets better. You have to destroy it in order to rebuild it.’ (LA Record)

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Dangerous Finds: Orson Welles porn; ClickHole vs BuzzFeed; Will American workers get a raise soon?
06.08.2015
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NSFW: Watch the Porn Scene Edited by Orson Welles! He owed the director a favor, apparently. (Vulture)

Bernie Sanders: ‘We’re Going to Win New Hampshire’ Bernie-mania is clearly a real thing as support surges for the maverick Senator from Vermont. (Bloomberg)

How black kids like the ones in McKinney can stay safe around cops: Stop being black I wonder if he feared for his own life? (Vox)

Glenn Beck: We Have 10,000 Pastors Who Are Willing To Die Resisting Anti-Christian Persecution In America “Society is about to collapse and America needs passionate pastors who are willing to give up their lives if necessary in the fight against the coming persecution of Christians” sez Glenn Beck to a small audience of senior citizen doofuses who probably believe him. (Right Wing Watch)

Man wrongfully imprisoned for over three years on Riker’s Island commits suicide: Sen. Rand Paul implored a crowd in Concord, N.H., to “think about Kalief Browder and think about how his friends must feel about American justice, how his parents must feel and about how his community feels.” (The Hill)

Bobby Jindal’s desperate home-school Hail Mary is 2016′s strangest strategy: “Religious freedom” + homeschoolers It seems like a tiny GOP sliver, but a strategist to watch thinks otherwise. Jindal is Louisiana’s most ambitious politician since David Duke. The least popular governor in Louisiana history is also likely to fare about as well as the former KKK leader did when he ran for the GOP nomination in 1992. (Salon)

Wow. ClickHole How the Onion spinoff designed to mock the Internet (well BuzzFeed) became the best thing on it. “The quiz tells you that you are from Massachusetts. You are not from Massachusetts.” (Slate)

House GOPers: Obamacare Fix? Ha, Our Constituents Don’t Get Subsidies! “Sorry poors, but fuck you, none of you vote for us anyway.” (Talking Points Memo)

White House poised to hike wages for millions of Americans: The Labor Department could propose a rule that would raise the current overtime threshold — $23,660 – to as much as $52,000. And the Republicans can’t do much about it. The overtime threshold is not indexed to inflation and has been updated only once since 1975. (Politico)

Game of Thrones is secretly all about climate change: Did you know that Game of Thrones is secretly about the world’s terrible failure to stop climate change? Well it is. (Vox)

Liberals Make Big Comeback in 2015, Poll Analysis Finds A new analysis of Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll data finds a marked increase in the share of registered voters identifying themselves as liberals, and an even bigger drop in the share saying they are conservatives. (Wall Street Journal)

Wisconsin straw poll surprise: Bernie Sanders scored 41 percent in a straw poll vote at the Wisconsin Democratic Party convention this weekend. The Vermont senator was a close second to Hillary Clinton, who won 49 percent. Sanders received 208 of 511 delegate votes at the state convention in Milwaukee on Saturday, while Clinton won votes from 252 of the delegates, leaving her just short of a majority. (Politico)

The Cost of China’s Industrialization: 700 Million People with Diabesity /Cancer /Lung Disease and 225 Million with Mental Disorders That the China Story is going to implode is already baked into the public health catastrophe that will unfold with a vengeance in the coming decade. (Of Two Minds)

U.S. Congress Should Have No Part In International Climate Deal, French Minister Says Laurent Fabius, at the helm of climate talks expected to culminate in Paris in December merely says what everyone is thinking. (Think Progress)

What Kind of Mayor Was Bernie Sanders? In his eight years as mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Bernie Sanders revitalized the economy and solidified support for progressive municipal policies. (The Nation)

Below, Robin Gibb performs his solo numbers “Saved by the Bell” and “One Million Years” on Spanish television, 1970. From the amazing new three CD set, Saved By The Bell: The Collected Works Of Robin Gibb 1968-1970 (3CD). The opening line of “One Million Years” is “I’m dead.” Robin’s songs were always the melancholy ones in the Bee Gees repertoire, weren’t they?
 

