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  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by spacepopper
    +11 +1

    What will be left of the people who make our games?

    Buried deep in Harold Goldberg’s wide-ranging feature for Vulture about the making of Red Dead Redemption 2 is a reminder of why one of Rockstar’s founders, Dan Houser, rarely gives interviews: his stunning admission that “we were working 100-hour weeks” at multiple points in 2018. In a report peppered with numerical superlatives (1,200 actors; 300,000 animations; 500,000 lines of dialogue; 2,000 pages of script; a budget in the millions), it’s that hundred-hour statistic that shocks the senses the hardest...

  • Analysis
    5 days ago
    by junglman
    +20 +1

    The FBI of the National Park Service

    The 33 special agents assigned to the Investigative Services Branch handle the most complex crimes committed on NPS land. When a day hike in Rocky Mountain National Park ended in a grisly death, ISB veteran Beth Shott hit the trail, where she began unraveling a harrowing case.

  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by Nelson
    +14 +1

    The Fallacy Fallacy: Why Fallacious Arguments Aren’t Necessarily Wrong

    The fallacy fallacy is a logical fallacy which occurs when someone assumes that if an argument contains a logical fallacy, then its conclusion must necessarily be wrong. For example, consider a situation where someone claims that a certain medical treatment is preferable to an alternative simply because it’s perceived as more “natural”, and someone else points out that this reasoning is fallacious, since what matters is whether the new treatment is better in practice, and not whether it’s more natural.

  • Current Event
    6 days ago
    by socialiguana
    +17 +1

    Nobody trusts Facebook anymore. Here’s one way it could change that.

    AnchorFree — the company behind the popular VPN app Hotspot Shield — recently surveyed its users, asking them when they cared about privacy and security. And when it came to most of their activity online, like sharing photos to Facebook, the survey respondents said they didn’t care. “But 30 percent of the time, almost everyone said they cared about their privacy enormously,” AnchorFree CEO David Gorodyansky said on the latest episode of Recode Decode. “That 30 percent was when it came to things like your healthcare, your finances and your family.”

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by tukka
    +4 +1

    Plane overshoots a runway in Micronesia and crash lands in the ocean 

    A passenger on board the plane which crash-landed near Papua New Guinea today has praised the 'awesome' response of the locals who jumped into their boats and pulled people from the jet as it sank into the ocean. Authorities confirmed the airliner - which was en route to Papua New Guinea from Micronesia - missed the runway and crashed into the water off the tiny island of Weno, north-west of Papua New Guinea, around 9.30am Friday local time.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by gottlieb
    +13 +1

    Historian on comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler: “My resistance … is being overcome”

    President Donald Trump is a symptom of a much larger problem. New research suggests that Trump's supporters are so motivated by racism and bigotry that they may be willing to overturn American democracy so that white right-wing Christians like themselves can maintain continued power over our society.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by funhonestdude
    +1 +1

    How Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ Became a Battle Cry for Musicians Seeking Royalties

    The song “Respect” helped Aretha Franklin soar to fame and became an anthem for the women’s rights movement. But radio royalties for the song went to its writer, Otis Redding.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by aj0690
    +9 +1

    The Dangers of Ignoring Cognitive Inequality

    On Sunday 28 April 1996, Martin Bryant was awoken by his alarm at 6am. He said goodbye to his girlfriend as she left the house, ate some breakfast, and set the burglar alarm before leaving his Hobart residence, as usual. He stopped briefly to purchase a coffee in the small town of Forcett, where he asked the cashier to “boil the kettle less time.” He then drove to the nearby town of Port Arthur, originally a colonial-era convict settlement populated only by a few hundred people.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by kong88
    +1 +1

    The Notorious Kimi Raikkonen

    Formula One is enjoying a boom in young talent. Drivers such as Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly, all in their early 20s and the formative stages of their careers, are poised to become the new stars. Yet it is the oldest man on the grid, Kimi Raikkonen, 38, of Finland, who continues to stand out as one of Formula One’s most interesting drivers, breaking with convention through his character and demeanor.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by 8mm
    +22 +1

    Is Safetyism Destroying a Generation?

