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  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by funhonestdude
    +1 +1

    Cicada: Solving the Web's Deepest Mystery

    Marcus Wanner needed a little adventure in his life. A skinny 15-year-old brainiac with wire-frame glasses and wavy brown hair, he was the eldest of five, home-schooled by their mother, a devout Catholic, near Roanoke, Virginia. Shuttling Marcus between home, church and the Boy Scouts seemed like the best way to keep him away from trouble (and girls). "I missed out on a lot," he recalls with a sigh. "I didn't get out much."

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +18 +1

    The Education of Jeb Bush

    In December, Jeb Bush posted an update on his Facebook page which began by reporting that, over Thanksgiving, he and his family had “shared good food and watched a whole lot of football.” He added, “We also talked about the future of our nation. As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.”

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by TNY
    +12 +1

    The Island Where People Forget to Die

    In 1943, a Greek war veteran named Stamatis Moraitis came to the United States for treatment of a combat-mangled arm. He’d survived a gunshot wound, escaped to Turkey and eventually talked his way onto the Queen Elizabeth, then serving as a troopship, to cross the Atlantic. Moraitis settled in Port Jefferson, N.Y., an enclave of countrymen from his native island, Ikaria. He quickly landed a job doing manual labor. Later, he moved to Boynton Beach, Fla. Along the way...

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by Chubros
    +11 +1

    Witches of Chiloé

    Chiloé Island, in the Los Lagos region of southern Chile, is home to a fiercely independent seafaring people who have thrived culturally in defiance of the Chilean government. The islanders have developed a distinctive mythology made up of powerful shamans who wear waistcoats made from the flesh of dead virgins, hidden caves that are inhabited by deformed, goat-like mutes and even a phosphorescent ghost-ship that many islanders still believe haunts their coast and harvests...

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by distant
    +18 +1

    How “omnipotent” hackers tied to NSA hid for 14 years—and were found at last

    In 2009, one or more prestigious researchers received a CD by mail that contained pictures and other materials from a recent scientific conference they attended in Houston. The scientists didn't know it then, but the disc also delivered a malicious payload developed by a highly advanced hacking operation that had been active since at least 2001. The CD, it seems, was tampered with on its way through the mail.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +12 +1

    The White Devil Kingpin

    How did a homeless kid from Boston transform himself into a major overlord in Chinatown's criminal underworld?

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by bradd
    +16 +1

    ‘Out of My Mouth Comes Unimpeachable Manly Truth’

    On a cold, sunny New Year’s Eve in 2014, I am sitting at the edge of my king-size bed at the Four Seasons hotel in New York, munching through a stack of Wagyu beef slices and demolishing a bottle of pinot noir while watching a woman play a man playing a bearded woman on Russian state television. Standing on a stage lit by gleaming chandeliers before an audience of Russia’s elite celebrities, the parodist Elena Vorobei...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by spacepopper
    +18 +1

    “A Death”

    Jim Trusdale had a shack on the west side of his father’s gone-to-seed ranch, and that was where he was when Sheriff Barclay and half a dozen deputized townsmen found him, sitting in the one chair by the cold stove, wearing a dirty barn coat and reading an old issue of the Black Hills Pioneer by lantern light. Looking at it, anyway.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by grandsalami
    +5 +1

    The Pigeon King and the Ponzi Scheme that Shook Canada

    The Pigeon King delivered his closing statement to the jury dressed in his only suit. His name was Arlan Galbraith, and he was representing himself. He had abruptly fired his lawyer nearly two years earlier, during the long lead up to the trial, and then ignored the judges who advised him to hire another. He seemed adrift but also supremely confident.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by wildcard
    +14 +1

    Elton McDonald and the incredible story behind the Toronto tunnel

    The digger Elton McDonald grew up on what’s probably the toughest street in Toronto—maybe even Canada—and he still lives there with his mother and two sisters. Three summers ago, a man got shot in the head behind their townhouse. Elton’s sister Anora Graham went to the man’s aid, pressing a shirt she’d run to fetch against the wound. He died two weeks later. Lots of others here have, too. “Elton went to school with kids who are not alive anymore,” says Anora. “They died when they were 16.”

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by tyronne
    +9 +1

    A Massacre in Jamaica

    Most cemeteries replace the illusion of life’s permanence with another illusion: the permanence of a name carved in stone. Not so May Pen Cemetery, in Kingston, Jamaica, where bodies are buried on top of bodies, weeds grow over the old markers, and time humbles even a rich man’s grave.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by 66bnats
    +12 +1

    The Great Cocaine Treasure Hunt

    If you knew where a million dollars' worth of blow was buried, would you go dig it up? Rodney Hyden would. We pick up the story at this critical juncture.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +16 +1

    Who Killed Mellory Manning?

