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One Professional Russian Troll Tells All
More and more, posts and commentaries on the Internet in Russia and even abroad are generated by professional trolls, many of whom receive a higher-than-average salary for perpetuating a pro-Kremli...
russia 
4 days ago
The Scene of the Crime - The New Yorker
There is a long ditch in the village of My Lai. On the morning of March 16, 1968, it was crowded with the bodies of the dead—dozens of women, children, and old…
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4 days ago
What would happen if an 800-kiloton nuclear warhead detonated above midtown Manhattan? | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
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The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous…
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5 days ago
What Lies Beneath | Foreign Policy
As a kid in the 1960s, Jeff Held thought that having a nuclear company in his backyard made life more exciting in Apollo, Pennsylvania. About 2,400 people lived…
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6 days ago
Cloak
- Super-simple VPN
vpn  security  mac 
10 days ago
Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters
Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see -- and write about -- the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide."
video  privacy  greenwald 
12 days ago
PSDLE - Improving everyone's favorite online download list, one loop at a time.
Hello, I'm here to introduce a project of mine, PSDLE. PSDLE has been floating around a while (since September when it first went public) and...
vita  gaming 
12 days ago
Migraine Hangover - Migraine.com
“Postdrome” is the official term for that wrung out, exhausted, headachy feeling migraineurs experience after the most painful and intense phase of their migraine attack has passed. Calling this stage, the fourth... READ MORE
migraine 
12 days ago
America's Dirtiest Cops: Cash, Cocaine, Corruption on the Texas Border | Rolling Stone
The temperature was nearing triple digits when Jonathan Treviño strapped on his bulletproof vest, slipped his .40-caliber Glock into his ankle holster and got…
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14 days ago
Jane Goodall Is Still Wild at Heart - NYTimes.com
Jane Goodall was already on a London dock in March 1957 when she realized that her passport was missing. In just a few hours, she was due to depart on her first…
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16 days ago
How a Rumor Sent a Teen to Prison for Murder in Vegas - The Intercept
IT WAS ROUGHLY 10 p.m. in Las Vegas, on July 8, 2001, when a man rummaging through the garbage behind a bank just west of the Strip found the body.
Tossed…
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17 days ago
My Roommate, the Darknet Drug Lord | Motherboard
​Image: ​Daniel Rehn/Flickr
​I first met Ross Ulbricht, the 29-year old ​found guilty last month of creating and operating the deep web marketplace Silk Road,…
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18 days ago
DARK DOCUMENTARIES » Free & full-length documentaries on crime, murder, conspiracies, serial killers, the occult, and more...
DARK DOCUMENTARIES » Online destination for free & full-length documentaries on crime, murder, conspiracies, serial killers, the occult, and more...
crime 
19 days ago
Here's how my 9-year explained Net Neutrality to his friend
My 9-year old son spends a lot of time online and recently came to me asking what Net Neutrality meant. I explained it the best I could. I just okay with current political events and he had a lot of questions. Had to actually look up some answers.

I recently overheard him explaining it to one of his friends, much better than I could, like this:

Pretend ice cream stores gave away free milkshakes. But you had to buy a straw to drink them. But that's okay, because you still get free milkshakes. One day you're drinking a free milkshake and you look down and the guy that sold you the straw is pinching it almost shut. You can still get your milkshake, but it's really hard and takes a lot longer.

So you say, "Hey! Stop that!" And the straw guy says, "NO! Not until the ice cream store pays me money." And you say, "But I already paid you money for the straw." And the straw guy says, "I don't care. I just want more money."