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‘Go out in the world and fuck it up beautifully’: John Waters’ commencement speech at RISD
06.08.2015
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I should say right off that I am really qualified to be your commencement speaker. I was suspended from high school, then kicked out of college in the first marijuana scandal ever on a university campus. I’ve been arrested several times. I’ve been known to dress in ludicrous fashions. I’ve also built a career out of negative reviews, and have been called “the prince of puke” by the press. And most recently a title I’m really proud of: “the people’s pervert.” I am honoured to be here today with my people. ~ John Waters

Seriously, just stop what you’re doing and give your undivided attention to John Waters as he gives one of the best commencement speeches EVER to the Rhode Island School of Design’s graduating class of 2015. Waters nails it. Every damn bit of it.

You’re lucky. When I went to school, my teachers discouraged every dream I ever had. I wanted to be the filthiest person alive, but no school would let me. I bet RISD would’ve. You could possibly even make a snuff movie here and get an A+. Hopefully you have been taught never to fear rejection in the workplace. Remember, a no is free. Ask for the world and pay no mind if you are initially turned down. A career in the arts is like a hitchhiking trip: All you need is one person to say “Get in” and off you go. And then the confidence begins.

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Never be like some of my generation who say “We had more fun in the ’60s.” No, we didn’t! The kids today who still live with their parents who haven’t seen them in months but leave food outside their bedroom doors are having just as much fun shutting down the government of foreign countries on their computer as we did banning the bomb.

If you’d like to read the entire transcript, you can find one here.

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Dangerous Finds: Cat poop makes you crazy; Manhunt for teen ‘Bonnie & Clyde’; Hillary guts Bush
06.05.2015
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Teenage ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ wanted on charges including robbery and aggravated assault on a police officer: Ohio teens Tristan Kindle, 16, and Rose May, 15,  may be in possession of two firearms and have stolen several vehicles. The pair have escaped a twelve-hour manhunt in PA. (ABC News)

Hillary Goes Right for Bush’s Gut in Voting Rights Speech “And in Florida, when Jeb Bush was governor, state officials conducted a deeply flawed purge of voters before the presidential election of 2000.” Yeah, she went there. (Esquire)

Fox News freakshow heros: Roger Ailes is going to an ever-loonier fringe to find supposed culture-war martyrs—and it’s not working. (Salon)

How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy: “Toxoplasma might even kill as many people as malaria, or at least a million people a year.” What’s less clear is how you treat it if you’re already infected. (The Atlantic)

Economic growth more likely when wealth distributed to poor instead of rich: The economic case for maintaining a progressive income tax structure and targeting welfare payments to those most in need is overwhelming. If people on lower incomes have more money, there will be more spending, more jobs and a stronger economy. (Guardian)

Nearly half of all households age 55 and over have no retirement savings: Many older households don’t have other financial resources to tap during retirement. Of those households without any savings, more than half don’t have a pension from a traditional pension plan, and almost half don’t own a home. (CBS News)

Obama under pressure to release secret pages of 9/11 report ‘showing Saudi Arabia financed attacks’ A long running campaign over redacted pages of a Senate report into 9/11 which allegedly reveal Riyadh as the principal financier is gathering new momentum. Bush had report redacted. (Telegraph)

How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes: Even as the group has publicly celebrated its work, insider accounts detail a string of failures. (Pro Publica)

The death of Dee Dee Ramone: Julian Cope writes: “What can we do but kneel at the grave of this hoodlum culture hero and give thanks to him for stealing rock’n’roll back from the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and all the other ‘Life in the Fast Lane’ 70s Laurel Canyon clowns…” (On This Deity)

Japanese firm sells ‘human pillow’ cellphone holder: What’s shaped like your friend and even sounds like your friend, but isn’t actually your friend? (Yahoo News)