    Dallas Mildenhall used obscure science to crack cases all over the world. Then a murder took place in his own backyard.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by mariogi
    +10 +1

    Why Is America Obsessed With Perfecting Its Teeth?

    The story of a rapidly expanding industry that has little reason to exist, except the clearest reason in the world.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by gottlieb
    +16 +1

    The Decline of the American Actor

    Is it time for American actors to take a hard look in the mirror? Earlier this year Michael Douglas mused darkly to a magazine interviewer, “I think we have a little crisis going on amongst our young actors at this point,” and Spike Lee, commenting on the “invasion” of black British actors, had some pithy observations on the subject, too...

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by hyfi
    +7 +1

    The Cartel Gunsmiths

    It was usually evening when the three men arrived at the shop. They would roll up in a Volkswagen Beetle, and come to a halt at a nondescript, garage-sized warehouse in a strip of shops in a residential neighborhood in Guadalajara, in Southwestern Mexico’s Jalisco state. They would park the Bug, and proceed to drink on the curb. Eventually the men would go inside, entering through a street door. They always locked the door behind them.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by KondoR
    +26 +1

    The millionaire who rescues migrants at sea

    Appalled by migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, Chris Catrambone bought a boat and launched his own rescue mission. But as he discovered, there are pitfalls to going it alone.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by darvinhg
    +11 +1

    “Thank you for calling tech support, now please die”

    I felt unmoored and directionless after my high school job at Babbage’s dissolved at the end of 1997. I’d met my wonderful wife there—we’d go on to get married in 2003—but Babbage’s had been the only job I’d known. When the doors finally shut, I wasn’t sure what to do. I skipped the typical teenager process of wandering around the mall filling out dozens of applications for various stores—I’d gotten the job at Babbage’s merely by asking for it.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by ckshenn
    +28 +1

    Comic Conman: A true crime tale of comic books, corruption, and a $9 million vanishing act

    You don't see an All Star Comics #3 every day. Published in 1940, it’s a milestone in what’s known as the Golden Age of comic books: the debut of the first bonafide superhero team, the Justice Society of America. There’s hardly a plot, only a meeting of some of DC’s biggest stars — Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman — taking turns sharing tales as if they were telling ghost stories at a campfire.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by geoleo
    +25 +1

    A Death in Putin’s Police Force

    The line for lawyers and family members to get into Lefortovo prison starts to form around five in the morning. The building, on a quiet street just east of Moscow’s Third Ring Road, now officially belongs to the Ministry of Justice, but it’s still informally known as the prison of the F.S.B., a successor agency to the K.G.B. Early on June 16, 2014, one of the prisoners awaiting visitors was Boris Kolesnikov, a general who had been the deputy head of the...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by zyery
    +15 +1

    Jennifer Pan's Revenge

    Bich Ha and Huei Hann Pan were classic examples of the Canadian immigrant success story. Hann was raised and educated in Vietnam and moved to Canada as a political refugee in 1979. Bich (pronounced “Bick”) came separately, also a refugee. They married in Toronto and lived in Scarborough. They had two kids, Jennifer, in 1986, and Felix, three years later, and found jobs at the Aurora-based auto parts manufacturer Magna International...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by zritic
    +19 +1

    0 Miles to Wall Drug: A Half-Day at the World’s Largest Drugstore

    A game I sometimes like to play with people is called Guess What Beyoncé Is Doing Right Now. I am reasonably certain I invented this game, which is actually two games. The first game is to guess what American celebrity Beyoncé (net worth ~$450 million) is doing at any given moment. The second game is to estimate the likelihood that your guess is correct.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by spacepopper
    +45 +1

    Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace

    On Monday mornings, fresh recruits line up for an orientation intended to catapult them into Amazon’s singular way of working. They are told to forget the “poor habits” they learned at previous jobs, one employee recalled. When they “hit the wall” from the unrelenting pace, there is only one solution: “Climb the wall,” others reported. To be the best Amazonians they can be, they should be guided by the leadership principles, 14 rules inscribed on handy laminated cards.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +15 +1

    Letter to My Son the Weekend He Died

    “It’s irrational, this isn’t his fault, but I can see him (if he doesn’t die soon) at 30 or 35, telling people about his ‘best friend Paul’ and about how he tried to save you but couldn’t, and I can hear him tell it with earnestness and persuasion and even see the girl who will be with him, rub his back, and cry one single tear and think to herself, ‘What an amazing man to have come through all this.’ And Ryan—yes, by then, he’ll use his real name—will never mention his...” By Barry Friedman.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +38 +1