I think he nailed it.
www  net  neutrality  internet 
20 days ago
Where the Bodies Are Buried - The New Yorker
Jean McConville had just taken a bath when the intruders knocked on the door. A small woman with a guarded smile, she was, at thirty-seven, a mother of ten. She…
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20 days ago
Why people leave their bodies to medical research – and what happens
The first thing you notice as you walk into the operating theatre is the smell. There isn’t one. There’s no whiff of chemical preservatives, no sniff of…
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20 days ago
On The Blower: London's Lost Pneumatic Messaging Tubes
Pneumatic messaging blows cylindrical carriers in tubes, carrying messages and small items in closed systems, which were pioneered and developed in London in…
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26 days ago
The sham “terrorism expert” industry - Salon.com
Shortly prior to the start of the London Olympics, there was an outburst of hysteria over the failure to provide sufficient security against Terrorism, but as…
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26 days ago
'Overnight, everything I loved was gone': the internet shaming of Lindsey Stone
When a friend posted a photograph of charity worker Lindsey Stone on Facebook, she never dreamed she would lose her job and her reputation. Two years on, could she get her life back?
internet  work 
5 weeks ago
A Russian TV Insider Describes a Modern Propaganda Machine - NYTimes.com
LONDON — NORMALLY a boisterous sort, Peter Pomerantsev says he kept quiet when he found himself, at the age of 24, in a Moscow meeting room listening to 20 of…
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6 weeks ago
The Assassin in the Vineyard | Vanity Fair
The winter-night sky above the Côte d’Or countryside of Burgundy, in eastern France, is cloudless, with just enough moon to illuminate the snow-covered ground…
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6 weeks ago
Britain's vilest troll: 'I’m here to expose hypocrisy'
Robert Ambridge has been described as Britain's worst online troll. On the contrary, he tells Martin Daubney, he is standing up for free speech
troll  internet  law 
7 weeks ago
The Elusive Creator of the Most Terrifying Video Games | Motherboard
Rin from Osamu Sato’s Eastern Mind.
His spirit roams the internet throughout niche video game forums. His ​day-to-day tweets call forth daily happenings. But…
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8 weeks ago
How Video Game Addiction Can Destroy Your Life | VICE | United States
The withdrawal made Brett want to die. The 12-year-old had only been cut off for a few hours, and his mind was already wandering to a dark and dangerous place.…
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8 weeks ago
Who Was the Marquis de Sade? | History | Smithsonian
History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian ADVERTISEMENT
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9 weeks ago
What should I do about Youtube?
My Google Youtube rep contacted me the other day. They were nice and took time to explain everything clearly to me, but the message was firm: I have to decide. I need...
video  google  youtube  monoploy  exploitation  extortion 
9 weeks ago
Export Your WordPress Blog to Jekyll with One Click
Jekyll fans are fond of the Ruby-powered static blogging software due to its ease of use and support for Markdown and the Liquid templating engine. With no database to maintain and no comments to m...
wordpress  jekyll 
9 weeks ago
Hitler's war on women: The story of Ravensbrück concentration camp - Features - Books - The Independent
“Anything else?”
“Someone should write about Ravensbrück,” I said. Then seeing Ursula sit up I added emphatically, “But not me.”
“Why ?” she persisted.
I said…
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9 weeks ago
Sketch Toy
A drawing application that lets you save and share replays of your work with friends.
toy 
10 weeks ago
David Starkey is a litmus test of our commitment to free speech
This is where the real battle over freedom of speech takes place – in the way we instinctively respond to outrageous commentary. If our instinct is to target the man and not the ball, we cannot consider ourselves defenders of free speech.
speech  freedom  work 
10 weeks ago
Google discloses another Windows security issue after deadline exceeded | Hacker News
It's easy for Google to be big in the mouth when they don't bother to support their existing customers properly.
google 
10 weeks ago
RPG Codex 2014 Role-Playing Game of the Year Awards :: rpg codex > doesn't scale to your level
RPG Codex > putting the 'role' back in role-playing. A highly prestigious gaming magazine with news and views on the latest and not so latest RPGs.
gaming  rpg 
10 weeks ago
MetaFilter
Express: 'Labour MP John Mann fears the deaths of the two council workers could be linked to a Westminster-based paedophile gang involving highly-influential politicians. One of the men, social...
politics  westminster  coverup 
11 weeks ago
Neil Gaiman's Journal: Why defend freedom of icky speech?
You are here: Home » Journal Why defend freedom of icky speech? This is a bit long.Apologies.I’d meant to talk about other things, but I started writing a reply…
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11 weeks ago
Longform Reprints: The Devil and John Holmes by Mike Sager
Deep in Laurel Canyon, the Wonderland Gang was planning its last heist. It was Sunday evening and the drugs were gone, the money was gone, the situation was…
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11 weeks ago
All the Wget Commands You Should Know
Wget lets you download Internet files or even mirror entire websites for offline viewing. Here are 20 practical examples for using the wget command.
wget 
11 weeks ago
Top 15 Free WordPress Themes Released in 2014
Looking back on the theme landscape of 2014, a clear design trend emerged that highlights WordPress' roots as a blogging platform. Minimalist, content-centric themes took center stage in the offici...
wordpress  themes 
december 2014
The Scientology Christmas Catalog Is Totally Insane
Finding the right gift for everyone in your family can be a real bitch. Your mom just wants a phone call. Your dad wants you to find a job. These are not easy people to shop for. But what about your second cousin who moved to L.A., got introduced to Scientology by an actor friend, joined the church to make connections, and found himself amassing a fortune in credit-card debt while digging out a new infinity pool for David Miscavige? I would argue that he's the hardest relative to shop for. After all, what do get for you the man who has nothing?
cult  idiots 
december 2014
Ask MetaFilter
What literature from 2014 would you consider to be the best? I'm looking for page turners that tempt you to stay up late at night and exceed your expectations to a great degree. Fiction,...
reading 
december 2014
Memory of the Camps
These tapes are actual, real life footage of the discovery of Nazi concentration camps by British and American solders after the end of WW2. Alfred Hitchcock arranged them in the format that they were originally meant to be viewed.