School bus driver in deadly crash was texting: A Tennessee school bus driver was texting at the time of a crash that killed two young girls and an aspiring teacher last year, accident investigators said Friday. (Associated Press)

Bernie Sanders for the well-intentioned, semi-informed layperson

Want a preview of how a debate between Bernie Sanders and one of the GOP candidates might go? Watch Bernie face off against Papa Bear back in March:

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Awesome Church (with cemetery!) for sale
06.05.2015
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I’m just throwing this one out there because it’s not too often that you see such a rad old church for sale on Craigslist for only $99,000. I know a lot of our readers live in or around the NYC area, so this church is kind of a rare steal.

The church, built in 1920, is located in the Catskills, 90 minutes outside of NYC and is 2500 ft2. How awesome is that?

I am an Architect and I bought this amazing building several years ago with hopes to make it my weekend home- but then Sandy happened and all my focus went to rebuilding my NJ home with 6 figure damage. So, sadly, I need to sell my upstate retreat to someone who can give it the TLC it deserves.

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I have always used the church as a weekend retreat as-is. I have attached my sketched floor plans (I am an Architect) that shows how easily this can accommodate 4-5 bedrooms. At the moment it is one glorious loft-like space. There is a furnace that heats the main huge space nicely (propane tank outside for easy fill ups).

The church also has a cemetery. Yes, a cemetery. According to the listing, the cemetery is privately owned and very well-maintained. The owner of church says that the cemetery is very old and he has never seen anyone actually visit it.

I can totally see this church being transformed into an amazing artist’s space or recording studio. Seriously, just check out the pictures. More about the church can be read on Craigslist.


 

 
More after the jump…
 

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Dangerous Finds: 3 days with Bernie Sanders; Sarah Palin hits maximum derp; ‘Silicon Valley’ rules
06.04.2015
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Sarah Palin blows her top over Duggars coverage: ‘Pervert’ liberals ‘spit on the graves of every American’ soldier. Dripping with derp saunce, she also tries to somehow turn the narrative to Lena Dunham? (Raw Story)

Being Healthy Is Unprofitable: U.S. healthcare is unsustainable. That it will break in the next decade is predictable. (Of Two Minds)

Silicon Valley Is the Anti-Entourage Well, it’s good for one thing… (New York)

Left turn on Main Street: The progressive agenda is America’s story — from ending slavery to ending segregation to establishing a woman’s right to vote to Social Security, the right to organize, and the fight for fair pay and against income inequality. (Bill Moyers)

It’s Time to Let Edward Snowden Come Home: Now that Congress has passed, and President Obama has signed, the U.S.A. Freedom Act, which places some limits on the domestic-surveillance powers of the National Security Agency, there’s still unfinished business to deal with. (New Yorker)

Three Days on the Campaign Trail With Bernie Sanders: Rolling Stone interviews the presidential hopeful and tags along for his first official campaign stops (Rolling Stone)

Alex Jones: While You Were Staring At Caitlyn Jenner’s Funbags, Obama Grabbed Your Guns Conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Alex Jones always has his finger on the prostate of The Real Story that everybody’s missing, if people could only OPEN THEIR EYES! (Wonkette)

‘Scandinavian Dream’ is true fix for America’s income inequality Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz suggests we take a page from some of our European neighbors and restore the balance between government, business and labor. (CNN/Money)

Ted Cruz Walks Away When Reporter Confronts Him About Joe Biden Joke: Cruz (R-TX) apologized late Wednesday for making a joke about Vice President Joe Biden as he prepares to bury his son Beau, who died of brain cancer. (TPM)

McDonald’s Futuristic Self-Serve Kiosks Debut In DTLA: You’ll order from a touchscreen. There won’t even be a need to speak to a human being at all. (LAist)