    In recent years behaviours on university campuses have created widespread unease. Safe spaces, trigger warnings, and speech codes. Demands for speakers to be disinvited. Words construed as violence and liberalism described as ‘white supremacy’. Students walking on eggshells, too scared to speak their minds. Controversial speakers violently rebuked – from conservative provocateurs such as Milo Yiannopoulos to serious sociologists such as Charles Murray, to left-leaning academics such as Bret Weinstein.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +5 +1

    The YouTube stars heading for burnout: ‘The most fun job imaginable became deeply bleak’

    When Matt Lees became a full-time YouTuber, he felt as if he had won the lottery. As a young, ambitious writer, director and presenter, he was able to create low-budget, high-impact films that could reach a worldwide audience, in a way that would have been impossible without the blessing of television’s gatekeepers just a few years earlier. In February 2013, he had his first viral hit, an abridged version of Sony’s announcement of its PlayStation 4 video game console, dubbed with a cheerily acerbic commentary. Within days the video had been watched millions of times.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Borska
    +10 +1

    How Kidding Invented Its Very Own Children’s Puppet Show

    If you had walked on the set of Jim Carrey’s new Showtime series Kidding last spring, you might have thought you were in the wrong place. Instead of the usual premium-cable backdrops, you’d be standing inside a brightly colored children’s television show — in the world of Kidding, it’s the show that Jeff Piccirillo, a.k.a. Jeff Pickles (Carrey) has hosted for 30 years on Columbus, Ohio, public broadcasting — where you might run into the likes of a sad baguette named Ennui Le Triste...

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by sauce
    +9 +1

    Two Hours With The Amazingly Detailed Red Dead Redemption 2

    I played Red Dead Redemption 2 for the first time this week, and I swiftly caused glorious chaos. Yesterday I sampled a section of Rockstar Games’ upcoming western at their New York City headquarters, a location game-previewing press haven’t had much reason to visit in the last half decade. There, I hoped to finally get a feel for the mega-studio’s first new game since 2013’s Grand Theft Auto V. It’s out so soon, just a little over a month from now on PS4 and Xbox One.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by irunfrombears
    +3 +1

    The Secret Life of Johnny Lewis

    He was a Hollywood actor who had it all—including a dark side that led to a grisly murder.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by irunfrombears
    +7 +2

    Who Killed the Jeff Davis 8?

    A serial killer has allegedly been preying on Louisiana prostitutes. But a new investigation reveals a far scarier theory.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by irunfrombears
    +7 +2

    What Happened to Shelly Miscavige, Scientology’s Missing Queen?

    Many Scientologists regarded David Miscavige’s wife to be a “shock absorber” for her husband’s temper. Until late 2006.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by irunfrombears
    +21 +2

    How much my novel cost me

    Writing my first book got me into debt. To finish the next one, I had to become solvent

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by Splitfish
    +30 +1

    The Murders at the Lake

    In 1982 three teenagers were killed near the shores of Lake Waco in a seemingly inexplicable crime. More than three decades later, the tragic and disturbing case still casts a long, dark shadow.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by Splitfish
    +31 +1

    The Game That Saved March Madness

    Princeton’s near-upset of Georgetown in a 1989 first-round game made sure Cinderella would always get invited to the ball.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by Splitfish
    +40 +2

    A Death in the Texas Desert

    Residents of Terlingua mourned the murder of the town's most popular bar owner. Then, as conflicting accounts of the victim and his last night emerged, they started picking sides.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by Nolan
    +17 +1

    My Childhood on Inmate Island

    Growing up on a remote prison compound made for an oddball upbringing, but the hardest thing I ever had to do was leave.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +31 +1

    Burger King Is Run by Children

    Last summer a trim guy with wavy brown hair, high cheekbones, and a broad smile could be found making Whoppers, working the drive-through window, and scrubbing bathrooms at a Burger King in Miami. His name was Daniel Schwartz. He learned to make a Whopper in less than 35 seconds and blended in well with his fellow employees, except for the fact that Schwartz had a guy with a video camera trailing him. “I cleaned about 15 toilets in the past two days,” he boasted at one point, as if he’d just com

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by drank
    +35 +1

    The Witness

    For more than a decade, Michelle Lyons’s job required her to watch condemned criminals be put to death. After 278 executions, she won't ever be the same.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by funhonestdude
    +19 +1

    What Happened to Motorola

    How a culture shift nearly doomed an iconic local company that once dominated the telecom industry.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by hxxp
    +20 +1

    Can Staten Island’s middle-class neighborhoods defeat an overdose epidemic?