    Low Skilled Humans Need Not Apply: Exponential Job Disruption

    I wish to emphasise before I begin that robots taking jobs is not the problem, the issue is the current government policies that are not ready to handle this disruption. I am not against automation, far from it, I want as much automation as possible but it would be naive to not consider any potential side effects with the way policies currently are and how slow government and culture can change regarding attitudes towards the most vulnerable in our society. The way the unemployed are treated...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by rexall
    +40 +1

    Roughly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism

    Each year, I keep a running list of exceptional nonfiction that I encounter as I publish The Best of Journalism, an email newsletter that I send out once or twice a week. This is my annual attempt to bring some of those stories to a wider audience. I could not read or note every worthy article that was published last calendar year and I haven't included any paywalled articles or anything published at The Atlantic. But everything that follows is worthy of wider attention and engagement.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by TNY
    +18 +1

    One Hundred Years of Arm Bars

    A family epic spanning the GRACIE JIU-JITSU dynasty’s generations of combat and betrayal, from the Amazon to Hollywood to the UFC.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by melaniee
    +2 +1

    The Misanthropic Genius of Joy Williams

    A few years ago, the writer Joy Williams’s favorite church needed to dispose of a few extra pews after a renovation. Williams attends the church only in April and October, when her frequent cross-country drives take her to Laramie, Wyo., but she wanted a pew anyway. She borrowed a trailer, got a friend to help her load the pew and drove a thousand miles, pulling it behind her enormous Bronco, her two German shepherds...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by funhonestdude
    +28 +1

    The Avenger - After three decades, has the brother of a victim of the Lockerbie bombing solved the case?

    When Ken Dornstein learned that Pan Am Flight 103 had exploded, he did not realize that his older brother, David, was on the plane. It was December 22, 1988, and Ken, a sophomore at Brown University, was at home, in Philadelphia, on winter break. Over breakfast, he read about the disaster in the Inquirer: all two hundred and fifty-nine passengers were killed, along with eleven residents of Lockerbie, Scotland, where flaming...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +47 +1

    What If Tinder Showed Your IQ?

    The not-so-young parents sat in the office of their socio-genetic consultant, an occupation that emerged in the late 2030s, with at least one practitioner in every affluent fertility clinic. They faced what had become a fairly typical choice: Twelve viable embryos had been created in their latest round of in vitro fertilization. Anxiously, they pored over the scores for the various traits they had received from the clinic.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by Pfennig88
    +21 +1

    What's It Like to Work at a Company With No Bosses?

    Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, the online shoe and clothing store, lives in a trailer park in downtown Las Vegas. The Airstream Park, as it's called, occupies about half a city block, surrounded by a tall fence crowned with barbed wire and punctuated with palm trees. When I arrived in April, Adirondack chairs, picnic tables, and a colorful assortment of portable seating encircled a pair of fire pits.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by ppp
    +33 +1

    “243 People Disappeared. Young People. Women. Children. And No One Cares”

    Her name was Segen. In the early hours of the morning of June 28, 2014, she had boarded a boat in Libya with her youngest daughter, Abigail. Segen was 24, slender; Abi was not quite two years old, a frizz of hair and pudgy baby cheeks. They weren’t alone on the boat: All in, there were at least 243 people on board, crammed together, human cargo.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by wondaROY
    +53 +1

    What Do We Really Know About Osama bin Laden’s Death?

    Mark Bowden was watching a ballgame — the Phillies versus the Mets — on the night of May 1, 2011, when the network cut away to President Obama in the East Room of the White House. “Tonight,” the president said, ‘‘I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by grandsalami
    +20 +1

    American Horror Story: The Cecil Hotel

    On January 27, 2013, 21-year-old Elisa Lam stepped off a train from San Diego in downtown Los Angeles, gathered her belongings, and walked to a hostel on Main Street. It was, like most every mid-winter day in LA, sunny and in the mid-60s, the kind of weather that makes people never want to leave. Under such conditions — when a warm, low-angle winter sun softens the entire landscape — it’s possible to not fully absorb the reality that this 54-block section of LA...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +56 +1

    They Burn Witches Here

    The men pack the witch’s mouth with rags. The time for confessions has come and gone. Neighbors crowd into a circle around her, here on this hill of rubbish next to their settlement, Warakum. They watch as the men blindfold her before tying her arms, legs and stomach to a log. They watch as wood is stacked and gasoline poured. They watch as their witch is pushed facedown onto the pyre. Camera phones are held up and aimed. The match is struck and thrown.