Clinton Lays Out Proposal To Expand Voting: “I call on Republicans at all levels of government with all manner of ambition to stop fear mongering about a phantom epidemic of election fraud and start explaining why they’re so scared of letting citizens have their say,” she said. (NPR)

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Dangerous Finds: Rand Paul wants secret 9/11 docs; Fish can clone itself; Walmart is a sickness
06.02.2015
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Rand’s New Crusade: The Secret 9/11 docs: Coming off the Patriot Act fight, the presidential hopeful is sponsoring a bill to declassify 28 pages of a 9/11 report that may blame Saudi Arabia. (The Daily Beast)

How Healthcare Is Dooming the U.S. Economy in Three Charts: It’s our choice: live with a bankrupt system built almost entirely of perverse incentives, or begin an adult discussion about a system that delivers responsible care to the elderly in line with other advanced nations, but at a fraction of the current cost. (Of Two Minds)

Barney Frank: Obama Is Making ‘A Big Mistake’ On TPP Why give the oligarchs everything they went, in exchange for nothing? Read Franks’ open letter to Obama about the trade deal. (Huffington Post)

Jeb Bush’s Favorite Author Rejects Democracy, Says The Hyper-Rich Should Seize Power: What, he’s supposed to be like Sarah Palin and not read anything? Hey, at least he can read… (Think Progress)

Wild sawfish have ‘virgin births’, essentially cloning themselves: First known case of wild vertebrates cloning themselves and surviving. (Ars Technica)

The End of Britain as We Know It? The fight for Scottish independence isn’t over. A rebellion is brewing the likes of which Britain has not experienced in nearly a century and that, if unchecked, will change the United Kingdom for good. (Politico)

Bernie Sanders is being taken seriously in (and out of) Iowa: It’s astonishing to watch. I thought that there would be a near total media blackout of his campaign, that he’d get more traction than, say, Dennis Kucinich, but not much more. It didn’t happen that way.The genie is out the the bottle in a big way. Of course the voters of Iowa are taking Bernie Sanders seriously: They can hear what he has to say (and they agree with him). Me, I take him so seriously that I sent Bernie money on day 1 and plan to send more. If he represents your views, you might want to consider donating to his campaign, too. (AmericaBlog)

There are no more moderate Republicans. See for yourself. (Washington Post)

Donald Trump: ‘I’m the Most Successful Person Ever to Run for the Presidency’ Trump’s the “most” a lotta things, not one of them really worth bragging about. Still, thick vulgarian fingers crossed that he jumps into the GOP primary with gusto, eh? For the good of America. And don’t forget, he’s got, according to Trump himself, “a Gucci store that’s worth more than Romney.” (Des Moines Register)

Walmart is a cultural sickness: How the American workplace is enriching the wealthy—and destroying everyone else. American workers are conditioned to expect less and less even as they do more and more. And it’s killing them. (Salon)

The new normal? Timothy McVeigh’s anti-government views have moved from the extremist fringe into the GOP mainstream (Newsweek)

Bernie Sanders: A Man with a Cause The seventy-three-year-old from Vermont appears to be attracting bigger crowds than any other candidate, Democrat or Republican. Hey, anything can happen, including Bernie beating Hillary Clinton. He’d then go on to beat the pants off the GOP nominee. That’s not some Bizarro World prediction: who really thought the black guy was gonna win at the start of the 2008 primary season? The Sanders surge is a real thing. (The New Yorker)

47% of Americans would have to Borrow or Sell Something to Cover an Unexpected Expense of $400 Extreme financial insecurity affects nearly half of all Americans. (AllGov.com)

Lindsey Graham Enters White House Race With Emphasis on National Security And unsurprisingly no one gives a shit. (New York Times)

Below, John Stewart is amazed how John McCain is continually setting himself up for jokes where the punchline is Sarah Palin…

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‘This is not Jacquie anymore’: Son documents mother’s heartbreaking descent into dementia
05.19.2015
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These moving photographs document one woman’s gradual deterioration into early onset dementia. They were taken by Jake Heath from Sydney, Australia, who photographed his mother Jacquie during the course of her illness.