*DISCLAIMER* What you are about to watch is extremely graphic, and includes depictions of actual death, starvation, suffering, and torture.

It is horrific.

Watch at your own risk.
war 
december 2014
Green Honey
Language represents our view of the world, and knowing its limits helps us understand how our perception works.

I used the data from Wikipedia’s “Color” entry for different languages. My assumption was:

"Different languages have different ways to describe color.”
design  language  visualization 
december 2014
What happened in the past - Takemeback.to
Find out what the world looked like in any date in the past: just type in your special date and enjoy the timemachine
history  search 
december 2014
THE BOY WHO HAD TWO LIVES - Arts and Entertainment - The Independent
To break our trust in these memories would be a cruel thing; to question their veracity, equally cruel.
I look at the picture reproduced here - that…
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december 2014
Suicide: Read This First
If you are feeling suicidal now, please stop long enough to read this. It will only take about five minutes.
suicide  depression 
december 2014
How to built an e-book library you can touch
With the clippings file from my Kindle, some stamps and custom prints I built a printed version of what I loved in the e…
book 
december 2014
The Lurker: How A Virus Hid In Our Genome For Six Million Years – Phenomena
In the mid-2000s, David Markovitz, a scientist at the University of Michigan, and his colleagues took a look at the blood of people infected with HIV. Human…
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december 2014
Afghanistan: The Making of a Narco State
Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan is named for the wide river that runs through its provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, a low-slung city of shrubby…
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december 2014
Confessions of a Mortician — Matter — Medium
By Eric PuchnerPhotographs by Matt Eich
I was in the crematory with two fresh deliveries when my host, a mortician named Caleb Wilde, opened the bag covering…
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december 2014
Did Kevin From ‘Home Alone’ Grow Up to Be Jigsaw? A Deadly Serious Investigation
Throughout ‘Home Alone,’ Kevin McCallister displays anger-control issues, a proclivity for violent fantasies, and voyeuristic tendencies, combined with a fetish for recorded video.
video 
december 2014
Every Noise at Once
This is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 1305 genres by The Echo Nest. The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier.
music 
december 2014
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