    “The silent sniper fire of overdoses from pills and heroin has hit Staten Island harder than anyplace else in the city.” Ian Frazier reports.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +23 +1

    On Bigfoot's Trail

    How do you believe in something that — to the rest of the world — doesn't exist?

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by bradd
    +19 +1

    Murder in the Meth Lab?

    What began as a supposedly routine search of this single-wide in the Tennessee woods took a terrible turn when one cop shot his partner dead. Was it just a tragic accident—or was it premeditated, cold-blooded murder?

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by geoleo
    +18 +1

    Who Is Su

    She was 22 when her memory was obliterated. Twenty-six years later, Su Meck is still learning about the family she raised and the husband she has no recollection of marrying.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +6 +1

    The Self-Made Man: The Story of America’s Most Pliable, Pernicious, Irrepressible Myth

    In 1990, Susan Orlean published a book called Saturday Night, in which she set out to document how Americans spend their weekly reprieve from work. “Saturday night,” she wrote, “is when you want to do what you want to do and not what you have to do.” One thing people want to do on Saturday night is go out to dinner, so Orlean dedicated a chapter to the restaurant experience. She set this section of the book at the Hilltop Steakhouse, in Saugus, Massachusetts.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by rawlings
    +20 +1

    Sex Is Sex. But Money Is Money.

    Escorts make $100 a hand job — but entrepreneurs like me? We make $5,000 a night. Welcome to the new economy of the oldest profession.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by troople
    +22 +1

    The Spy Who Scammed Us?

    Jamie Smith says he was recruited into the CIA as an undergraduate at Ole Miss, cofounded Blackwater, and has done clandestine intelligence work all over the world, operating out of a counterterrorism boot camp in the woods of north Mississippi. Plenty of people believed him, including the Air Force (which paid him $7 million to train personnel) and William Morrow, which signed him up to write his memoir. There's just one little question: How much of it is true?

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by KondoR
    +20 +1

    The Heartbreak And Confusion Of A 19-Year Missing Child Case

    As if losing a child to kidnapping wasn’t horrifying enough, ineffective law enforcement agencies and predatory private investigators only add to the confusion and pain. Deana Hebert’s long, maddening search for her daughter — and the ex-husband who took her — may be the rule, not the exception.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by macavoy
    +14 +1

    The Lost Sister

    Where is Santa Iris Guzman? The question had taken on almost folklore status in Mellisa Sanchez’s family. Like a precious heirloom, it was passed down through four generations, ever since a summer day in 1949, when the little girl with the big brown eyes and soft curls disappeared in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by timex
    +16 +1

    Inside The Multibillion-Dollar Business Of Keeping Me Out Of America

    Every few seconds the chatter in the lobby is punctuated by a succession of short, rapid cracks so loud I can feel the concussions in my chest. No one else seems to notice. The Phoenix Convention Center’s southern building is packed with hawkish-looking white men in muted suits who somehow continue networking amid the piercing sound. They’re all wearing convention badges around their necks that display their ominous affiliations: DOD, DOJ, DHS, Raytheon.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +16 +1

    The Disappeared

    By the first days of October, the outdoor basketball court at the Rural Teachers College in Ayotzinapa, a town in the Mexican state of Guerrero, had become an open-air waiting room of despair. Pain emanated like heat. Under the court’s high, corrugated tin roof, the families of 43 missing students gathered to face the hours between search expeditions, protests, and meetings with government officials, human-rights workers, and forensic anthropologists. Assembled in clumps at the court’s edges...