The first photograph (above) was “taken in 2005 or so. At this point, Jacquie had Pick’s Disease, but it had been misdiagnosed as menopause. She would be about 48 here.”

Pick’s Disease is a type of Frontotemporal Dementia that causes progressive destruction of nerve cells in the brain. It is a rare disease and its symptoms include dementia and loss of language. Sufferers usually die within two to ten years.

Jake and his sister Zoe were living in Australia when they first heard the news about their mother. Their parents were living in Toronto, Canada, when his father Tim told Jake and Zoe the heartbreaking news that their mother Jacquie was going to die—as Jake told the Daily Mirror:

“At the time I didn’t believe it. Zoe cried, but mum reassured her that it was ok and ‘all part of God’s plan’. Since then it’s been entirely surreal.

“The thing with Pick’s disease is that it has some very obvious stages. It’s always the stages that get to me the hardest, whether it’s paranoia, or forgetting names, forgetting how to eat, etc. Her condition is now the worst it’s ever been. Six weeks ago she stopped walking, whereas previously she would spend all day hobbling around the living room. She also stopped being able to eat solid foods and is now on pureed. It’s like she has aged backwards.

“Life for the family now is surprisingly not that bad. Dad is a 24/7 carer for her, but he also has a lot of help from the government.

“I go down to Batemans Bay (where my parents live) to visit every six weeks or so. I think Zoe finds it harder, being a new mother and not having her own to guide her. Dad is a very strong and resilient man. His day-to-day is looking after her, but he has mentioned a few times to me that as long as he keeps his attitude in check he’s OK. And that attitude is one of doing what’s best, being easy on yourself, and just getting on with it.”

Jake’s father Tim explained what it has been like looking after his wife:

“The journey I’m on at the moment, it’s the long goodbye. It’s been happening since 2007, so for seven years she’s been slowly losing function and capability. I haven’t had a conversation with her in years where she’s actually said anything that’s made sense.

“When you’ve been doing it for this long you’d sort of rather it would have been something quick, like a car accident or something. At least it’s quick and you can move on.”

According to the World Health Organization, 47.7 million people globally are affected by dementia—there are 7.7 million new cases every year with just over half (58%) living in low to middle income households.  Around 10% of people develop the disease at some point in their lives. The estimated proportion of the general population aged 60 and over with dementia at a given time is between five to eight per 100 people.

The total number of people with dementia is projected to be 75.6 million in 2030. It is believed this figure will almost triple by 2050 to 135.5 million.

My father, who died last month, suffered Alzheimer’s and dementia. It is believed he had suffered from the disease for several years before diagnosis. During his last year—from February 2013 onwards—his deterioration became very rapid and his behavior and mood swings increasingly erratic, unpredictable and violent. During his last months, he was admitted to a care home as we were no longer able to give him the attention he required. Most of the time he slept at the care home, when awake he was often irate and confused. He eventually fell into a coma and died from pneumonia.

Jake posted his photographs on Imgur under the heading “This is what Early Onset Dementia looks like.” This is what dementia looks like—the slow, horrendous eating away of a loved one until just the husk is left.

Though heartbreaking, Jake believes there is one good thing to have come out of this terrible disease:

“The silver-lining of this illness is that it has brought us closer together as a family, and it has given us a chance to love Jacquie the way she loved us.”

 
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On the beach, around 2010. Lots of Jacquie around. She can’t remember too much though.

 
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2010 again. Riding on the back of dad’s motorbike was one of her favourite things to do. She got quite terrified when the helmets were on, but once moving had a blast. This had to stop in 2011, when an on-bike paranoia attack nearly caused an accident.

 
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Beach-time walks. Weight is falling off. Conversation is non-existent.

 
More of Jake’s photos and his film ‘This is not Jacquie anymore,’ after the jump…

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